We are the Enrollment Management Association

Our vision is to champion transformational education journeys. Our tools and resources provide insights beyond academics so schools can empower students to seamlessly navigate their unique paths to success.

EMA CEO Heather Hoerle speaking on the main stage at EMA's annual conference.

Together, let's champion transformational education journeys.

EMA was founded in 1957 as the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB). Changing our name in 2016 was the catalyst of our brand evolution. As the Enrollment Management Association, our name rightfully emphasizes the importance of sustainable enrollment strategies. We are the leading resource dedicated to helping independent school leaders with their enrollment needs.

Most know us for pioneering the gold-standard SSAT—administered to 50,000 potential students each year. We have since evolved beyond traditional testing services, offering timely data, insights and digital solutions to help sustain the independent schools of the future. We’ve grown from admissions professionals to a vast network of experts and advocates—developing the industry-standard Character Skills Snapshot, leadership tools like Learning Pass and first-rate recruitment resources, like the Standard Application Online and Student Prospect List.

Here's how we empower you for success.

It’s our mission to provide unparalleled leadership and service in meeting the admission assessment and enrollment needs of schools, students, and families.

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Provide personalized support and leadership development.

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Connect you with a vast network of experts and professionals.

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Support schools and families through the full enrollment journey.

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Offer compelling insights and comprehensive knowledge.

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Address your specific needs and advocate for your success.

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Earn and keep your seat at the school leadership table.

We’re stronger by association.

We support more than 1,300 independent schools across the globe, empowering both school leaders and students to navigate their journey toward success. This path is unique and requires transformational support at every stage that evolves with them as they learn, grow, and shape the future.

It's time to champion transformational education journeys. Let's do it together.

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See what admissions professionals have to say about EMA.

"At a time when we are trying to reduce barriers, create access, and alleviate unnecessary stress on families, the value of the SAO has never been more evident."

Quentin McDowell
Quentin McDowell
Head of School
Mercersburg Academy (PA)

"Because we've used the Snapshot over a number of years, it continues to reveal itself to us that it's really a tool that can help us determine where we can help students grow and thrive.”

Victoria Muradi
Victoria Muradi
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Durham Academy (NC)

“As one of the oldest private boarding schools in the U.S., Fryeburg Academy is honored to work with EMA to diversify our student population from international and domestic regions. The ideas, insights, and brainstorming during the annual conference have helped us think out of the box and find innovative ways to enrich our enrollments.”

Yuanmin Ethan Wang
Yuanmin Ethan Wang
Director of International Partnerships, Recruitment & Events, FRYEBURG ACADEMY, ME
Fryeburg Academy

"EMA continues to evolve and offers the most relevant programming for enrollment professionals. Through its annual conference, I've been able to add to my toolbox and expand my network."


Nathalio Gray
Nathalio Gray
Assistant Head of School for Mission Advancement, Branson School, CA
Branson School
Members of the EMA marketing team posing for an photo at an annual conference reception.

Careers at EMA

Educating our future is no simple task. Your success factors are complex, and an ever-changing education landscape presents new challenges each step of the way. Learn how we can help.

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