University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Grad Program Cuts Costs and Increases Applicant Pool with Innovative New Process

DALLAS – April 13, 2016 – During a time of tight budgets and increasing demands, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has found a unique way to recruit new students. The program is now attracting prospective students through Gradschoolmatch.com; the online platform connects students and interested program administrators and then allows them to start a two-way conversation.

“Gradschoolmatch.com has allowed us to find more candidates at roughly half the cost it takes to travel and engage students on their home campuses across the country,” says Assistant Dean Lisa Gardner, Ph.D. “It’s definitely helping us attract majority and minority students as well as those from overseas. The student profiles are easy to read, and when a student includes his or her research experience, it is highlighted in a useful way.”

Gardner says the applicants are very competitive, with a large percentage receiving interviews and offers of admission.

Gradschoolmatch has discovered that the typical student researches only eight programs of the hundreds he or she may otherwise choose. The service has found that identifying prospects costs as little as $1.06 per student, a great savings over traditional methods.

The proprietary matching system was founded by TJ Murphy, Ph.D., a who teaches at Emory University in Atlanta. He envisioned a simple and inexpensive way to seek out the prospects his program needed anywhere in the world. He and his colleagues built an algorithm that matches students with graduate programs.

The system also allows programs to highlight their academic fields, rankings, stipends, scholarships, application deadlines and other details. www.gradschoolmatch.com/graduate_programs

Gradschoolmatch’s unique messaging service allows prospective students to communicate directly with grad school faculty so they can get questions answered and start to build relationships. National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals research indicates personal engagement drives recruiting success.

“The coolest feature of all is that the schools can show interest in you, even if you have not yet found out about them, which is unprecedented in the search for a graduate school,” says Teague Cole, a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In addition to UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, graduate programs from over 100 universities use Gradschoolmatch, including Georgia State University, the University of Arizona, Columbia University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University, University of Virginia and many more.

There is no cost for students to use Gradschoolmatch, and currently more than 375,000 students are part of the process.

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Georgia State University Takes Leadership Role in Attracting Graduate Students with Breakthrough Online Technology

April 6, 2016 – Graduate schools across the country, facing increased competition, are looking for new ways to attract interest from prospective, diverse students. Every graduate school program at Georgia State University now has access to a method that is already popular for online dating — a match service that connects students and interested programs and then allows them to start a two-way conversation.

Georgia State is an enterprising urban public research university in downtown Atlanta. Its College of Arts and Sciences is one of the programs in particular that has embraced Gradschoolmatch.com (www.gradschoolmatch.com) because of its success to date.

“I’m definitely seeing activity; some of our lesser known programs are seeing more bookmarks from prospects than they would visitors at a grad school fair, so we know it’s working,” says Lita Malveaux, assistant director, Georgia State University Office of Graduate Services, College of Arts and Sciences. “It’s typical to liken recruitment to a funnel and while we have had success converting applicants to enrolled students, we’ve had a harder time finding and converting prospects to applicants and that’s where Gradschoolmatch comes in…they’ve met us where we need help the most, at the top of the funnel.”

The College of Arts and Sciences has even built a direct inquiry page on its website that links directly to Gradschoolmatch: https://www.gradschoolmatch.com/universities/947-georgia-state-university/inquiry. This special features allows prospective students to have a connection to faculty through Georgia State’s own website without needing to go through a third party.

Gradschoolmatch research shows that the typical student only bookmarks eight programs of the hundreds they might choose otherwise. The service has found that identifying prospects costs as little as $1.06 per student, a great savings over traditional methods.

The proprietary matching system was founded by TJ Murphy, Ph.D., who teaches at Emory University and envisioned a simple and inexpensive way to seek out the prospects his program needed anywhere in the world. He and his colleagues built an algorithm that matches students with graduate programs.

The system also allows programs to highlight their academic fields, rankings, stipends, scholarships, application deadlines and other details. www.gradschoolmatch.com/graduate_programs

Gradschoolmatch’s one-of-a-kind messaging service allows prospective students to communicate directly with grad school faculty so they can get questions answered and start to build relationships. National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals research indicates personal engagement drives recruiting success.

“The coolest feature of all is that the schools can show interest in you, even if you have not yet found out about them, which is unprecedented in the search for a graduate school,” says Teague Cole, a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In addition to Georgia State, other schools using Gradschoolmatch include Vanderbilt University’s Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences, University of Virginia School of Architecture and Baylor College of Medicine.

There is no cost for students to use Gradschoolmatch, and currently more than 375,000 students are part of the process.

 

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University of Arizona Graduate College Now Offers Largest Number of Programs on Breakthrough Online Technology

Gradschoolmatch.com Aims to Help University Reach More Diverse Applicants

 

April 6, 2016 – The University of Arizona Graduate College, one of the nation’s top 20 public research institutions, is currently offering more programs for review and matching on Gradschoolmatch.com than any other university in the country.

U of A has more than 250 programs available on the platform. Gradschoolmatch uses a one-of-a-kind process similar to online dating — the service connects students and interested program administrators and then allows them to start a two-way conversation. The founders say it’s the online version of a graduate school fair.

“Since we signed up we have been impressed with the number of matches we’ve made,” says Stephanie Adamson, director of recruitment, University of Arizona Graduate College. “I find the site very attractive and easy to use.”

Gradschoolmatch research shows that the typical student only researches eight programs of the hundreds he or she may otherwise choose. The service has found that identifying prospects costs as little as $1.06 per student, a great savings over traditional methods.

The proprietary matching system was founded by TJ Murphy, Ph.D., who teaches at Emory University and envisioned a simple and inexpensive way to seek out the prospects his program needed anywhere in the world. He and his colleagues built an algorithm that matches students with graduate programs.

The system also allows programs to highlight their academic fields, rankings, stipends, scholarships, application deadlines and other details. www.gradschoolmatch.com/graduate_programs

Gradschoolmatch’s unique messaging service allows prospective students to communicate directly with grad school faculty so they can get questions answered and start to build relationships. National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals research indicates personal engagement drives recruiting success.

“The coolest feature of all is that the schools can show interest in you, even if you have not yet found out about them, which is unprecedented in the search for a graduate school,” says Teague Cole, a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In addition to U of A, graduate programs from over 100 universities use Gradschoolmatch including Georgia State University, the University of Texas at Southwestern, Columbia University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University, University of Virginia and many more.

There is no cost for students to use Gradschoolmatch, and currently more than 375,000 students are part of the process.

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