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Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities

No Comments 14 February 2017

In honor of Black History month, we have compiled a list of the 10 best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the country. Check out their College Greenlight profiles to learn more.

Spelman College – Atlanta

Spelman College is a private, all-women’s college, which originally was established as a female seminary in 1881. It is ranked in the top 50 liberal arts college in the country and consistently is ranked as the best HBCU in the nation. The college is the second-largest producer of black medical students in the country. Spelman’s academic departments have individual accreditation, which makes it one of the most accredited schools in the country.

Xavier University of Louisiana – New Orleans

Xavier has been continuing its mission of promoting leadership and service-based education initiatives since its founding in 1925. The university is the first educational institution in the nation that has produced black graduates with dual undergraduate degrees in biological/life sciences and the physical sciences.

Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Ala.

Tuskegee University was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881. The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report both ranked the university as one of the best HBCUs in the country. The university offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and almost 20 doctoral programs and professional degrees.

Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.

Howard is a research university that was founded in 1867 and is considered to be the most comprehensive HBCU in the country. The university offers a medical, law, dentistry and pharmacy colleges, along with a multiple research facilities that have been internally recognized in their respective fields.

Claflin University – Orangeburg, S.C.

Claflin was founded in 1869 by Methodist missionaries to educate freedmen.. The university boasts a world-class faculty and was recently named the best liberal arts college in South Carolina. Claflin offers more than 35 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

North Carolina A&T State University – Greensboro, N.C.

North Carolina A&T State was established in 1891 as a vocational college for black students. Today, the college is recognized as a top-notch research university with the best college of engineering in the country. It has produced the most black engineers who pursue a master’s or terminal degree in their chosen field.

Hampton University ­– Hampton, Va.

Hampton University was established in 1868 as a school that would teach freedmen and their children to enter into citizenship. The university offers more than 75 different degree programs in 40 areas of study across 11 schools. Hampton also holds the rare distinction of being the only HBCU to ever have 100 percent control over a NASA mission.

Morehouse College – Atlanta

Morehouse was founded in 1867 as a private institution for men and has graduated more black men than any other school. The college’s mission includes educating students about black history and culture through programs and scholarships. Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee are Morehouse alumni.

Florida A&M University – Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida A&M was founded in 1887 as an institution dedicated to African-American education. The university offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, three professional degrees and 12 doctoral programs. These programs have increased black student involvement in science, technology, engineering and math.

Fisk University – Nashville, Tenn.

Fisk was founded in 1866, shortly after the end of the Civil War. As part of its core curriculum, Fisk students must take one course that explores African-American literature and African history. The university also is home to the first chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society on a predominantly black campus.

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Get to Know Becker College

No Comments 02 February 2017

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If you are looking for a top-notch college that emphasizes the importance of social justice, look no further than Becker College.

Located in Worcester and Leicester, Mass., Becker College has been listed for five-consecutive years by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges. Becker is home to nationally recognized programs in nursing, animal studies and video-game design.

It also features programs in business, criminal justice and legal studies, design, education, psychology and liberal arts.

With locations in two cities, Becker students have the opportunity to experience two different cultures. Worcester is the second-largest city in New England. Students can enjoy museums, sporting events, entertainment and more than 100 restaurants within walking distance of campus. Leicester is a quintessential New England town that allows students to soak up its history and culture.

More than 95 percent of accepted students receive some form of academic scholarship.  Students who submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) also are eligible for additional need-based institutional grants.

Becker treats its vision and mission as seriously as its academic curriculum. Becker is dedicated to molding its students to become highly educated and responsible citizens who are ready to contribute to society. This vision has led to Becker being recognized by Leading Women of Massachusetts in its Salute to Companies That Are Leading Women to the Top.

The college offers a learning experience that is anchored by academic excellence, social responsibility and creative expression. Becker has an 89 percent placement rate for its graduates in employment or areas of further study. An education at Becker College allows graduates to rise to the top of their chosen professions.

If Becker sounds like the right place for you, learn more at its College Greenlight profile.

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Get to Know Brandeis University and the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program

No Comments 08 December 2016

Brandeis University, located less than ten miles from Boston, is dedicated to the humanities, sciences, and giving its students a well-rounded education. This institution has the unique distinction of being one of the youngest private research universities in the country. Brandeis brings professors fresh from the field or lab to undergraduate and graduate classrooms. This means that students have unmatched access to faculty renowned for research, scholarship and artistic output. Brandeis supports a curriculum with an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and problem-solving in the real world.

Students who demonstrate academic promise, leadership and resilience in life, but who have faced limitations in their precollege academic opportunities, are the perfect fit for Brandeis’ Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP). Each year, Brandeis admits 20 students through the Myra Kraft program and meets 100 percent of their calculated institutional financial need, as determined by income tax returns and the constraints of the university’s financial aid budget.

The mission of the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program is to provide eligible students with life-changing academic opportunities and to prepare them for academic success at Brandeis. It is structured around small class sizes, rigorous academics and personal one-on-one support. The Myra Kraft program students take a mix of Brandeis undergraduate classes, along with program-specific courses. These courses are intended to expose students to a type of rigorous academic experience they have not previously had.

Students interested in the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program must submit the necessary materials by February 1. You may also have the opportunity to schedule an interview on campus.

With a demanding curriculum and a commitment to a broad liberal arts education, Brandeis University prepares its students to fully participate in an ever-changing society. Brandeis’ students become well-rounded individuals and still remain deeply concerned about the welfare of others. To see if Brandeis University is the right fit for you, check out their College Greenlight profile!

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Greenlight Student Scholarship Opportunity: Gettysburg College’s STEM Scholars Program

No Comments 01 December 2016

Located in the world-famous town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, students can find Gettysburg College, a small, private liberal arts and sciences institution for 2,700 students known for excellence in academics.  Gettysburg boasts a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, and students attend a variety of classes on one of the most beautiful campuses in the U.S.  Gettysburg is also home to an amazing opportunity for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students interested in the STEM fields: the STEM Scholars Program.

The STEM Scholars Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, combines a monetary award (Gettysburg is guaranteeing to meet full demonstrated need with no loans) with multi-faceted support to accepted students entering the following STEM disciplines: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, and Physics. Scholars will participate in a STEM-focused pre-orientation as well as enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM professors.  As classes begin, students will have the chance to participate in a number of activities, including a bi-monthly STEM luncheon with faculty.  Throughout the program, students will continue to receive an array of STEM-based opportunities including peer mentoring, faculty-student research opportunities, internships, and preferential residence in Gettysburg’s Science House.

In selecting members of this cohort, the college is especially interested in applicants from underrepresented backgrounds and first generation-students with demonstrated financial need. Students should also plan to enroll as full-time students in one of the previously mentioned STEM fields, and demonstrate financial need through their FAFSA and CSS Profile.  Students also must be U.S citizens, nationals (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

Gettysburg will be holding a special STEM Scholar Program session during their Senior Open House on Monday, January 30th, 2017. Interested STEM Scholar eligible students should sign up here.

Gettysburg College and its STEM Scholars Program is a great fit for any first-generation, low-income, underrepresented student looking to major in the STEM fields.  Learn a little more about the scholarship and add Gettysburg to your list on College Greenlight!

 

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Get to Know Washington College and George’s Brigade

No Comments 07 November 2016

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Washington College is passionate about the past and excited about the future. As the first college chartered in the United States, students are encouraged to connect to their roots and learn how history can relate to today’s issues. At the same time, the college offers challenging liberal arts coursework in its newly renovated facilities and encourages students to engage in “all hands on learning.” The college keeps tuition as low as possible and makes financial aid available to everyone who needs it to make sure all students can participate in their hands-on approach to learning.

The campus is located in the quaint Chestertown, MD, just 90 minutes away Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., allowing students to enjoy the benefits of both small town and city life. With an undergraduate population of 1,450 students and a student to faculty ratio of 12-to-1, Washington College is a tight-knight community with academic conversations that expand beyond the classroom.

George’s Brigade
The college understands the importance of learning, but also recognizes that not every student can readily access higher education. In order to narrow that gap, Washington College started the George’s Brigade program to attract and support high-ability, high-need students. Pioneered by the college’s president, Shelia Bair, George’s Brigade seeks to improve barriers to college access by addressing some of the biggest issues first-generation and lower-income students face.
In an effort to ease the transition to college, students are allowed to apply in groups from the same community or school. The college realizes that first-generation students, especially those from urban areas, may find the transition to a rural area and a small liberal arts school difficult. By allowing students to create a support system of friends and familiar faces, students will have a better chance at college success.

Another aspect of George’s Brigade helps to ease the financial burden on students who come from lower-income backgrounds. All accepted students will have 100% of their financial need met, including room and board. Additionally, students who do wish to take out loans for other incidentals will be required to cap them at $2500 a year in an effort to limit the amount of debt they graduate with.

Once students are accepted, they will also get to participate in a number of activities and programs to further support them on campus. Pre-orientation, for example, offers students the chance to give students unique experiences that bond them with their cohort through leadership activities and trips. Throughout the year, students will also participate in a mentoring program, cultural trips, one-one-one advising and more.

Students who wish to apply to George’s Brigade must be nominated by a counselor either connected to their school or community-based organization. They’ll be required to submit a standard Washington College Admissions Application, their FAFSA, and their counselor nomination form. Students who wish to apply for George’s Brigade with the Regular Decision timeline need to submit their materials by February 15th, 2017.

Washington College prepares its students for rich and fulfilling lives. The rigorous curriculum fosters a community of well-spoken, highly-motivated and diverse students. The surrounding historic areas encourage students to discover and explore cultures and communities other than their own. If you are looking for a college that will provide a lifetime of learning and leadership, Washington College is the place for you. Check out their College Greenlight profile!

Please email Cindy Childs (cchilds2@washcoll.edu), Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid, with questions.

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