How to Become a Dean of Students

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Many people choose to become a Dean of Students because they were inspired by someone during their own college career. This person may have helped them realize that the personal growth and development that happens in college is just as important as the academics. For whatever reason, people who strive to become a Dean of Students must have a passion and dedication for the field, because this job can sometimes be very difficult.

  • Work toward your goal as early as highschool. It's never too early to start planning for your future. Focus on maintaining the best grades you can. This will help you get into an excellent university later in life, which will help tremendously on your path to becoming a Dean of Students.

  • Research and apply to as many colleges and universities as possible. You want to make sure that you have explored your options. Decide on a major in administration, management, leadership or a related area.

  • Participate in as many activities as you can throughout your college career. Run for student government, or serve as president of an organization that you are passionate about. Showing that you are interested in student activities is a great way to demonstrate that you would be passionate as a Dean of Students.

  • Work as an intern in your school's Office of the Dean of Students, if they have opportunities available. If not, consider any volunteer opportunities that the office may have available.

  • Earn an advanced degree, such as a Ph.D., or a Master's degree. The advanced degree and your school involvement will likely mean a lot to those who will consider hiring you.

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