CollegeWeekLive, the world's leading online college fair and admissions event website, today announced that college consortiums that share a thematic appeal – whether it is faith, a geographic region of the country, state systems or the offer of an international study experience – are now reaching students more effectively online using CollegeWeekLive – the world's largest live platform for college student engagement.
CollegeWeekLive offers students an easy and free way to explore and meet with colleges virtually. More than 450,000 students have taken advantage of CollegeWeekLive in the college search process to date – a number that is expected to grow to 1 million by the end of 2012. Based on past admissions events at www.CollegeWeekLive.com, colleges that band together to leverage a common feature of particular interest may have a leg up on the competition in attracting prospective students.
For example, the University of California hosts an annual University of California Day at CollegeWeekLive. "More than 9,000 students attended our October 2011 University of California Day at CollegeWeekLive," said Emily Engelschall, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Riverside. "Most notably, 63% of the attendees were from out of state. We reached students interested in going to school in California without the usual cost or time involved with road trips to different parts of the country." Similarly, Study in Scotland, a consortium of Scotland's higher education institutions, hosted a Study in Scotland Day at CollegeWeekLive. High school students from forty-nine states and ninety-one countries participated.
The State University of New York system hosted a SUNY Day at CollegeWeekLive specifically targeted at international students interested in attending college in the United States. "We had twenty-three campuses participate, but more importantly, we were able to reach nearly 2,500 students from 125 different countries," said Krista Northup, Director of International Recruitment and Agency Operations, SUNY Office of Global Affairs. "56% of the attendees were from Asia. I am confident that these were prospective students that we would not have been able to reach otherwise."
In the past, college consortiums faced significant logistical hurdles in coordination and cost. "CollegeWeekLive provides a turnkey solution for online events – including tailoring the online environment and virtual booths to promote the schools participating, production of live and on-demand video webcasts and chat rooms, and preparation of faculty and student presenters," said Robert Rosenbloom, President & CEO of CollegeWeekLive. "We also provide 24/7 customer service and marketing support to invite prospective students." Consortium events can be created in a matter of weeks.
As a result, CollegeWeekLive creates an opportunity for consortiums to work together to capitalize on their unique appeal to reach more students regardless of geographic location. Member colleges can answer admissions questions easily and personally online. Colleges can also promote specific programs and campus resources and feature live video presentations that address common topics such as choosing a college, student life, and financial aid. By partnering with CollegeWeekLive, a college consortium gains access not only to hundreds of thousands of prospective students, but also to a network of 20,000 high school counselors.
CollegeWeekLive is the leading channel for live conversations with prospective students. Colleges can reach far more high schools than they could visit in person, engage students in an online environment they prefer, and improve results at every stage of the enrollment process. Colleges can now build a connection with prospective students at every step of the admissions process via CollegeWeekLive, from initial awareness to evaluation, to application and final enrollment. Since 2007, hundreds of thousands of students from 191 countries have visited CollegeWeekLive to seek out expert advice on their college choice.
If you are a member of the media and would like to hear more about CollegeWeekLive, please contact Press(at)CollegeWeekLive.com. To learn how your college consortium can take advantage of CollegeWeekLive please contact Mike Garvin, Vice President of College and Consortium Partnerships at 617.938.6004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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