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In the dynamic field of higher education, it is more important than ever to develop extraordinary leaders for your campus. The Enrollment Leadership Academy is a year-long program focused on leadership skills, enrollment management issues, and development of the next generation of enrollment leaders.

The Enrollment Leadership Academy is designed for experienced admission 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 six regional cohorts, this selective program maximizes learning and networking among all members of the group.

Participants attend mandatory meetings between August and June. Participants are also required to attend their College Board regional forum and the national College Board Forum. All meetings are facilitated by experienced education professionals who cover topics such as:

  • Strategic enrollment planning
  • Leadership and management
  • Cornerstones of financial aid practice
  • Emerging P–16 conversations

There is no cost to enroll in the Enrollment Leadership Academy; however travel expenses are the responsibility of participants or their sponsoring institutions. National Forum and regional forum registration fees will be paid by the College Board. In order 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.


Nominations for the 2019-20 cohort of the Enrollment Leadership Academy are closed. Nominations received will be considered for the 2020-21 cohort in June 2020.

Ideal candidates will have:

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

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Below are the topics and themes covered in the Enrollment Leadership Academy. 


  • Leadership and management
  • Management skills and best practices
  • Leadership styles
  • Career development

Strategic Enrollment Management

  • Strategic enrollment planning
  • Data-driven practice
  • Shifting demographics, beyond the numbers
  • Communications and marketing

Financial Aid

  • Cornerstones of financial aid practice
  • Trends in financial aid and college pricing
  • Balancing institutional goals with access and mission
  • Federal and state financial aid policy

College Board

  • College Board Mission
  • Membership and Governance

College Readiness

  • Emerging P–16 conversations
  • Engaging counselors
  • Noncognitive measures