Keystone College Increased First-Year Enrollment by 7 percent

How a small, private college's admissions team uses two-way text messaging powered by Modern Campus Signal Vine to communicate with thousands of applicants

The Signal Vine platform has significantly increased our ability to reach students. We are a smaller school that reaches enrollment goals by connecting with students and building a relationship with them. We can’t do that if we can’t reach them. We now connect with more of our students and are able to better manage our application volume because of the ease and efficiency of this texting platform.

Jennifer SekolDirector of Admissions, Keystone College
About Keystone College 






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The Challenge

Keystone College's Admissions team were facing a problem of increasingly large caseloads. Only five counselors were tasked with communicating with over 3,000 applicants each year.

Knowing that students prefer texting over phone calls or email and that texting is also the fastest and most efficient method of communication for both students and staff, they began texting with Google Voice. However, it became clear that Google Voice was not robust enough to provide the type of texting communication that Keystone needed,



Keystone Admissions crafted a communication plan around each stage of the application process. Rather than replacing other forms of communication, their texting program, deployed through Modern Campus Signal Vine, was built to complement and enhance their emails, phone calls and mailings.

Student phone numbers are sourced from their applications; once a student submits an application, they begin receiving text messages for the remainder of the application process. 


Throughout their first year on the Modern Campus Signal Vine platform, 49% of all students who submitted an application to Keystone College engaged with text messages at least once.

Most impressively, Keystone achieved their goal of increasing yield and enrollment; they saw a 7% year-over-year increase in first-year enrollment after implementing Signal Vine. Now, staff are able to communicate much more efficiently and effectively with applicants. Signal Vine’s mobile app, in particular, is a great resource for admissions counselors who travel frequently. 

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