NPR listeners are a valuable audience for universities. People who listen to NPR are 133% more likely to plan to select a college or university for their own continuing education in the next 12 months than those who don’t. Similarly, NPR listeners are 33% more likely to plan to help a child or grandchild with their college selection.
Those findings come from an NPR listener study conducted in April 2020 — a time when regular media habits and routines were at peak disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic and education was among the many facets of American life turned upside down. A university that sponsored NPR this spring saw their radio campaign generate strong levels of interest among the NPR audience. Results showed significant differentiation in awareness, opinion and perceptions of the university.
Among NPR listeners who recalled the university’s sponsorship: