When it gets to the point where a student decides to apply to your school on a whim, because you’re just one more box to tick, then I think we have a problem.
Once you’ve figured out how to recruit good quality applicants and the applications start flooding in, then you have to decide how you want to process them. A successful admissions season not only hinges on application strength, but also on having a reliable online admissions technology to process your applications.
Because, let’s face it – processing and reviewing 25,000 applications is no easy task.
For the last 15 years, JMU has been partnering with a technology provider called CollegeNET to help facilitate our admissions season each year for all applicants. During that time, we have continued to benefit from their cutting edge technology while experiencing zero downtime or technical glitches.
The online admissions system is embedded in our actual school website, so that students are more apt to have actually visited our website before applying. Although the technology is CollegeNET’s, it’s branded with our school colors and logo – an effect that’s transparent and not distracting to our applicants.
One other very important factor is that the technology is user-friendly on multiple user levels (as easy to navigate for high school students as it is for admissions staff).