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We Asked ChatGPT How Colleges Can Enroll More Students. Here’s What it Said.

ChatGPT is a free artificial intelligence chatbot taking the internet by storm. Sadly, it’s often more well-informed than our “programmed” human minds. Recently, ChatGPT scored higher than many humans on an MBA exam administered at Penn’s Wharton School.
Could ChatGPT have enrollment ideas we haven’t thought of? We decided to find out.
We asked Chat GPT how colleges can enroll more students. Spoiler: We didn’t get anything ground-breaking; but we did get a nice reminder of the “bare minimum” requirements to survive in this industry.

ChatGPT’s response:

Enrolling new students is essential for the survival of any college or university. However, with so many colleges out there competing for students, it can be challenging to attract new students. Here are some strategies that colleges can use to enroll more students.

1. Emphasize Your Unique Offerings

One way to attract new students is to emphasize the unique offerings of your college. For example, if your college has a particular focus on a particular subject, such as engineering, arts, or business, highlight that in your marketing materials. By doing so, you will attract students who are interested in that subject and show them that your college is the right place to pursue their passions.

2. Offer Financial Aid

Another way to attract more students is to offer financial aid. Many students are unable to afford the full cost of tuition, so by offering financial aid, you can make your college more accessible to a wider range of students. In addition to traditional scholarships, consider offering work-study programs, grants, and other types of financial assistance.

3. Increase Your Online Presence

In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is essential for any college or university. Make sure your website is up-to-date and easy to navigate, and use social media to connect with prospective students. You can also use online advertising to target students who are likely to be interested in your college.

4. Leverage Your Alumni Network

Your alumni network can be a valuable asset in attracting new students. Encourage your alumni to share their positive experiences at your college on social media and other online platforms. Consider organizing events for alumni to reconnect with your college and meet prospective students.

5. Create Partnerships with High Schools

Partnering with high schools is a great way to reach out to prospective students. Consider hosting events at high schools, such as college fairs and information sessions, to introduce your college to high school students. You can also create partnerships with high school guidance counselors to provide information about your college to students who are considering their options.


Enrolling more students is essential for the survival and growth of any college or university. By emphasizing your unique offerings, offering financial aid, increasing your online presence, leveraging your alumni network, and creating partnerships with high schools, you can attract more students and build a strong student body. Remember that enrolling new students is an ongoing process, so continue to refine your strategies and adjust your approach to meet the changing needs of prospective students.


Waybetter: You probably said “duh” a lot as you read this post. “Old hat!” “We know this stuff!”

While many claim ChatGPT threatens the white-collar workforce, it is clear that out-of-the-box thinking may be better left to the humans conducting the work vs. a chatbot that sources existing content/ideas on the internet.
And, although ChatGPT supplied no silver bullets or new ideas, it’s notable how many institutions fail to tackle these five key aspects of enrollment. Let these serve as your reminder to shore up any weak areas miring you.
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