Hastings College

Brand new site and increased enrollment? Hastings Does That.

270

Enrollment Prior to Launch

407

First Year After Launch

429

Second Year After Launch

59%↑

Increase Over Two Years

Hastings College is a private liberal arts college located in Hastings, Nebraska. Faced with declining enrollment, the college had to take a closer look at its overall brandespecially its recruitment messaging and website. 

Lacking visual appeal, the site didn’t communicate compelling, differentiating reasons to choose Hastings. Further, it was not organized around prospects’ needs and was not mobile friendly.  

With the next recruitment cycle just around the corner, Hastings needed an accelerated site overhaul. 

Stamats partnered with Hastings to conduct an ambitious site makeover that would be complete in time for the next recruitment cycle.  

We identified and implemented three key site components:  

  • Distinctive messaging centered around the theme, “Hastings Does That” 
  • User-centered architecture to customize the experience 
  • A vibrant interface 

We developed: 

  • A new information architecture 
  • A beautiful, responsive design to promote user engagement and relevancy 
  • Accessible templates  

All content was then migrated to the new design—on time and on budget. 

Enrollment at Hastings has reached record highs. 

Hastings is now well-equipped with an engaging website that serves as a powerful recruitment and brand-building tool.

  • The Challenge

    Hastings College is a private liberal arts college located in Hastings, Nebraska. Faced with declining enrollment, the college had to take a closer look at its overall brandespecially its recruitment messaging and website. 

    Lacking visual appeal, the site didn’t communicate compelling, differentiating reasons to choose Hastings. Further, it was not organized around prospects’ needs and was not mobile friendly.  

    With the next recruitment cycle just around the corner, Hastings needed an accelerated site overhaul. 

  • The Project

    Stamats partnered with Hastings to conduct an ambitious site makeover that would be complete in time for the next recruitment cycle.  

    We identified and implemented three key site components:  

    • Distinctive messaging centered around the theme, “Hastings Does That” 
    • User-centered architecture to customize the experience 
    • A vibrant interface 

    We developed: 

    • A new information architecture 
    • A beautiful, responsive design to promote user engagement and relevancy 
    • Accessible templates  

    All content was then migrated to the new design—on time and on budget. 

  • The Results

    Enrollment at Hastings has reached record highs. 

    Hastings is now well-equipped with an engaging website that serves as a powerful recruitment and brand-building tool.

  • The team at Stamats are amazing to work with! Their level of expertise in the industry coupled with their excellent customer service and friendly demeanor have made our project a success and my interactions with them a joy. I would recommended them to any college looking for cutting-edge ideas and strong team relationships.

    Associate Dean of Admissions - Gonzaga University
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    Dr. Robert D. Mc Caig
    Vice President for Enrollment, Monmouth University
  • If you are looking for a company to be strictly a vendor and to provide you data and reports, Stamats is not your firm. However, if you are looking for a company that is a true partner in your success – you need not look further. In more than a decade of working with Stamats, it has been my experience that they approach the relationship with institutions as a true partnership.
    Jami M. Hornbuckle
    Assistant Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Morehead State University
  • Stamats is, arguably, the nation’s leading expert in educational research, using national data and local research to help institutions shape marketing decision-making. Highly collaborative, Stamats doesn’t try to shape a cookie-cutter approach to your institution. They work with you to create something meaningful and valuable to you and your institution.
    Lisa Brosky
    Vice Chancellor, External Relations, Pima Community College
  • The work of the Stamats team empowered our community to consider the entire spectrum of our institutional brand. Not one area of campus has remained on the sideline. Their work triggered in us the drive to uncover our brand potential. The creativity and persistence demonstrated by the team directly impacted what we are hearing from our external and internal constituents today.
    Carol Williamson
    VP for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission, Central College
  • Stamats has been a pleasure to work with and is a true partner in the rebranding of our College and coming up with a new name and logo. It’s clear in all that they do that they wanted us to be successful in this. All their recommendations and advice were research based for our situation, which helped us make informed decisions.
    Wendell Esbenshade
    Director of Marketing & Communications, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Stamats has been a capable and collaborative partner throughout our website redesign process. Their research not only helped shape the final form of the site, it helped us clarify our content strategy and extend our institutional brand more effectively. The new site is a far better reflection of RMC -- easier to navigate, more relevant, and more engaging to all the audiences we need to connect with every day.
    Robert Seas
    Web Content Manager, Rocky Mountain College
  • Stamats certainly lives up to its tag line, “Promises Kept.” We now have an aesthetically superior, dynamic and easy to navigate website that will serve our current and prospective students well over the coming years.
    Alicia Steger
    Director of Marketing & Communications, Nassau Community College
  • Stamats has been an excellent partner in both creating a brand that truly captures the essence of our district and communicating it in a manner that captivates and makes our stakeholders proud. “They nailed it” is the phrase we heard over and over again as we shared the work of Stamats with our constituents.
    Michelle Gayles
    Chief Strategy Officer - Phoenix Union High School District

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