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?
Should Common Application member schools attend?
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?
What are the Early Bird Discounts?
Didn't Hobsons U used to be free?
Payment
Meals Offered
Do you have to attend all days of the conference?
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
I use the Intelliworks CRM. Should I attend?
Will you be talking about HITS (Hobsons Integrated Technology Solution)?
Do you have other questions?


When is Hobsons U?

July 21 to 24, 2014 in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland.


Where is Hobsons University?

At the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN.


When can I make my hotel reservation?

Hotel reservations can be made now. Book your room as soon as possible as space is limited. We have secured a discounted rate of $189 + tax per night at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. 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?

The Gaylord Opryland is a 20 minute drive from the Nashville airport. Cab service is available for approximately $25 one-way. The hotel offers shuttle service to/from the airport. Information can be found at the hotel’s website here.


What restaurants are nearby?

There are many restaurants located within the hotel. Visit here to see a listing. There are many, many dining and entertainment options in the Nashville area, as well.


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 college, university or institution using Hobsons technology or marketing 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.


Should Common Application member schools attend?

Beginning in 2013, the Common Application will no longer be participating in Hobsons U. If you use another Hobsons product, we’d love to still see you there.

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 and take advantage of our early bird pricing. The registration link can be found here.

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 (you will create a login upon registration) and updating the information yourself. With your initial registration, you will create an account; so remember your login information. You may also call and we can update the information manually for you.

If you need to cancel your registration, we ask that you do so by May 30th with no penalty and for a full refund. Cancellation after May 30th and until June 30th will allow a full refund, less a $50 cancellation penalty. Any cancellation after June 30th will forfeit your full registration fee (or incur you a cancellation penalty of $199 if you did not pay a registration fee due to an early bird discount.) If you need to cancel your workshop registrations, we ask that you so by June 30th for no penalty and for a full refund. After June 30th there will be no refunds for workshops.


What is the cost of attending?

There is a nominal cost to attend Hobsons U. For the first two attendees from your institution there is a cost of $199.  All additional attendees (three or more) incur a cost of $350.  Free ($0) registration is available to the first 100 people who register. 

If you need to cancel your registration, we ask that you do so by May 30th with no penalty and for a full refund. Cancellation after May 30th and until June 30th will allow a full refund, less a $50 cancellation penalty. Any cancellation after June 30th will forfeit your full registration fee (or incur you a cancellation penalty of $199 if you did not pay a registration fee due to an early bird discount.)

Hobsons provides some meals; attendees are responsible for the rest of their meals, and travel costs.  Participation in workshops is also an additional cost.


What is the cost of Workshops?

Pre-conference workshops are $250 per person, per workshop. Pre-conference workshops are conducted by Hobsons staff and are hands-on training opportunities on selected products. New this year are Fundamentals sessions for $80, which is a one-hour overview session designed for beginners.  We are also offering custom workshops (one-on-one with you and Hobsons) for $350.  

If you need to cancel your workshop registrations, we ask that you so by June 30th for no penalty and for a full refund. After June 30th there will be no refunds for workshops.


What are the Early Bird Discounts

Early bird discounts are available to help defray the costs.   The first 100 people to register can do so at no ($0) cost.


Didn’t Hobsons U used to be free?

Several years ago, Hobsons U was free for the first two attendees from your institution. In order to allow us to continue to grow the event and improve the experience of attendees, we have implemented a nominal charge for all attendees. We have designed our early bird discounts to help offset some of your cost.  Compared to other education conferences, we believe the value and experience will make this the best investment you can make.


Payment

Payment may be made via credit card on the website when registering. We strongly recommend credit card payments. You may also choose to pay by check, although we will not be able to confirm your registration until we receive your payment.


Meals Offered

Breakfast will be provided on all three days of the main conference (July 22-24). Lunch is provided on July 22 at the Networking Lunch. Drinks and reception-style food will be provided at the opening reception (July 21) and the conference party (July 23). Other meals will NOT be provided, however, there are dining options in the hotel and in the Nashville area.


Do you have to attend all days of the conference?

No. You can attend for as little as one day or as much as all four days. By staying all four days you will see that the event provides new ideas, opportunities to network and share best practices with other clients, and a chance to build stronger relationships with Hobsons. However, if you can only stay for a short amount of time, you will still benefit.  The cost for attendance is not prorated for partial attendance.


Can I bring a guest or my family?

Some attendees do choose to bring their families with them to Hobsons University. However, all conference sessions are reserved for registered clients only. If you wish to bring adult guests to the opening reception, 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 no register a colleague (Hobsons product user) as a Guest - they must complete their own registration.


How do I sign up for a consultation meeting?

The consultation room will be located in the Hobson HQ area of the conference. At Hobsons HQ you can have a one-on-one session with Hobsons staff; either as walk-ins on site or pre-scheduled meetings with your Hobsons point of contact. An online sign-up process will be available in July and onsite.   Additionally, we are offering custom consultation sessions this year.  Please see our Workshops page for details.


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


What is the conference agenda?

The conference starts on July 21 with a day of pre-conference workshops (9am to 5pm), the conference orientation (5:15-6pm) and the opening reception (6pm). The main conference runs 2 and 1/2 days from July 22 through 24. (See the Sessions tab.)


What client awards will be given this year?

We expect to have similar awards to those presented last year. The 2013 categories were: Circle of Excellence, Hobsons Choice Award, Product Expertise-Marketing, Product Expertise-Technology, Product Expertise - Intelliworks, 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?

There are many things to do in Nashville, after your day at Hobsons U is complete, of course. Click here for additional information.


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 technology or marketing 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 products and services.  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 that apply to the product(s) they use or may be interested in. 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?

For those attendees arriving on Sunday, registration for a short time on Sunday evening. For those of you attending a workshop on July 21st, the registration desk will open that morning so you can register in advance of your workshop. Registration will be open all day on the 21st and open early on the morning of the 22nd. Registration is required as attendees need to wear their Hobsons U name badge at all times.


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

Sessions at Hobsons University are client-driven and focused on all types of products, from CRM and online applications to social media, recruitment/marketing solutions and digital marketing. Clients may choose to attend any sessions they wish. Many clients have found Hobsons U extremely beneficial in learning about products and services they don’t currently use. There will also be a number of Hobsons-presented sessions on our solutions. Take advantage of the Hobsons HQ (Headquarters) to visit the demo area and with Hobsons representatives should you wish to gain more in-depth knowledge about a particular product or service.


Workshop Information

Standard workshops are each 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and cost $250 per person per workshop. Pre-conference workshops are conducted by Hobsons staff and are a great opportunity (for a reasonable cost) to get hands on training on products, as well as interact with other product users. A laptop is required for participation. You can attend up to 3 workshops on July 21st.

New this year are Fundamentals sessions ($80 for 1 hour) and Custom Workshops ($350). See the Workshops tab for details.


I use the Intelliworks CRM. Should I attend?

Yes. There will be specific sessions for users of the Intelliworks product. These sessions will be led by Intelliworks clients and Hobsons staff. You may also attend any other session at Hobsons U.


Will you be talking about HITS (Hobsons Integrated Technology Solution)?

Yes. We will have a dedicated content track on HITS - everything you need to know to think about, plan and get excited for your transition to this solution over the next 6 to 48 months.


Do you have other questions?

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


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