LEADING Strategies

Summer Freeze: Engaging the Incoming Class to Reduce Admissions Melt

Persistence to graduation begins with engaging the incoming class even before they have made a deposit. Saint Joseph’s University developed a framework for combatting the admissions summer melt following a summer where 20% of the deposits were withdrawn. By employing tactics to monitor student engagement throughout the summer and connecting with students during the fall semester, the summer melt now averages 8% and retention to the second semester averages 96.5%. Spending time verifying the cohort of first-time full-time students and assisting students facing obstacles has greatly improved the student experience and retention. Tactics including University Connectors, a New Student Portal, pre-enrollment surveys, and a 5th week check-in are described.

You must be an AACRAO member to view this article.

Please login in or learn more about joining AACRAO.