We get it. When you’re recruiting prospective students, it’s difficult to break out of your comfort zone. Your college or university has a system, a protocol, or a communications cycle that’s been used for years. But it’s a new era in higher education, at least if you’re trying to understand students from Generation Z. Here are a few tips from our proprietary Student Union research to help you reach and retain the right students for you.
Born between 1996 and 2010, the members of Generation Z have a very different mindset, thanks to the world they’ve grown up in. And because of this, they’re actually changing the world. Let’s just say they’re anything but typical.
When we start a new engagement with a college or university, we love our initial discussions about project goals and measuring success. It’s a step full of vision and ambition, tempered with an eye toward focus and standards.
One of the most effective ways for a brand to expand its reach is to partner with another like-minded brand in a different industry. By combining their powers, these brands (and their agencies) often find incredibly creative ways to cross-promote and, in doing so, can win over new fans and create serious buzz.
We hear it all the time: “Once we get them on campus, we’ve got them hooked.” How could you not? A great tour. A good meal in the best dining hall (with soft-serve ice cream). A glimpse into a residence hall and a lecture hall. Interaction with real students. They’re totally hooked, right?
Recently, Instagram launched a new feature called Stories, which allows users to post temporary photos without filling up their photo feed or grid. It’s an approachable and ephemeral response to a brand-saturated Instagram feed that tends to be filled with picture-perfect photography.
For colleges and universities, competition has never been stiffer for top students and faculty, or for research funding, donor dollars, and reputation. Public universities have a hard time explaining what it means to be “public” and liberal arts colleges are still trying to defend the benefits of a multidisciplinary education to 17-year-olds everywhere.
For colleges and universities, these two generational groups are continually top of mind. Gen Z-ers make up the majority of incoming classes, while Millennials now fill the ranks of young alumni. By understanding where the two groups diverge in their use of technology, your school can win big with both.
Twenty years ago, the average college president spent little time worrying about the brand. Applications were up. Budgets were stable. And leading a university can be as complex as running a small city – why focus on the window dressing? But as higher ed has evolved, so have the prevailing views on branding.
Generation Z (the group of individuals born after 1996) is 78 million strong, and they’re unlike any other generation before them. These differences appear in what they value, how they interact with each other, and what they expect of the society they live in.