Reflections on the College Admissions Process

College-Admission

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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NYU 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 New York University. Did you know that?

  • NYU has several Band students attending
  • 5917 is the total freshman enrollment. 58% female / 42% male. 50 US states represented in the student body
  • NYU has the highest number of international students in America. 83 countries are represented in the freshman class. 20% of the freshman class is composed of non-US citizens
  • 766 international faculty members and research scholars from 82 countries around the world
  • $30,000 average scholarship amount awarded to freshmen
  • 230+ areas of study available to undergraduates
  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 54% graduates receiving 2 or more job offers
  • 86% of graduates employed 6 months post commencementNYU campus NYU campus 3 NYU campus 2

Dartmouth 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.

So let´s start with DARTMOUTH! Dartmouth is one of the Ivy League colleges. Did you also know that Dartmouth is:

  • Dartmouth accepted 2 Band students in the past 2 years!
  • #1 in study abroad. Dartmouth leads the ivies in study abroad.
  • Top ten for internship success.
  • 4,214 unique individuals. Students come from 50 states and 71 countries. 
  • $46,315 average scholarship. Every year awards more than $88 million in need-based scholarships.
  • 7:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • Over 2,100 courses. Catalog includes the flexibility to design individualized study.
  • Over $200 million annually in sponsored research. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a “research university with very high research activity.” Undergraduates can participate in research alongside faculty and graduate students as early as their first year.
  • Recognized nationally for commitment to undergraduate teaching, every year since the ranking began. Classrooms are led by stellar faculty.
  • #2 in return on investment. Alumni pay it forward as their way of saying “thanks.”

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Want to learn more? Come to the event on April 12!

5 Myths About College Admissions

The Washington Post just published an interesting article about some common myths about college admissions.

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Myth 1: Admissions essays don´t matter

Myth 2: The more extracurriculars, the better

Myth 3: Ivy League schools are the most selective

Myth 4: Average grades in hard classes are better than A´s in easy ones

Myth 5: Schools don´t need affirmative action to make diverse classes

Read the article to learn more about these myths: Washington Post “Five myths about college admissions”

Follow Universities on Instagram

Are You Following Universities on Instagram?

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You can learn a lot about a university by following them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat.

Here are some of the more popular University Instagram accounts:

  • Harvard University @harvard
  • Stanford University @stanford
  • Princeton University @princeton_university
  • Columbia University @columbia
  • University of Pennsylvania @uofpenn
  • University of Chicago @uchicago
  • Yale University @yale
  • Brown University @brownu
  • Georgetown University @georgetownuniversity
  • New York University @nyuniversity
  • University of Michigan @uofmichigan
  • University of Florida @uflorida
  • Texas A&M University @tamu
  • Univ of California – Los Angeles @ucla
  • Univ of California – Berkeley @ucberkeleyofficial
  • Univ of Wisconsin – Madison @uwmadison

These are just some ideas…almost every university abroad has an Instagram account so search for the ones you like and follow them on Instagram.

If you want to learn more about universities and their social media presence, check out this article: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-college-social-media/

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Happy St Patrick´s Day! Notre Dame Fun Facts

Today is St Patrick´s Day!

To celebrate, let´s talk about the University of the Fighting Irish! Located in Indiana, University of Notre Dame is the home of the fighting Irish.

Did you know?

  • The Golden Dome that sits on top of the Main Building is covered in 23.9-karat gold leaf. Students often find flakes of gold in the surrounding grass during a re-gilding, so I guess you could say gold is literally falling from the sky at Notre Dame!
  • The football helmets also get some gold: Other flakes collected during the re-gilding are used in their painting process.ND Fightin´ Irish
  • The architecture of the South Dining Hall is reminiscent of a medieval Guild Hall. It reminds many people of Harry Potter, which prompted food services to host the first Harry Potter-themed dinner in 2009. This is now an annual tradition!
  • Two movies were filmed at Notre Dame: “Knute Rockne, All American” and “Rudy,” both which are football related.
  • It has been said that if a male and female student holds hands and walk around the two lakes on campus in the shape of a figure 8, they will get married. A similar tale is if two people of the opposite sex kiss under the Lyons’ arch, it will lead to marriage.
  • Students, under no circumstance, walk up the steps of the Main Building. The popular superstition is that you will not graduate if you do so. Therefore, it is a commencement tradition to take a picture on the stairs.
  • Notre Dame boasts seven Heisman trophy winners, the highest number in the whole country.

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