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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.

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.

Greenlight Scholars

How to Make Your Greenlight Scholars Application Stand Out

No Comments 10 November 2016


The Greenlight Scholars Application streamlines the college application process for you. But, it’s up to you to make sure that your college application stands out from among everyone else. Here are some tips to help make your Greenlight Scholars Application shine!

Clean up your online presence. More and more college admissions counselors are checking out applicants online, as many as 40% according to recent surveys. Your online presence could impact their decision. So, before you begin applying, be sure to clean up your online presence. Delete any inappropriate Facebook or Instagram posts and tweets. A good rule of thumb is to delete any social media post that you’d be embarrassed for your parents to see.

On the other hand, this is also a great opportunity to strengthen your social media identity. Create or update your LinkedIn profile, providing a professional accomplishments resume. Create a website to show off a portfolio of your work, if it is applicable to your chosen field. Even if your Greenlight Scholars Application is outstanding, a poor online presence could ruin it.

Strategically build your college list. It is important to strategically decide which colleges you want to send your Greenlight Scholars Application to. Apply to a healthy mix of safety, match, and reach schools. But, choosing a college isn’t just about identifying the best colleges. You should also use this time for self-reflection. Assess who you are, what you are good at and how your learning style will fit in with each college. Once you’ve settled on the right colleges, you will be able to better tailor your Greenlight Scholars Application to them.

Write an outstanding essay. Your application essay is the best way to make your Greenlight Scholars Application stand out. This is where you make your story heard. Greenlight Scholars partner schools are committed to helping low-income and first-generation students achieve their college dreams. Praising yourself can be hard to do sometimes, but your application essay is no place to be shy. Shine a light on your accomplishments. Share your hardships. Highlighting important aspects of your unique background will make your application more memorable. College admissions counselors want to hear how you’ve succeeded despite the obstacles in your way.

Think like an admissions counselor. If you were an admissions counselor, what would you want to see in a potential student? This is a crucial mindset to get your application noticed. While it is necessary for you to have the good grades and test scores that your college requires, your academic performance is not the only criteria they will consider.

Counselors want to see that you have really looked within yourself and found the drive and grit needed to succeed. They want to know what you will contribute to the college’s community. When colleges were asked what underrepresented students could do to improve their college admissions applications, 85% of the colleges said they would like to see these students improve their ability to tell their story.

Don’t throw away this opportunity. Utilize your Greenlight Scholars Application to make yourself look like an ideal student match for your dream college.

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