Reinhardt is pleased to announce that its Office of Admission’s section on the University's website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all admissions sites rated. The section was recognized in the 15th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.
“We are proud to have our admissions web section recognized by My College Options as one of the leading web sections in the nation,” said Julie Fleming, director of admission. “We developed our web pages with the knowledge that potential students would be looking here for critical admissions information.”
Since the technology for admissions websites is constantly changing, so are the expectations of the prospective students who visit looking for information. This year’s research revealed three items that are rising in importance to students:
• List of academic programs/majors
• Financial aid information
• Ability to contact admissions via Facebook
“The website continues to be our top source for students entering our system,” Fleming said. “For fall 2013, we had 44.4% of our new class have the website as their first source—this includes completing our on-line application.”
MyCollegeOptions.org is the nation’s largest online college planning program. Every summer its staff of college admissions and internet experts conducts a research-based analysis that measures how well college and university websites provide information to prospective students to assist them through the application process. Of the post-secondary institutions whose sites were graded, less than 45% earned a score of A or B.
The study grades institutions on a 100 point scale, including functionality, design and technology components. The criteria for the study is reviewed and updated annually by internal experts as well as current high school students. Statistical tests are used to determine the specific EPI criteria to be used and their relative importance to students in college planning. This year’s study examined 36 criteria in four main categories:
• Ability to Find Desired Information
• Personal Contact with Admissions Staff and Students
• Online Interactive Tools
• Website Design and Navigation
Additional information on the EPI study is available at www.nrccua.org/epi-report.
My College Options® is the nation’s largest college planning program and is operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™. For over 40 years, this non-profit educational research organization, based in Lee’s Summit, MO, has served as the primary link between high school students and colleges, universities, and the resources they need to succeed. Visit www.mycollegeoptions.org.
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