Choosing a college to enroll in is one of the biggest decisions that young adults are asked to make. With financial strains, lack of guidance and pressure from outsiders, young adults are facing more stress in their college search than ever before. As one money mentor from NextGenVest states, “People are being asked to make the biggest financial decisions of their lives at 18, without any guidance.”
Educational technology gurus and innovators acknowledge these stresses and have created platforms to help digital natives through the enrollment process. Many ed tech companies are making sure that these students have a smooth transition from high school to college or from college to graduate school. Here are a few that are changing the game in enrollment.
A money mentoring company that helps future students not overpay for college. They help students find scholarships, financial aid apps and negotiate tuition rates so students get the best experience possible.
Emerging as one of the leading online educational video companies in the world, Kaltura works with some of the most well known brands in education to capture lectures and provide interactive content to promote student learning.
A mobile app for admitted students to further engage them in their campus community and classroom environment. This app has proven statistics of increase in engagement and lower attrition rates that helps admitted students feel like a part of their college or university before they arrive on campus.
A higher ed text messaging platform that uses student data to deliver important information at the right time. This keeps students on top of important deadlines and keeps them on the right track towards their degree.
A company featured on SharkTank (and received a $250,000 investment from Mark Cuban), helps students save up to 90% on their textbooks by price comparing with big-name book retailers. Students save money on textbooks and have easier access via phone or laptop.
Provides online writing courses that help high school students craft memorable essays and personal statements. They also provide guidance for writing steps and techniques that students will need upon graduating.
This company has a big (and impressive) mission: to make higher education available and affordable to people everyone. UniversityNow is building a network of universities that represent the best ways for anyone to earn a college degree from an accredited U.S. university.
These companies provide different platforms and services, but all have one common goal: to help students succeed. I know from my personal experience that this process can cause a lot of stress and frustration. These companies are making impressive contributions to the higher education community and supporting students as they go after their dreams. What technology is your institution using to support student success? Share your examples in the comments below.