The Nation’s Top Colleges and Universities Recruit High-Achieving Low-Income Students on College Greenlight

No Comments 17 November 2017

Did you know that more than 160 top colleges and universities partner with College Greenlight to recruit and enroll high-achieving, first-generation, and traditionally underrepresented students?

College Greenlight’s partner colleges include more than half of the top 100 colleges in the country, as measured by the most popular college ranking lists. Participating college includes private institutions like Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, Stanford, Duke, Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Cornell, and NYU, as well as public universities, such as University of Michigan, University of Florida, Texas A&M, Purdue, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Tech, and four University of California campuses.

Colleges across the country have partnered with College Greenlight as a new way to recruit and enroll first-generation and underrepresented minority students to their campuses. Through the College Greenlight platform, colleges send customized messages to students who meet their recruitment parameters, creating new interest from students who might not have been aware of their institution or thought that the school was out of their reach academically or financially.

The College Greenlight platform combats the underrepresentation of first-generation, low-income and minority students on college campuses by providing free access to comprehensive college and scholarship search tools and resources to close the information gap. Since College Greenlight’s launch in 2012, more than 1,300 college access programs, community-based organizations (CBOs), and schools dedicated to supporting low-income students “to and through college” have signed up to utilize the platform. College Greenlight boasts a student base of nearly 350,000 students who have registered to find colleges that match their talents and potential, as well as scholarships to fund their education.

College Greenlight’s college partners also leverage its nationwide network of college access organizations to build partnerships that can become pipelines of diverse talent. Colleges around the country are seeking to build more organizational partnerships but often don’t have the time or information to find groups that are working with the right students for that institution. By utilizing College Greenlight’s resources and tools, admissions departments can make connections with “fit” organizations, bringing more talented first-generation and low-income students to the campuses of colleges that want to recruit and support them.

College Greenlight colleges can further streamline the college admissions process for the first-generation and underrepresented students who use College Greenlight by accepting the Greenlight Scholars Application.

To learn more about becoming a College Greenlight college partner or to learn how College Greenlight can support your first-generation and low-income students, please contact the College Greenlight Team.


How to Pick Classes for the First Semester of College

No Comments 20 June 2017

Picking classes in college is more complicated than it was in high school. Here are some tips to help you select the best courses for your schedule.

Select classes that will give you lasting skills. Certain classes might sound more fun, but they won’t benefit you in the long run. Play to your skills and take classes that optimize them. If you are good at writing, find a writing course. If you like numbers, try an accounting class. By sharpening your skills, you’ll have a better chance of landing a career that you will be suited for.

Get general education requirements out of the way. There might be some pressure for you to select a major right away. No matter what major you choose, you will have to take a number of general education courses. Every university selects a number of these courses that each student must complete. By knocking these out of the way, you allow yourself more time to decide on a major.

Check Rate My Professors. In case you haven’t heard of this site, it allows students to review any professor at their school. The beauty of college is that, unlike high school, you have a choice of which professor teaches your class. Thoroughly read these reviews and take them seriously. If there is a consistent theme in a professor’s reviews that you believe would not mesh well with your learning style, you can try to avoid that professor.

Utilize college credits. If you earned any sort of college credit in high school, find out if this course fulfills any required class at your college. If it does, you could be on the track to graduate early and save money.

Register early. You likely will not have control over when you can register for classes. But if you can, register as early as possible. You will have a lot of students trying to take the same classes as you. Don’t waste any time.



No Comments 20 April 2017


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How Do I Use this Tool: The College Center

No Comments 12 April 2017

College Greenlight is here to make your college process less stressful. Watch this video to get tips on how you can work smarter as you make your college decisions.

Here are tools you can use on College Greenlight:

+ College Messaging: Connect with admissions representatives from colleges that want to meet you

+ What Are My Chances Calculator: See your chances of getting into a college or university

+ College List: Build and organize your college list by reach, match and safety schools

+ College Profiles and Net Price Estimator: Learn how much financial aid colleges could offer you  

+ Blog: Find a list of colleges that will fly you to visit their campus for FREE


Don’t forget to create or log in to your College Greenlight account.


Guide: Create Student Accounts and Connect to Counselors

No Comments 12 April 2017

Here are five easy steps to help students create their College Greenlight account and connect to their organization counselor. Once completed, students can explore opportunities ranging from campus fly-in programs to local scholarships.

Don’t forget to share these instructions with your students and colleagues. Download instructions here.

Step 1: At www.CollegeGreenlight.com, click create account.

Step 2: Enter your email and password

Step 3: Complete your contact information

Step 4: Complete your academic background

+Don’t forget to click yes to the last question of this page. You will be prompted to find your organization and counselor. Once connected, your counselor can follow your progress.

Step 5: Complete Your college preferences
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