The guide to future-proofing your admissions process

Discover where top schools are leaning into the tech revolution and what traditional pieces they’re adapting to suit modern admissions.

Future-proofing your admissions process is the first step in setting your program up for success in the new world of admissions. After a decade of slow growth, the COVID-19 pandemic brought large-scale change to higher education admissions in a very short period of time. Although the forced shift to virtual admissions didn’t come without challenges, the positive impacts inherent to a digital process are giving admissions teams several reasons to keep them around long-term. 

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Increased accessibility and investment in holistic assessment have inspired more first-generation, low income and ethnically diverse students than ever to apply to colleges and universities. Behind the scenes, admissions teams learned how to leverage purpose-built technology to bring fresh insights, as well as to enhance their existing processes, saving them hours of administrative work. 

And while some mourn the loss of pre-pandemic processes, leading schools have found ways of melding tech with tradition to pave a new path forward in admissions. 

Whether it’s a campus tour that makes an applicant fall in love with a school, or a discussion with a current student that sells them on a program, a few adjustments can help when future-proofing your admissions process — updating these time-honoured components for a new generation of applicants.

Discover how the University of Nevada, Las Vegas increased cohort diversity by 11% and how the University of Waterloo saved 20+ hours with three tech solutions that have enhanced their admissions process. Then, learn how Dartmouth College drove a 33% increase in applications by adapting two traditional components to suit the modern era of admissions.

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