Position Purpose: The Freshman Admission Counselor supports learning by recruiting a diverse student population of full-time freshmen to undergraduate programs. The position also counsels prospective students throughout the admission process.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Assists with special programs and research projects; participates in the development and implementation of enrollment strategies.
Identifies, recruits, and enrolls prospective students in an assigned territory; uses past data to plan and arrange all phases of travel.
Researches and provides accurate information about Aurora University's degree program and admissions procedures.
Evaluates high school transcripts and ACT and SAT board scores. Makes decisions on admission and scholarship levels.
Manages high school visits, attendance at college fairs, home visits, campus visits, telecounseling, written correspondence, and financial aid discussions.
Coordinates open houses and on-campus and off-campus recruitment events.
Provides basic financial aid information to prospective students and families, including explanation of the financial aid process; works with the family to determine a comprehensive financial plan for attendance at the university.
Manages student interns to assist in fulfilling admission counselor duties.
Recommends and implements strategies to meet enrollment goals for freshmen.
Engages with current CRM, Colleague, and other technology recruitment strategies; actively recommends ideas and process improvements.
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Enrollment.
Experience in higher education is important. Experience in admissions or sales preferred.
Sensitivity to the needs of and ability to relate well to transfer and adult students is necessary.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Customer-service orientation and professional manner.
Knowledge of Microsoft software is essential. Knowledge of Colleague/Slate preferred.
Ability to handle and act upon confidential information.
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents; and to develop strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students, and the general public.
Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines is required. Flexibility with an evolving work situation.
Valid Illinois driver's license. Ability to travel regularly to high schools and career fairs, providing own vehicle. Some evening and Saturday hours are required.
Ability to move about campus and other locations. Ability to interact via telephone, in person, and via electronic media.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.