Join the largest admission and enrollment network

Heather Hoerle

Heather Hoerle
Executive Director & Chief
Executive Officer


Membership in The Enrollment Management Association introduces you to a worldwide network of professionals who are embracing the holistic integration of admission, retention initiatives, marketing and messaging, financial aid principles, mission, and more. Our members know that by deploying a more comprehensive strategy for school enrollment management, the entire independent school community can flourish.

Our membership base—the largest admission and enrollment facing among all independent school organizations—means that our staff experts have a comprehensive view, and are on the leading edge when it comes to recommending innovative new tools and services to address what's next. No matter what kind of challenges or opportunities your school faces, our team will meet you where you are and help to create an action plan to increase your success.

Prospective member schools must be accredited by a national and/or regional association in good standing. To begin your membership journey, complete a brief inquiry form. Get started by clicking on the "Join Now" button above. See chart for 2017-2018 school membership dues.

2017-2018  Membership Dues

School Members
 Students Enrolled  Membership Fee
 2000+  $ 825.00
 1000-1999  $ 725.00
 800-999  $ 675.00
 500-799  $ 625.00
 300-499  $ 575.00
 100-299  $ 550.00
 fewer than 100  $ 500.00
International School Members
International Schools $ 400.00
Affiliate Members
Educational Consultants $ 500.00
Access Organizations $ 500.00






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Resources provided to all members

Student Prospect Lists IconStudent Prospect Lists
Student Prospect Lists provide you with an active list of families registered to take the SSAT—families who are already interested in independent schools. 


Annual Conference IconAnnual Conference
Our Annual Conference is the industry's premier event, bringing together strong peer networks, engaging speakers, and a well-rounded set of peer workshops that engage and inspire.


Data Dashboard IconData Dashboards
The Enrollment Management Association's Member Access Portal (MAP) provides easy-to-read data dashboards, with real-time, user-friendly perspectives on your most important data points, as well as quick comparisons to historical data.


SAO IconStandard Application Online
The Standard Application Online (SAO) is a free service provided to member schools, in which students submit their information, essays, transcripts, and recommendations just once, online, to apply to as many of the nearly 500 member schools that accept it as they like.


Shared Candidate Report IconShared Candidate Reports
The Shared Candidate Report is provided at no cost directly on your Member Access Portal (MAP) and indicates which other schools are receiving scores from your score reporters.


Character Skills Assessment IconCharacter Skills Snapshot
The Character Skills Snapshot was designed to measure eight essential character skills deemed prevalent among independent school missions, and those which schools sought to nurture in their students: resilience, open-mindedness, responsibility, teamwork, social awareness, self-control, intellectual curiosity, and initiative.


There’s only one place you can turn for customized, connected, comprehensive support no matter what type of school or how seasoned a professional you are.

With the association as your partner and advocate, we’ll work together to achieve your professional best while also advancing your institution. We design our resources and services to offer enrollment leaders and schools an integrated toolbox that can take you from targeting new types of prospective families to helping enrolled students transition to their first day at your institution. Through these smart and strategic approaches, we help you earn and keep your seat at the leadership table. Get started by joining now >

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Affiliate Members: Educational Consultants and Access Organizations

Access Organizations

Access organizations must be nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code with an educational mission in order to be eligible for membership with The Enrollment Management Association. For access organizations, the yearly membership fee is $500.

Educational Consultants

Educational consultants applying for membership must be Professional Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in good standing. For educational consultants, the yearly The Enrollment Management Association membership fee is $500.

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Providing unparalleled resources for enrollment to:

  • Independent private schools
  • Charter and magnet schools
  • International schools
  • Educational consultants
  • Access organizations
  • Independent test centers

Membership in The Enrollment Management Association is subject to approval and does not guarantee access to administer the SSAT or obtain test or other proprietary materials. Serving as an SSAT test center is a separate application process in addition to the membership application.