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Baylor University
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Yielding Students from Freshman Year

Challenge

Baylor University, an R1, Division 1, faith-based institution, developed a reliable recruitment and communication strategy for engaging high school seniors. However, enrollment team members knew that the next step to enroll their best-fit students was to refocus recruitment and marketing efforts from seniors, who had usually already made their college decisions, to younger students earlier in the college search process. Baylor knew that in order to optimize enrollment over the next few years, it needed to team up with a reliable enrollment partner that served as part of its team, focusing combined efforts on engaging freshman and sophomore students from the beginning of their high school journeys.

Solution

  • Enrollment Funnel Analysis + Consulting
  • Advanced Student Search + Predictive Modeling

Strategy

In order to successfully execute a multi-year endeavor to increase freshman and sophomore inquiries, Baylor teamed up with an enrollment partner who understands long-term strategy and has the advanced technology to support its plan: Encoura. With this enrollment consulting expertise, Baylor gleaned new methods of adapting its recruitment strategy to the behavior of today’s early high school students who are often stealthy, researching colleges earlier than they reveal. Additionally, the university’s enrollment team leveraged Encoura’s Smart+® Predictive Model to focus its engagement efforts on freshman and sophomore students most likely to enroll.

Funnel Optimization
Funnel Optimization
Strategic Enrollment Consulting
Funnel & Market Analysis
Advanced Student Search
Advanced Student Search
Encoura Combined Dataset
Smart+® Predictive Model
Technology
Technology
Enrollment Lens®
Class Planner®
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One of the things I love about Encoura is the ability to lean on the enrollment consultants to be the experts in our field of what's coming up and changing in the market. Especially early on in the process, it was important that I could bounce ideas and strategy changes off of them and get their valuable feedback.
Associate Director of Enrollment Management Marketing
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Results

Since taking ownership of its student search and funnel growth, Baylor has successfully implemented a strategic enrollment plan to engage high school students before seniors solidify their college lists. As a result of the university’s new strategy targeting freshmen and sophomores, the enrollment team has developed a deep understanding of Gen Z search volume and messaging tactics, and achieved an impressive 23.6% growth in inquiries. By adeptly cultivating relationships with the right students from the onset of their high school careers through graduation, Baylor knows that it’s set up for success to hit application and enrollment goals year after year.

23.6% increase in inquiries over 3 years
23.6% increase in inquiries over 3 years
Cross-campus collaboration success & university leadership support
Cross-campus collaboration success & university leadership support
Ownership of student search and marketing
Ownership of student search and marketing

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