By Jessie Lizak | Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 08:40 AM
That time of year always comes and goes so quickly. Higher education facilities start preparing for before the previous school year even ends: admissions and the back-to-school season. But did you know that SMS and texting in college admissions processes could help ease stress and increase engagement with new or prospective students?
At SendHub, we understand that higher education recruiters and admissions staff work tirelessly at communicating important deadlines, events, and celebratory messages with future students to make their transition to college easier. That’s why we’ve created this list of 10 sample SMS messages for admission and recruitment; to make the lives of admissions staff and recruiters easier, too.
1 – Send Appointment Reminders
Students, whether they’re new or not, are busy. But for new recruits and admissions, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of a new school year, especially if they’ve moved out-of-state for their education. Use bulk SMS messages to send appointment reminders to help students stay on schedule.
2 – Communicate Important Deadlines
During the application process, there are countless deadlines that have to be met to ensure an easy enrollment for the student. By sending an SMS to all the students that have to pay attention to that important deadline, they’ll have a reminder of the information that they need to succeed.
3 – Send Links with Important Information
As you communicate these important deadlines, you can include links to official educational content that provide a more comprehensive outline of the information you that needs to be shared. This is higher education texting at its finest.
4 – Engage with Interested Prospects
Stay in the minds of prospective students by sending out bulk SMS messages promoting your school, interesting programs, and unique services and facilities that your educational facility offers. Automate your text messages in your college admissions office so that you can efficiently communicate with prospective students who are visting your website and applying online.
Use text messaging as a way to keep in touch with your online applicants. You can send them text alerts about the status of their application and reminders of further materials that need submitted to complete their application.
5 – Send Fee Reminders
Financially speaking, sending out fee reminders is imperative to collecting the funds necessary to run your educational facility for the year. Help students and parents alike remember important fee deadlines by sending out fee reminders via bulk SMS messaging.
6 – Communicate Tests and Exams
For certain programs and faculties, there are required tests and exams necessary for admission. If this is the case for one of your faculties, make sure that you SMS message all interested applicants for that program, reminding them of the time and date on which the test or exam is to be held.
7 – Outline Housing Requirements and Rules
Once a student has been accepted into your educational facility, they’re going to start thinking about where they will live during their time at your school. By sending out an SMS link surrounding housing requirements, rules, and deadlines, you can help ease the process for both your housing department and the students themselves.
8 – Make Your School Stand Out During Recruitment Time
Although it may only seem like its students competing to get into their school of choice, educational facilities are also competing to be the school of choice. To stand out during recruitment time, send interesting facts about your campus, articles about successful alumni, and what a student has to gain by enrolling at your school, with SMS messages for admission.
9 – Provide Students with Helpful Tips
During the application process, you can send out bulk SMS texts to interested applicants that will help them speed up their application process. Make sure to include what documents they need to send in, quick routes to access the admissions office, and of course, the appropriate deadlines for applications.
10 – Send Celebratory Messages Along with Orientation Reminder
You’ve finally made it to the end of summer! Before your successful applicants and future students arrive at the campus, send a bulk SMS message saying congratulations, and a friendly reminder of where and when your school’s orientation will be held, if applicable.
At SendHub, we want to make your business communication simple. With our out-of-the-box business SMS solutions, you can connect with prospect students and build a sense of trust and professionalism. Want to try SendHub for yourself? Start a free trial today!