How to Become a Director of Admissions

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The population of postsecondary students is constantly increasing and highly trained professionals are required to maintain a variety of higher education institutions. Directors of admissions are educational administrators that manage the recruiting, evaluation, and admission process of many different public and private postsecondary institutions.


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What does a director of admissions do?

Directors of admissions direct and organize admissions programs and develop and assist in the implementation of admissions goals. They assist in the development of admission requirements and policies and the coordination of admissions testing. They organize special events that involve prospective and current students. They also direct staff members that prepare printed materials that outline the admission requirements, policies, and transfer credit procedures. Directors of admissions participate in recruiting efforts, financial aid programs, and organizing activities related to enrollment. Many directors of admissions also provide counseling to students with admissions related concerns. Some directors of admissions conduct personal interviews and tours of the institution.

What kind of training does a director of admissions need?

Directors of admissions usually need a master or doctorate degree in higher education administration or other related field. Many directors of admissions begin their career in professorship or administrative positions and move into higher positions as they gain the essential skills and experience. Prospective directors of admissions typically complete courses in higher education administration, education ethics, education politics, and communication. Many also complete internships at postsecondary institutions to gain practical experience in the field. Directors of admissions must keep their skills up to date and stay abreast with the current advancements on the policies, practices, processes, and programs related to admissions. They often attend conferences, workshops, and seminars throughout their careers.

What are the prospects for a career as a director of admissions?

Employment of directors of admissions is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 14% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The growing population and increased enrollment of postsecondary students will drive job growth.

Job prospects are expected to be excellent with strong competition. Directors of admissions with advanced education and extensive experience will have the best job opportunities.

How much do directors of admissions make?

As of December 2009, directors of admissions with less than 1 year experience earn average annual salaries between $37,000 and $59,344. Those with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between $38,961 and $62,423 (2).

A career as a director of admissions is a great choice for people with a strong interest in coordinating the admissions activities for higher education institutions. Directors of admissions must have a solid understanding of admissions policies and procedures. Determination, motivation, confidence, and good leadership skills are essential. Directors of admissions must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a variety of students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the community. They must have good judgment and be able to work as part of a team.

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