Colleges & Universities Are Desperate For Students

LMADlogo2011.jpgThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused many students to hit pause on their educations while colleges try to determine whether or not they can reopen for in-person classes this fall.

Uncertain application yields and enrollments due to COVID-19 have driven many colleges, some of which would really surprise you, to resort to previously banned recruiting tactics:

more cash,

prime rooms,

free parking,

free classes,

priority access,

All to entice prospective students and to keep those that have already enrolled.

The more they worry about whether students will show up this fall, the more admissions officers responsible for filling seats at colleges and universities have started to sound like pitchmen on TV infomercials.

The gloves have come off and schools need to enroll students at almost any cost.

But wait! There’s even more!

Put down a deposit and some schools will offer to never raise tuition,

Others will give you early registration privileges so you don’t get stuck with early morning classes,

Still others are waiving fees and throwing in free food, free football tickets, and even free books autographed by celebrity faculty in residence.

The concern about enrollments this fall is unprecedented.

Additionally, because schools are no longer banned from going after students who commit to other schools by May 1st, the traditional deadline day (moved by some colleges this year to June 1st), guarantees that the already stressful and confusing admissions period will stretch well into the summer, with admissions recruiters trying to steal students from each other. Even students who applied in earlier years but went somewhere else are being contacted to see if they would like to transfer for more generous financial aid at no loss of credits.

Some institutions, including Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, have even reopened their application windows.

Even before COVID-19 colleges and universities were starting to use very aggressive recruiting tactics. Then came the pandemic which forced campuses to shut down, and millions of Americans to lose their jobs…prompting students to reassess their college choices.

According to a survey by higher education research firm SimpsonScarborough, a quarter of high school seniors who have already picked a college are reconsidering where to enroll.

Meanwhile, many of the incentives being offered to students assumes that campuses will reopen on schedule. Either way, students and their families are in for a summer of  recruiting frenzy from colleges frantic to fill their seats.


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List Of Colleges And Their Plans To Reopen in the Fall

The Bass Tower on the campus of with a view of Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin College at Yale.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left college leaders facing difficult decisions about when to open up campuses and how to go about it. Most colleges remain uncommitted on whether they’ll offer in-person classes in the fall or when they’ll decide. Below is a link to a list compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education tracking individual colleges’ plans.
New additions to the list include:
UTexas Austin, Chapman, East Tennessee State, Emory, George Mason, George Washington, Harvard, Marquette, Shenandoah, Virginia Commonwealth, and Yale Universities; Macalester College; and the Universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mary Washington, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Portland, South Carolina, Tennessee at Knoxville, and Virginia.
To view the most current list of schools go to the following link:
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Figuring Out What You Want In A College?

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There’s no magic formula for choosing a college, because every student has a different set of preferences and priorities. But one thing all prospective students and their families should do is identify the factors of the college experience that they value most, whether it be campus location or affordability or student-to-faculty ratio. Figuring out what you want out of college is half the battle, and narrowing down the list of options is less daunting once you know what you’re looking for.

According to this video from the University of Dayton, a top-tier Catholic research university in Ohio, prospective students and their families should consider the following key factors when making their college choice:

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Finding and selecting a right-fit school can be an arduous and frustrating task. It’s about more than the name on the diploma. Where a student attends college touches numerous aspects of his or her life, from academic studies to social activities and beyond. Considering the importance of this decision…prospective students should think carefully about where they decide to enroll when looking over their options.

The most important aspect of this over-all process…is starting it as early as possible. Particularly, if your hoping to attend a top tier university. This provides for a much more efficient and relaxed process for the entire family.

Here are 10 tips to consider in the college planning and selection process:

    1. Develop your short list
    2. Rank your priorities
    3. Don’t procrastinate
    4. Go back to schools
    5. Focus on your endgame
    6. Delve into departments
    7. Investigate job connections
    8. Compare financial aid awards
    9. Compromise
    10. Move on from rejection

Over the next few weeks we’ll go into much more detail about each of the above tips. So be sure to follow us at DOTS Educational Consulting, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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