To Post or Not to Post? How Social Media Influences College Admissions

Very relevant article by the Huffington Post. Highlights are below. Full article here.

More and more, what teens post online influences the college admissions process. Some 35% of college admissions officers now check applicants’ social media pages, compared to just 10% of officers in 2008, according to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2017 survey of 365 college admissions officers.

So, what’s a prospective college student to do? Below are three tips to ensure your social media footprint works for you, not against you.

Determine your ‘it’ factor
Before jumping into the tactics, let’s think big picture: What passions, expertise, achievements, and skills can you showcase? What value can you bring to your college community? In short: What’s your personal brand?
“Pay attention to the image that you’re projecting,” stresses Hans Hanson, CEO and Founder of CollegeLogic. “Create the image you desire and build your brand. Work hard to develop it and protect it with every ounce of responsible intention.”

Develop your digital portfolio
Now that you have audited your online presence and reflected on your strengths, it’s time to create a captivating online portfolio.
Start with a clean-up. Remove social media profiles that are dormant, off-brand, or inappropriate. No references to alcohol or drug usage, no profanity, no defamatory comments.

Next, construct the right profiles. Make every word, photo, and video count. Spend time crafting a LinkedIn presence, and showcase your experience, achievements, and aspirations. Secure testimonials and endorsements from teachers, employers, athletic coaches, and club presidents.
Lastly, remember: less is more. Rather than using every social media platform, select just a few that are in sync with your career aspirations. For example: Those interested in the creative arts should leverage YouTube or Instagram.

Make some noise
You have your portfolio complete. Now what? It’s important to deliver the experience of you in a meaningful and deliberate way. Avoid posting “in the moment” — instead, take time to craft content that showcases your character, expertise, and passion. Hone the art of storytelling through blogging; tell your story through a series of thoughtful essays. And consider doing so on your own website. (If you’re not up to that just yet, still snag the vanity URL. Otherwise, someone else may come along and scoop up
Invest in networking both online and offline. College-bound students can use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to communicate with other prospective students, or to seek out alumni events. Also make sure to connect via LinkedIn with college advisors and department heads at desired colleges and universities.

MIT at Band – October 9

Do you want to know more about MIT? Come to the event next Monday, October 9th from 1-3pm in room A11.

You will learn strategies to become part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a top university in areas such as Science, Technology and Engineering. You will learn more about undergraduate admissions at MIT and hear some inspirational stories about notable professors and young Brazilians who attend MIT.

The event will be hosted by Dr. Elaine Lizeo, in her role as Brazilian Chair – MIT Educational Council and coordinator of the Brazilian team of interviewers as well as Mr. Fernando Carvalho who has been working for over a decade at promoting MIT’s educational opportunities in Brazil. From 1997 to 2006, Dr. Elaine Lizeo concluded her Masters Degree at MIT and conducted research for her Masters, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate theses at MIT.

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10 Universities Where International Students Receive Aid

According to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey, among the 419 ranked schools where at least 50 international students were awarded aid during 2016-2017, the average amounted to $20,470. But the average was significantly higher among the 10 schools where those students were given the most aid, at $60,576.

Topping the list is the University of Chicago, ranked in a tie at No. 3 among National Universities. Also on the list: the Ivy League Harvard University and Yale University, along with Williams College, the No. 1 ranked National Liberal Arts College. Columbia University, which is second on the list after the University of Chicago, is also the private school with the highest tuition and fees – $57,208 – for the 2017-2018 school year.

Other schools on the list include: Skidmore College, Trinity College, Stanford University, Amherst College, Wesleyan University.

To see the table with details from the 10 universities go to: US News 10 Universities Where International Students Receive Aid


Browsing a College Course Catalog

When thinking about what university you may want to apply to or even thinking about a potential major, one tool that can be very helpful is to browse through some course catalogs.

Most universities now have their course catalogs online and you can see classes offered, pre-requisites by major, etc.

Some examples include:

University of Chicago The College Catalog

Boston University Courses Search

UCLA Catalog

So start browsing and learn more about what your day-to-day classes at these universities would actually be like!

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Famílias dos alunos seniors que vão aplicar para fora participaram de conversa no Band

Foi pensando na importância da família na vida de alunos da 3.a série do Ensino Médio que pretendem aplicar para universidades fora do Brasil, que foi realizada uma conversa para esclarecer aos pais desses estudantes seniors como são as etapas da aplicação. O evento, realizado pelo coordenador do Departamento Internacional, Olavo Amorim, e pela Sub-Coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, Deborah Mason Pontual, contou com cerca de 60 pessoas.


A principal ideia foi deixar os pais confortáveis com o processo que, muitas vezes, pode ser difícil e complexo. Assim, foi explicado como funciona a orientação do Colégio voltada para os alunos interessados em universidades estrangeiras, o que cada termo das aplicações significa e como será o cronograma. Principalmente, foram tiradas muitas dúvidas.


“É muito importante que os pais estejam familiarizados para que todos sintam-se tranquilos com o que estamos fazendo aqui. A ajuda da família é essencial. A faculdade é um plano de vida e os pais podem ajudar os filhos a, por exemplo, entender o próprio perfil e escolher uma universidade adequada”, contou Deborah.


Além disso, a conversa contou com a presença do aluno formado em 2013, Davi Lemos, que atualmente estuda Ciências da Computação na Yale University. Por ter passado pelo processo enquanto estudava no Band, Davi contou em primeira mão sobre sua experiência durante o processo de aplicação e também sobre sua vida na universidade.

Top 10 universities for producing Nobel prizewinners

Princeton University has topped a list of institutions with the most Nobel laureates this century, while the US dominates a top 10 based on the nationality of the winners.

The Ivy League institution overtakes Stanford University, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, after the announcements of this year’s prizes to reach the summit of the table, which is dominated by US universities and was drawn up by Times Higher Education.

Read more: Top 10 universities for producing Nobel prizewinners 2016

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World University Rankings 2018

Times Higher Education released their 2018 World University Rankings. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world, making it the biggest international league table to date.

It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

University of Oxford is number 1, followed by University of Cambridge at number 2. California Institute of Technology and Stanford are tied for third place. MIT is number 5, while Harvard University sits at number 6 on the list. Princeton University is number 7, Imperial College London is number 8 and University of Chicago is number 9. To finish the top 10, ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and University of Pennsylvania are tied at number 10. Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, UCLA, University College London, Duke, UC Berkeley, Cornell and Northwestern rank among the top 20.

View the full ranking and the methodology here: THE 2018 World University Rankings

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Universidades internacionais no Band

Nove universidades americanas de prestígio estiveram no Band na última semana para tirar dúvidas de alunos interessados em estudar fora do Brasil e, principalmente, ajudá-los a fazer a escolha certa.


Foram quatro eventos que trouxeram as instituições Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, Boston University, Brandeis University, George Washington University, University of Rochester e Southern Methodist University.


Os encontros trouxeram representantes das universidades para fazer uma apresentação, tirar dúvidas e, principalmente, oferecer uma oportunidade única para os alunos: conversar diretamente com aqueles que irão analisar suas aplicações. “Esse contato é um grande diferencial”, comentou Deborah Mason Pontual, sub-coordenadora do Departamento Internacional, que junto com o Coordenador do Departamento Internacional, José Olavo Amorim, acompanhou os representantes nos eventos. “Universidades como Yale, Princeton e Columbia não vão em muitas escolas. Estamos sempre em suas listas de prioridades porque aqui há tradição em estudar fora e grande engajamento por parte dos alunos”, concluiu ela.


Além disso, são em eventos como esses que os alunos podem se identificar com determinadas universidades e cursos, conhecer mais cada uma e decidir em qual deseja estudar.


“Acho que tão importante quanto escolher uma faculdade com prestígio é saber em qual ambiente você acha que se encaixaria melhor. E são com essas palestras que dá para ter uma noção melhor do estilo de cada uma e o que valorizam”, explicou o aluno da 3.a série do Ensino Médio, Adriano Adoni.


Já para Rafael Icó, da 1.a série do Ensino Médio, quanto mais cedo começar o envolvimento com os processos de aplicação, melhor. “É importante para mim ter noção da competitividade e concorrência para entrar nessas universidades e do que eu tenho que fazer para me preparar. Além disso, é interessante saber o que difere cada uma”, contou o aluno.


Até agora 90 universidades visitaram o Band este ano. Até o final do semestre, virão mais 40.

Stars Who Are Also College Students!

Did you know Brooklyn Beckham is heading to the Parsons School of Design in New York City to study photography?

And that Malia Obama is continuing in her parents’ Ivy League footsteps by attending Harvard University this fall after taking part in a gap year?

Meanwhile, Modern Family siblings Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould will go to rival California schools in the near future — University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, respectively.

Read more in this ET article: Stars Who Are Also College Students!



Tips for starting a college admission search

Very interesting article by the Washington Post on Starting a college admission search? Here are a professor’s tips.

Some highlights from the article:

Selecting a college with your child is an agonizing ordeal. Triply agonizing, in fact. First, choosing the right school from among dozens of viable options is anxiety-inducing. Second, there’s the ignominy of actually having to listen to your teenager’s peculiar ideas as to what’s in his or her best interest. Finally, there’s the trauma of tuition. The cost of a college education, after all, can easily exceed a quarter-million dollars.

In hopes of somewhat alleviating your agony, I offer the following tips as you begin searching for a dream school. Having taught college for a quarter century, having sat on admissions committees, and having recently published a tell-all about American professors, permit me to make some helpful, and occasionally unorthodox, suggestions.

Read the 7 tips in the article including:

  • Ignore the rankings
  • Professors are important
  • Class size
  • Don’t trust, verify