Admissions Representative

How to become an Admissions Representative.
Admissions Representative Job Duties
Admissions Representative Skills
Admissions Representative Salaries
Influential Admissions Representatives
Leading Admissions Rep Organizations
Top Cities for Admissions Representative Jobs
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How to become an Admissions Representative.

There is no one way to become an admissions representative. Normally, this is a position found at colleges, universities, institutes and other educational institutions where there are a large number of applicants and concrete rules for admission. Most admissions representatives are required to have many of the same skills as an administrative professional, with attention to detail, some work experience, ability to work independently and with a team, good interpersonal skills, etc.

To hold a higher position within an admissions department, such as an admissions counselor or as a manager/director of a department, a post-graduate degree may be required.

What does an Admissions Rep do?

The focus of the admissions department is to recruit, evaluate and admit students into an institution. As a part of the general administration of an institution, an admissions representative's day may look like many other administrative positions, with working at a desk, possible time working at a front desk or help desk, working with forms and files, and attending trainings and meetings. Admissions representatives, however, must be fully versed on the inner workings as well as formal policies of an institution as it is their job to help parents and students what can sometimes be a large bureaucracy. They are also often required to understand financial aid issues as financial aid is commonly one of the largest issues that factor into whether or not a student can attend an institution. Admissions representatives differ from registrars and staff of a dean's office as they are specifically focused on what it takes for a person to become a student of their institution vs. handling other technical academic matters.

What skills or qualities are needed to become an Admissions Representative?

In addition to general administrative and interpersonal skills and knowledge of policies as mentioned above, admissions representatives must have thorough and working knowledge of computers and various software programs as all records and activities are technology based these days. If working for a very large institution, it may be true that hard copy records are stored in an off-site location, and the computerized database is the only place to find the status of the receipt of a transcript, for example. A strong knowledge of the function of and people in other institution departments may also be key to helping the admissions representative research a complex question or complete an administrative procedure properly.

How much do Admissions Representatives make?

As expected, wages do depend on years of experience, but they also vary according to the size/prestige of an institution. For example, wages do seem to be lower at trade and technical schools vs. large universities. As of spring 2007, the wage ranges for admission representatives and other administrators at postsecondary institutions was $42,000 to $105,000.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

The Board of Directors of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) includes some influential professionals in the field of admissions. Paul Wiley is a University Registrar & Director of Institutional Research, Paul Aucoin is a Dean of Academic Services and a Registrar, and Wanda Simpson Munson is a Dean of Enrollment Management and College Registrar.

Who are some leading organizations in this field?

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is the leading US organization for registrars and admissions officers, providing a forum for best practice sharing and voluntary standards. It is comprised of more than 10,000 professionals and seeks to provide standards for records management, enrollment management, admissions, student services, and administrative information technology, as well as provide professional development to workers in the field.

What are the top cities for Admissions Rep Jobs?

Top cities for admissions representatives and other postsecondary administrative jobs are areas where there are high concentrations of universities and colleges. For example, New Haven, CT, is the home of Yale and near to a state university. New Haven has the highest concentration of these jobs in any one city. San Luis Obispo, CA (California Polytechnic State University); Charlottesville, VA (University of Virginia); Chico, California (California State University, Chico); Ithaca, NY (Cornell University) are also top cities with a lot of jobs in this area. As far as states go, California, of course, has the highest numbers of these jobs.

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