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How do you become an admissions officer?

SerendipityRingSerendipityRing Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
I am kind of thinking about ditching law/law school for a career in admissions.... I worked at GW's undergraduate admissions office for two and a half years, but only as an admissions representative/assistant. What qualifications do you need to be an Admissions Director/Assistant Director? Do you need an MBA/M.Ed/PHD? Which is the best degree to have for this kind of work?

Ideally, I would like to work for a school like GW/BU/Tulane/NYU... like a semi-competitive urban private school.
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Replies to: How do you become an admissions officer?

  • Cornell2012Cornell2012 Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    I always thought that admissions officers only worked part-time. To me, that would be the only sensible thing to do. I mean, do universities really need hundreds of people reviewing/promoting the university year-round? Maybe, they do, so I could be wrong. However, I've always thought that people could never rely on becoming an adcom as a career.
  • tenisghstenisghs Registered User Posts: 3,955 Senior Member
    @ SerendipityRing

    You need at least a BA/BS to be an admissions officer. If you have experience as an undergraduate volunteer in admissions, that is a plus. It also helps if you have a Master in Higher Education degree + practicum experience too.
  • hampsterhampster Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    an admissions job unless you want to be a dean/director. If you you're open to it, you could apply to GW right now since you already have experience there. You could also contact any people you know in admissions and see if they can put in a word for you at other schools that might be hiring.

    P.S. Drop me a line if you'd like to talk more about the admissions thing. I'm in the same boat. Recently decided against law school and would like to get back into admissions.

    *Edit: Missed your question about qualifications for director/assistant director. I think any of those degrees would work. The director of my alma mater's admissions office has an M.Ed. The head of admissions of one of the schools I'm applying to for a job holds an MBA, which I'm also planning on obtaining after at least a 2 year stint working full-time in admissions, and at the bigger private schools, I've noticed a preponderance of Ph.ds.
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