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Transfer Admission Counselor

Aurora University
Aurora, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Aurora University (AU) is committed to the transformative power of learning by creating a student-centered environment and an equity of experience and opportunity, to ensure that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and included. Our culture of collaboration, generosity, and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty, and staff.

AU is grounded in the transformative opportunity it provides to a diverse student body. As a private university with a public mission and a commitment to making a difference in peoples’ lives, AU has a long history of resilience and of providing access to an education that values innovation, focuses on continuous improvement, and has a positive impact on the communities we serve. We are proud of our service to and economic impact on the state of Illinois, where over 80% of our students stay to live and work, where 90% of our students come from, and where we foster strong community partnerships to develop the workforce in areas such as nursing, education, business, technology, and social work.

We are looking for passionate and purposeful individuals who represent the full diversity of Aurora and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ability, identity, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at AU, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice requiring broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

At AU we believe that continuous learning is a fundamental part of working life, and our goal is for all colleagues on our campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support our community by providing all employees with opportunities to engage in professional development activities, as well as a range of tuition and employee benefits that can be found here.

Position Purpose:

The Transfer Admission Counselor is responsible for recruitment of full-time and part-time transfer students to undergraduate programs. This position also counsels prospective transfer students throughout the admission process.

Core Competencies:

  • 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 is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. As a teaching-centered institution, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to discover what it takes to build meaningful and examined lives. We empower our students to achieve lasting personal and professional success.
  • Handles all information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of university business.
  • Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
  • Essential Job Functions:

  • Serves as a member of the Transfer Enrollment team. Assumes responsibility for the recruitment of transfer students from assigned territory.
  • Manages community college visits, college fairs, businesses, and other venues, based on past data, for the purpose of recruiting transfer students.
  • Researches and provides accurate information about AU’s degree programs and admission procedures for prospective transfer students.
  • Counsels student applicants concerning admission, financial aid, career planning, and housing options as applicable. Advises prospective transfer students regarding majors at AU according to each student’s interests and academic background.
  • Maintains recruiting operations by following policies and procedures, reporting back any needed changes.
  • Develops communication strategies that will effectively promote AU and transfer recruitment, including daily and weekly contact management.
  • Assists the Director of Transfer Enrollment in setting enrollment goals for transfer students, through research on past data and projections.
  • Recommends and implements strategies to meet enrollment goals for transfer students.
  • Evaluates college transcripts to determine whether student meets admission guidelines. Reads, interprets, and evaluates students’ academic credentials and makes admission/denial and scholarship decisions.
  • Coordinates enrollment open houses, transfer student events, and orientations throughout the year.
  • Provides in-depth financial aid information to prospective transfer students, including explanation of the financial aid process and transfer scholarship opportunities; works with the student and/or family to determine a comprehensive financial plan for attendance at the university, often dealing with sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Supervises student intern to assist in fulfilling admission representative duties.
  • Engage with current CRM, Colleague, and other technology recruitment strategies; actively recommend ideas and process improvements.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor(s) or administration.
  • Essential Job Requirements:


    • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.


    • Experience in higher education 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 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 to meet deadlines required. Flexibility with an evolving work situation.

    Special Requirements:

    • Valid Illinois driver's license. Ability to travel regularly to high schools and career fairs, providing own vehicle. Some evening and Saturday hours required.

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to move about campus and other locations.
    • Ability to interact via telephone, in person, and via electronic media.

    Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission.

    To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references including name, telephone, and email address.

    Aurora University
    Human Resources
    347 South Gladstone Ave
    Aurora, IL 60506 - email

    Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Working at Aurora University

    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 Lacrosse 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.

    A Brief History of Aurora University

    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.

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