Office of Undergraduate Admission

Why We Do What We Do

By Jay Jacobs

Why We Do What We Do

By Jay Jacobs
Jay Jacobs, the Director of Enrollment and Admission Operations, shares what drew him to becoming an Admission Counselor and why the job is so rewarding!

This season was my 10th admission season driving rental cars, flying around the country, and recruiting students in high schools and college fairs across the United States. I was going to title this blog post “The most refreshing recruiting season yet,” and then I realized that it was just different for me and made me remember why I got into college admissions. Recently, I have been focusing much more on the process of getting change agents and difference-makers like you to apply to UM and what happens to your application and all of the supplemental materials when we receive them. I forgot why admission officers (literally every single one I’ve worked with) do what we do: to guide students like you on your journey to college. It was so refreshing to travel to Connecticut this fall. I got to be back up north (I’m from Rochester, New York), feel the crisp air, witness the changing of the leaves, and eat a real bagel and real pizza.

The view out of my hotel room in Connecticut earlier this month 

I got to meet so many of you. I talked with a student who is passionate about eco-farming and sustainable agriculture, but also creative and classical writing and marine science. I immediately saw her as our next Thoreau writing about raising corals to sustain our reefs. I met another who was one of those students who you meet and think, “This kid is going to change our world.” He’s going to do it with public policy, given his connection with classmates, family, and the ability to see the greater good for the most amount of people and the future impact of his efforts at his high school. Finally, I got to eat dinner with a student who, as a senior, was still just figuring out this whole college admission thing. I got to talk with him, give him general advice about what to look for in a school and how to craft his application; all just before he was going on a road trip with a counselor and mentor to visit colleges throughout upstate New York. (Yes, we know we’re not the only school you look at.)

From all of us in the Office of Admission at UM, thank you, students, for reminding us why we are in this business: i.e., meeting and learning about all of you. We can’t wait to read your applications!

Jay Jacobs is the Director of Enrollment and Admission Operations at the University of Miami.