Meet our new Director of Recruitment and Admissions
The VCU Brandcenter is excited to announce Rachel Ensing as its new Director of Recruitment and Admissions.
Rachel received her BA in Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill then completed her MS in Higher Education Administration/Enrollment Management at the University of Miami. After working at NC State University as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, she worked in Orientation at the University of Miami with transfer students, and worked with The College Board where she focused on diversity initiatives for the Access to Opportunity Division. She most recently worked as an Educational Advisor with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, providing support for exceptional students with financial need.
Get to know Rachel
We asked Rachel a few questions to to learn more about her background and how she wants to make an impact at the VCU Brandcenter.
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into admissions.
Most people say they “fall” into admissions, and that’s pretty true for me too! My undergrad degree is in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and I always thought I would eventually go into that.
I initially became interested in admissions because I began to see how many people I had grown up with didn’t have guidance in getting to college- and I counted myself as lucky to have had a lot of guidance. I fell in love with admissions at NC State University where I had the opportunity to work on first generation & diverse student recruitment.
What excites you most about joining the VCU Brandcenter?
The students! The thing I love the most of working in higher education and especially admissions is knowing that I am able to help connect people with their dream.
Coming to this role in the Brandcenter also feels like a lot of my past roles coming together. After working in admissions, I went on to get my Master’s degree in Enrollment Management (a fun term we higher ed nerds use for admission, financial aid, recruitment, and retention), and then worked for a scholarship organization. I am looking forward to applying all of these elements to bring in our next class of game-changers!
What is your super power?
I think my superpower is perception. I mentioned how much I love working with people, and I appreciate that I am usually pretty good at telling if something is going on with those around me (usually better if I know the people).
What is the biggest challenge you’d like to tackle in your new role?
I love processes- and I am excited that we will be moving our entire application process online this year! Don’t worry- the main elements are staying the same. While it might seem simple, there are a lot of things for us to consider and iron out for this to happen. As weird as it may sound, I am excited to lay the ground work for this new process.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I haven’t traveled too many places yet in my life, so there are a lot of places on my to-do list. A big one though is Peru because I want to go to Machu Picchu! Some of my friends actually just went in March- and invited me. Sadly the timing for me was horrible, so I had to live through the torture of seeing all their posts!! But at least now I have some awesome travel recommendations when I actually do go!