Do communications impact a student’s college choice?
“I wanted a college that wanted me as an individual.”
- According to a recent survey, 87 percent of students who received personalized communications during the enrollment process said it was an important factor when choosing which college to attend
- Almost half of surveyed students who applied to multiple colleges said they decided against attending an institution because of poor communications
- Administrators and students agree: personalized communications have a positive impact on enrollment, engagement, and advancement
I did decide against one school because of the poor communication, because they sent me an email around acceptance time that said that I had been selected as a finalist for their honors program, and that I should come down and interview. But they hadn't sent me my acceptance letter yet. And so, it was kind of confusing because I didn't know whether or not I'd been accepted. I just didn't really like the school after that.
My college sent me letters from the dean of the school, and they were all personalized for each student. So, they told you, basically, why you got in. My application had a lot to do with the community service that I do. And so, in the letter, it talked about all the community service opportunities at my college.
Then I know that some other students that also got in, if they were very musically talented or if they had something else that made them stand out in their application, then the dean focused on that in their letter. So, each letter was kind of different because it focused on your own application and not—it wasn't just a general, mass letter that was sent out to everyone.
Those personalized letters were really special to me because it shows they wanted you.