Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary
Job Description for Admissions Advisor (College/University)
College and university admissions advisors are responsible for acting as a liaison between their school and the general public. They are in charge of deploying recruiting strategies that help increase recognition for their organization. They provide the necessary information for possible admission candidates and their families so that they can make a more informed decision. They build interest, and awareness for their school using innovative materials, and offerings, work increase the number of applications the institution receives, serves as a point of contact for freshman students, and guides them through all the enrollment process. Additional tasks performed by the advisor includes developing excellent relationships with family members and prospective university members in on- and off-campus events, responding to emails pertaining to enrollment application questions, and processing paperwork as needed. They also attend college fairs, regularly review acceptance forms, and report their progress to the admissions manager in their organization.Read More...
College and university admissions advisors must be highly organized individuals who are results oriented and resourceful in striving to increase constituent satisfaction. They must be knowledgeable about their institution's academic programs, and scholarship opportunities and able to actively participate in staff meetings in order to improve the recruitment process. One of this professional's main tools include a personal computer to keep important student and prospective applicant files. They should also be proficient with basic office software applications such as a word processor, email programs, and presentation programs. A bachelor's degree in human services, psychology, or a related field is needed for this position. Previous working experience in recruiting may be preferred.
Admissions Advisor (College/University) Tasks
- Set interview appointments to determine a prospective student's interests, education/career goals and qualifications.
- Schedule and conduct presentations and workshops for prospective students.
- Respond to inquiries from prospective students.
Common Career Paths for Admissions Advisor (College/University)
College Admissions Advisors often transition into College Admissions Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, College Admissions Directors earn $59K per year. More often than not, an Associate Director of College Admissions role is the next step for College Admissions Advisors moving up in the field. Associate College Admissions Directors usually make $49K per year. Many other College Admissions Advisors choose to take on a College Academic Advisor role, where salaries are typically $37K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Admissions Advisor (College/University)
National American University, Heald College, ECPI College of Technology, Kaplan University, and DeVry University are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of College Admissions Advisors. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaplan University — the median salary there is $46K.
The lowest salaries can be found at National American University — median pay is $33K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $24K and only reaching $41K.
Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)
Survey results suggest that College Admissions Advisors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Office, Sales, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Counseling. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Sales.
Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Advisor (College/University)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for College Admissions Advisors that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Charlotte offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. College Admissions Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent), Indianapolis (+16 percent), Orlando (+13 percent), and Portland (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Houston and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).