Future Asburians Network Options for Involvement
“How do I recruit students for Asbury?”
- Represent Asbury University at local college fairs
- Host regional receptions (could be a large event or a small gathering)
- Make individual connections with local high school students (and parents)
- [ Insert your ideas here! ]
“There’s a college fair in my area. What do I do?”
- Contact us at email@example.com! We want to know when and where the fair is happening. There is always the possibility that one of our Admissions Counselors will be able to attend.
- If an Admissions Counselor is unable to attend, let us know if you are able to represent Asbury at the fair. We will work with you to register, cover the cost of the fair, and send you the materials that you will need (see Tips for Events).
- If you attend the fair, speak with the people who stop by the table. Invite them to fill out an inquiry card. Get their names. Encourage them to visit the campus. Tell them why you love Asbury University, and show your passion for an Asbury education. You don’t have to be an expert on all things Asbury. You are simply there to share why you think Asbury is a great school, and to connect them with us.
- After the fair, send us the inquiry cards that students filled out so that we can get them into our system and contact them ASAP. Feel free to follow up with the students, too. Thank them for chatting with you and encourage them once more to schedule a campus visit.
A regional reception could be a large event or just a small gathering of a handful of interested students and their families. It’s up to you! Both options have proven to be awesome opportunities for students to hear about Asbury.
“I want to host a regional reception. How do I do that?”
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We want to know when and where your event is happening, and we can send Asbury University informational materials to help you.
- Pick a date. Try to choose one far enough out that people are likely to be free, but not so far away that they’ll forget about it.
- Pick a venue. Host in your home if you are comfortable with that or see if your church or another local venue is an option.
- Fill the room. Invite students who are interested in Asbury. Invite students who might not have considered Asbury but probably should. Invite their parents. Ask them to RSVP so that you can plan the event most effectively. (Depending on the event, we may be able to provide a list of stduents in your area who have shown interest in Asbury for you to invite).
- Plan the event. You can offer food, give a presentation (with which we can help), conduct a Q&A session, offer a come-and-go style format, or even do all of the above. Have them fill out inquiry cards, and take notes of questions they ask that you are not able to answer so that we can help. Encourage all of your guests to schedule a visit to the Asbury campus to see it for themselves. Even though you are hosting this event, remember that you don’t have to be an expert on Asbury. You are simply there to share why you think Asbury is a great school, and to connect them with us.
- Invite local alumni to join you and to share their Asbury story.
- After the event, send us the inquiry cards that students filled out so that we can get them into our system and contact them ASAP. Feel free to follow up with them, too, and thank them for coming.
“Fairs and receptions aren’t for me, but I still want to help recruit students.”
We know that not everyone will be able to – or comfortable with – hosting events and tables, but we love that you want to help anyway! There are a few things that you can actively do to promote Asbury in your community, and you might think of others not listed here.
- Talk about Asbury University! Make Asbury a regular part of your vocabulary so that the people around you hear about it. The majority of our students make first contact with us because someone they know recommended Asbury!
- Keep an eye out for opportunities to spread the word about Asbury.
- Does a local coffee shop have a bulletin board to advertise summer camps? Contact us to get a poster for our ImpactU camps to hang there.
- Find out how to get Asbury Academy (dual-enrollment) information into their hands, and then contact us for official materials
- Be that trusted community member, and then contact us for materials.
- If you would like to write letters or postcards to students in your geographic, academic, or other areas we can provide you with the postcards and list of students.
- Is there a homeschool group in your community? You can represent Asbury at one of their meetings or deliver materials to them.
- Does your church or local school accept college advertising information from trusted members of the community?
If you have other ideas, or need Admissions materials, let us know! We would love to have you actively partner with us to spread the impact that Asbury University can have on the world.
Email any questions you may have to email@example.com.