What does an Admissions Counselor do?

Admissions advisors recruit prospective students and provide guidance, advice, and assistance with the enrollment process. They most commonly work for colleges, universities, business or technical schools, and training centers. They respond to inquiries and connect with leads, providing information about the educational institution and specific programs. They explain admissions requirements, share details about the application process, and research any additional information that may be needed. They may organize and participate in recruitment events and other outreach activities or marketing initiatives.

Admissions advisors typically have a bachelor’s degree and a background in enrollment services, marketing, or higher education. Familiarity with admissions and enrollment procedures is an advantage. These roles require excellent communication and customer service skills. Marketing experience is also helpful, as is proficiency with enrollment tools and programs.

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Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does an Admissions Counselor make?

Confident
$63,014 /yr
Total Pay
$47,369
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$15,646
 /yr

Additional Pay

$63,014

 / yr
$35K$251K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Admissions Counselor Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
42%
2 - 4
23%
5 - 7
6%
8+
29%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Admissions Counselor Insights

Read what Admissions Counselor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington
Admissions Counselor Intern
Nov 23, 2020

“It was a good first job out of college and definitely taught me about what I wanted in the work place”

Troy UniversityTroy University
Admissions Counselor
May 14, 2022

“Great opportunity for someone starting their career and wanting to learn more about higher education.”

DeVry UniversityDeVry University
Admissions Advisor
Jul 20, 2020

“No life balance at all one day a week you have a late night 1 and have to work 1 Saturday a month.”

Purdue GlobalPurdue Global
Admissions Advisor
Jul 29, 2021

“I really enjoyed working with some of the staff in my department and there was a level of autonomy”

Summit Ridge HospitalSummit Ridge Hospital
Admissions Counselor
Apr 29, 2021

“The pay was good and I liked the work.”

2U2U
Admissions Counselor
Jan 12, 2022

“Some good managers but not all them”

Mercer UniversityMercer University
Admissions Counselor
Jan 19, 2021

“Great work life balance was great”

Michigan State UniversityMichigan State University
Admissions Counselor
Dec 4, 2021

“Excellent Work Place was a great Atmosphere”

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Admissions Counselor Interviews

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The most similar professions to Admissions Counselor are:
  • Admissions
  • Enrollment Counselor
  • Enrollment Advisor
  • Admissions Manager

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