2024 Webinar On-Demand Replay

Jan 24 2024 webinar with CSUN CSUB - Untapped Power panel2

Increasing enrollment & retention for priority populations
including Black, transfer, male, and first gen students

Students are stressed. Staffs are stretched. Could building student belonging in a new way be the magic formula to reduce these challenges and simultaneously grow enrollment and achieve retention goals?
In this panel discussion leaders from within the California State University system – Dr. David Dufault Hunter, AVP for Enrollment Services at California State University, Northridge; and Dr. Dwayne Cantrell, AVP and Chief Enrollment Officer, California State University, Bakersfield – share their perspectives, along with Dr. Christopher Quinn, COO, Nearpeer.  
They discuss the importance of belonging and talk about their experiences partnering with Nearpeer, an innovative peer engagement platform that meets students where they are, requires minimal staff time, and is proven to work based on the largest randomized study of its kind.

The leaders share their insights on the most significant gains they've achieved – including enrollment and retention increases for key student populations: students of color, first gen, transfer, and male students.

This is an on-demand replay of live January 2024 webinar hosted by AACRAO and serves as an encore presentation of the packed session at the recent AACRAO SEM conference in Seattle, plus new updates.


Belonging is a basic human need, and an antidote to student loneliness.

What is Nearpeer? Watch this introduction by CSU Northridge's student body president

CSUN study

CSUN launched the ultimate  study of Nearpeer resulting in huge enrollment and retention impact overall and for priority populations

What do new CSUN students have to say about Nearpeer? Watch this student interview.

CSUB impact

13X lower melt for CSU Bakerfield students using Nearpeer (2.6% vs. 34.6% melt) including strong gains for male, first-gen, and Black priority populations

What do new CSU Bakersfield students have to say about Nearpeer? Watch this student interview.

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Leaders are improving recruiting, retention, and inclusion dramatically and easily with higher ed's most student-centric space for belonging and connection.

Our peer-to-peer engagement platform ensures students "find their people" and feel like they belong, improving enrollment, retention, and success.

quotes from students about how much they appreciate Nearpeer