What You Need to Know About Admission Counselors
Like Alfred for Bruce Wayne or Merlin for King Arthur, every hero has a counselor who gives the right advice at the right time.
Even before beginning the journey to Angelo State University, there is a team of people who are always ready to help those is in need. I am talking about the admission counselors.
Admission counselors assist prospective students during the application process, but that’s not their only role. They answer questions for anyone looking for information about ASU, and they help people who have already been accepted, too.
The difference between the role of the admissions counselor and the role of the academic advisor can be confusing to those who are not familiar with “college language” yet. It could be because the words “admissions counselor” sound very similar to the words “guidance counselor,” or because in some community colleges the admissions counselor helps student choose their classes. But whatever the reason, understand that there is a distinct difference.
Academic advisors are professionals who help students choose what classes to take in future semesters, while admission counselors are people who retain a huge amount of information on almost every topic regarding college and make that information available to those who need it.
So if you have any kind of question, ranging from how to fill out the FAFSA to when to find out who your roommate will be, just ask your admissions counselor.
Admissions counselors are assigned depending on where your high school is located. To find yours, just check ASU’s Meet My Counselor page. This doesn’t mean that your counselor is the only one who will answer your questions. Anybody in the admissions staff is always ready to help—just write an email or give them a call.
The most common questions are about what needs to be turned in to apply or about procedural things (Campus ID, PIN, password, when to register for housing, when to move in, signing up for orientation).
Always remember: there are no dumb questions, and don’t be afraid to ask. Your questions give feedback to the admissions office to help them focus on areas of their communication to improve.
Tara Hart, associate director of admission at Angelo State, shared a few tips about the admission process:
- Don’t let your parents do the work, you do it. You are the one going to college so you need to learn how to submit your application materials and inquire about your intended major.
- Admissions counselors are not the only valuable sources of information. ASU’s admission website has been designed specifically to focus on the information that is useful when researching colleges.
- It’s never too early to contact your admissions counselor. Anytime you have a question is the right time to contact yours, even if you have not applied yet.
- You will learn that it is very easy to build an almost personal relationship with your admissions counselor, but don’t forget to sign your emails.
Admission counselors are some of the best resources prospective students have to get help to go through the application process step by step. They do their best to make something that could be frustrating and confusing as easy as possible. Using Tara Hart’s words, “every student is different, has different needs and we know it, and we want to make sure that we can tailor this experience to their needs as much as possible.”