The admissions director of a college/university is in charge of overseeing the process in which prospective students are admitted to the institution to study. The admissions director works to ensure that the students added to an institution’s student body are those that best reflect the values of the school and will have the highest probability of successfully earning a diploma.
The admissions director uses advanced metrics to determine the number of students the university may add to their incoming student body, based on expected graduations, transfers, and other departures from the school’s programs. The director then scales the criteria for potential new students based upon the available space, while also staying mindful of the academic requirements set by the college’s registrars and education boards. In many cases, the admissions director will also reach out to high schools and academies to make them aware of the educational opportunities available at their university, as the director is typically charged with helping attract the best and brightest students to their institution.
To work as an admissions director, a person must typically possess at least a master's degree in an educational discipline or similar field. Typically, a candidate for this position has extensive practical experience in a university admissions department. An admissions director works in an office environment in an academic setting. As part of school outreach programs, a person in this position should expect to engage in travel as part of the job.
Admissions Director (College/University) Tasks
Plan and execute the student recruitment strategy.
Supervise admissions representatives regarding the admissions process.
Develop, direct and coordinate admissions department.