Want to get your university admission officers blogging? Show them these admission blogs by their peers!

December 28th, 2005 Karine Joly 2 Comments

Over the past few months, a lot has been written about freshmen blogs initiated by higher ed admission offices to give prospective students a taste of the college experience at their institutions.

Whether they are maintained by individual bloggers or group of blogging students, these blogs can provide real insights on the freshman experience while allowing – via comments or emails – interested high school students to get the scoop on college life.

As reported in “Colleges using blogs to attract students,” an article by Anya Sostek published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, students are not the only ones blogging on the behalf of their college’s admission office. Admission officers do blog too:

MIT is one of a handful of universities where admissions officers write blogs. But the idea is quickly spreading, as universities look for new ways to appeal to an applicant pool that barely remembers life before the Internet. It’s quickly shown itself to be a useful tool in boosting interest among potential applicants, and one with some downsides as well.

“We’re not reinventing the wheel, we’re just going where they already are,” said Matt McGann, an MIT admissions officer who started his blog in August 2004. “We’re trying to take the mystery out of this college admissions process a bit.”

At MyMIT, a section of the undergraduate admission website, prospective students can access the latest blog posts from 15 blogs: three by admission officers (Matt McGann, Ben Jones and Bryan Nance), one by the Director of Student Financial Aid (Daniel Barkowitz , nine by students and the last one, a guest blog featuring posts from the Director of Recruitment, the Dean Of Admissions and the Director of the Educational Council at MIT.

Definitely something worth checking if you want to get your admission officers blogging in 2006.

In her article, Anya Sostek also cites a few other institutions with admissions blogs:

So, what are you waiting for?

2 Responses

  1. Bloggers Respond to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
    Mike Rubino: “It’s a hefty article that takes a look at how blogs are affecting higher learning, and how blog posts are further reaching that…

  2. Michael Gluckstern says:

    Blogging admission officers are great communication tools for admission officers to give potential students a preview of your college. It’s also a great way for potential students to research the college by getting to know it through the eyes of the admission officer. It is a great way to see if the college is the right one for you. It can also help you to put together an application package that will get the admission board’s attention.

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