What does an Admissions Counselor do?

Admissions counselors work collaboratively the admissions office to review incoming applications, verify applicant information and materials, and provide assistance in making final approvals for college admission. This role may require counselors to contact applicants to solve issues with applications, such as missing or inaccurate information and may require a significant amount of research and extended hours during different parts of the year.

Admissions counselors require a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a G.E.D.) at a minimum. Due to the nature of the role, a Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree in any relevant area may be preferable. This role may require a driver's license and a clean driving record. Admissions counselors need to effective research skills, good communication skills, and have be highly organized.

  • Review prospective student applications for college admission
  • Research and verify the accuracy of application information
  • Follow-up with students to verify any application issues, including discrepancies or missing information
  • Contact applicant references to verify information included on resumes, letters of recommendations, and applications
  • Create profiles for each applicant and work collaborative with other counselors to review make final approvals
  • Coordinate applicant approval process with various educational departments as needed
  • Meet with and interview prospective students prior to final application decisions
  • Create and maintain recruitment guidelines and goals to use for future recruitment efforts
  • An Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree in any related field may be preferred
  • 0-1 years of experience for entry-level positions
  • A valid driver's license with a clean driving record and a willingness to travel as needed
  • Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office tools, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proven experience working with and speaking to young adults
  • Willingness to travel and and present information for recruitment purposes
  • Ability to work extended hours during critical admissions seasons
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to deliver information effectively and persuasively
  • Highly organized with a distinct propensity for timeliness and professionalism

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
English Language
Written Communication
Fluent English
IN Spanish
Microsoft Office Suite
WORKING Relationships

Admissions Counselor Seniority Levels

School Counselor
12% made the transition
Enrollment Advisor
14% made the transition
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Admissions Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$42,916 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $43K
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