Christendom College Admissions Website Ranked Top in the NationSeptember 19, 2011
Christendom College's Admissions Office website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated. The site was recognized in the 13th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.
"We are proud to have our admissions website recognized by My College Options as one of the leading sites in the nation," said Admissions Director Tom McFadden. "We developed our site with the knowledge that potential students would be looking here for critical admissions information. As a result, we have made strides to constantly update our site with the latest tools and information that meet the needs of students and ensure that they can learn about what we have to offer."
The college recently launched a newly redesigned website, making the site even more dynamic, with additional user-friendly features, and many new pictures and videos.
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Niall O'Donnell, served as the chief design engineer, while McFadden oversaw the August 1 launch.
"Our former site was created in 2001, and it served us well," says McFadden, 'but so much on the internet has changed in these past ten years. We wanted to create a site that would better aid our constituents with their understanding of Christendom College. Thanks to Niall, we now have it."
Some new features include sections for prospective students, visitors, current students, and alumni. Everyone may now more easily navigate the information that is most pertinent to them, rather than get bogged down in some part of the website that is not of interest. Additionally, the home page features the latest news and upcoming events, and has easy links to the College's various popular social media sites.
MyCollegeOptions.org is the nation's largest online college planning program. Every summer, its staff of college admissions and internet experts conducts a research-based analysis that measures how well college and university websites provide information to prospective students to assist them through the application process. Of the post-secondary institutions whose sites were graded, less than 45% earned a score of A or B. However, scores for the top 10 institutions increased significantly from last year.
"Very few institutions are able to keep up with the rapidly increasing demands of prospective students when it comes to online user experience," said Don Munce, President of NRCCUA®. "To be rated in the top 100 Admissions websites is a powerful statement that the institution has a focus on the cutting-edge."
The study grades institutions on a 100 point scale, including functionality, design and technology components. The criteria for the study is reviewed and updated annually by internal experts as well as current high school students. Statistical tests are used to determine the specific EPI criteria to be used and their relative importance to students in college planning. This year's study examined 39 different criteria in four main categories: the ability to find desired information, the amount of personal contact with Admissions staff and students, the quality of online interactive tools, and the website's main design and ease of navigation.
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