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The Green Light on Cooper Union!

No Comments 11 December 2017

In theatre, it’s about the lime light. Over here at College Greenlight, we include a lot more than just lime in our color palette. Every week we try to shine our green light (get it?) onto deserving institutions that our students might be interested in. This week, we spoke with Makeda King-Smith, the Assistant Director of Admissions and Records at Cooper Union! Located in the Big Apple, this privately-funded college has a unique way of doing things!

What makes your institution stand out from others students may be considering?

The Cooper Union is a unique institution for many reasons. One thing that sets us apart from other schools is that our academic programs are very specialized and focused. We are a small school located in New York City and offer three programs for undergraduates: art, architecture, and engineering.  Cooper is a great match for students who have a clear sense of the field they wish to pursue.  We’re proud of our intimate environment driven by the relationship between passionate students and faculty.

What support services or diversity initiatives do you offer to first-gen, low-income, and/or underrepresented students?

Cooper is a small and inclusive community that is student-centered. We strive to create a space where students of all backgrounds and experiences feel welcomed, included, and empowered to create change on campus. We are always thinking of more ways to improve inclusion and student involvement on campus. One recent change was the removal of all gendered signs from our restrooms. This effort was  pioneered by a group of students and supported by Cooper’s administration. Another more recent example of improving inclusion on campus was the creation of our Diversity Task Force. This Diversity and Inclusion Task Force was tasked with examining diversity and inclusion at Cooper in order to develop an actionable plan that promotes inclusive practices across all facets of Cooper’s operations, pedagogy, and student support. We are also proud that Cooper Union students comprise many working committees on campus and even sit on our Board of Trustees! These are just a few examples of ways in which we support diversity and student inclusion at Cooper Union.

What should College Greenlight students know about financial aid at your institution?

At Cooper Union, our admissions process is completely need-blind, meaning we do not consider a student’s financial circumstances during the admissions review. When applying, students are evaluated on merit alone, not their ability to pay for school. We award all undergraduate students admitted to Cooper Union a half-tuition scholarship, currently valued at $21,625.  This scholarship renews every semester of a student’s program as long they complete their program on-time. Students will automatically be considered for additional merit-based scholarships when they apply; no additional application is required. Additionally significant, many of our students qualify for need-based financial aid after completing a FAFSA application. This aid helps to cover remaining tuition, books, supplies, housing, etc.

What does your institution’s campus and its surrounding area have to offer students? (Cultural opportunities, outdoor recreation, athletics)

Cooper Union is a small school in a big city. We capitalize on the fact we are located in the East Village with Manhattan as our campus. From galleries and museums to movie sets and theaters, there is never a shortage of things to do and see in our neighborhood. In addition to all of the offerings of Manhattan, we have lots going on at Cooper Union. With over 90 clubs, there are many ways for students to get involved on campus and outside of the classroom. Our historic Great Hall regularly hosts world-renowned politicians, activists and artists through programs that are free to students.

What else should students and counselors know that we should highlight in our post?

Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by industrialist Peter Cooper who at that time in our nation’s history, had the radical notion that education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic background, or immigration status. Cooper Union is still firmly rooted in its commitment to providing a high quality education that is accessible to all regardless of demographic.


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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.

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Benefits of Taking a Gap Year

No Comments 21 June 2017

Most people attend college right after high school graduation. But some choose to take a gap year instead. Here are a few benefits of waiting to go to college.

You can discover what you are truly passionate about. Taking a gap year allows you to get out into the world and experience new things and people. Diving yourself into one of these new experiences might allow you to discover a new passion you can study in college.

You can travel. You’re only young once, right? With this extra time, you can get out in the world and immerse new cultures. Traveling can show a college that you are a well-rounded student with an appreciation for cultures different than your own. Plus, the experiences gained from traveling look great on a scholarship application.

You can get ahead in your studies. Take a gap year to get ahead of the game. If you struggled with Spanish in high school, take a couple of Spanish courses. Keep studying for the ACT or SAT. Create your own reading list to always keep your mind sharp. If you have time, take a general education course at a local community college to get it out of the way. This extra prep will give you a leg up when you do start college.

You can meet new people. A gap year will allow you to meet new people. This time allows you to meet new connections you might not have met during college.

Beef up your resume. On top of new classes, you can add new experiences to your resume. Want to volunteer at an organization that you are passionate about? You have time for that. Itching to get into the workforce? A part-time job can easily be in your future. The world can be your oyster.

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College Greenlight Summer Challenge Scholarship Official Rules

No Comments 28 April 2017


  1. SPONSOR. The College Greenlight Summer Challenge Scholarship (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by College Greenlight, a division of, LLC (“Sponsor”).
  2. HOW TO ENTER. You may enter the Sweepstakes by doing the following: (a) Log into your College Greenlight account, (b) add 5 colleges to your “My Colleges” List, (c) add 5 scholarships by changing your status to “Will Apply” and (d) Click the Apply button for the College Greenlight Summer Challenge Scholarship. Individuals who complete the foregoing steps and meet all other eligibility requirements contained in these Rules will be automatically entered for a chance to win the Sweepstakes.
  3. ELIGIBILITY: This Sweepstakes is open only to registered College Greenlight users who are residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, thirteen (13) years of age or older and currently enrolled (or enroll within two years of the Sweepstakes) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university or trade school) located in the United States. Entrants under the age of majority in their state of residence (“Minors”) must have permission to enter from their parent or legal guardian and will be required to obtain a written release from their parent or legal guardian prior to claiming any prize.  Proof of permission may be required at any time. Employees of Cappex (along with its contractors, affiliates and subsidiaries) and their families are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. Contestants residing in those areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest but may not win any prizes. Each entry must be submitted on an individual basis (i.e., no team, joint, or corporate entries) and all components of the entry must be the original creation of the submitting participant. Only non-commercial work may be submitted. Entries may not contain profanity, nudity, pornographic images, violent images, anti-competition messages, illegal material, or material that violates the rights of third parties. Entries may not include confidential information, trade secrets, trademarks or copyrighted material belonging to any person or entity other than the entrant absent a suitable license or permission agreement, proof of which is required. Entries containing any forbidden matter or material otherwise deemed by Sponsor to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Online entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.
  4. CONTEST PERIOD. Entries will be accepted online starting on or about May 1, 2017 and ending September 1, 2017 All online entries must be received by September 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.
  5. WINNER SELECTION. Two winners will be selected via random drawing from all eligible Sweepstakes entries (“Winner”). If a Winner is disqualified for any reason, an alternate Winner will be selected through additional random drawings as many times as necessary.  The odds of winning will be determined by the number of entrants into the Sweepstakes.
  6.  PRIZES. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship (“Scholarship Prize”) in the form of a direct payment to the accredited post-secondary institution of higher education attended by the winner (once the winner has enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education and submitted proof of enrollment to Sponsor or Sponsor’s scholarship administrator). The awarding of any Scholarship Prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules and subject to Sponsor’s verification of Applicant and Applicant’s submission. Applicants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any Winner is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, Scholarship Prize will be forfeited and an alternate Winner will be selected. Applicants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this Scholarship Program and acceptance, possession and use of Scholarship Prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Scholarship Program or in the announcement of the Scholarship Prize.
  7. WINNER NOTIFICATION. Winners will be notified via the social media account used to enter the Sweepstakes within 14 days after the winners have been determined, and no later than 30 days following the end date of the contest. Inability to contact a winner may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.
    1. By entering, you represent that: (i) your entry is your own original work; and (ii) you own or have the rights to convey any and all right and title in any material submitted as part of your entry into the Sweepstakes.
    2. Participants hereby grant Cappex a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the Submission (along with their names, voices, performance and/or likenesses) in all media now known and later come into being for purposes of trade or advertising without further compensation. Participants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant Cappex the foregoing license and if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their Submission in order to grant such a license. Cappex is under no obligation to use any Submission or return the Submissions to participants.
    3. Winners (and their parent or legal guardian, if a Minor) will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a liability release and where lawful, a publicity release within 14 days of notification. Non-compliance within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.  Any income tax liability is the sole responsibility of the winner.
  9. USE OF CONTEST INFORMATION: All entries become the property of Cappex. Cappex reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.
  10. NOT ENDORSED BY SOCIAL MEDIA PROVIDERS: By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (“Social Media Providers”) and release the Social Media Providers from any and all liability arising from or related to this contest.
  11. CONDUCT: All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.  Cappex in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of its web site or is otherwise in violation of these rules.
  12. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to release Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, officers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Cappex is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur.  If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort; Cappex may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.  Entrants further agree to release Cappex from any liability resulting from, or related to participation in the contest.
  13. WINNERS LIST: The names of the winners may be obtained by sending a self-addresses stamped envelope to:, LLC, ATTN: Marketing Department, 311 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 5900, Chicago, IL 60606.


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Counselors: 3 Easy Ways to Get Your Juniors Started Finding Great Colleges

No Comments 31 March 2016

Before they know it, college acceptance letters will be rolling in and the class of 2017 will begin to make the life changing decision where to attend in the fall, it’ll soon be time to get your juniors really digging in to their college search.  What better time to get them searching for great match and fit colleges than now?

Even as the school year ends, we know that there is still plenty of work to do to, but using College Greenlight makes it easy to help next year’s cohort get ahead.  Check out these 3 steps to get your juniors ready to send out those applications this fall.

  1. Have your students create an account on College Greenlight

Getting your students to create accounts on College Greenlight is the first step to diving into their college search. We’ve developed this helpful handout that walks students through the simple and quick account creation process.  Make sure that students also connect with you when completing their profile to allow you to better track their progress as they navigate the colleges on our site, create their college list, and begin to find scholarships.

Thanks to our new mobile optimization, creating a College Greenlight account is easier than ever for students who aren’t able to reach a computer and rely on their smartphones or tablets for internet access. Learn more about our new mobile-friendly site here.

  1. Use College Greenlight tools in your college search programming and workshops

College Greenlight’s search and match tools allow students to get a 360 look at how they can apply and afford a degree at any college on their list.   Our “What Are My Chances?” calculator, for example, will allow them to see if a school is a reach, match, or safety school based on a college’s selectivity or historical admission trends.   Students can also utilize our Net Price Calculator to see an estimation of the cost to attend a school based on their family’s income.  Students will also be able to stay organized by creating and managing a college list within the dashboard on the College Greenlight platform, and will even have the opportunity to connect with colleges interested in recruiting and supporting talented and diverse students.

We’ve developed a number of tutorial videos for you to use in the classroom or in your next one-on-one meeting.  Share these with your students and fellow colleagues!

  1. Participate in the Summer Challenge

Looking for an easy and fun way to get your 2017 seniors on the right track this summer?

Every summer, we give students the incentive to to start their college and scholarship search.  From May 1st until the end of August, students can enter to win a $500 scholarship by adding 10 colleges to their college list and finding 5 scholarships they plan to apply for. It’s that easy!

Learn more about Summer Challenge here.

Want to create a counselor account, or have any questions about getting your students on the College Greenlight platform?  Feel free to contact us at 

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