Join the ASC
The Yale Admissions Office is delighted that you are considering joining the Alumni Schools Committee (ASC), the largest active alumni group at Yale. Here is what some ASC members have said about their experience:
The answers to the following Frequently Asked Questions will provide you with information about the program. If, after reading the FAQs, you wish to join a local ASC, please click the “Registration” button at the bottom of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Undergraduate Admissions Office at Yale coordinates the Alumni Schools Committee program which comprises 8,000 alumni volunteers in 285 committees throughout the U.S. and the world. The mission of the ASC is to assist the University with the undergraduate admissions effort at the local level. Each committee is directed by a Yale alumni volunteer who coordinates local ASC activities.
Who is eligible to join the Yale ASC?
Since the primary responsibility of an ASC member is to interview and recruit undergraduate students, we prefer that volunteers be alumni of Yale College. Alumni representatives must be able to answer questions about intellectual, residential and extracurricular life at Yale College. If you are a graduate or professional school alumnus, please consider whether you are sufficiently familiar with undergraduate life at Yale before joining the Yale ASC. Graduate and professional school alumni who join the Yale ASC may not interview or recruit for their undergraduate alma maters.
Parents of high school seniors should not join the Yale ASC if their children are applying to Yale, and current ASC members are asked to take a sabbatical if their children are in the Yale applicant pool. ASC members who work in secondary schools (as teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, etc.) should not interview students who attend the school in which they work.
In order to avoid actual or perceived conflict of interest, we ask that independent college counselors not join the Yale ASC.
The two primary responsibilities of an ASC member are to conduct evaluative interviews of freshman applicants and to serve as the public relations arm of the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the local level.
The ASC interview serves dual purposes. First, the interview serves to assist the Admissions Committee in gathering more information on the candidate. Your job as an alumni interviewer is to provide the Admissions Office with your impression of the applicant. How would he contribute to residential and intellectual life at Yale? Does she come across as curious, articulate, motivated, thoughtful, etc..? How is the student special in the Yale applicant pool? Second, it gives Yale candidates the opportunity to learn about Yale from someone who has lived it first-hand. Students are eager to hear about your Yale experiences, and to find out what you have gained from going to Yale.
As an ASC volunteer, you are a local representative of the Undergraduate Admissions Office, and you are a resource for local community members who wish to find out more about Yale and about the admissions process. ASC members help encourage top students to consider Yale as a possible college choice. ASC volunteers may attend local college fairs or chat with families and high school counselors about what Yale has to offer. Given that fewer than 10% of Yale applicants are admitted, many ASC members also help educate their local communities about highly selective college admissions.
We ask our alumni volunteers to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per year to the ASC effort, though some members choose to dedicate more time because they find ASC work to be fun and rewarding. The bulk of alumni interviewing takes place from mid-October to the end of November for Single Choice Early Action candidates, and from January through mid-February for Regular Decision applicants. Please allot at least 45 minutes for each interview and 30 minutes for writing each interview report. In April, ASC members contact admitted students to recruit them to Yale, and many ASCs host local yield receptions. These are fun events where you meet admitted students whom you might have interviewed, and connect with local ASC volunteers. Some ASC members are also active during the fall and spring recruitment season representing Yale at local college fairs.
It’s fun and rewarding. You are given the opportunity to meet some of the most talented and accomplished high school students in your local community, and you get to share your Yale experience with them, whether or not they end up enrolling at Yale.
The Admissions Office needs you! With approximately 20,000 applications every year, we need many enthusiastic Yale alumni to assist with recruitment and interviewing. As a local representative of the Yale Admissions Office, you help Yale by educating students, parents and counselors about Yale College and about the admissions process.
As an ASC member, you actively stay connected with both the University and local Yale alumni.
The Guidelines for Interviewers is a publication that serves as the primary training tool for new members. It is mailed to you when you first join the ASC, and it is also posted on the ASC web site and accessible to all ASC members. In addition, the Admissions Office publishes ASC newsletters three times a year. When admissions officers conduct their recruitment travel, they will often schedule meetings with local ASCs to inform alumni volunteers about what is new at Yale and with the Yale admissions process. On-campus ASC workshops are conducted once every two years.
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