While the retail world is anticipating Black Friday, here in the EdTech world we are anticipating the two biggest days for admissions applications – November 1 and November 15. While it may not have a fancy name yet (did someone say #NameChallenge), we know the excitement level for students, parents, and your staff is just as high as a blue light special while you are next to those luxury 1,200 thread count sheets set you’ve been eyeing all summer.
Yes, the most common early action admissions days are upon us. It’s about to get real for many students and your document intake staff. Don’t fret, we have some great ideas to help you land on the other side of this admissions season unscathed. By letting your students know you prefer electronic credentials during this peak busy season, you can ensure your process will be streamlined and you can focus on fulfilling their holiday wishes of being admitted to your school.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
- Parchment Member Directory
Updated regularly, our member directory will show you which of your feeder schools are in the Parchment Network. Have your admissions staff reach out to the counselors and let them know you prefer electronic credentials for speedy and efficient decision making. Login to your Parchment account and click the “Directory” icon on the top right hand corner to access it.
- Get Social
To help students answer the questions of “When do I send my transcript” or “When will I hear a decision,” go to where they are – the social network! Post on your school’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts to share your admissions deadline information. Let your prospective students know you prefer electronic transcripts to help the decision arrive to them even faster.
- Use Your Campus Channels
High School students are in full college tour mode, so use your campus as your own message center. Bulletin boards, admissions packets, counselor blog, school website, email signatures, or even digital displays around campus can all be used to let future students know you prefer they send their transcripts to you electronically.
We’d love to hear from you on other great ideas you’ve had to spread the word about receiving electronically. Share below and let’s get this conversation started!