FAQ

When is Hobsons U?
Where is Hobsons University?
When can I make my hotel reservation?
Is there transportation from the airport?
What restaurants are nearby?
When is the Call for Proposal for presentations?
How do I volunteer to be a speaker?
Who attends Hobsons U?
Do you need to register in advance?
How do I register?
How do I change or cancel my registration later?
What is the cost of attending?
What is the cost of Workshops?
Payment
Meals Offered
Can I bring a guest or my family?
How do I sign up for a consultation meeting?
How long are the sessions?
How many people attended last year?
What is the conference agenda?
What client awards will be given this year?
What is there to do in Nashville?
What is the benefit of the conference?
What is the dress code?
What presentations should I go see?
When do I need to check in?
Will I be able to learn about Hobsons products I don't use?
Workshop information
Do you have other questions?


When is Hobsons U?

July 26 to 30, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.


Where is Hobsons University?

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.


When can I make my hotel reservation?

Hotel reservations can be made December 18th, 2014. Book your room as soon as possible as space is limited. We have secured a discounted rate of $199+ tax per night at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. More information about the hotel can be found here.  Visit our Travel page to book your hotel.  The hotel must be booked separately from your conference registration.


Is there transportation from the airport?

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is 12 miles from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) .  Cab service is available for approximately $45 one-way.


What restaurants are nearby?

The hotel offers a variety of dining choices.  You can pick up a snack from the market or dine at 18 Oaks, or resort Stakehouse located in the TPC San Antonio Clubhouse.


When is the Call for Proposal for presentations?

The main conference consists primarily of client presentations. Please check the Speakers tab for information on the process for presenting at Hobsons U.


How do I volunteer to be a speaker?

Please check the Speakers tab for information on the process for presenting at Hobsons U.  We'd love to have you present!


Who attends Hobsons U?

Whether you work in recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, student success or IT, Hobsons University is a valuable and affordable conference for any higher education institution using Hobsons solutions. Approximately 1,000 attendees come to the event and they represent a diverse mix of titles and expertise across all types of traditional and non-traditional campuses.


 

Do you need to register in advance?

Yes. In order to attend Hobsons University you need to register in advance. There is limited availability so please register early.

How do I register?

The registration link can be found here.


How do I change or cancel my registration later?

If you need to cancel your registration, add/drop/change workshops or change your registration information, you can do so easily by logging into the registration system.  Information on how to modify your registration can be found in your confirmation letter.  If you have questions on this process, please contact the Hobsons Events team at events@hobsons.com. If you need to cancel your conference registration we ask that you do so by May 1, 2015 for a 50% refund of the registration fee. If you cancel after May 1, 2015 you will forfeit your full registration fee.  Pre-conference training courses and workshops may be cancelled by June 30th for a full refund.  Any cancellation after June 30th will forfeit your full workshop fee.


What is the cost of attending?

There are two options instututions can choose from when purchasing registration to Hobsons University which are outlined below.

Individual Registrations: $399 per registration

  • Hobsons University 2015 registration for Hobsons Clients is $399 per attendee.  To register with this option, please select "Single Attendee" in the Registration Type drop-down menu below.

Bulk Orders: $300 per registration (three or more registration passes ONLY)

  • Institutions sending three or more attendees may purchase registration passes in bulk at a rate of $300 per registration.  To register with this option, please select "Multiple Attendees (Bulk Order)" in the Registration Type drop-down menu below and enter the primary contact's information. 
  • Note that passes purchased through this route are non-refundable, even if not all passes are used.  If this option is selected, the number of passes to purchase will be selected and the primary contact will receive instructions within 48 business hours for registering each attendee individually. All individual registrations must be completed by June 1st, 2015 or the remaining spot(s) will be forfeited.

What Will the Pre-conference Consist Of?

On the pre-conference day, registrants have the option to attend up to three pre-conference training sessions or consulting workshops on July 27th. Pre-conference training sessions are hands-on courses offered by Hobsons training specialists and cover product related training for the Connect, Apply Yourself and Radius products. The consulting team will be offering workshops covering “best practices” for admissions related topics. Laptops are required for participation. Courses and workshops can be purchased for $250 per person, per course or workshop. Course and workshops are 2 hours in duration and are offered at 8am, 10:15am, and 1:30pm.


Payment

Payment may be made via credit card on the website when registering. We strongly recommend credit card payments.


Meals Offered

Coming soon.


Can I bring a guest or my family?

Some attendees do choose to bring their families with them to Hobsons University, and the JW is the perfect spot to do so. However, all conference sessions are reserved for registered clients only. If you wish to bring adult guests to the conference party, and/or area tours, an additional charge will apply. Please register any family members or guests during the registration process.  Please do not register a colleague (Hobsons product user) as a Guest - they must complete their own registration.


How do I sign up for a consultation meeting?

Coming soon.


How long are the sessions?

The main conference sessions last for 1 hour. Workshops range from 1 hour to 1 hour and 45 minutes.


How many people attended last year?

We had nearly 1,000 attendees the past two years and we expect similar attendance in 2014.


What is the conference agenda?

Coming soon.


What client awards will be given this year?

We expect to have similar awards to those presented last year. The 2014 categories were: Circle of Excellence, Hobsons Choice Award, Product Expertise. Visionary Award, Peer Excellence Award.   New this year - the awards will be presented in our opening session on July 23rd.


What is there to do in Nashville?

The wonderful thing about the JW resort is that you never need to leave the hotel.  On the property you can enjoy a full spa, golf, fitness center and pool.  If you are looking to get out and visit the amazing city of San Antonio, plan on doing so Tuesday night.  Hobsons has organized private transportation to and from the Riverwalk area for a reduced cost of $35.00 per person, round trip.  (Average cab fares one way are $65.00.)  Tickets for this excursion are available in registration.


What is the benefit of the conference?

Hobsons U is a great opportunity for attendees to connect with Hobsons staff and other product users to learn how to get the most out of their investment. Whether you work in recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, student success or IT, Hobsons University is a valuable and affordable conference for any college, university or institution using Hobsons solutions. One great thing about Hobsons University is the content. Our clients – other users like you who are interested in best practices – give most of the presentations. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about Hobsons solutions and how we can partner with you to achieve your institutional goals.  We strive to make this the best conference you will attend all year.


What is the dress code?

There is no official dress code at Hobsons University. You are encouraged to wear whatever is comfortable to you. We have had attendees come dressed in shorts and t-shirts and some in full business attire. Most attendees, however, tend to wear business casual during the day. For the opening reception, wear your school colors, jersey or other university branded clothing.


What presentations should I go see?

You can attend any presentation you like, but most clients choose sessions specific to their institutional objectives. The agenda provides descriptions of the sessions so you can assess the best options for you. If you are new to Hobsons U, attend our conference orientation to get some helpful tips.


When do I need to check in?

You can attend any presentation you like, but most clients choose sessions specific to their institutional objectives. The agenda provides descriptions of the sessions so you can assess the best options for you. If you are new to Hobsons U, attend our conference orientation to get some helpful tips.


Will I be able to learn about Hobsons products I don't use?

Coming soon.


Do you have other questions?

Simply e-mail HU@hobsons.com with any questions.


 

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