This summer, Hillsdale College’s admissions office welcomed five new counselors and staff, all with one common factor: their alumni status.
Using their own experiences, alumni in admissions are better equipped to represent Hillsdale and recruit students that are a good fit for the college, said Zack Miller, ’11, senior director of admissions. The new group — which includes former Greeks, athletes, and Collegiate Scholars — showcases the variety of opportunities Hillsdale offers.
“One of the most important jobs that we do is tell the Hillsdale story,” Miller said. “Using the personal experiences that our alumni have really allows them to connect with students and give them true understanding and a good impression of Hillsdale.”
Since admissions representatives inspired his attendance to Hillsdale as a prospective student, admissions counselor Matt Sauer ’16 said he hopes to do the same in his new position.
“I saw people in admissions that I wanted to be like and who represented themselves and the college very well in a selfless and a humble way, and so whatever I am doing here, I am trying to emulate those people who first taught me what it was like,” Sauer said. “I am striving to maintain that integrity that they showed me so well.”
The personal attention sophomore Andrew Lohman said he received from the admissions office — specifically from his admissions counselor, Aaron Tracey, ’14, and Sauer, then a student ambassador — aided his decision to come to Hillsdale, Lohman said.
“Aaron was very willing to help with everything,” Lohman said. “He also set me up with a really good student ambassador. I came here four times, and each time I came, I was with Matt Sauer. So each time I came here, I had a constant person that I saw every time, so it wouldn’t feel foreign.”
He said the intention to build a relationship with him as a prospective student set Hillsdale apart from other liberal arts schools he was considering.
As far as Miller knows, Hillsdale has never hired non-alumni admissions counselors, he said.
“I think it is a strength of our department,” Miller said. “We have our alumni speaking to our students and families from personal experience.”
Kathryn Bock is a 2015 graduate from Castle Pines, CO. During her time on campus, Kate held multiple leadership positions within her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. She also worked as a student ambassador and participated in many of Hillsdale College’s political organizations while pursuing her history major. Following graduation, Kate moved to Washington, D.C. to continue her work at the College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies, which remains her regional base of operation. Kate will serve as Admissions Counselor for students from the northeastern section of the country, including VA, MD, WV, D.C., DE, PA, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, and ME. She will serve regionally from the Kirby Center in Washington, D.C.