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Tufts University Welcomes Low-Income and First-Generation Students

No Comments 08 August 2017

Tufts University, located in Medford, Massachusetts, is a student-centered research university full of friendly, engaged, collaborative and civically minded people. It offers small class sizes and the individual attention of a small liberal arts college with the experiential opportunities of a large research institution.

Students can take classes within three undergraduate schools — the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts — while tapping into the unique constellations of graduate and professional colleges that make up Tufts.

Tufts offers more than 150 majors and minors. It encourages students to find connections between disciplines.

Programs for First-Generation Students

An offer of admission from Tufts could include enrollment in a six-week summer bridge program for first-generation college students and students from under-resourced high schools. The Bridge to Liberal Arts Success (BLAST) and Bridge to Engineering Success (BEST) support students in their transition to college. Students complete two Tufts courses for credit before the start of the academic year.

The First Generation Student Council, Quest Scholars Network and Center for STEM Diversity also create communities of support for underrepresented groups. All undergraduates have access to student success advisors to facilitate the transition to college.


Tufts is committed to making sure all of admitted students can afford an education. The university meets 100 percent of the full demonstrated need of all students. Students with a total family income of less than $60,000 receive a financial aid package that includes no student loans. For our students with the greatest need, additional grant funding for travel and personal expenses also is included in the financial aid package.

Access to Opportunity

Tufts is located outside Boston, a global center of education that offers access to endless internships and social activities, a thriving arts scene and a collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit. Its campus provides the best of both worlds. The university is just far enough outside of the city to have plenty of green space and a contained campus that fosters community, but it also is located 10 minutes from Boston’s subway system, the T, with easy access to the city.

Admissions, Choosing A School

Tips for Transferring Colleges

No Comments 07 August 2017

Sometimes the college you select does not work out. If you’ve given it time and realize it is not the right fit, that’s fine. Transferring colleges always is an option. Here are some tips if you decide to transfer colleges.

Do a little soul searching. What is it about your current college that made you want to transfer? Location? Size? Academic programs? It is important that you are able to determine the things your college experience was lacking. When you visit potential colleges, make sure they really fit the criteria you are looking for.

College application process. The college application process is stressful, and you’re about to go through it again. But this time around, try the Greenlight Scholars application. The application is free. You will be able to apply to multiple colleges at once and share your story. The application gives a complete picture of your academics, skills, experiences and potential.

Transferring credits. Don’t let the work you’ve already put in go to waste. If possible, transfer to a college that will accept your credits. If not, contact the college you hope to apply to and talk to someone in admissions. Ask for a counselor who specializes in transfer students, if possible, and chat about which credits will be accepted.

Financial aid. Certain colleges don’t offer transfer students a lot of financial aid. Talk to a financial aid officer at your current college for tips on how to potentially get more financial aid from your new college. Make sure you also are familiar with the financial aid situation at your new college before you commit. Now that you have decided to transfer, keep checking out the scholarships we match you with on your College Greenlight profile.

Choosing A School

Pros and Cons of a Summer College Visit

No Comments 07 June 2017

College visits: It’s not a question of if you should do it but when. Take a look at the pros and cons of planning a college visit during the summer to see if this is the right time for you.

Pro: It’s a Vacation

College visits usually are crammed into one weekend. But when you visit during the summer, you can take your time. You can explore the sights a campus offers. Take a look at dorms, the library and academic buildings you might spend time in. With the freedom that summer has to offer, you can stretch the visit across a few days. Plus, you’ll even have the time to check out the surrounding city.

Con: Few Students

Your potential academic program is one of the most important reasons to pick a college. Feeling at home with the other students, however, is just as important. There will be fewer students on campus if you visit during the summer. Unfortunately, that means you might not be able to experience the energy that the students bring to the campus. Consider visiting that college again in the fall to see what it’s like full of students.

Pro: More Attention

College visits during the academic year can be filled with dozens of students. During the summer, there’s a good chance it’ll just be you and maybe one or two other prospective students. That means the tour guide will have more time to give to you. Use this to your advantage and ask as many questions as you want.

Con: Fewer Activities

Since summer means fewer students on campus, that means fewer activities to see. During the fall, colleges often offer overnight visits. That means you can spend the night with a student in his or her dorm room. You shadow them in classes and extracurricular activities. You might have the option to see a summer school course, but visiting a college during the summer will limit the number of student activities you can experience.

Admissions, Choosing A School

Make the Most of Summer

No Comments 30 May 2017

Think of your summer break as extra time to prepare for college. Follow these steps to make sure you’re optimizing the next few months.


Find an organization you are passionate and look at volunteer opportunities. A positive volunteer experience can be a great topic for a scholarship or college essay. Colleges will be impressed to see that you spent the summer volunteering since it shows that you are a well-rounded individual.

Choose Colleges

Take some time to evaluate the kind of college you want to attend. Think of every aspect of a potential college – size, location, majors offered — and add them to your college list. Make sure you have a decent mix of safety, reach and match schools. When you’re ready to apply to colleges, you can consult this list.

Find a Summer Job

Every little bit helps for college, so start saving now. In addition to having extra money for college, this shows schools that you are a hard worker. Plus, jobs can be great leads for college scholarships.

Take Classes

Sure, summer school might seem like the least desirable thing right now, but taking a class or two this summer could pay off in the long run. Look into general education classes at your local community college. Your future college likely will accept these courses, which means that you will not have to take them in college. This will give you time to take more classes in college that interest you or graduate early and save money. Before you enroll in a class, talk to your future college and make sure they will accept these credits.


You’ve worked hard this school year. Between working and preparing for college, find some time to unwind this summer. Go to the pool, hang out with friends and catch up on Netflix. You’ll be more prepared to take on the upcoming school year if you feel refreshed.

Admissions, Choosing A School

What To Do if You Don’t Get Accepted into College

No Comments 26 April 2017

Getting rejected from the colleges you applied to is heartbreaking, but it might not be the end of the road for you. If you did not get to any colleges, take a look at these options to pursue.

Look Into Late and Rolling Admissions Schools

Don’t fret – all hope is not lost. Research schools that have late acceptance and rolling admissions policies. Schools with these policies continue to accept and review applications and accept new students until they’ve filled all available spots.

Not every rolling admissions school operates the same way, though. Some colleges will enact a rolling admissions policy after their regular admissions date if they have openings. Other colleges will have a rolling admissions policy year-round.

Consider Community College

Your college journey does not have to begin at a four-year university. Enrolling at your local community college is a great way to kick off your pursuit of higher education. It’s important to remember that community college is not just like high school. You will get opportunities to meet new people, take college courses and find out what you want to pursue a career in, just like you would at a four-year college. You can make your own schedule, which means you also will have the time to pursue other interests.

Take a Gap Year

You don’t have to attend college directly after high school – throw tradition out the window and take a gap year. Take time to find out what you’re passionate about. This could guide you to selecting a major you never would have thought to pursue. A gap year also gives you time to work a part-time job so that you can save for college. Get organized, keep your dreams of higher education in your sights and you’ll be ready for college in no time.

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