An inside look at college admission counselors.
What's the college admission process like? Every school is different but at Saint Louis University, students have one point of contact from their first questions all the way up until they actually get to campus: their admission counselor.
What Does an Admission Counselor Do?
Wondering who to contact in a department or where to set up a visit before you apply? The admission counselor is the only person you need to contact. "Several of the students that I have recruited have said that the personal attention we give them is unique," says SLU admission counselor Tiara Wair.
At SLU, students can apply online at www.slu.edu or through the Common Application. Admission counselors look at that information - as well as SAT or ACT scores and your high school transcript - to help them make their decisions. But the college admissions process only starts there.
Your College Interview
The interview you have with your admission counselor goes two ways; they ask you questions, sure, but you also have a chance find out everything you'd want to know about the university. "It really just is a great opportunity for me to get to know the student...so that I can better assist them," says SLU admission counselor Colin Harris. There are things that come through during the interview process that the application doesn't show. You get 30 minutes to talk all about yourself - from what majors interest you to what sports you want to play and what college activities you want to join.
How to Get Financial Aid
Admission counselors don't stop there. At SLU, they also talk finances. They walk students and their families through financial aid packages and help them learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
After all that, admissions counselors are the also ones who deliver the news to accepted students, often through a personal phone call. "A few of my students have said 'I have your message saved on my phone from when you called me,'" says Wair. "That almost brought me to tears because that's why I do my job."