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Become An Admissions Officer

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Working As An Admissions Officer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $88,580

    Average Salary

Example Of What An Admissions Officer does

  • Co-ordinated with hospital staff to ensure accurate data entry for patients records and financial accounts.
  • Served as principal admissions officer for the Northern Alabama division of Strayer University.
  • Educated prospective students on the benefits of Strayer University s high-quality academic programs, convenient locations, and flexible course schedules.
  • Increased market share with private high schools statewide.
  • Conducted International and Veteran student enrollment.
  • Set appointments, conducted interviews, and provided follow-up to potential students.
  • Called prospective students to enroll them in online programs.
  • Answered and routed phone calls; keyed transcripts and applications for evaluation purposes.
  • Handle all aspects of the student recruitment.
  • Conducted information sessions and tours.
  • Conduct campus tours with potential students and explain academic programs.
  • Contacted new prospective student inquiries via phone and email.
  • Collaborated with other departments as necessary to finalize enrollment process.
  • Handled all aspects and procedures of the student admissions process.
  • Focus on customer service with each student and resolving any obstacles.
  • *Responded to new student inquiries via phone and email, for enrollment.
  • Handled all aspects of student recruiting and consistently achieved quarterly performance objectives.
  • Complete financial aid paperwork for payment.
  • Led presentation of our open houses.
  • Attend college fairs and host scholarship events.

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How To Become An Admissions Officer

Although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable for some entry-level positions, a master’s or higher degree is often required. Employers often want candidates who have experience working in the field, particularly for occupations such as registrars and academic deans. 

Education

Educational requirements vary for different positions. A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient, but a master’s degree or Ph.D. is generally required. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.

Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration. These administrators have doctorates in the field in which they taught. Other provosts and deans have a Ph.D. in higher education or a related field.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Employers typically prefer to hire candidates who have several years of experience in a college administrative setting. Some postsecondary education administrators work in the registrar’s office or as a resident assistant while in college to gain the necessary experience. For other positions, such as those in admissions and student affairs, experience may or may not be necessary.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Postsecondary education administrators often need to be adept at working with computers so they can create and maintain databases and use computer programs to manage student and school records.

Interpersonal skills. Postsecondary education administrators need to build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. Those in admissions and student affairs need to be outgoing so they can encourage prospective students to apply to the school and existing students to participate in cocurricular activities.

Organizational skills. Administrators need to be organized so they can manage records, prioritize tasks, and coordinate the activities with their staff.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators often need to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.

Advancement

Education administrators with advanced degrees can be promoted to higher level positions within their department or the college. Some become college presidents, an occupation which is discussed in the profile on top executives.

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Admissions Officer Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    58.4%
  • Male

    38.2%
  • Unknown

    3.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.4%
  • Asian

    8.4%
  • Unknown

    2.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    57.9%
  • French

    9.5%
  • Portuguese

    6.3%
  • Italian

    6.3%
  • German

    5.3%
  • Russian

    2.1%
  • Mandarin

    2.1%
  • Urdu

    2.1%
  • Swedish

    1.1%
  • Bambara

    1.1%
  • Czech

    1.1%
  • Carrier

    1.1%
  • Slovak

    1.1%
  • Cantonese

    1.1%
  • Arabic

    1.1%
  • Thai

    1.1%
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Real Admissions Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Admissions Officer Alliant International University San Diego, CA Mar 01, 2013 $56,975
International Student Admissions Officer BUEI, LLC Washington, DC Sep 27, 2013 $41,135
International Student Admissions Officer BUEI, LLC Arlington, VA Dec 01, 2013 $41,135
International Student Admissions Officer BUEI, LLC Arlington, VA Dec 01, 2013 $40,008
International Student Admissions Officer BUEI, LLC/Harriet Fulbright College Arlington, VA Dec 20, 2010 $39,173

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Top Skills for An Admissions Officer

FinancialAidAdmissionsProcessNewStudentInquiriesGuidanceCounselorsCustomerServiceAcademicProgramsOnlineHighSchoolsAdmissionsOfficePhoneCallsStudentRecruitmentFollow-UpProspectiveStudentInquiriesInformationSessionsAdmissionsRequirementsCourseSchedulesDataEntryConvenientLocationsEnrollmentGoalsPerformanceObjectives

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Top Admissions Officer Skills

  1. Financial Aid
  2. Admissions Process
  3. New Student Inquiries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Offered assistance to students in navigating Financial Aid process while providing information (via email and phone) on required documentation.
  • Managed all documentation associated with the admissions process via document management system.
  • Followed up on all new student inquiries and applications in a timely manner.
  • Plan and manage admission events such as campus preview day, receptions for prospects and guidance counselors, and multicultural events.
  • Implemented new processes and systems for improving customer service satisfaction.

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