The History of Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Ruffalo Noel Levitz and its predecessor organizations, RuffaloCODY and Noel-Levitz, have helped higher education and nonprofit organizations meet their challenges and exceed their goals.

1973

Williams Crockett is founded in Chicago, then relocates to Colorado. It is a pioneer in the emerging field of enrollment management.

1984

Dr. Lee Noel and Dr. Randi Levitz leave their positions at ACT's National Center for the Advancement of Educational Practices to found Noel-Levitz in Iowa City, Iowa. They quickly become national authorities on student recruitment and retention, publishing the landmark book Increasing Student Retention in 1985.

1987

Noel-Levitz convenes the inaugural National Conference on Student Retention, attracting 1200 participants to one of the first events dedicated to college student success. The event has been held every year since, eventually broadening to the National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention.

1988

Noel-Levitz launches the Retention Management System, the first early-alert and intervention system for college student retention.

1991

RuffaloCODY is founded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Al Ruffalo and four partners create the company to advance enrollment and fundraising management for colleges and nonprofit organizations.

1992

Noel-Levitz and Williams Crockett merge into Noel-Levitz.

1993

Noel-Levitz introduces financial aid leveraging, a major advance for making financial aid awarding more strategic, systematic, and data-informed.

1994

RuffaloCODY introduces CAMPUSCALL, a revolutionary software platform for fundraising phonathon.

In the same year, Noel-Levitz launches the Student Satisfaction Inventory, an instrument for measuring student satisfaction and priorities. More than 2,400 campuses have used it.

1995

Inc. magazine ranks RuffaloCODY 26th on its list of the 500 fastest-growing companies.

1996

Noel-Levitz launches its predictive modeling, ForecastPlus, bringing an unprecdented level of accuracy in predicting the likelihood of a prospective student enrolling.

1999

RuffaloCODY creates CAMPUSCALL for telecounseling, giving enrollment managers the same robust system for managing phone outreach to prospective students.

2006

Ruffalo Noel Levitz begins its Higher Education Benchmark research series, one of the preeminent research series on the most popular and effective practices for enrollment management.

2007

RuffaloCODY is ranked on Inc. magazine's top 5000 companies, and would continue to make the list for seven consecutive years.

2012

Noel-Levitz publishes Strategic Enrollment Planning, the first comprehensive look at the subject.

RuffaloCODY acquires Scanell & Kurz, a leading enrollment management and consulting firm.

2013

RuffaloCODY adds The Austen Group, a respected higher education research firm, as part of our market research services for higher education.

2014

RuffaloCODY acquires ScaleFunder, a platform that applies the new technique of crowdfunding to fundraising for higher education and nonprofit organizations.

That fall, RuffaloCODY and Noel-Levitz merge to become Ruffalo Noel Levitz. Their vision: to lead the charge to excellence in enrollment and fundraising management, helping organizations meet their challenges and fulfill their missions.

2016

Ruffalo Noel Levitz introduces its Giving Day module, part of the ScaleFunder platform, to help organizations manage and greatly increase their fundraising results from increasingly popular giving day events.

2017

Ruffalo Noel Levitz launches Complete Enrollment, the most comprehensive portfolio of services for enrollment management and student success.

In addition, the company acquires Purple Briefcase, a career services platform that performs the critical mission of preparing college graduates to begin their careers.

Today's Ruffalo Noel Levitz team operates from offices throughout the United States and abroad. The firm is owned by Summit Partners, Quad Partners, and its management team, and is directed by an eight-member board of directors.

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