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10 Unusual College Mascots

No Comments 22 March 2017

Check out this list of unusual college mascots.

The Billikens

Saint Louis University

St Louis, Mo.

The Saint Louis University mascot is based on a popular toy from the turn of the 20th century. Florence Pretz patented the Billiken in 1908 to compete with the growing popularity of the teddy bear. Although the toy never took off, the university adopted it as its mascot because of its supposed ability to bring good luck.

The Horned Frogs

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

The university’s mascot also is the state reptile of Texas, which actually is a type of lizard, not frog. A “frog horn machine,” which is a small blinking purple train that spits out smoke, accompanies the mascot at sporting events.

The Cobbers

Concordia College

Moorehead, Minn.

The college’s mascot, Kernel Cobb, was born out of a rivalry with another college. The rival school was located in an urban area so its students teased Concordia students for coming from farmlands. The rival students called Concordia students “corncobs,” so the Concordia students made it a term of endearment and adopted it as their school mascot.

The Banana Slugs

University of California- Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Calif.

Sammy the Banana Slug officially become the university’s mascot in 1986. Throughout the years, Sammy has become quite popular and was voted as the top mascot in 1992 by the National Directory of College Athletics and Sports Illustrated magazine. It’s been rumored that a high-ranking university official has portrayed Sammy at one point.

The Trolls

Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights, Ill.

There are many stories about how the Trolls came to be Trinity’s mascot. One theory is that in 1959, students took the letters TRinity COLLege to come up with “trolls.” Another is that the then-president of the university in 1966 searched in the dictionary for a “tr” noun to alliterate with Trinity, and he settle on “trolls.”

The Orange

Syracuse University

Syrcause, N.Y.

Otto the Orange has the unique distinction of being one of the few, if not the only, fruit college mascot. ESPN recently Syracuse’s mascot as the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Purple Cows

Williams College

Williamstown, Mass.

The Purple Cow was decided upon as the college mascot thanks to a student vote. The name came from a humorous student magazine that was popular on campus. Reader’s Digest recently declared the Purple Cow as the “Most Lovable College Mascot.”

The Hilltoppers

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Ky.

Big Red the Hilltopper is known for his “belly slide” and “belly shake.” The mascot’s dancing and earned him appearances on “The Ellen Show” and “Deal or No Deal,” along with earning him a number of awards.

The Fighting Okra

Delta State University

Cleveland, Miss.

The “Fear the Okra” concept was spearheaded by the Delta State students. The exact origin of the Fighting Okra mascot has lots of stories. But one thing that is certain is that the vegetable mascot’s popularity has spread beyond the campus and into the community.

The Fighting Camels

Campbell University

Bules Creek, N.C.

The camels were chosen as the school mascot due to a slight miscommunication. The university’s founder is Dr. James Archibald Campbell. A friend once addressed Dr. Campbell and he misheard him and thought he called him “Camel.” The name stuck.

Pay for College, Undocumented Students

Colleges that Meet 100% of Financial Need for Undocumented Students

No Comments 22 December 2016

College affordability is a big concern for many students and their families. Paying for college is even more difficult for undocumented students. Luckily, there are several colleges that are dedicated to making undocumented students’ college dreams come true. These colleges meet 100% of the students’ demonstrated financial need with grants, student employment, scholarships, and, in some cases, student loans.

We have compiled an alphabetical list of colleges that meet 100% of financial need for undocumented students. If you are interested in learning more, check out these schools on College Greenlight. Please note that these colleges pledge to meet a student’s full demonstrated financial need. Most students will still have an expected family contribution they are responsible for.

Amherst College Amherst is committed to meeting 100% of the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Financial aid packages for non-U.S. citizens include on-campus employment and institutional grant aid, without loans. Undocumented and DACA students must submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE form and federal income tax returns or income verification to apply for financial aid.

Bates College Bates treats undocumented and DACA students as domestic applicants and meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for those admitted to the college, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Undocumented and DACA students must submit the College Board PROFILE and provide federal tax returns or other income verification to Student Financial Services in order to apply for financial aid.

Bowdoin College Regardless of citizenship, Bowdoin is committed to meeting 100% of all students’ demonstrated financial need. The college will provide an institutional package comprised of grants and on-campus employment.

Bryn Mawr College The college does not separate undocumented students into an “international” or “domestic” pool. Bryn Mawr will meet the demonstrated financial need of any student, including those who are undocumented.

Brown University As long as students self-identify as undocumented and request aid at the time of their application submission, Brown will meet 100% of the student’s financial need. Eligibility for aid is solely based on financial need.

Carleton College Only students with DACA status are considered among all other legal permanent residents and US citizens at Carleton College. The college only offers admission to students whose need they are able to meet.

Colby College Colby is dedicated to meeting 100% demonstrated financial need of all students, regardless of background. Undocumented students are treated like international students.

Columbia University Undocumented citizen applicants at Columbia University are eligible for the same need-blind admissions policy that applies to US citizens, permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens. The university guarantees to meet 100% of all admitted first-year students’ demonstrated financial need for all four years, regardless of citizenship.

Cornell University – DACA students are recognized in the domestic financial aid pool and Cornell meets the full demonstrated need for all admitted domestic students. These students will be considered in the DACA/domestic aid pool for their entire time at Cornell.

Dartmouth CollegeDartmouth will meet full need of undocumented students with employment, scholarships and/or loans.  Freshmen must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC).

Duke UniversityUndocumented students must apply to Duke as international students; counselors can call and inform Duke that the applicant is undocumented. Eligibility is based solely on financial need. The university will meet 100% of demonstrated need.

Emory UniversityEmory considers students who are granted DACA status to be domestic students, and the university meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted domestic students.

Haverford College The college will meet 100% of demonstrated need for all students, regardless their background.

Macalester College Macalester is committed to internationalism and multiculturalism and meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Undocumented students who are not permitted by law to work in the US will receive additional student loans to replace the amount typically earned through an on-campus job.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – An applicant’s citizenship status will not have any impact on their chances of admission at MIT or the availability of full need-based financial aid.

Middlebury College – Undocumented or DACA students should follow the same application process as any other student. Middlebury will meet 100% demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. To apply financial aid, just complete the CSS profile by the deadlines indicated on the site.

Oberlin College An undocumented/DACA student indicates their interest in applying for need-based and/or merit-based financial aid on the Common Application. If that student is accepted, Oberlin will meet 100% of demonstrated need.

Occidental CollegeOccidental considers undocumented students to be international students and the college will fully fund 2-4 international students every year. Undocumented students must apply for financial aid at the time they apply for admission.

Pomona College Pomona will meet 100% of need for DACA and undocumented students. The college will provide these students with the support and resources they need in the application process.

Princeton University – Admission to Princeton is offered to students regardless of their ability to pay, and the full need of every admitted student is met regardless of citizenship.

Rice University Rice will meet the full demonstrated financial need of undocumented and DACA students through scholarships, work study, and available loans.

Smith CollegeSmith meets 100% of the demonstrate need for all admitted students who apply for financial aid by the appropriate deadlines. Since federal aid is not available for undocumented and DACA students, Smith will provide institutional, need-based financial aid in its place.

Swarthmore College Swarthmore’s admissions process for undocumented and DACA students is need-blind. The college will meet 100% of demonstrated need with aid awards that do not include loans that need to be repaid.

Tufts UniversityTufts will meet 100% of demonstrated need of all-admitted students. While procedures for financial aid vary between domestic and international applicants, undocumented students are considered domestic and will receive institutional need-based financial aid like U.S. citizens.

University of Chicago All students, regardless of citizenship, will have their full demonstrated financial need met. The university will also assist undocumented students in other ways, such as help with visa status.

University of Notre DameNotre Dame admits and meets the full demonstrated need of undocumented students.

University of Pennsylvania – The university will meet 100% of a student’s demonstrated financial need without loans. Need-based financial aid is awarded when the student is admitted to Penn.

Vassar College Undocumented students are considered international applicants at Vassar. The college will meet the entire demonstrated need of these students for the entirety of their enrollment at the college.

Wellesley CollegeWellesley is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted undocumented and DACA students. These students are considered international applicants.

Wesleyan University – Wesleyan meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students who apply for financial aid. The college treats undocumented students just like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Williams CollegeWilliams College will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for every admitted student, every year.

Yale UniversityYale admits students without regard to their ability to pay and the institution meets 100% of demonstrated need for all students without loans.


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