When the spring semester comes to a close in May, college students across the country will receive their hard-earned diplomas and head off into the real world as alumni. Colleges and universities want their graduates to stay connected and know that providing a great online experience is the key to building a thriving relationship that lasts a lifetime.
When schools invest resources in creating an engaging online resource for alumni, there are a lot of important features they should consider, which means putting time into identifying overarching goals and carefully planning strategies to meet them.
To help you along in your process for building a virtual hub for your alumni, we’ve searched for examples of schools that have gotten it right by adding thoughtful features and details, some obvious needs and some not-so-obvious as well. Here is a list of our favorite alumni sites and why we chose them:
1. For evoking a sense of nostalgia with their animated background and audio:
2. For having clear calls to action encouraging alumni to join local chapters and an all-encompassing events calendar overview:
University of Michigan
3. For providing straightforward access to clear, concise details about transcript requests and other important alumni information:
University of North Carolina
4. For evoking a true sense of community by sharing stories of proud alumni and how they are staying engaged with their alma mater:
5. For reminding alumni to use their alma mater’s career services at any point for career advice:
6. For showing alumni profiles from across the spectrum of the alumni experience, from young alumni doing interesting things early in their career to older, more accomplished alumni, famous and non-famous alike: