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Admissions, Choosing A School

How to Decide Between Two Colleges

No Comments 12 April 2017

Deciding which college to apply to is an important choice. This decision might become even more difficult when there are two schools left on your list. Ask yourself the following questions to see which school is the better choice for you.

Which school ranks highest for your major?

It’s important that you select a top-notch program that can propel you into a successful career. Do a little research and see which program has a better reputation. Having a well-respected department on your resume could make the difference in landing your first job out of college.

Does one school cost more than the other?

If there is a big enough difference between the out-of-pocket costs between the two schools, this could play a big factor in selecting which school you should attend. You also should look into any additional fees that may arise at either school.

How do the internship and job opportunities compare?

Landing an internship in college is vital to getting a job after graduation. Talk to representatives from the departments at each school and see which institution has a better internship program or resources to help you land an internship. You also should compare the statistics for each school for students finding jobs within the six months after graduation.

How do the activities on each campus compare?

Although academics are important, they are not everything when it comes to your college experience. It is important that you enjoy yourself outside time spent studying and in class. See if you can find a list of on-campus activities for each college and see which list sounds more appealing to you.

How do the logistics of each college compare?

Is the size of one school more appealing than the other? Is one school in a more ideal setting in the other? Is one school a more desirable distance from home than the other? These little details should not be the most important thing when selecting your school but they can make a difference in your everyday life on campus.

Do you feel more comfortable on one campus over the other?

This might be one of the most important factors when selecting the right college for you. You will spend every day for the next few years at this college – it is important that you feel comfortable and happy at your new home.




How Do I Use this Tool: The College Center

No Comments 12 April 2017

College Greenlight is here to make your college process less stressful. Watch this video to get tips on how you can work smarter as you make your college decisions.

Here are tools you can use on College Greenlight:

+ College Messaging: Connect with admissions representatives from colleges that want to meet you

+ What Are My Chances Calculator: See your chances of getting into a college or university

+ College List: Build and organize your college list by reach, match and safety schools

+ College Profiles and Net Price Estimator: Learn how much financial aid colleges could offer you  

+ Blog: Find a list of colleges that will fly you to visit their campus for FREE


Don’t forget to create or log in to your College Greenlight account.


Guide: Create Student Accounts and Connect to Counselors

No Comments 12 April 2017

Here are five easy steps to help students create their College Greenlight account and connect to their organization counselor. Once completed, students can explore opportunities ranging from campus fly-in programs to local scholarships.

Don’t forget to share these instructions with your students and colleagues. Download instructions here.

Step 1: At www.CollegeGreenlight.com, click create account.

Step 2: Enter your email and password

Step 3: Complete your contact information

Step 4: Complete your academic background

+Don’t forget to click yes to the last question of this page. You will be prompted to find your organization and counselor. Once connected, your counselor can follow your progress.

Step 5: Complete Your college preferences
You’re all set.

Admissions, Choosing A School, Low Income Students

Economic Mobility in College

No Comments 06 April 2017

A study from the Equality of Opportunity Project revealed that elite colleges are more focused on being affordable to low-income families than expanding college accessibility.

“At elite colleges, the share of students from the bottom 40 percent has remained mostly flat for a decade. Access to top colleges has not changed much, at least when measured in quintiles,” according to the New York Times.

Low-income students admitted to elite institutions do not appear over placed because their earnings end up being similar to those from wealthier families. This finding debunks the concern that attending a selective college might be disadvantageous to low-income students.

Recent trends in college access show a decline in mobility rates at colleges that had high mobility rates and little change in mobility rates at elite colleges, despite their efforts to increase financial aid. This should call for a revaluation of policies at the national, state and college level.

The study recommends “considering changes in admissions criteria, expansions of transfers from the community college system, or outreach efforts targeted at promising students in primary school before they begin applying to college.”

Higher education often is viewed as the pathway to upward income mobility, which leads students to success. Restricted college accessibility could limit or completely stop colleges from promoting economic mobility among students.

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Tips for Writing an Effective Letter of Recommendation

No Comments 15 November 2016

Your students have started applying to colleges, and letter of recommendation are a vital part of this process. As their counselor, it is your role to help guide them through each step. Due to this working relationship, some of your students may ask you to write a letter of recommendation for their college and scholarship applications. Here are some tips for writing your students an effective college recommendation letter.

Know your own qualifications. If a student asks you to write him or her a letter of recommendation, make sure you are the right person for the job. Meet with the student to discuss their academic and career goals, along with their choice of college, and their extracurricular activities. Ask for a copy of their accomplishments resume.

If you do not believe you can write a positive letter of recommendation, kindly tell the student that you are not the right person to write their letter. You can always direct the student to another faculty or staff member better suited for the job.

Structure your letter correctly. Once you decide to move forward with writing a letter of recommendation, structure it in the following way:

  1. Start the letter with a sentence or two of praise for the student.
  2. In your introduction, identify yourself and describe your relationship with the student – how do you know the student and for how long.
  3. The next paragraph should discuss the student’s work in the classroom or the work they have done for you. When writing about the student’s work, be detailed and specific without relying on hyperbole. Be realistic. Admissions committees may be wary of over-the-top praise unsupported by specific evidence.
  4. The third paragraph should address the student’s characteristics, including a balanced discussion of the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Continue to include specific examples of praise, while avoiding hyperboles and clichés. Include comparisons, especially with previous students who have been admitted by the college or who have won the scholarship.
  5. Your conclusion should summarize the student’s best qualities and accomplishments. The letter should close on a positive note, repeating your recommendation for the student to be admitted to the college or win the scholarship.

A well-structured letter will improve your student’s chances for admission. Keep the letter of recommendation to one page in length, ideally, and no more than two pages. Use active voice instead of passive voice for a more powerful letter of recommendation.

Write honestly and fairly. Give an accurate portrayal of the student, while remaining positive. A negative or neutral letter may harm the student’s chances of admission. But, do not be afraid to offer criticism – just bring it back to a positive note. For example, if a student did poorly in a class one semester, discuss how they improved their study habits and narrowed their focus to bring up their grades for the next semester.

A well-written letter of recommendation may help your student get into the college of his or her dreams – don’t let this opportunity go to waste!

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