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

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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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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Happy Pi Day! Best Engineering Programs

Happy Pi Day! (March 14 = 3.14!)

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We thought we´d celebrate Pi Day by honoring the mathematicians at Band who are looking for a degree in Engineering.

There are several Engineering rankings available including by specific program, but here´s one to take a look at today “Best Engineering Programs (at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate)”:

  1. MIT
  2. Stanford
  3. UC Berkeley
  4. CalTech
  5. Georgia Tech
  6. UIC – Urbana
  7. U Michigan – Ann Arbor
  8. Carnegie Mellon
  9. Cornell
  10. Purdue

The full list of this ranking is available at: US News Best Undergrad Engineering Programs

Other rankings available at: US News Best Colleges Rankings

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University of Minnesota to Visit Band – Fun Facts!

The University of Minnesota will be visiting Band on Wednesday, March 15 at 9:30am (Room A12).

Did you know?

  • 30,500 undergraduate students study on the Twin Cities campus
  • 16,300 graduate and professional students
  • 7,000 international students, from 135 countriesu_of_m_logo_2
  • 2,600 students study abroad—6th most among U.S. universities
  • 400,000 alumni
  • Famous alumni include Norman Borlaug (Nobel Peace Prize-winning agronomist), former Vice President Walter Mondale, satirist Garrison Keillor, and Super Bowl championship coach Tony Dungy.
  • Alumni have started 10,000 companies, employing 500,000 and generating revenue of $100 billion.
  • Twin Cities mascot: Goldy Gopher
  • Nickname: Golden Gophers

We will also be having an event on Monday March 13 with several universities from all over the world including Canada, Italy, UK, South Africa and US at 9:30am in Room A11.