Exclusive Insider Interview: Admissions Officer, a public Alabama university*
SocratesPost: Jade, can you tell me about your career working in admissions so far?
SocratesPost: What inspired you to start a career in admissions or in higher education?
SocratesPost: Tell me more about what the job of an admissions advisor entails.
SocratesPost: That’s what you currently do now, and is that pretty similar to what you did at your alma mater, or do you do something different now?
SocratesPost: You’re kind of a jetsetter, then.
SocratesPost: What is the biggest challenge for you to get high schoolers interested in applying, and then matriculating after they get accepted?
SocratesPost: Because then they’d be expected to go to a different part of the state where they may not know anyone.
SocratesPost: I know some schools will look at the family income and their ability to pay tuition on one of the factors for getting in. What has been your experience in that regard?
SocratesPost: Why do you feel like students need that extra help nowadays? Is it that they’re not getting enough support in their high schools or from their families? Why do you think that is?
SocratesPost: It sounds like you’re doing a lot of this just kind of on your own time; it may not be your job requirement, but it seems like you just enjoy it, and you feel like there’s a need that you can fill.
SocratesPost: So you’re the one talking to the students and telling them more about the institution. What happens after they submit the application? Are you reading any of it? Is there a path that the application takes where it goes to a reader, and then a committee, or how does that work?
SocratesPost: What is something few people know about your job as a regional admissions officer?
SocratesPost: One thing I want to ask, which some readers have asked me, is, how do admissions officers consider homeschooled students differently? Are those types of students ones that you encounter often or not so much?
SocratesPost: It sounds like the one-on-one meeting is really important for them to understand the institution and the school, but also for you to get to know them as well.
SocratesPost: Are there any reasons why a student who meets the minimum test score and GPA criteria wouldn’t get accepted?
SocratesPost: One thing that stood out to me was the merit scholarship that your institution offers. Many institutions don’t have any sort of guaranteed scholarship, even if you meet a certain test score or GPA. How many students get those scholarships a year, approximately?
SocratesPost: That’s really generous. There are so many families who move to a new state and try to build up their residency requirements which can take a toll on the family. So it’s great that you guys do that.
SocratesPost: You’ve talked to so many students and secondary school professionals. What strategies have you noticed are the most effective to get them excited about your institution? Is it like a presentation? Is it getting current students to talk? What do you do to get them excited?