One of the most valuable contributions alumni, alumnae and parents can make to the Colleges is to assist in our recruitment of new and talented students. Your unique perspective has such a powerful impact on our applicant pool and on students who ultimately enroll. As a volunteer, you may be asked to attend college fairs and receptions, conduct off-campus interviews or contact students who have an interest in the Colleges.
College fairs (also called college nights), held at area high schools, provide the opportunity for students to gather information about many different institutions at one time. As a college fair representative, you will represent HWS to prospective students and their families.
College fairs occur in the fall (September through November) and in the spring (March through May). Generally, college fairs in the spring serve prospective students who have just begun to inquire about the college search process (sophomores/juniors) while college nights in fall serve both early inquiries and students who are in their senior year.
Prior to fall and spring college night activity, a complete list of college night programs by area is available online. We encourage you to sign up for a program in your area. Once you've signed up, the Admissions Office will send you a box of materials with everything you'll need to cover the fair.
College Fair Links
While not required, the Admissions Office strongly recommends that students applying for admission schedule a personal interview. A personal interview is an opportunity for prospective students to discuss academic curiosity, personal strengths and goals for the future while learning more about the HWS experience. As an Admissions Volunteer, you share your unique prospective while gaining valuable insight about prospective students. Interviews are offered to high school seniors beginning the summer before their senior year and ending on February 1, our application deadline. Students applying for the Trustee Scholarship are required to have an interview.
The Admissions Office will contact you when a request for an interview in your area has been made. If you are able to cover the interview, we will send you a profile of the student along with their contact information. It is your responsibility to schedule an interview that is most convenient for you both. After the interview, complete the online feedback form. Admissions Volunteers will not be asked to cover more than three off-campus interviews per season.
Off-Campus Interview Links
The Admissions Office hosts a variety of receptions throughout the admission cycle for prospective, admitted and enrolled students and their families. Admissions Volunteers are encouraged to attend these events to meet and greet, answer questions and share their unique HWS experience.
Throughout the admission cycle, Admissions Volunteers have the opportunity to connect with prospective students via phone or e-mail. In the fall, volunteers contact prospective students with similar geographic location, academic interests or extracurricular interests and encourage them to apply for admission. In late March through April, volunteers congratulate students on their acceptance to HWS, answer questions and encourage them to enroll.