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Admissions Director

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Admissions Director leads the admissions department of a college or university. Oversees the management of applications from prospective students of the institution and directs both prospective student outreach and recruitment efforts, and the process of determining which applications to accept.

Job Outlook

There were 286 Admissions Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10257 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Admissions Director career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Admissions Director jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $79,493.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $78,638.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Admissions Director postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $69,728.

Education and Experience

Posted Admissions Director jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree9.75%
Bachelor's Degree63.46%
Master's Degree36.87%
Doctoral Degree4.77%
Other10.82%

Posted Admissions Director jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years37.6%
3 to 5 years50.88%
6 to 8 years8.89%
9+ years2.63%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Admissions Director positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (58.69%)
  • Leadership (37.58%)
  • Management (35.16%)
  • Customer Service (30.47%)
  • Planning (25.93%)
  • Operations (23.9%)
  • Writing (21.95%)
  • Presentations (20.56%)
  • Coordinating (19.39%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (18.09%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Customer Relationship Management (29.96%)
  • Enrollment Management (26.79%)
  • Marketing (54.32%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Student Services (17.74%)
  • Recruitment Planning (9.91%)
  • Recruitment Strategies (14.69%)
  • Student Recruitment (18.88%)
  • Workflow Management (8.05%)
  • Business Development (6.12%)
  • Data Analysis (10.53%)
  • Performance Management (2.77%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (2.59%)
  • Marketing Strategies (5.36%)
  • Finance (3.82%)
  • Project Management (10.04%)
  • Higher Education (7.35%)
  • Student Information Systems (9.48%)
  • Nursing (15.98%)
  • Medicare (8.96%)
  • Sales Prospecting (10.87%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Admissions Operations (5.99%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Marketing (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Admissions Director skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director of Admissions
  • Admissions Manager
  • Director of Enrollment
  • Admissions Assistant
  • Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Assistant Director of Enrollment
  • Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Director of Enrollment Management

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Admissions Director jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Acadia Healthcare (92)
  • University of California (86)
  • Northeastern University (72)
  • ProMedica (49)
  • Spectrum Center (48)
  • Universal Health Services (48)
  • Fusion Academy (42)
  • University of Massachusetts (42)
  • George Washington University (38)
  • Stanford University (35)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (31)
  • Appalachian State University (19)
  • Elon University (16)
  • PruittHealth (8)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (7)
  • Elizabeth City State University (7)
  • North Carolina Central University (6)
  • Duke University (6)
  • East Carolina University (5)
  • Hr Now (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!