Value Of Community Service In College Admissions

Forbes recently published an article entitled: New Survey Shows Value Of Community Service In College Admissions. Some highlights include:

58% of college admissions personnel said they agreed that, “A student’s community service experience has a positive impact on his or her acceptance to our higher education institution.” Only 16% disagreed.

Most admissions leaders (53%) also said community service was essentially a tie-breaker between equally qualified students when asked, “Assuming all factors are equal (such as GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and rigor of curriculum), then community service details are an important decision-making factor.”

The survey found that the top reason colleges valued community service was that it was an, “[i]ndicator that the student is likely to be active in student social life outside the classroom.” The second and third highest scoring reasons that community service mattered, according to those who make college admission decisions, were that service was an, “[i]ndicator that the student is likely to contribute to the school’s mission” and an “[i]ndicator that the student shares the school’s values.”

Read the full article here.


How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation for College

Letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors and other sources can help college admissions officers get a more complete picture of applicants.

Obtaining high-quality letters of recommendation usually can’t happen overnight – it’s a process that takes time and advance planning. Here’s everything high school students need to know about asking for letters of recommendation for college applications.

The number varies among colleges. Some schools don’t ask for any letters of recommendation, while others may require several. Students can go online to find the exact number a college requires.

Want to know more? Read the full article.


Why Applying to College Is So Confusing

Worth reading an article by the NY Times explaining why applying to colleges in the US can be so confusing.

Colleges themselves have widely diverging views on what makes an ideal applicant. It’s a widespread misconception that applicants have an automatic right to be admitted to the school of their choice if they have higher grades or test scores than other candidates. It’s not that grades and test scores don’t matter — they nearly always do — but colleges aren’t obligated to choose the students who are deemed most likely to earn high college grades or graduate. As the legal scholar Ronald Dworkin put it, there is “no combination of abilities and skills and traits that constitutes ‘merit’ in the abstract.”

Instead, what counts in admissions depends on the mission of the institution — and that can vary a great deal from school to school. Yale’s mission is “to seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds” and “to educate them, through mental discipline and social experience, to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.”

Consider some of the questions Harvard says it uses to consider applicants: Where will you be in one, five or 25 years? What sort of human being will you be in the future? Are you a late bloomer? Do you have reserve power to do more?

The article also asks for greater transparency from the college admissions side.

While we don’t get further clarity, it is more important than ever to consider “fit” by choosing a school that fits your profile. It is also important to do a lot of research on the colleges you are applying to and to have detailed and specific supplements.

To read the entire article, go here.


Powerful Women & Their Colleges

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are highlighting where some of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women went to college.

Think you have to go to a fancy college to succeed in business? Think again.

Of the 50 women on Fortune‘s 2017 list of Most Powerful Women, just eight went to Ivy League universities as undergrads. The other 41 attended a range of institutions, from large state schools to small private colleges. At least one woman on our list, Home Depot’s Northern Division president Crystal Hanlon (No. 41 on the list), doesn’t hold a college or university degree; she started working at the company as a cashier in 1985 and rose through the ranks.

That being said, the most popular college attended by the Most Powerful Women was—as it was in 2016—Harvard University. The four women on the list who received their undergraduate degrees there are: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 5), CVS/pharmacy president and CVS Health EVP Helena Foulkes (No. 12), YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (No. 14), and Mattel CEO Margo Georgiadis (No. 49).

Read more here.

Interested in Finance?

Knowledge@Wharton High School — KWHS for short — is on a mission to provide high school students and educators around the world with a deeper understanding of business and personal finance and to equip them with the skills to excel in the global marketplace. KWHS is a part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a world leader in business education.

Since its launch in 2011, KWHS has operated an online portal that features hundreds of business journal articles, videos and lesson plans, a comprehensive business glossary and other content to help introduce high school students to business concepts, personal finance and college and career preparation. Many of the student-focused articles, videos and podcasts tell stories through the experiences of teens from around the globe.

KWHS is an entirely free resource that is available to anyone who wants to use it – from students and teachers, to parents and academic coaches, to principals and youth leaders.

KWHS also manages seminars, workshops and competitions to engage high school educators and students in quality, fun, interactive business and financial education.


Two Band teams are currently participating in the KWHS Investment Competition. Last year, a Bandeirantes team was a global finalist in the KWHS Investment Competition. To learn more about the competition, refer to this link.


7 admissions officers share the things they never tell applicants

Very interesting article worth checking out.

It’s the question every high school senior asks: What happens in the admissions office?


Here’s an insider look into 7 things college admissions officers keep secret:

1. Your and your parents’ interactions with the school are tracked.

2. Your application only gets a few minutes to make an impression.

3. Your application could be good — but it should be great.

4. Even if you’re an outstanding candidate, you might not get in.

5. Your personality matters.

6. Getting an interview is a huge advantage.

7. Don’t forget to ask questions.

Read the entire article with more details about each of these “secrets” here.


Bitcoin? Computer Science Ethics? Happiness?

One of the coolest parts about studying abroad is being able to take courses on all different kinds of subjects and topics even if you don’t want to necessarily major in these topics. Here are some examples:

How to be Happier is a Course

Yale’s “Positive Psychology” Course On Happiness Is The Most Popular For Enrollment In 316 Years

More than a hundred universities have started adding courses on positive psychology to their catalogues, like the University of Pennsylvania, Claremont Graduate University, and Harvard University, whose undergraduate positive psychology class was also the most popular on campus when it debuted over a decade ago.

Read more here.

Cryptocurrencies Come to Campus

Several top schools have added or are rushing to add classes about Bitcoin and the record-keeping technology that it introduced, known as the blockchain.

Read more here.

Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It

Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are hustling to bring a more medicine-like morality to computer science.

This semester, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are jointly offering a new course on the ethics and regulation of artificial intelligence. The University of Texas at Austin just introduced a course titled “Ethical Foundations of Computer Science” — with the idea of eventually requiring it for all computer science majors.

And at Stanford University, the academic heart of the industry, three professors and a research fellow are developing a computer science ethics course for next year. They hope several hundred students will enroll.

Read more here.



MIT: Know more from the experts

Want to know more about MIT? The experts who were at Band wrote a text with lots of juicy details! The introduction is below and the full document is on Moodle.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

por Dra. Elaine Lizeo & Fernando Carvalho*

No último dia 09 de outubro, estivemos no Colégio Bandeirantes para uma palestra sobre o renomado MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Estavam presentes alunos do ensino médio e fundamental. Na palestra, abordamos diversos temas sobre o Instituto de um modo geral, e mais particularmente sobre sua história,  atmosfera, as 5 escolas que constituem o Instituto, a estrutura do programa de graduação e as inúmeras oportunidades educacionais disponíveis no MIT, além da natureza e especificidades de seu processo de seleção.

O evento foi bastante enriquecido com a participação de dois novos membros do time de entrevistadores do MIT aqui no Brasil, Clarissa Crego Forneris, formada no MIT em 2013 com um Bacharelado, BS, em Química, e Marco Antonio Lopes Pedroso, formado no MIT em 2014 com um Bacharelado, BS, em Ciências da Computação e Engenharia, e em 2015 com um Mestrado em Engenharia Elétrica & Ciência da Computação.

O MIT é reconhecido mundialmente pela sua excelência e liderança nas mais diversas áreas do conhecimento: Engenharia, Ciências, Tecnologia, Linguística, Economia, entre outras.

Procuramos contextualizar historicamente a fundação do MIT. Diferentemente de outras universidades mais tradicionais como Harvard (1636), Yale (1701) e Princeton (1746) fundadas ainda sob a dominação britânica encerrada com a guerra de independência americana (1775-1783), o MIT foi fundado em 1861 em Boston, mas iniciou suas atividades em 1865, ao final da guerra civil americana, com o propósito de servir ao esforço de industrialização de uma nação independente em construção, vivendo sob uma atmosfera de grande liberdade.

O MIT tem como missão “promover o conhecimento e educar alunos em ciências, tecnologia e outras áreas que melhor servirão a nação e ao mundo no século XXI”. O Instituto está empenhado em gerar, disseminar e preservar o conhecimento e trabalhar com outros para aplicar esses conhecimentos aos grandes desafios do mundo.

Ao longo do tempo, o MIT se transformou de uma escola de engenharia propriamente dita para uma universidade baseada em ciências (Science-based University), cujo objetivo principal é criar a economia mais avançada do futuro estimulado por diversos centros de empreendedorismo em tecnologias de ponta (Entrepreneurship in High Technology). MIT Professor Ed Roberts,  fundador e presidente do Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management,  em um artigo publicado no Slice of MIT em janeiro de 2017, afirma que  estudos recentes mostram que ex-alunos do MIT em atividade criaram mais de 30.000 empresas em funcionamento, com 4,5 milhões de funcionários, o equivalente em receitas à 10º economia do mundo.

A pesquisa interdisciplinar e a cultura de cooperação entre alunos, professores e pesquisadores de diferentes áreas do conhecimento estão disseminadas nas 5 escolas que constituem o MIT: School of Engineering, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Science, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, e a Sloan School of Management. O departamento de Matemática do MIT funciona como uma espécie de centro de gravidade do Instituto. Lógica matemática, modelos matemáticos, matemática discreta e contínua são insumos presentes na grande maioria das pesquisas das mais diversas áreas do Instituto.

A atmosfera de grande liberdade, a política de portas abertas e a flexibilidade da estrutura acadêmica e de pesquisa existentes no MIT têm atraído alunos brilhantes e pesquisadores de renome mundial. Entre eles podemos citar: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 2016 Turing Award (o prêmio Nobel da Ciência da Computação), considerado o inventor da world wide web; Eric Lander, MIT Biology Professor, o pai do projeto Genoma, fundador e presidente do Broad Institute, uma associação do MIT, Harvard University e hospitais da região de Boston; Noam Chomsky, MIT Institute Professor, pai da Linguística Moderna;   Ronald Rivest, Institute Professor  e criptógrafo;  Donald Sadoway, MIT Professor of Solid State Chemistry; Tom Leighton, MIT Professor of Applied Mathematics e CEO da Akamai.  Para citar um ex-aluno de grande reputação, Richard Feynman, MIT Class of 1939, SB – Bachelor Of Science, Course 8 – Physics e 1965 Physics Nobel Prize, um dos mais importantes Físicos do século XX e uma fonte de inspiração para jovens talentosos na área de ciências do mundo todo.

Como funciona o curso de graduação do MIT  

Os alunos iniciam o curso de graduação no MIT com uma área de concentração não declarada. Durante o primeiro ano, o Instituto oferece feiras acadêmicas, palestras, seminários e outros programas para ajudar os alunos a decidirem quais áreas melhor se adequam aos seus interesses e objetivos de estudos e carreira, opção essa que deverá ser feita até o inicio do segundo ano. O MIT oferece um leque de opções de estudos em mais de 70 áreas do conhecimento.

Independentemente da área a ser escolhida, se Física ou Linguística, Matemática ou Ciências Políticas, todos os alunos da graduação, sem exceção, têm que cumprir um currículo básico requerido pelo MIT, conhecido como GIRs (General Instituto Requirements). Devem ser cursadas 6 matérias na área de ciências (Matemática, Física, Química e Biologia), 8 matérias na área de humanas, 2 matérias eletivas restritas à ciências e tecnologia e 1 laboratório. Esses requerimentos são considerados a base acadêmica do MIT.

Para aliviar a pressão e garantir a exploração de áreas que de início o aluno não consideraria, seja por achar muito demandante ou por não ter nenhuma base a respeito, o Instituto segue o sistema de pass/no record para o primeiro semestre e ABC/no record para o segundo semestre. Nesse sistema, as reprovações não são registradas no histórico escolar do aluno no primeiro ano da graduação. No primeiro semestre os alunos recebem um “pass”  nas matérias em que forem aprovados e no segundo semestre recebem as devidas notas A, B ou C nas matérias em que forem aprovados, sem registros das reprovações.

Aqueles alunos que demonstrarem um aproveitamento muito abaixo do esperado no primeiro ano podem ser convidados a voltar para casa, para se prepararem melhor e eventualmente retornarem ao MIT para continuar seus estudos.

O MIT disponibiliza para os alunos da graduação o UROP – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, um programa único entre as universidades americanas, onde os alunos têm a oportunidade de participar desde o início da graduação de projetos de pesquisa liderados por professores de renome do Instituto.

Também único do MIT é o IAP, Independent Activities Period, um termo, que compreende o mês de janeiro, quando não há aulas regulares, e oferece a alunos, professores, ex-alunos e funcionários a oportunidade de organizarem e participarem de uma enorme gama de atividades e cursos. Durante o IAP, os alunos regularmente matriculados nos diferentes programas podem cursar matérias e participar de seminários e workshops que contam créditos.

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* Dra. Elaine Lizeo, Brazilian Chair – MIT Educational Council, é desde 2008 coordenadora do time brasileiro de entrevistadores de candidatos ao programa de graduação do MIT. No período de 2003 a 2006, trabalhou no MIT Admissions Office, em Cambridge, como application reader do pool americano e internacional.

Fernando Carvalho, tem uma história relacionada ao MIT iniciada no ano de 1995, quando, em conjunto com Elaine Lizeo, desenvolveu um trabalho muito bem sucedido de ampliação da representatividade brasileira no programa de MBA da MIT Sloan School of Management, situado no topo do ranking dos programas de MBA dos Estados Unidos naquele ano.

Desde 2007, Elaine e Fernando, autorizados pelo MIT Dean of Admissions, Stu Schmill, têm desenvolvido no Brasil um trabalho sustentável de divulgação de oportunidades educacionais no ultra competitivo programa de graduação do MIT, e em Cambridge junto ao Admissions Office, visando uma maior visibilidade dos brasileiros que gozam de excelente reputação dentro da comunidade de graduação do Instituto.


Should You Apply Early Action vs Early Decision?

Today is the deadline for Early applications and several of our seniors are submitting applications today. Below is a text from Princeton Review on Early Action vs Early Decision and important things to consider.

Many colleges allow applicants to submit their materials for an early deadline (sometime in the fall) that falls before the regular deadline (usually sometime in January or February). Here’s what you need to know.

Advantages of applying early
Show You’re Serious
Applying early lets your favorite school (or schools) know that you are serious about attending. Schools track how many applicants accept their offers of admission and release those numbers to the public. A school looks good when a high percentage of accepted applicants chose to attend. So if they think you’re likely to accept their offer of admission, it may give your application a leg up.

Cut Down on Admission Stress
If you are accepted to your dream school, you won’t have to bother with the time and expense of applying elsewhere. You can put your focus back on right now instead of one year from now.

Some students and high school counselors believe that applying early decision gives them better odds of acceptance, but the truth is early acceptance rates and admissions standards vary from school to school. You can find early decision application numbers and acceptance rates for many schools in our Best Colleges book, and don’t be afraid to ask an admission counselor at your dream school directly about their early admission practices.

There is a (potential) disadvantage to applying early, however. You may not have the opportunity to compare financial aid packages offered by other schools.

Early Action vs Early Decision
Most schools allow you to apply early in one of two ways: early decision or early action.

Early decision
Early decision is binding. This means if you are accepted through early decision, you are committed to attending that school, and will withdraw any applications you may have submitted for the regular deadlines at other schools. You may not apply to more than one college under early decision. If you are not accepted, you will either be rejected or deferred. Rejected applicants may not apply again that year. Deferred applicants will be reconsidered during the regular admission period, and are free to apply to other schools.

Early decision deadlines are often in November, and students are typically notified of the decision in December.

Early action
Early action is non–binding. This means you are not bound to attend if you are accepted. You may also apply early action to multiple colleges. Early action deadlines usually fall at the same time as early decision.

The obvious advantage of early action over early decision is the opportunity it gives you to apply to, and ultimately compare financial aid packages from several schools. If you are accepted early decision, you risk missing the admission deadlines of other schools while you wait for your award package to arrive. If that award is lackluster, your options are fewer.

Our Advice
If you’re sure that you’ve found your best-fit school, you know it’s one you want to attend, you’re a strong candidate for admission, and you know that you can afford the tuition, go ahead and apply early decision.

That is a whole lot of research and comparison to have done by fall of your senior year, though, and if you’re uncertain about any of those factors, you’re not alone! Keep your options open by applying early action, or by the regular deadline.

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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