2021

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What is a Contact Center Cadence and Why Should I Care?

Enrollment Builders

Institutions have thousands of leads and wonder why they don’t turn into students. The answer is that the institution doesn’t build a relationship with each lead. Colleges and universities flood prospects with email, one-off calls, and print pieces designed to inform the prospect about the institution. When there’s no consistent, systematic approach to building a relationship with those prospects, then the “relationship” that’s built is simply transactional (e.g., Apply Now!

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Drastic Changes in College Acceptance Rates in Recent Years

Spark Admissions

As we all know by now, many colleges and universities in the United States became much more selective during the most recent application cycle, largely due to a surge in applications resulting from both short- and long-term changes. But the extent of that change can be hard to see, especially when acceptance rates are already so low at so many schools.

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Scholarships with March 2021 Deadlines

Koodoos Learning

With Springtime in the air, our March scholarships are here (English accent)! Take a look at a selection of scholarships from across the web, available from various foundations, schools, companies, and community organizations, with March 2021 deadlines. Scholarship For Journalism Diversity Sponsor: The National Press Club Amount: $8,500 Closing Date: March 1, 2021 Number of Awards: 1 Description: Intent to recruit promising future journalists who will bring diversity to American journalism.

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Answer These 3 Questions BEFORE Starting Your College Search

the college spy

College is likely the first experience in which students get to choose their learning environment. Teens typically don’t choose their high school, their teachers or even most of their courses. Making this choice is exciting, but with over 4000 colleges and universities in the United States, starting a college search can be a daunting task for high school juniors and their parents.

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College Application Tips for Class of 2022

The College Curators

The 2020-2021 college admissions cycle has been like no other (no school tours, test optional, everything virtual). Students have had to adapt and be nimble. In real time, we have.

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Update on Early Admissions for Ivy League Colleges for the Class of 2026

Excelsior Admissions Consulting

Want to know what is going on in early admissions for the Ivy League colleges for the Class of 2026? Here is a summary of early admissions statistics from December 2021. Brown This year, Brown admitted 896 students Early Decision out of 6,146 applicants for a 15% admission rate. Brown continued its commitment to admitting students from every socioeconomic background.

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Class of 2026 sets early application records, while The Ivy Dean’s students see incredible admissions results

The Ivy Dean

Here at the Ivy Dean, there has been much cause for celebration recently: we helped our students to achieve phenomenal early acceptance results for the Class of 2026. Despite unusually low acceptance rates at top colleges, including those in the Ivy League, our students gained admission to Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Georgetown, NYU and Colgate, among others.

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Meet Bright Futures’ Claire Mangrum

Bright Futures Blog

She holds many titles: mom, wife, daughter, college counselor, director of development, podcast aficionado, musical guru, lover of learning, and more. Claire Mangrum officially joined the Bright Futures team in 2018. But she has been its biggest cheerleader since day one. Because, of course, her mother is Bright Futures’ founder Dr. Beth Dennard ! Claire Mangrum’s High School Days.

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How Can You Nail Your College Essays for Regular Decision Deadlines?

Berkeley² Academy

Ready to Submit? Proofread It! As the regular decision deadline approaches , it is a good time to talk about putting the finishing touches on your college applications. With the long essays and the various short answers required by the colleges, the final step is a detailed check of the writing for clarity and style. In the grand scheme of your college essay-writing process, most of the time spent should be devoted towards developing the essay’s message – grammar and writing style should be the

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Driving Student Enrollments Using Site Search

Enrollify

This is the final blog in a three-part series. Check out part one to learn more about understanding and improving the experience your website offers with search exit and depth metrics, and part two to discover the importance of search refinements on your higher education website.

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Am I Doing Enough with my Prospects & Inquiries?

Enrollment Builders

Being down in enrollment causes panic for any admissions executive. During this stressful time, any number of thoughts run through your head. You’ve either heard it said or thought to yourself: “If we had more leads at the top of the funnel, we would have hit our goals.” Sure, because more in equals more out, right?

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College Counseling in Middle School? Yes.

College in 321

College Counseling in Middle School? Yes. by Kathy de Jong, Independent Educational Consultant. It’s hard to know the right time to engage with a college coach/counselor. Some parents are overly eager, while others take a hands-off approach only to realize too late that their student is ill equipt to manage the college application process. So when should parents new to the college prep and application process get the family engaged in discussions with a professional?

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Is Grammarly Worth It? My 2021 Review

Koodoos Learning

This year, I downloaded the Grammarly app for my iPhone. I signed in using my Google email account, which is what I also use to sign-in when I’m using Grammarly on my laptop. Just like for the desktop version of Grammarly, you can choose to use the free version or pay for the Premium version. After downloading the app for my iPhone, I installed the Grammarly keyboard so that I can use the app’s features to email, text, and post on social media.

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Early Decision and Getting Deferred

CTK College Coach

I Got Deferred or Rejected During Early Decision or Early Action. Can I Still Get into My Dream School? Last month we wrote to you about the happy news of early acceptances and now we are addressing what to do if you don’t get into your first choice school on the first try. Getting deferred or rejected is not the news you were hoping for in this early round, but most students are going to face some rejection during this process.

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Class of 2026 Early Decision and Early Action Admissions Decisions: Next Steps

The College Curators

Early Decision and Early Action admissions decisions are here: Accepted, Deferred, or Denied. Now what? Whatever your result, there are more things that you can do. If you are Deferred.

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Character in Admission: Free Resources Available

Admitted

iStock “She’s quite a character.” “He’s a character actor.” “They are people of good character.” We throw the word character around a lot, but what does it really mean? For the Character Collaborative —an organization of about 70 schools and colleges, as well as counselors, researchers, and associations committed to elevating attributes of character in the school and college admission process—character suggests features that distinguish an individual.

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High School Research Projects — The Key to Test-Optional College Admissions

College Planner Pro

Insights from the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit The pandemic has completely changed the college admission landscape. As colleges have gone test-optional, there has been a rise in the importance of strong personal narratives and activities that show evidence of academic creativity and independent scholarship. As educators are looking to help students navigate the ever-changing admissions landscape, it is important to base recommendations on real insights into the admission processes at selective col

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10 Things to See and Do on a College Tour

Brand College Consulting

Students and parents should plan college tours starting in 9th grade. That should give high school students enough time during freshmen, sophomore and junior years to visit several different college campuses, take the official college tour, and narrow down their preferences and final college list before senior year. Most colleges offer daily walking campus tours during the week and some also offer these on weekends.

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Is Your Student Ready for College?

Humbach Education Consulting

Recently, I attended the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Fall Conference where I spent the majority of each day in dynamic and informative conversation and professional development with colleagues from around the globe. The conference was invaluable and indeed I am grateful for the many "golden nuggets" of wisdom gleaned from veterans in the field.

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School Spotlight: Emerson College

AHM Advising

Some students will thrive in a less traditional academic environment, one where hands-on, project-based learning is the norm. For strong students who are creative, collaborative, and have an interest in communications and/or the arts, Emerson should certainly be on the list. Here are five fun facts about Emerson College : 1) Emerson was founded as a school of oratory, elocution, and dramatic art.

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Improving Higher Education Website Conversions with Search Ease of Use

Enrollify

This blog is part two in a three-part series. Check out part one to learn more about understanding and improving the experience your website offers with search exit and depth metrics, and stay tuned for part three to discover how site search can improve your student enrollment numbers.

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What Will Your Enrollment Leaders Ask About Contact Center Partnership?

Enrollment Builders

As the person ultimately responsible for ensuring enrollment growth at your institution, you will be challenged with “defending” and advancing any changes to existing plans. You may find yourself wondering. "What will leadership (and my team) want to know about my plan to introduce a Contact Center partnership ?". Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could guess what questions might be asked of you before these presentations?

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Quick way to capture a 529 tax break when a student is in college

The College Solutions Blog

An easy way for you to cut your college costs can be as easy as depositing money into a 529 account for just 24 hours. After moving money into a 529 account, many savers can quickly turn around and withdraw the cash to pay for their child’s college tuition and other qualified expenses. Here’s why you would want to make this 529 move: In most states, you can claim a state tax deduction – or even better a tax credit – for money deposited into a 529 account.

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What is a Holistic Review? All Your Questions Answered

Koodoos Learning

At this point, most US colleges have implemented a holistic approach to their college admissions process. Instead of focusing on a number, admissions committees aim to understand who applicants are as individuals, specifically what they’re going to bring to the classroom and the campus community. What factors are considered in the Holistic Review? As the name suggests, the holistic approach to admissions involves evaluating each applicant as a whole person , taking into consideration more than j

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PSAT Scores Are In! Now What?

CTK College Coach

Did Your Student Just Receive PSAT Scores? This One’s for You: Everyone has questions about PSAT scores when they come out each December, and I am here with answers for you. What Is the PSAT? When and Why Do Students Take It? Most high schools offer the PSAT to juniors as part of the National Merit Scholar (NMS) search process. Some high schools also offer the PACT (common in the West and Mountain West).

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High School Checklist: Apply For Scholarships And Prep For Exams Over The Holiday Break

Bright Futures Blog

Are the holidays your sweet solace between semesters? It’s the time of year when you can put your school books away for 2-3 weeks. . Some students fill this time by working jobs to save for college. Others may get roped into helping their parents more around the house. And many students find themselves relaxing the days away with friends. During this downtime, one thing to remember is you still have a lot to do to prepare for college.

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Character in Admission: Free Resources Available

Admitted

iStock. “She’s quite a character.” “He’s a character actor.” “They are people of good character.”. We throw the word character around a lot, but what does it really mean? For the Character Collaborative —an organization of about 70 schools and colleges, as well as counselors, researchers, and associations committed to elevating attributes of character in the school and college admission process—character suggests features that distinguish an individual.

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Class of 2026 Early Decision Notification Dates

The College Curators

Class of 2026 Early Decision Notification Dates Congratulations on submitting your ED/EA applications! Even though you have passed the first hurdle in this college application process, it’s time to start.

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What Do Marketing and Debt Payoff Have in Common?

The Enrollment Marketer

Prioritization matters. If you’re a personal finance enthusiast like myself (or even if you’re not), you may have heard of Dave Ramsey. He’s best known for his 7 Baby Steps , a money management plan to help the average person get out of debt and begin saving for the future. On his website, blog, and radio show, Ramsey talks a lot about the many ways to approach paying off debt, and has popularized the avalanche and snowball payoff strategies.

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How AI Can Complement Human Intellect in Enrollment Decisions

Othot

There is considerable debate regarding whether the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping or hurting higher education. A recent report by The Brookings Institution , ( Enrollment algorithms are contributing to the crises of higher education, September 14, 2021 ), provides what I believe is an unnecessarily negative view of the potential of AI, particularly when used constructively as a complement to human decision-making.

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Career-opoly

Simply Admissions

Simply Admissions’ career coach, Anne Shields, is guest blogging this month with a fun exercise for current college students! The skills and processes students learn and use for college exploration, decision making, and application will be used repeatedly during college as they explore, experiment, and finally choose one or more paths to follow post-college.

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How To Improve the Search Experience on Higher Education Websites

Enrollify

This blog is part one in a three-part series. Stay tuned for parts two and three to find out more about the importance of search refinements on your higher education website, and using site search to drive enrollments.

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Why Do I Need a Contact Center to Grow Enrollment?

Enrollment Builders

You work hard to generate leads so your institution can grow. Despite the increases in marketing budget and lead volume (not to mention the long hours you’ve poured into the project), you’re still struggling with your enrollment goals.

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How grandparents can help with college costs without hurting financial aid chances

The College Solutions Blog

Upcoming changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will make it easier for grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents and anyone else outside the nuclear family to help with college costs without hurting eligibility for financial aid. Before explaining the change, it’s important to understand what the situation is right now. Currently, parents are supposed to share on the FAFSA if grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents, friends or others outside the immediate family hav

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Everything About the 5 Trends I Keep Seeing in College Applications This Year

Koodoos Learning

It’s January and admissions season is well under way and application reviews have started. This year I’m reading applications for a school in California, so I’ll be speaking with that perspective in mind, but in no way am I speaking for the university. Plus of course, I also edit and revise personal statements for future students. So with that in mind, I decided instead of bringing you another video on personal statements—why not talk about some of the trends I’m seeing while reading application

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How do my PSAT scores affect National Merit Scholarships?

CTK College Coach

What is the National Merit Scholar Competition/Test (NMSQT) and How Does it Relate to the PSAT? Junior year PSAT test takers are automatically considered for the National Merit Scholar competition, so the PSAT for juniors is officially known as the NMSQT/PSAT. Each scaled score out of 1520 is assigned to a national selection index score out of a maximum 228 points.

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7 Tips To Avoid Senioritis

Bright Futures Blog

Four short years ago, you were among the youngest in your school. Now – as a senior – your confidence is stronger than ever. The same hallways you used to get lost in, you can navigate with your eyes closed. . It’s funny how that happens. But it’s a part of life. Next year, you’ll be finding your footing on an entirely new campus. And once again, you’ll be among the youngest of the bunch.