Want to be a billionaire?

Forbes just recently published an article discussing “The Universities Churning Out The Most Billionaires

In the article they say that:

Harvard is the world’s premier university for producing billionaires. According to Times Higher Education, the institution boasts 35 billionaires in its alumni with a collective net worth of $309 billion. In fact, it has almost three times as many billionaire graduates as second-placed Columbia University. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are notable billionaires who dropped out of Harvard and among those who graduated, Michael Bloomberg is considered the wealthiest with a net worth of about $40 billion.

As mentioned above, Columbia University comes second on the list with 12 billionaires who have a total wealth of $171.7 billion. Though it can’t compete with Harvard in terms of the sheer number of super-rich alumni, Columbia University can boast the world’s wealthiest graduate in Warren Buffet. The business magnate graduated with a master’s degree in economics in 1951. Stanford University rounds off the top-three with 10 billionaires among its former students. Collectively, they have a net worth of just under $149.2 billion. The first non-American university to make the list is Oxford in the UK at number 12 with 4 billionaires among its alumni with a collective $28.4 billion fortune.

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Double majors produce dynamic thinkers

One of the many benefits of studying abroad is the ability to double major — many universities will allow students to choose 2 majors or a major and a minor.

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The Chronicle published an article a while back that has some very interesting points: Double Majors Produce Dynamic Thinkers, Study Finds

Here are some highlights:

  • Students who major in two fields are more apt than their single-majoring peers to think both integratively and creatively
  • Increasingly, education experts also want students to develop a third skill, integrative thinking. It entails learning the deeper, underlying meaning of a discipline, making connections across courses and subjects, and applying different intellectual perspectives
  • “Double majors give students the opportunity to build bridges between domains of knowledge”

Have you ever considered a double major?

 

MIT Coming to Band – Fun Facts!

MIT will be visiting Band on Friday, May 12th at 9:30am in Studio 268.

The idea is for the event to be an informal question and answer session. Read below for some fun facts!

Did you know that?

The MIT website is updated every day so check it out daily.

Famous people who went to MIT:

  • Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, earned his MS from the business school in 1972.
  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, Ben Bernanke, got his PhD in 1979 in Physics
  • Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, got his ScD in 1963 in Aero Astro
  • CEO of General Motors, Alfred P. Sloan, got his BS in 1895 in Electrical Engineering
  • Former VP of Goldman Sachs and business writer Lisa Endlich received her MBA from MIT

MIT is very well known for inspiring entrepreneurship. Here are some mind blowing facts about MIT’s Entrepreneurs:

  • 25,800 active companies have been started or cofounded by living MIT Alumni
  • 3.3 million people are employed by companies started or cofounded by living MIT alumni
  • Famous companies founded by MIT Alums: Intel, Texas Instruments, Bose, Koch Industries, Dropbox, Campbell Soup
  • The Gross Domestic Product of a nation formed by businesses started by MIT graduates would be $2 trillion. This would rank them as 10th in the world (equivalent to Italy, the UK, and Brazil).

Up through 1980, MIT had several dominant tiddlywinks teams competing in the intercollegiate level and winning national and world championships. For those of you who don’t know what tiddlywinks is, it is an indoor game that’s played on a felt mat. There are two types of disks involved: “winks” and “squidgers.” To play the game, squidgers are used to press on the edge of the wink and propel it into the air. The object of the game is to get your winks into a pot that is in the middle of the mat.

MIT students can receive the greatly coveted Pirate’s License/ Certificate if they complete PE classes in pistol, archery, fencing, and sailing!

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For Tomorrow´s SAT – what you need to know

Are you taking the SAT tomorrow? Here´s what you need to know:

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Must Bring:

  • Admission ticket
  • Acceptable photo ID
  • Two No. 2 pencils
  • An approved calculator

Can Bring:

  • A watch without an audible alarm
  • A drink and/or snack for the break

Do Not Bring:

  • Tablets, computers, cameras or most other electronic devides
  • Highlighters, pens, colored pencils
  • Books or papers

Timing:

  • Arrive at the test center by 7:45am
  • The SAT with Essay ends between 12:50 and 1:20pm
  • The SAT without Essay ends between noon and 12:30pm
  • SAT Subject Tests end around 9:45am, 11:15am or 12:30pm depending on whether you are taking one, two or three tests

Remember to get plenty of rest today. No need to cram tonight. GOOD LUCK!

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UPenn, Duke, Georgetown, MIT, Stanford in Brazil

There will be 2 information sessions in São Paulo for students and parents interested in UPenn, Duke, Georgetown, MIT and/or Stanford. Admission Officers from the five universities will each give a short presentation about their institution, allowing time for a question & answer period at the end. Students should only register for one program in São Paulo.

In addition, MIT will be at Band on Friday, May 12 for a chat with students. It is highly recommended that you attend one of these information sessions prior to attending the MIT event at Band as there will be no official presentation during the Band session – just questions and answers.

OPTION 1:

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Escola Graduada De Sao Paulo
Av. Pres. Giovanni Gronchi 4710
Sao Paulo 05724-002, Brazil

Please reply to attend:: https://key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/GRADED17

OPTION 2:

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Colegio Etapa
Rua Vergueiro 1951
Sao Paulo 04101-000, Brazil

Please reply to attend: https://key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/ETAPA17

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Reflections on the College Admissions Process

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Worth reading this article from a Stanford student: Stanford freshmen reflect on the college admissions process

She provides some tips on college applications such as:

  • Applying to too many schools can be just as detrimental as applying to too few
  • Only apply to schools where you see yourself attending
  • Diminish the “luck factor” by researching well your schools and by showing passion. Be prepared!
  • Remember that college acceptances don´t measure your worth as an individual

 

Common App Changes

Common App

The Common Application, system used by nearly 700 colleges and universities, just announced some new changes. These include:

  • A more detailed “courses and (now) grades” section: Common App will ask for the names of classes taken (or to be taken) over the 4 years of high school. Common App will also ask for grades as they appear on the student´s transcript. Schools will still have to submit an official transcript but students will also have to self-report everything.
  • Google Drive integration: Common App will allow students to upload documents such as essas and resumes directly from Google Drive into their applications.
  • Adding advisers: The Common App will allow students to assign advisers who will be able to view their work and check their progress. School counselors already had this view, but now students can add outside counselors to their account to help.
These changes will be released in the new version scheduled to be released on August 1, 2017.

Washington Univ St Louis to Visit Band – Fun Facts!

On April 12 at 9:40am we will have Dartmouth, New York University, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Washington University in St Louis visiting Band. This week we posted fun facts about each of the visiting colleges – one per day and in alphabetical order.

Today we will focus on Washington University in St Louis. Did you know that?

  • Some rankings include:
    • #2 in social work (U.S. News & World Report, 2016)
    • #2 best college dorms (The Princeton Review, 2016)
    • #5 best undergraduate business schools (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014)
    • #9 best-run colleges (The Princeton Review, 2016)
    • #10 best architecture schools (Architectural Record, 2015)
    • #13 best quality of life (The Princeton Review, 2016)
  • Students come from over 80 countries and all 50 states + the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • About 350 undergraduate student groups and more than 150 graduate student groups in 2015-16
  • 80% of students pursue multiple majors and/or minor
  • About 75% of undergraduates participate in intramural sports, in more than 30 all-male, all-female and coed teams
  • $613 million total research support in fiscal year 2015. More than 3,000 research projects underway each year

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Vanderbilt to Visit Band – Fun Facts!

On April 12 at 9:40am we will have Dartmouth, New York University, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Washington University at St Louis visiting Band. This week we will post fun facts about each of the visiting colleges – one per day and in alphabetical order.

Today we will focus on Vanderbilt. Did you know that?

  • 6,871 undergraduate students
  • Percentage of undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 66%
  • Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
  • International students 10.52%
  • More than 500 clubs and organizations
  • Alumni who are Nobel Laureates include Al Gore and Muhammad Yunus
  • Rankings include: U.S. News & World Report (2017) 15th National Universities and 10th Best Undergraduate Teaching. Princeton Review (2017): 1st College City Students Love, 2nd Happiest Students, 7th Best Financial Aid, Best Quality of Life
  • Located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt is home to more than 300 tree and shrub varieties and was designated an arboretum in 1988. The oldest building on the original campus was constructed around 1859. The Peabody College section of campus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark since 1966. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, located about nine miles from campus, also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Vanderbilt University Research (FY 2016): Total research expenditures funding: $234.5 million. Sponsored research and project awards: $214.0 million
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Northwestern to Visit Band – Fun Facts!

On April 12 at 9:40am we will have Dartmouth, New York University, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Washington University at St Louis visiting Band. This week we will post fun facts about each of the visiting colleges – one per day and in alphabetical order.

Today we will focus on Northwestern. Did you know that?

  • We just had a Band student accepted to Northwestern and there´s another Band student currently attending
  • Northwestern is home to 12 colleges and schools across 3 campuses: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, a 25-acre campus in Chicago and a third campus in Doha, Qatar
  • According to US News, Northwestern is #12 national university
  • $10.5 billion total endowment and other trust funds
  • $649.7 million annually in sponsored research
  • 100+ majors
  • Students from 75+ countries
  • Northwestern’s swim club turned into a musical. How? In the 1940s, the university’s Dolphin Club needed to raise money so they could travel to a swim competition, so they put on a musical production. Since then, it’s evolved into much more, and is now the nation’s largest student-run musical. It also has a famous alumni list, including David Schwimmer, Warren Beatty, and Tony Randall
  • Want to have the whole school know about an event? All you need is the Rock. The large rock on campus can be painted over, and is now the host of messages and events for all to see
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