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How University of Pavia’s increased student applications by 1000% with admissions software

Mar 29, 2024 | Case studies

In 2019 University of Pavia started using DreamApply’s application management software.

Founded in 1361, University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It currently serves 26,000 students and offers 100 degree courses.

While ancient in its origin, University of Pavia has gravitated to modern solutions to delight its applicants and empower its admissions and marketing teams.

Let’s uncover the university’s best practices in student enrollment and DreamApply’s impact on the lives of the admissions officers of the University of Pavia.

From 700 applications in the 2019/20 academic year to a staggering 7,800 in 2023/24, the tenfold increase in applications is a testament to the strategic work of the team and the inherent power of DreamApply’s software.

Daria Milone, the Head of the Admissions Office sheds light on some of the key factors contributing to this success:

  • User-friendliness of the software for staff and applicants
  • Intelligent tracking of applicants’ progress
  • Tools to provide personalized support to applicants
  • Features to adapt to the surge in application numbers
  • DreamApply’s functionality as a marketing tool.

“DreamApply is not just user-friendly for our staff and applicants, but it also allows us to track and support each applicant’s journey. It’s not only an essential tool for admissions but is also an effective marketing tool that showcases our programs globally,” says Daria.

The remarkable growth in application numbers is further supported by DreamApply’s robust analytical tools that provide the University of Pavia with actionable insights into applicant trends and behaviors. These insights allow the university to refine their outreach and tailor their programs to better meet the needs of prospective students.

Additionally, DreamApply’s scalability ensures that as the university grows, the software can effortlessly handle increasing volumes of applications without compromising on performance or user satisfaction. This scalability is critical for maintaining the high standards of service that the University of Pavia is known for, even as they continue to expand their offerings and attract a global student body. The success story of the University of Pavia and DreamApply serves as a powerful example of how traditional institutions can leverage modern technology to enhance their operations and achieve significant growth.”

Here is Daria’s full testimony.

Enhanced communication with applicants and task management

Jessica Luchetta, an Admissions Officer at the University of Pavia, says DreamApply has changed her work life.

According to Jessica, one of DreamApply’s standout features is its ability to consolidate all applicant information and communications onto a single platform.

An important point for me is that we can manage all the applicants in only one platform because there are 6 people in the admissions office, and we are divided into three different areas,” she explains.

Jessica says she appreciates the ability to send bulk emails to applicants, which has increased the speed of their outreach. For Jessica, the user-friendliness of the software means she can use it based on her in-moment needs, which is why she recommends the software to fellow admissions professionals.

Here is Jessica’s testimony where she shares more about her favorite features and how she uses them to fill gaps in student enrollment.

About DreamApply 

Founded in 2011 in Estonia, DreamApply is an innovation-driven EdTech organization improving access to education around the globe. DreamApply’s application management software helps more than 300 educational institutions across 40 countries to improve admissions, marketing, financial and other internal processes. 

DreamApply’s easy-to-use and customizable software increases student enrollment by 30% and reduces application processing time by 40%. With features designed with and for educational institutions, and integrations with commonly used systems, DreamApply empowers teams to get more done with less effort. 

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