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Why Every First Generation Student Needs a Mentor

No Comments 17 July 2017

Beginning your college journey is tough, especially if you will be a first-generation college student. Finding a mentor will ease the process for you.

A mentor will push you. Getting into the college of your dreams is no easy task. But since your parents will not be able to give you advice based on experience, you might not realize the challenges ahead. Find a mentor who is a college graduate, and he or she will be able to push you in the right direction.

A mentor can act as an editor. Throughout the college application process, you will be writing essays. Having someone who has been through this process read over your essays will give you an advantage. A mentor will know what colleges are looking for in a college application essays and what scholarship committees want to see written in a scholarship application essay. Your mentor also can take a look at your College Greenlight college list and scholarship list and make suggestions to add.

A mentor can answer questions. Planning a college visit or figuring out financial aid on your own can be scary. You can ask your mentor for help instead of struggling with things like this on your own.

A mentor will offer support. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the stress of the college application process, your mentor will be there for you. He or she has been through a similar experience and can offer you guidance. You can continue to rely on them throughout college.

Your mentor can be anyone who you respect – a teacher, a coach or even a recent graduate.

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, Fly-In Focus

College Greenlight Hosts Fly-in Program Webinar

No Comments 19 May 2017

Visiting a college campus doesn’t have to be a challenge — even if a campus is across the county. Many colleges offer fly-in programs, where students are flown in for a campus tour.

College Greenlight keeps an updated list of fly-in programs all over the country. More than 70 colleges, including many of the nation’s top schools, offer these programs.

College Greenlight hosted a webinar about fly-in programs, talking with admissions officers from Williams College, Bowdoin College and Swarthmore College. Listen for tips on how to access these programs.

Fly-in facts:

  • Colleges pay for students to come to campus
  • Students stay on campus in dorms and experience what college life is like
  • Fly-in programs aren’t limited to planes. Students also can be brought to campus via buses or trains.


Top Colleges that Come to Visit You

No Comments 17 May 2017

Students from underrepresented backgrounds often are eligible for college fly-in programs, where colleges fly in students for campus visits. Some colleges, however, go an extra step and jointly travel to the students as a group.

These programs, which travel across the country and give students the opportunity to meet with campus officials from top colleges and universities, make it easier for underrepresented students to learn about selective institutions.

Here is a list of travel programs that give students opportunities they might not otherwise have:


Coast to Coast College Tour

College participants: Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California at Berkeley, Vanderbilt University

Program dates/locations: Program runs May through June in various locations across the U.S.

About the program: Each college or university practices holistic admissions, meaning they weigh the entire applicant, not just one admissions factor.


The NUWHE Tour

College participants: Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis

Program dates/locations: Program runs through May in various locations across the U.S.

About the program: The universities will host a presentation and then be available to meet with students and parents afterward.


Exploring Educational Excellence

College participants: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University, University of Chicago

Program dates/locations: Program runs May through June in various locations across the U.S.

About the program: Students and their parents can attend sessions that include an overview of each university, information on admissions and financial aid and meet with admissions representatives. Participants must register.


Exploring College Options

College participants: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania

Program dates/locations: Program runs at various times and locations across the U.S. See the program website for further details.

About the program: The program visits all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Each university will present a brief slide presentation and answer questions.


How To Pick Your Freshman Dorm

No Comments 03 May 2017

If you plan to live on campus, freshman dorm selection can be a stressful process. Just ask yourself the following questions to make sure you make the best choice for your new home away from home.

How many people do you want to live with?

There are multiple room options for freshman dorms. If you hate the idea potential roommate conflict and you love the idea of organizing your room the way you’d like, living in a single might be the best route for you. If you love the idea of having some company and a buddy to potentially tag along with you to various events, one roommate is a great option. And if you absolutely love being with people 24/7, select a triple or quad dorm.

What kind of people do you want to meet?

If you live in a traditional dorm, you will meet a variety of people with different interests who come from different backgrounds. But the best way to connect with people who share similar interests is to pick themed housing. Themes can range from a major or academic department to international students to personal interests, such as eco-friendly living.

Where on campus do you want to live?

Compare each dorm to the other buildings you will have classes in or visit frequently. Is the best dorm worth it if it’s the furthest away from the location of your classes? If your ideal dorm is far away from the spots on campus that you will be frequenting, you might have to look into alternative types of transportation, such as a bicycle. Just remember that the location of your dorm can impact your day-to-day life.

What’s included in each dorm?

Some people consider a community bathroom to be a great way to meet other people on your floor. But if that’s not your thing, look for dorms with only private bathrooms. If the ease of staying in your building for a meal or snack is important, you should look for a dorm with a dining hall and/or convenience store included.

Do you have a backup plan?

You might have your dream dorm picked out, but there’s a chance you might not get it. Many universities do a lottery system for dorm selection. That means you might end up at the bottom of the list, and there’s nothing you can do about that. Make sure to find a second-choice dorm. Odds are you will not be spending too much time in your room, so if you do not get every item on your wish list, it won’t be the end of the world.

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