Bethany ranked eighth in nation for admissions site
Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to announce that its admissions website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring number eight of all sites ranked in a recent national study. The site was recognized in the thirteenth annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.
“We are happy that our admissions website has been recognized among the nation’s top ten sites,” said Dan Bruss, President of Bethany Lutheran College. “The new Bethany Lutheran College web site was designed to focus on the needs of potential students. We are pleased that the My College Options testing validates the extensive work that was done by our staff.”
Bethany Lutheran College embarked on a year long website rebuilding effort in July 2010 and launched it’s new site in late June 2011. The site’s navigation was completely redesigned by an in-house team of designers and web usability experts.
My College Options 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 helping them through the application process. Of the post-secondary institutions whose websites were graded, less than 45% earned a score of A or B. However, scores for the top ten institutions increased significantly from last year.
The study grades institutions on a 100-point scale that includes 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 thirty-nine different criteria in four main categories:
- Ability to find desired information
- Personal contact with admissions staff and students
- Online interactive tools
- Website design and navigation
“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 National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ (NRCCUA). My College Options, the nation’s largest college planning program, is operated by the NRCCUA. “To be rated in the top 100 admissions websites is a powerful statement that the institution has a focus on the cutting-edge.”
Additional information on the EPI study is available at www.nrccua.org/epi-report.
About My College Options®
For forty years, this non-profit education research organization, based in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has served as the primary link between high school students and colleges, universities, and the resources they need to succeed. For more information, visit www.mycollegeoptions.org.