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In the dynamic field of higher education, it’s more important than ever to develop extraordinary leaders. The Enrollment Leadership Academy (ELA) is a year-long program focused on leadership skills, strategic enrollment management, and developing the next generation of enrollment leaders.

Participants attend virtual and in-person meetings throughout the year facilitated by experienced education professionals covering topics within strategic enrollment management, leadership, and College Board. Participants also complete a small-group capstone activity.

There is no cost to enroll in ELA and College Board will pay for National Forum fees; however all other travel expenses are the responsibility of participants or their sponsoring institutions. For participants to get the most out of the Enrollment Leadership Academy and for the program to be a success, participants are required to attend all meetings.


ELA is designed for experienced admissions and financial aid professionals who are committed to advancing the field of enrollment management. Participants must first be nominated by a supervisor or colleague, and then selected to participate by the College Board. Comprising three regional groups, this selective program maximizes learning and networking among members across the entire cohort. Ideal candidates will have:

  • 5–10 years of experience in financial aid or undergraduate admissions
  • A demonstrated commitment to the field of enrollment management
  • Significant potential for advancement

The nomination window for the year’s ELA cohort typically opens in the spring and nominations are solicited via email to [email protected]. If you have a candidate in mind, you may also use the form below. All nominations will be reviewed as a group.

Nominate a Candidate  


Participants in ELA explore a range of activities related to managing and leading college enrollment, admissions, and financial aid activities on campus. Key curriculum elements include:


  • Leadership and management
  • Management skills and best practices
  • Career development
  • Diversity and inclusion

Strategic Enrollment Management

  • Strategic enrollment planning
  • Data-driven practices
  • Financial aid 
  • Retention and completion

College Board

  • College Board mission
  • Membership and governance
  • Assessment and enrollment products