A Few Telling Freshman Trends

The New York Times published a very interesting article on some telling freshman trends.

In 1967, 43% of people answering the survey didn’t apply to any universities. The second largest percentage was 21% which applied to ONE university. By comparison, in 2016 21% of those surveyed were applying to 7 to 10 universities.

In 1974, 77% of those surveyed were attending their first choice university. In 2016 57% are attending their first choice.

More results in the photo below or on the NY Times website.

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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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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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Let´s talk about RANKINGS!

When looking for a college, one of the factors you might take into account are rankings.

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First and foremost, keep in mind there are several types of rankings and schools might have different positions depending on what list you´re looking at. So be sure to check several rankings before determining whether a college is “well ranked” or not. For example, the University of Chicago is ranked as #3 by US News in their National Universities Rankings. Times Higher Education ranks University of Chicago as #13 in its US Colleges Rankings. Forbes ranks University of Chicago as #20 in its America´s Top Colleges Ranking. Each ranking uses different methodologies leading to different results.

Second, you should look at rankings for majors you might want to study as there´s a vast difference between national rankings and rankings for specific majors. For example, Purdue University is ranked by US News as #60 in National Universities Rankings. Purdue is also ranked by US News as #9 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Purdue also ranks as #13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, don´t look just at rankings – it is important that a college be a good fit for YOU – that might be uncorrelated to its ranking and that is perfectly ok.

Keep in mind there are rankings for pretty much anything from major, to food, to dorms, to quality of life, to best teaching, etc. For example, Princeton Review “Happiest Students” did a survey and ranked where students seem the happiest.

Here are some of the most popular rankings that you should take a look at:

US News National Universities Rankings

US News National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings

US News – Other Rankings Including By Major

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education US Colleges Rankings

Times Higher Education – Other Rankings

Forbes America´s Top Colleges

Princeton Review Best 381 Colleges

ARWU = Academic Rankings of World Universities

Q&S = Quacquarelli Simonds

 

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

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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.

Kindness – can it help you get into college?

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We recently read a very inspiring article by Rebecca Sabky who´s a former admissions director at Dartmouth. Below are some of our favorite parts:

“The problem is that in a deluge of promising candidates, many remarkable students become indistinguishable from one another, at least on paper. It is incredibly difficult to choose who to admit. Yet in the chaos of SAT scores, extracurriculars and recommendations, one quality is always irresistible in a candidate: kindness.”

“The most surprising indication of kindness I´ve ever come across in my admissions career came from a student who went to a large public school in New England. He was clearly bright, as evidenced by his class rank and teacher´s praise….But one letter of recommendation caught my eye. It was from a school custodian…the custodian wrote that he was compelled to support this student´s candidacy because of his thoughtfulness. This young man was the only person in the school who knew the names of every member of the janitorial staff.”

“Colleges should foster the growth of individuals who show promise not just in leadership and academics, but also in generosity of spirit.”

We hope this will serve as inspiration and/or encouragement to all our students who may apply to college one day. Have you done an act of kindness recently? It might help you get into your dream school!

Read the entire article: Check This Box if You´re a Good Person

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How to choose the right college…

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Adam Weinberg (President of Denison University) wrote the following article:

A letter to parents from a college president (and a dad): How to choose the right college.

In it he writes some valuable tips including:

  • Value comes largely from fit. If the fit is wrong it is nearly impossible to get a good education – no matter how good the college is
  • Mentorship especially from a faculty member is crucial
  • Students are more likely to succeed when they are able to participate in activities outside the classroom (student organizations, athletics etc)
  • Students learn a lot from one another
  • Discuss fit! Prefer small classes or lecture halls? More comfortable in urban setting or rural? What kinds of people do you thrive around?
  • Choose a college where you can pursue your passions
  • Visit the colleges if possible

For more tips read the entire article.

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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

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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