Choosing A School

Spotlight on Worcester Polytechnic Institute

No Comments 21 September 2017

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a college of more than 6,000 students in Worcester, Massachusetts. The college places an emphasis on students who are creative and curious, enjoy working in teams to get things done and love math and science but are passionate about other things such as music, art or movies.

The campus is a medium-sized community that is made up of students from many different cultures. It offers a personalized experience where “students aren’t treated like numbers and are able to make impacts in the ways that matter to them,” according to the college. It also emphasizes project-based learning, where students apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

The college also is home to one of two goat mascots in the country, Gompei. The mascot was named for Gompei Kuwada, a 1983 graduate. The college’s freshman and sophomores compete each year to win the Goat’s Head Trophy, a bronze statue of the mascot. The competition includes a rope pulling competition and plays out through events during the course of the year.

The college also has diverse student activities ranging from traditional sports to gaming. There are more than 200 student organizations on campus.

The college costs $46,364 a year in tuition and $13,736 a year in room and board. The college offers both need-based and merit financial aid. That aid includes need-based financial aid packages, merit-based scholarships, on-campus employment and loan programs and payment plans for parents. Most students receive grants averaging about $20,000.

The college also participates in a fly-in program, which allows students from low-income families to tour the campus. It also boasts that 20 percent of its students are first-generation. Worcester Polytechnic Institute also is committed to diversity and runs a Connections Program to increase domestic students of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Admissions, Greenlight Scholars

Greenlight Scholars Colleges G-O

No Comments 19 September 2017

The Greenlight Scholars Application is unique because it connects students like you with wonderful colleges across the country. Here’s why Greenlight Scholars partner colleges are special.

This is the second in a series of articles about the Greenlight Scholars Application. The first covers colleges A through F.

Gannon UniversityGannon University is situated close to Erie, Penn. and is near businesses, organizations and government agencies that are partners in helping students succeed. These organizations offer students internships and jobs.

Georgian Court University – A whopping 92 percent of the faculty at Georgian Court hold doctorates or terminal degrees. The college is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best regional colleges in the country.

Goshen College – Almost 43 percent of undergraduate students at Goshen College are students of color. Six percent of students also are from countries other than the U.S.

Illinois College – Students at Illinois College have the opportunity to take one of 90 classes embedded with diversity experience. There also is the option to completely immerse yourself in a diverse culture by participating in BreakAway trips, which are offered during break and focus around a specific topic.

Immaculata University – In 2016, 97 percent of Immaculata University’s graduating class were employed or in graduate school within a year of graduating. According to the U.S. Department of Education, IU’s median salary (10 years after entering the university) for former students is higher than the national average.

Lees-McRae CollegeLees-McRae College was named a College of Distinction within North Carolina because of its upward trajectory. Other recognitions include the Silver Bicycle Friendly University award and being the 23rd best regional college in the South.

Milwaukee School of EngineeringMSOE’s engineering program is ranked as tenth in the country. The college also boasts a 97 percent job placement rate.

Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMissouri S&T trains its students to be equipped to handle the global problems of tomorrow. Students are able to choose from 97 degree programs in 39 areas of study.

Northland College – Almost all — some 99 percent — of Northland students receive some form of financial aid. That aid includes scholarships, grants and loans.

Oklahoma Baptist UniversityOklahoma Baptist University was ranked as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report. The same report has ranked the college as Oklahoma’s highest-rated regional college for the last 23 years in a row.

Admissions, First Generation Students

How to Stand Out on a College Application as a First-Generation Student

No Comments 14 September 2017

As a first-generation college student, going up against thousands of other college applicants might seem intimidating. Here are some tips for how you can stand out on your application.

Determine if you have first-generation status at this school. Colleges have different definitions of first-generation. Some consider students whose parents who never attended any post-secondary institution as first-generation students. Others will consider students whose parents attended a two-year institution to be first-generation. Colleges also consider you to be a first-generation student if your parents didn’t attend college, but your siblings did.

Be authentic. When you are answering questions on the application, don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Keep the writing clear and precise. There’s no need to break out a thesaurus. Use simple language when you are explaining your academic/career goals and why you want to attend this specific college.

Let your experiences shine in your application essay. Your college application essay is the best place for you to share your experiences. If you are able to select your own topic, write about a personal experience that highlights the struggles you have overcome as a first-generation student. If you are unable to pick the essay topic, just make sure you find a way to tie back the essay to your life. Admissions officers want a well-rounded student body. Show them why you are unique.

Have your mentor check over your application. Your mentor has been through the college application process. He or she will know what a college admissions officer is looking for. This person also should know you. Your mentor should be able to give you tips as to what personality traits and life experiences you should highlight in your college application.

Admissions, Choosing A School

How to Begin the College Visit Process

No Comments 13 September 2017

One of the most daunting aspects of finding the perfect college for you might be how to begin the college visit process. Here are some tips to make sure you start off on the right foot.

Finalize your college list. This list should consist of five to nine colleges that fit your financial, social and academic fit. Within this list, you should have a good mix of safety, reach and match schools. You’ll want to visit as many of these schools as possible before you decide on a college.

Check your calendar. Coordinate your personal calendar with your academic calendar to see when the best time is to visit campuses. Spring and winter breaks are good times to road trip and hit multiple colleges or visit the furthest one. A three-day weekend is a great opportunity to visit a local school. Make a note on your calendar to hold these days for college visits.

Plan ahead. List the questions you need answered by each college. Even if it seems simple, ask it. Consider which buildings and offices you’d like to see on each campus. This will be your one chance to see the campus before you make a final decision. Don’t waste it.

Time to schedule. Reach out to each college and schedule a visit as soon as you know a date that works for you. Take this time to schedule anything else on that campus, such as an overnight stay with a current student. The earlier you schedule, the more time you allow yourself to prepare.

There’s no wrong time to start the college visit process. Even if you are only a freshman or sophomore, don’t be afraid to visit a college. The earlier you start, the more well-informed you will be by the time you need to select a college.


Greenlight Scholars Colleges A-F

No Comments 08 September 2017

The Greenlight Scholars Application is unique because it connects students like you with wonderful colleges across the country. Here’s why the Greenlight Scholars partner colleges are special.

Alverno College – Located in Milwaukee, Alverno College is one of the nation’s largest Catholic colleges for women. Alverno offers undergraduate courses that encourage students to connect with the world around them. Graduate classes are open to men.

Briar Cliff UniversityBriar Cliff sees equal importance in a student’s academics and their extracurricular activities. Briar Cliff stresses a focus on creating well-rounded students.

Carleton CollegeCarleton boasts some of the best financial aid in the country. The school is committed to meeting 100 percent of financial need to all admitted students.

Carroll UniversityCarroll is the first institution to open in the state of Wisconsin. The university opened two years before Wisconsin became a state.

The College of Wooster – At the College of Wooster, each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to complete a significant research project. These projects can begin as early as the second semester of freshman year.

Cornell CollegeCornell College was the first college west of the Mississippi River to grant women the same rights as men. Cornell awarded its first degree to a woman in 1858.

Drake University – Students at Drake get the opportunity to take first-year seminars with topics such as Contextualizing Beyoncé and Comics & Social Diversity. These classes are less than 21 students and focus on dialogue among students.

Elmhurst College – Students who attend Elmhurst get the unique experience of living in a suburb that is a 30-minute train ride from Chicago. Students can experience the resources of a small, tight-knit campus with the opportunity of a bustling city nearby.

Eureka CollegeEureka College recognizes that not every major will fit each individual student’s needs. Because of that, students are allowed to design their own major with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fontbonne UniversityFontbonne University students can mentor and mold young minds by working youth camps. These camps allow students the opportunity to mentor and teach children from elementary to middle school.

Stay tuned for two more articles, which will be linked here, exploring Greenlight Scholars colleges. 

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