When it comes to meeting the demands of tech-savvy students, West Virginia Universitys admissions Web site (www.arc.wvu.edu/) is making the grade.
The site, developed by WVU Web Services, is one of only 130 nationwide that received an A by the National Research Center for College&University Admissions in a recent study.
The NRCCUA sent e-mail surveys to more than 100,000 college-bound high school students to identify the Web site features that have the most significant impact on prospective students. More than 3,000 college and university admissions Web sites were then rated on how well they provide information to potential students.
Specific criteria included prominence of an admissions office link on the institutions home page, admissions Web page design and ease of navigation, online access to admissions materials, additional admissions information and ability to contact the admissions office.
Web Services organized information so that future students could find out more about WVU s strong tradition of academic excellence, our world-renowned professors, the chance for research opportunities and why WVU is a place where people can find their niche with 171 majors and over 300 student organizations,said Cathy Orndorff, director of Web Services.We are excited and appreciative of the recognition from NRCCUA .
With students turning more to the Internet for information, they have come to expect university Web sites to provide critical information to help them make decisions, according to WVU recruiters.
Since increasing numbers of high school students indicate that they utilize the Web to research universities they are interested in attending, its gratifying to know that the WVU admissions site ranks among the best in the country,said Tricia Petty, director of Undergraduate Recruitment.
The present WVU home page design made its debut two years ago. The University dedicated about half of the navigation and photos to marketing toward future students.
This effort two years ago was a start, but we felt we needed more information for upcoming students,Orndorff added.Work began on the New Student Communication Portal about 18 months ago, and we will roll it out soon.
Users will be able to access the new portal from WVU s home page (www.wvu.edu). Additional information about this new online recruitment tool will be released in the next couple of weeks, Orndorff noted.
The NRCCUA is a nonprofit education research organization. For more than 33 years, it has conducted the largest nationwide survey of high school students, which serves as a communications link between college-bound high school students and public and private colleges and universities.
On the Net:www.nrccua.org