The decision to offer new courses is vital not only to attract new students and faculty, but also to retain the ones that you have. Today, more and more students are demanding a variety of courses to suit their individual interests and needs, and course offerings are becoming one of the top deciding factors when it comes time to choose a school.There are infinite new fields of study emerging to keep up with today’s student demand for choices. No longer are your basic History and Biology 101 courses making the cut for students. Interesting choices and alternatives such as the History of Pirates of the Caribbean or Bioterrorism are emerging as other options to the basic, general requirements. Make sure your school is among the first to offer students these exciting options.

New courses can help you increase enrollment, enhance your students’ knowledge and provide them with a rich and varied learning experience. However, to only provide new course options isn’t enough. You need to get the word out. Promote expanded course offerings and encourage enrollment to students and parents with the following tips:

Announce new course offerings at an assembly
Hold an assembly alerting students to any new classes being offered. Summarize class content and explain how individual courses can benefit students. Encourage assembly attendance and participation with fun giveaways that can be tossed into the audience, like fold-up flyers and beach balls imprinted with your message. Send attendees off with a tote containing booklets describing new classes and info on how to register.

Promote new classes during orientation
New student orientation presents a great opportunity to educate new students on what you have to offer. Set up a booth or table equipped with plenty of information on new classes and someone qualified to answer questions. Drive traffic to your booth or table by offering donuts or cookies and bottled water imprinted with your message.

Homeroom announcements
Make an announcement in homeroom stating what new courses will be offered and when. Be sure to let students know what requirements these new course offerings will cover and any prerequisites that may be required. Provide a giveaway such as the student essentials pack imprinted with your school’s logo and the webpage where new class offerings are listed.

Direct mail and e-mail
Send a letter or postcard to students and parents letting them know that new classes are available. Include a class description, schedule and information on how to find out more.

Send an e-mail blast to all student e-mail accounts. Don’t forget to include a link to the class description and info on how to sign up. Also, encourage students to forward the e-mail on to friends and family.

Social media
Reinforce your message by posting on social media outlets. This important tool will go a long way to remind current students that you are offering new classes and to put the message out to potential students as well.

It is important to remember that today’s students demand choice. Let them know that your school ensures there is something for everyone by keeping class offerings exciting and new.

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Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Awareness Month
Audio Book Appreciation Month
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Cancer From the Sun Month
Caribbean – American Heritage Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Celibacy Awareness Month
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Country Cooking Month
Dairy Alternative Month
Effective Communications Month
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International Clothesline Week: 2-9
National Business Etiquette Week: 3-9
National Headache Awareness Week: 3-9
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National Sun Safety Week: 4-9
National Tire Safety Week: 4-9
Superman Week: 7-10
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Jim Thorpe Native American Games: 10-17
Men’s Health Week: 11-17
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Nursing Assistants Week: 14-21
US Open Golf Championship: 14-17
Duct Tape Days: 15-17
Universal Father’s Week: 14-20
Meet a Mate Week: 18-24
Old Time Fiddlers Week: 18-25
Watermelon Seed Spitting Week: 21-24
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Lightning Safety Awareness Week: 24-30
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National Prevention of Eye Injuries Awareness: 27-7/4
Fish are Friends, Not Food! Week: 27-7/3
Beans and Bacon Days: 28–7/1
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1: Heimlich Maneuver Day
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2: National Running Day
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3: Chimborazo Day
4: Audacity to Hope Day
4: Do-Dah Day (Salute to Silliness)
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4: National Barefoot Day
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16: Fudge Day
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16: Ladies Day (Baseball)
16: Recess at Work Day
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17: Family Awareness Day
17: Father’s Day
17: Stewarts Root Beer Day
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19: Garfield the Cat Day
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22: Stupid Guy Thing Day
22: Take Your Dog to Work Day
22: Ugliest Dog Day
23-24: ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day
23: Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day
23: Great American Backyard Campout
23: Let It Go Day
23: Public Service Day
24: America’s Kids Day
24: Descendants Day
24: Celebration of the Senses
24: International Fairy Day
24: Log Cabin Day
25: Color TV Day (CBS)
25: Please Take My Children To Work Day
26: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
26: National Columnists Day
27: Decide to be Married Day
27: “Happy Birthday to You” Day
27: Helen Keller Day
27: Industrial Workers of the World Day
27: National HIV Testing Day
28: Dump the Pump Day
28: National Bomb Pop Day
28: Hand Shake Day
30: Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
30: NOW (National Organization for Women)
30: Tour De France
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Monthly
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Bereaved Parents Month
Bioterrorism/Disaster Education & Awareness Month
Cell Phone Courtesy Month
Dog Days
Eggplant and Lettuce Month
Family Reunion Month
Family Golf Month
Freedom From Fear of Speaking Month
Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
Herbal/Prescription Awareness Month
International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
International Group B Strep Awareness Month
International Women with Alopecia Month
International Zine Month
Mango and Melon Month
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National Blueberries Month
National Child-Centered Divorce Month
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National Ice Cream Month
National Horseradish Month
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National Independent Retailers Month
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National Share a Sunset Month
National Wheelchair Beautification Month
Nectarine and Garlic Month
Sandwich Generation Month
Smart Irrigation Month
Social Wellness Month
Tour de France Month
Women’s Motorcycle Month
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National Unassisted Homebirth Week: 1-7
Be Nice to New Jersey Week: 1-7
Freedom Week: 4-10
International Chicken Wing Week: 6-8
Sports Cliché Week: 8-14
National Farriers Week: 8-14
Nude Recreation Week: 9-15
National Baby Food Week: 12-15
Wayne Chicken (Tribute to Chickens) Week: 13-15
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Rabbit Week: 15-21
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National Independent Retailers Week: 15-21
National Zoo Keeper Week: 15-21
National Baby Food Week: 18-21
National Ventriloquism Week: 18-21
Restless Leg Syndrome Education & Awareness Week: 18-25
Garlic Days: 18-25
World Lumberjack Championships: 27-29
Single Working Woman’s Week: 29-8/4
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1: Canada Day
1: International Chicken Wing Day
1: Second Half of The Year Day
1: U.S. Postage Stamp Day
1: Zip Code Day
1-3: Rosewell UFO Days
2: I Forgot Day
2: Made in the USA Day
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3: Stay Out Of The Sun Day
4: Fourth of July or Independence Day
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4: Indivisible Day
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5: Bikini Day
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7: Carver Day
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7: International Day of Cooperatives
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9: Martyrdom of The Bab
9: International Town Criers Day
10: Clerihew Day
10: Don’t Step On A Bee Day
10: Pina Colada Day
10: Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day
11: Bowdler’s Day
11: Slurpee Day
11: World Population Day
13: Collector Car Appreciation Day
13: Embrace Your Geekness Day
13: Gruntled Workers Day
13: National French Fries Day
14: Bald In-Bald Out Day
14: Grange Day
14: International Nude Day
14 or 21: Cow Appreciation Day
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15: Saint Swithin’s Day
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16: National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
16: Global Hug Your Kid Day
17: Wrong Way Corrigan Day
17: Yellow Pig Day
18: International Mandela Day
19: Flitch Day
19: Get to Know Your Customers Day
20: Moon Day
20: National Lollipop Day
20: Ramadan
21-22: Celebrate the Horse Day
21: National Hot Dog Day
21: Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day
21: Woodie Wagon Day
21: Legal Drinking Age Day
22: National Penuche Fudge Day
22: Parents’ Day
22: Rat-catcher Day
22: Spooners (Spoonerism) Day
23: Gorgeous Grandma Day
23: Hot Enough For Ya Day
24: Cousins Day
24: Mormon Pioneer Day
24: National Drive-Thru Day
24: Tell an Old Joke Day
25: Carousel Day or Merry-Go-Round Day
25: Thread The Needle Day
26: National Chili Dog Day
26: One Voice
27: Barbie-in-a-blender Day
27: National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
27: National Talk in An Elevator Day
27: System Administrator Appreciation Day
27: Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
27: Walk on Stilts Day
28: Buffalo Soldiers Day
28: National Day of the Cowboy
28: National Milk Chocolate Day
28: Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day
29: Lasagna Day
29: Lumberjack Day
29: Rain Day
29: Tish B’Av
30: Cheesecake Day
30: Father-In-Law Day
30: Paperback Book Day
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