Navigating the Enrollment Cliff: There Are “No Silver Bullets”

Higher Ed CareersFriday, August 26, 2022 For years, experts have been projecting an enrollment cliff in higher education. As we begin the new academic year, HigherEdJobs spoke with enrollment experts at Emory & Henry College and Purdue University about their path to … Continue reading

Emory & Henry Shuffles Offices to Find More Student Housing

Bristol Herald Courier   EMORY — In preparation for the arrival of 450 new students, Emory & Henry College has relocated the Admissions and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) offices in order to turn workspace into student housing. This … Continue reading

Emory & Henry College Expects All-Time Record of Enrolled Students and All-Time Record Number of Students Residing on Campus

Administrative Offices that Once Served as Residence Halls are Now Back in Use for Student Housing   (Emory, VA) – Some staff members at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, are on the move to new office spaces, making room … Continue reading

Emory & Henry Projects Fall Enrollment Uptick

Johnson City Press EMORY, Va. — Some staff members at Emory & Henry College are on the move to new office spaces, making room for new students to call the college home this fall. With continued increase in enrollment after … Continue reading

Emory & Henry College going through ‘creative reinvention’

The school’s growth comes as many small colleges struggle. By Susan Cameron March 30, 2022 EMORY – In the coming years, motorists at Interstate 81’s Exit 26 in Southwest Virginia will seemingly travel through the campus of Emory & Henry … Continue reading

Yale College term bill raised by nearly 4 percent; cracks 80k

By Jordan Fitzgerald MAR 10, 2022 The University will raise the Yale College term bill from $77,750 to $80,700, a four percent hike for the third time in the last three years. The Feb. 21 update marks a 3.8 percent increase to … Continue reading

Emory & Henry College Charts Growth Plans for its Future along I-81 Corridor and the Region

Emory & Henry College officials have announced a bold plan to construct two new facilities on property it owns adjacent to Exit 26 off Interstate 81 as the College continues to expand to meet growing demand. Last week members of … Continue reading

Emory & Henry College to Break Ground on New Housing

More information: Jennifer Pearce, 614-562-7449 (Emory, VA)  With a record-breaking enrollment year and sustained interest in Emory & Henry College by prospective students due to many new initiatives, members of the Board of Trustees have approved plans for a new … Continue reading

8 Effective Ways to Prepare for Post-Pandemic Enrollment

The impact of the pandemic on higher education has been significant and far-reaching. Christian colleges, universities and schools have been hit particularly hard as many lack robust endowments and the large enrollments necessary to weather the COVID-19 storm. New student … Continue reading

The Small-College Enrollment Playbook

Five steps colleges can take to rebound from shrinking classes.   By Aaron BaskoNovember 4, 2021 I started my enrollment career as an admissions counselor at Rivier College, a Catholic institution in New Hampshire with an enrollment of 800. I fell … Continue reading

Always Communicate a Message of Positivity

By Gary A. Enos, Contributing EditorEnrollment Management Report / October 2021©️ 2021 Wiley Periodicals, LLC DOI: 10.1002/emt Optimism in the face of the challenges a small private liberal arts institution can encounter characterizes the leadership at Emory & Henry College, … Continue reading

Let’s Re-Recruit Students Lost Due to Vaccination Policies

Leaders at every college and university are concerned about retention, graduation rates and headcount.  The last couple of years have made the realization of successful outcomes more difficult than ever. The Covod-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on many colleges … Continue reading

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ALC Records Largest Enrollment for Fall 2021

Alice Lloyd College is pleased to announce that the fall 2021 semester has recorded the largest enrollment since 2015. ALC seeks to provide the best education, facilities, and experiences for new and returning students. With the addition of two growing … Continue reading


Local colleges expect to see freshman enrollment to rise Joe Tennis Aug 10, 2021 Emory & Henry College officials said Monday they expect to welcome the largest incoming class in the school’s 185-year history this fall and officials with other … Continue reading

How They Filled Their Classes

Some private colleges, without great fame, had a great admissions year. They used a variety of strategies, but one common theme: They stayed open in 2020-21. Another is discount rates that stayed high. By Scott Jaschik with Inside Higher Ed August … Continue reading

Emory & Henry College Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in History

Posted August 10, 2021 by Allison Galloway Under the leadership of President John W. Wells, Emory & Henry prepares to welcome its largest incoming class in its 185 year history. A total of 467 students have deposited for the fall semester, including 392 … Continue reading

Yale Raises Tuition by almost 4 Percent after Year Upended by Online Classes

By Rose Horowitch, Staff Reporter, Yale Daily News The University has increased tuition by about 4 percent for the 2021-22 academic year, as it comes off of a year of largely online instruction. The Yale College term bill will come … Continue reading

Six Steps to Prevent Deposit Melt

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions should be proactive about getting a handle on avoiding deposit melt “Summer melt,” or “deposit melt,” is an annual experience for colleges and universities. A number—as many as one-third—of students who have been accepted, enrolled, and are expected to attend instead decide not to, even after putting down a deposit. Continue reading

8 Ways to Prepare for Post-Pandemic Enrollment

John W. Dysart, President, The Dysart Group April 28, 2021 Institutions can take steps now to prepare for enrollment recovery for the coming year The impact of the pandemic on higher education has been significant and far-reaching. New student recruitment, financial aid … Continue reading

Enrollment Levels Remained Steady this Spring After Drop Last Fall, Officials Say

Goff said uncertainty in the size of the new student population may cause officials to lean on the waitlist, as they did last year.  By Brianna Budelli Apr 12, 2021 1:01 AM GW’s overall enrollment remained relatively stable this semester following a … Continue reading

Record Number of Students Enrolled at Emory & Henry for Spring Semester

A record number of first-year and transfer students have enrolled at Emory & Henry for the spring semester. For spring 2021, Emory & Henry’s enrollment increased by 64% from spring 2020. “We are thrilled to see so many new students … Continue reading

DC grad programs show tremendous growth for 2nd consecutive year

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Spring semester has officially begun at Defiance, and the trend of increased enrollment has rolled over into 2021 with graduate numbers continuing to defy expectations. Since the spring 2020 term, the number of graduate level course hours … Continue reading

Defiance College enrollment defying the odds

September 14, 2020 DEFIANCE, Ohio – While the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some colleges to recruit new students, Defiance College has defied the ordinary with a twenty percent increase in freshmen enrollment. This marks the highest incoming … Continue reading

State of the University: With Challenge Comes Opportunity

Virginia Wesleyan saw growth and prosperity in 2019-2020 despite global challenges University News | August 21, 2020 Despite challenges faced globally, the 2019-2020 Academic Year was one of growth and prosperity at Virginia Wesleyan University, said VWU President Scott D. Miller … Continue reading

The Department of Justice Forced Changes to the Statement of Good Practices for NACAC

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has made dramatic changes to its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices after pressure from the Department of Justice. In the past, the organization had some strict rules which the DOJ found restrained trade. Continue reading

Coronavirus and Enrollment Management

Colleges and universities are being devastated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every sector of the national economy has been adversely impacted. Keep the following in mind as enrollment managers prepare for the immediate future. Continue reading

Purdue University Fort Wayne Increases Fall 2019 Enrollment

Purdue University Fort Wayne begins the new academic year with gains in new student enrollment across the board, including new freshmen, graduate students, transfer students and international students. For the second year in a row, on-campus student housing is at … Continue reading

Growth, Innovation, Prosperity Central to Virginia Wesleyan State of the University

President Miller announces record enrollment and fundraising, groundbreaking on a new housing complex, and the establishment of a donor-funded program dedicated to study of African-American history. University News | August 23, 2019 Photo Gallery: 2019 State of the University Growth, innovation and … Continue reading

Purdue University Fort Wayne Sees Major Increase in Enrollment

Purdue University Fort Wayne begins the 2018-19 academic year with a major increase in enrollment, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A total of 2,314 new students have been admitted at the undergraduate level for Fall 2018, compared to … Continue reading

Purdue Fort Wayne celebrates new identity

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette A decades-old institution got a symbolic fresh start today as students returned to a campus no longer known as IPFW but as Purdue University Fort Wayne. The university – which saw enrollment growth for the first … Continue reading

As classes start, PFW sees enrollment up

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal GazetteTuesday, August 21, 2018 1:00 am A decades-old campus got a symbolic fresh start Monday as fall classes began at Purdue University Fort Wayne, whose chancellor encouraged students and faculty to build its “very bright” future. “Let’s … Continue reading

Clinton College’s new leader eyes growth, new programs at historical Rock Hill school

BY AMANDA HARRISaharris@heraldonline.comAugust 21, 2018 04:32 PMROCK HILL Clinton College has a new leader, and he’s focused on the school’s growth.   Clinton’s board of trustees has named Lester McCorn as the school’s 13th president. McCorn has led the college as acting … Continue reading

Prizes for Everyone: How Colleges Use Scholarships to Lure Students

John Dysart was featured in a Wall Street Journal article in April 2018.  The article talks about how merit awards are an important component of many schools’ enrollment strategies. To view the article, click here for a PDF.

Prospective students check out IPFW

Official excited to see 877 attend annual Spring Campus Visit ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette Kenneth Christmon didn’t tire of signing his name Sunday – he insisted on it. The assistant vice chancellor of admissions at IPFW, soon to be Purdue … Continue reading

Tips on Making the Most of Your College’s Location

Tips on Making the Most of Your College’s Location JANUARY 01, 2018 We asked some enrollment-management professionals to suggest ways that a college situated in a seemingly less-than-ideal place could appeal to students. Here’s what they said. John W. Dysart, … Continue reading

LSUA Announces Summer Enrollment Increase

by Sarah Black | Jun 15, 2017 LSUA is pleased to announce a large increase in summer enrollment.  LSUA is excited to announce a 17.31 percent overall increase in summer enrollment for 2017 over summer 2016.  There are 1,037 students … Continue reading

Financial Aid and Admissions: 12 Solutions to Potential Problems

John W. Dysart President – The Dysart Group, Inc. Christian colleges, universities, and schools face a myriad of challenges that threaten much-needed revenue streams. The majority of schools lack substantial endowments and must rely on net tuition dollars to meet … Continue reading

LSUA Sees Large Spring Enrollment Gains

LSUA is proud to announce significant enrollment gains for the spring 2016 semester. LSUA is excited to announce continued enrollment growth for the spring 2016 semester. This growth comes on the heels of record enrollment from the previous fall semester. … Continue reading

LSUA Records Largest Enrollment in School History

LSUA is proud to announce record enrollment at the university. This fall, LSUA is reporting a total of 3,104 students, making it the largest enrollment in the history of the university. The previous largest enrollment was 3,093 students in 2002. … Continue reading

The Latest on Tuition Discounting

Academic Impressions:  HIGHER ED IMPACT ARTICLE July 2015 Rising institutional costs and greater price sensitivity on the part of prospective students and families have caused many institutions to strategically rethink their tuition discounting strategy. Academic Impressions is directing a conference … Continue reading

20 Realistic, Economical, Simple Initiatives to Improve Student Retention

Christian Academia Magazine For the hundreds of small, private colleges and universities that enroll large numbers of “at-risk” students, proactive retention activities are necessary to keep the school solvent. However, while maintaining retention is much discussed, it is rarely addressed in … Continue reading

Inexpensive, Realistic & Simple Initiatives to Improve Retention

John W. Dysart President – The Dysart Group, Inc. Many discussions, meetings, planning sessions and research projects have been conducted at colleges and universities regarding retention. For the hundreds of small, private colleges and universities that enroll large numbers of … Continue reading

Enrollment Management Expert, John Dysart to Participate in Tuition Discounting Conference

President of The Dysart Group, John W. Dysart will participate in a tuition discounting conference sponsored by Academic Impressions in Atlanta on December 8-9. 2014.  The following is brief interview in anticipation of two-day event. Several industry experts continue to … Continue reading

LSUA sees more than 20% enrollment increase

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – LSU of Alexandria is celebrating its largest enrollment increase in more than 15 years. “One of our goals with enrollment was to bring in at least 3 percent growth, and we were able … Continue reading

LSU of Alexandria Announces Large Enrollment Increase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESEPTEMBER 15, 2014  ALEXANDRIA, LA – LSU of Alexandria is excited to announce a 21% increase in enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year.  This growth marks the largest year-to-year increase in six years and reverses a downward enrollment … Continue reading

Higher Education Faces Tuition Disruption

“Has college tuition begun to go the way of Walmart-style pricing? College administrators are experimenting with cut-rate models by freezing tuition, slashing sticker prices, and rolling back tuition, driven to discover a way to tip the scales toward enrollment growth,” … Continue reading

Bible College in Colorado Grows Despite Economic Downturn

Despite continued economic pressure and reports of enrollment declines at colleges and universities around the country, Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO welcomes one of the largest incoming classes in recent history, with new student enrollment up 39% in … Continue reading

Collaborative Leadership Enables Freed-Hardeman University to Increase Enrollment

The higher education landscape is rapidly changing.  Despite the general acceptance of the concept of enrollment management as an effective vehicle for understanding admissions, financial aid and retention, few schools have successfully brought together the three departments in an effective … Continue reading

Enrollment is Up as Classes Begin at Mars Hill College

For Immediate Release August 21, 2012 MEDIA CONTACT:Teresa BucknerMedia Relations Coordinator As the 2012-13 academic year began on Tuesday, Mars Hill College welcomed a record-setting student body that was 7% larger than last year at this time, and nearly 20% … Continue reading

Communications Counselors: Changing the structure of the admissions office to adapt to new technological realities

While market conditions and technology have changed dramatically in 30 years, the structure of the Admissions Office and the entering qualifications and roles of admissions counselors have not kept pace.” That’s the issue John W. Dysart, president of admissions consulting … Continue reading

Technology Changes Everything—Including Admissions. Are You Ready?

Presenter John Dysart Technology Changes Everything!June 11-13, 2012, The Mirage, Las Vegas Changing the Structure in the Admissions Office to Adapt to New Technological Realities Technology is changing everything in college recruitment and admission offices have been slow to respond. … Continue reading

Enrollment Expert to Discuss College Discount Rates

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) JANUARY 18, 2012 John W. Dysart, president of The Dysart Group, Inc., will be making a presentation at the upcoming Presidents Conference of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. This timely session will focus on disagreements … Continue reading

Enrollment Management Expert to Speak on Influences on College Discount Rates

John W. Dysart, President of higher education consulting firm The Dysart Group, Inc., will present a session entitled “Understanding Your Discount Rate” at the largest annual meeting of college and university presidents in the United States. MARCO ISLAND, FL (PRWEB) … Continue reading

“How to Recruit Out of State Students” Webinar Announced

The Dysart Group, Inc. will offer an exclusive webinar for higher education administrators and enrollment management professionals on the topic of recruiting out of state students. The webinar is being offered in collaboration with Higher Ed Hero on Wednesday, November … Continue reading

MHC Starts Fall Semester with Largest Enrollment in 30 Years!

Traditional classes began Tuesday at Mars Hill College for the 2011-12 academic year with an 11 % increase in enrollment over last year, and a higher initial enrollment than at any time in thirty years. A total of 1073 traditional … Continue reading

Mars Hill College Increases New Student Enrollments by 34%

Yahoo News – August 29, 2011 Located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Mars Hill College is pleased to announce a 34% increase in new student enrollments over last year, and the largest number of new student enrollments in the past … Continue reading

Roosevelt University student enrollment shatters records

For Immediate Release                                      Sept. 10, 2008           Officials hail increases as more than sign of the times               Roosevelt University officials expected enrollments to rise this year, but not at the extraordinary pace that has put the University’s fall 2008 semester … Continue reading

Ferrum welcomes green initiatives, more students

The college hopes to lessen its footprint on the environment by moving to trayless dining and paper products in its cafeteria. By Janelle Rucker FERRUM — Students head back to classes today at Ferrum College to a more ecologically friendly … Continue reading

Wesley College Welcomes Freshman Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 Contact: Chad Robinson, Special Assistant to the President                                                   E-mail: 562 new students arrive in Dover The incoming class of Wesley College filled the auditorium at the Schwartz Center for the Arts on August 23, … Continue reading

Ferrum College Anticipates Largest Enrollment in 24 Years, Opens Third New Residence Hall in Three Years

For Immediate Release:    Date: August 29, 2008Contact:  Natalie Faunce, (540) Ferrum College will once again welcome a record number of students to campus this fall, the third consecutive year of significant enrollment increases.  Ferrum expects close to 650 new students … Continue reading

University of Rio Grande Recruits Record Class

News Release – September 2007 The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College has one of its largest freshman classes ever on campus this fall.  The freshmen class increased by 41 percent over last year, as Rio Grande has 1,374 … Continue reading

Ferrum College Sees Enrollment Surge Under Leadership of First Woman President

For Immediate Release:                                                  August 27, 2007     Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten will celebrate the beginning of her sixth year as the first woman president of Ferrum College by welcoming the largest group of new students to Ferrum in over twenty years. … Continue reading

Undergraduate enrollment reaches all-time high at SXU

Freshmen class also among most diverse Chicago (Sept. 27, 2006) – Undergraduate enrollment for the fall 2006 semester has reached an all-time high at Saint Xavier University, the ninth consecutive year of growth. With 3,339 undergraduate students, the Univrsity is … Continue reading

Record new student class at Sterling College

NEWS RELEASE STERLING, Kan., Sept. 21 2006—Vice President for Enrollment Dennis Dutton announced a 45 percent increase in new student enrollment this year, making this the largest entering new student class in Sterling College’s 119 year history. This year’s freshman … Continue reading

20-Year Record Broken By Rise in Ferrum Enrollment

For Immediate Release:                                                  September 13, 2006          Last week Ferrum College proudly welcomed the largest new student enrollment in twenty years to its Ferrum, VA campus through the doors of its newly remodeled student center and through the all-new Skeens Alumni … Continue reading