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Colleges for Students with Average SAT Scores

No Comments 16 February 2017

High test scores are not the only way to get into college. Take a look at this list of colleges that accept students with SAT scores that range from 1,100 to 1,250.

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Average SAT score – 1,195

The University of Alabama provides an environment that allows its graduates to make a positive difference in their community. Degrees in more than 200 fields of study are offered to Alabama students. UA was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 46th best public university in the country.

University of California- Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Average SAT Score — 1,210

UC-Santa Cruz is a high-impact research university with a commitment to teaching and public service. Students can choose from 65 majors in the fields of arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences and the social sciences. Undergraduates can go on to pursue a degree from one of the 40 graduate programs.

Butler University

Indianapolis

Average SAT Score – 1,240

Butler is focused on success for all its students. The university offers more than 65 major academic fields of study with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. When students are not in the classroom, they can participate in more than 150 student organizations

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Mich.

Average SAT Score – 1,180

Michigan State is the nation’s first pioneer land-grant university. Its’ mission is to advance the common good in uncommon ways. Students can chose to pursue on of the 200 undergraduate, graduate or pre-professional study programs.

Ohio University

Athens, Ohio

Average SAT Score – 1,165

Ohio University strives to be the top student-centered transformative learning community in the country. Along with 250 programs of study, students can immerse themselves in any of the almost 500 annually recognized student organizations that spark their interest.

University of New Hampshire

Durham, N.H.

Average SAT Score – 1,190

The university is New Hampshire’s sole public research university that provides top-notch undergraduate and graduate degree programs. By holding land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters, the University of New Hampshire is constantly pushing the boundary on continuing education.

Ripon College

Ripon, Wis.

Average SAT Score – 1,220

Ripon is dedicated to help its students pursue their passions, both inside and outside the classroom. Students are given the opportunity to choose from 31 majors, 42 minors or customize their own course plan. Ripon also provides financial aid to 100 percent of its students.

University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston

Average SAT Score – 1,125

The University of Massachusetts-Boston is recognized for a model of excellence for urban public universities across the nation. The university does this by combining a small-college feel with the resources of a major university. Students choose from 82 undergraduate programs and can expect a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

African American Students, Choosing A School, College Spotlight

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.

Undocumented Students

California DREAM Act Applications Decrease 64 Percent

No Comments 10 February 2017

Applications for the California DREAM Act have plummeted by 64 percent in the 2017-2018 school year.

Concern about immigration reform by the Trump administration could partially be to blame for the decrease of 21,842 applications from the 2016-2017 academic year. So far, California has received 12,299 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. In 2016-2017, it received 34,141.

Applications close on March 2.

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a California law that allows some children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked proper immigration paperwork. As long as a student attended high school on a regular basis, is AB540 eligible and meets in-state tuition and GPA requirements, he or she may be eligible for state financial aid.

The California Department of Education responded to the decrease by releasing this statement, which reinforces the fact the department does not reveal a student’s immigration status: “The California Student Aid Commission has not now, or in the past, shared any information which would indicate a student’s immigration status, either documented or undocumented. The California Student Aid Commission also adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.”

No matter what happens at the federal level, the state of California has ensured students that their state financial aid will remain legal. Losing federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will not affect most financial aid. The California DREAM Act is separate from the federal government.

If you are eligible for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.

Diversity, Undocumented Students

College Options for Undocumented Students

No Comments 08 February 2017

Although there is no federal law that requires proof of citizenship to be admitted to U.S. colleges, undocumented students face their own set of hurdles in the application process. Here are some institutions and states that make college more attainable for undocumented students.

Private Colleges that Accept Undocumented Students as Domestic Students

Many colleges consider undocumented students to be international students, which means that undocumented students might have to compete with other international students for a limited pool of financial aid. But, when a college considers an undocumented student to be domestic, the student will be more likely to receive a good financial aid package.

The following private colleges have public policies on their acceptance of undocumented students as domestic students:

  1. Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
  2. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
  3. Tufts University (Medford, Mass.)
  4. Emory University (Atlanta)

States That Offer Undocumented Students In-State Tuition

Undocumented students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. However, undocumented students may be eligible for state student financial aid in some states.

Undocumented students who attended high school for at least the last two years in certain states could be eligible for in-state tuition. As of 2015, the following states allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition:

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Illinois
  6. Kansas
  7. Maryland
  8. Minnesota
  9. Nebraska
  10. New Jersey
  11. New Mexico
  12. New York
  13. Oregon
  14. Texas
  15. Utah
  16. Washington

A number of these states also allow undocumented students to receive state-level financial aid. Reach out to college financial aid offices to learn more.

Colleges That Meet 100 Percent of Financial Need for Undocumented Students

College Greenlight has a list of more than 30 colleges that meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for undocumented students. These colleges pledge to meet a student’s full need through grants, student employment, scholarships, and, in some cases, student loans. Schools on this list vary in the ways they meet undocumented students’ demonstrated financial need.

Greenlight to College Month

Greenlight to College Marathon FAQs

No Comments 02 February 2017

The Greenlight to College Marathon is Feb. 25. This event gives students the opportunity to earn money for college. If you’re looking for more information before you or your students sign up, here is a guide to everything you need to know.

What is the Marathon?

The Greenlight to College Marathon is a free event that gives students a chance to earn up to $100 every hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Feb. 25. It occurs online at www.collegegreenlight.com.

I’m a counselor, and I’m hosting an event. What should I do first?

Counselors hosting a marathon must complete this form to be entered to win a $50 gift card.

Do students have to register for the marathon to participate?

All students must register. Create a free College Greenlight account or log in to their existing profile to register.  They’ll be prompted to register for the marathon. Registrations begin Feb. 1 and go until the day of the marathon.

How do I promote the marathon to my students?

Share this blog post with your students and encourage them to register for the marathon here. Make sure your students RSVP to the corresponding Facebook event as a reminder.

How do students enter the hourly contests?

The day of the marathon, students should log into their College Greenlight account. They will be prompted to complete a form and upload photos of the following:

  • Confirmation email or webpage from scholarship provider acknowledging completed application
  • Selfie at a campus visit or college fair
  • College list on College Greenlight (Six schools minimum)
  • Completed Greenlight Scholars application

Take a look at the official rules of the contest here.

How will contest winners be announced?

The winners will be announced during the marathon at the beginning of every hour at facebook.com/collegegreenlight and twitter.com/cgreenlight. The winners will be contacted directly via email from the Greenlight team.

 How can students find match scholarships?

Students must log into their College Greenlight account and completely fill out their profile to be matched with scholarships.

If students applied to a scholarship before the marathon can they enter them in the hourly contests?

Yes, students can upload proof of any scholarship with a screenshot from the scholarship provider acknowledging they received the application.

If I have a question for the College team, how can I get in contact with them?

Contact us at info@collegegreenlight.com.

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