Saturday, February 27, 2010

Northwestern University National High School Music Institute = College Application?

Northwestern University National High School Music Institute in Evanston Illinois is June 27-June 30, 2010. This is what they need for an application (?!), it looks like a college application, plus an audition:

• Complete this information form and mail it to the address listed below.
• Write a brief history of your musical background on a separate sheet of paper. Please include information about your activities in music: length of study; private teacher(s); participation in special workshops; a list of works you have studied and performed in the last four years; solo performances; choral, jazz, orchestral, or wind ensemble experience; chamber music experience; roles in school productions; secondary instruments, etc.
• Request that your guidance counselor provide us with information on
your academic background. Please provide your counselor with a stamped envelope addressed to us and ask that the following items be sent:
A transcript of your high school record
• Your grade point average
• Your high school class rank
• Your PSAT, SAT, and/or PLAN, ACT scores

The application fee is $50, about on par with college applications

It's five weeks for $4700 (by contrast Marrowstone Music Festival in WA is 2 weeks for about $2500)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Macalester College St Paul Minnesota

Macalester College

Location: St Paul Minnesota
Similar ACT Scores:



Similar ACT Scores

It's at the bottom end of the best schools. It's not as well known as NYU, USC or Brown (an Ivy League), but because of that, it's 46% admit rate means it's not impossible to get in even if you meet their standards which is often the case at the most competitive schoos.
  • 95 29 Columbia University NYC
  • 29 33 Vanderbilt Nashville
  • 28 33 Brown University
  • 28 32 Macalester St Paul
  • 28 32 Kenyon College Ohio
  • 28 33 University of Southern California
  •         University of California at Berkeley
  • 28 31 New York University

Brag points:

  • admit rate 46% (means it's relatively easy to get in for a school with very high test scores and quality vs more famous schools)
  • The New Ivies: 25 Hot Schools
  • One of the top five liberal arts colleges chosen by National Merit Scholars
  • Class size 17
  • Student faculty ratio 10 to 1
  • 80% of science majors conduct independent research
  • 313 students studied in 50 countries through 119 program
  • 2 out of 3 complete internships, 301 students at 200 sites
  • 63% of grads attend graduate or professional schoosl within 5 years
  • 90% admission rate to grad school
  • Medical school admit rate 40% above national average  
  • 80 languages spoken on campus
  • 21% of US students are "students of color" (that's a bit less than US population, and including Asians)
  • 18% students are citizens of another country

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Washington University in St. Louis

Ranks with Harvard for ACT, but below Tufts and Brandeis, Rice on Forbes rating

Here's some similar ACT composite score schools:

31-35 Harvard
31-34 Washington University in St. Louis
31-34 MIT

Forbes 2009
38. Brandeis University (MA)

39. Tufts University (MA)
40. Barnard College (NY)
41. Lawrence University (WI)
42. DePauw University (IN)
43. Rice University (TX)
44. Reed College (OR)

45. Washington University, St. Louis (MO)

46. Bucknell University (PA)
47. Mount Holyoke College (MA)
48. College of William and Mary (VA)
49. Hamilton College (NY)
50. University of Notre Dame (IN)