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Volunteer Roles

Alumni may serve in all roles listed below. Parents may serve in volunteer roles of college fair representative, regional information session panelist, or admit reception volunteer or host. Parents who are not alumni are not eligible to serve as interviewers or interview training workshop hosts.

Admit Reception Host

Held at the conclusion of the Restrictive Early Action (January/February) and Regular Decision (April) cycles, the admit receptions are a celebration for students and their families. Hosts identify reception locations (typically in alumni homes), coordinate details for set-up and refreshments, and support associated costs.

Admit Reception Volunteer

Volunteers attend receptions for admitted students in their areas. Duties include meeting, greeting and congratulating admits and their families, sharing information about Stanford, and generally serving as ambassadors to welcome them to the Stanford family.

Alumni Interview Training Host

Interview training workshops (typically in September and October) are often in private homes or workplace conference rooms. Hosts identify workshop venues, coordinate details for set-up and refreshments, and support associated costs.

Alumni Interviewer

Interviewers are assigned to meet with Stanford applicants for a casual, comfortable conversation. The interviewer's role is twofold: to convey their impressions of the student to the admission committee and to share their own Stanford experiences for the benefit of the applicant. You are eligible to be an OVAL interviewer if you are an alumnus/a (undergraduate or graduate) and you complete a training session. An understanding of or willingness to learn about Stanford's unique undergraduate experience is essential. Interviews are conducted between November and February. Interviewers of applicants who are admitted are invited to make congratulatory phone calls to those students.

Chapter Leadership Team Member

OVAL’s highest level volunteers, leadership team members (including chapter chairs), oversee other volunteers in their areas and serve as the first point-of-contact in their areas for the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Leadership team duties can include: recruiting local OVAL volunteers; coordinating volunteers for receptions, information sessions, congratulatory phone calls, and college fairs; organizing and leading volunteer training sessions; and coordinating the local interview program.  

College Fair Representative

Volunteers represent Stanford at college fairs worldwide answering questions, distributing materials (provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admission), and generally serving as ambassadors for Stanford when admission officers cannot be present.

Information Session Panelist

Information session panelists speak at selected regional events. They are invited to share their experiences at Stanford as they pertain to academics, extracurricular activities, athletics, study abroad opportunities, residential education, and student life in general. Panelists are often recent Stanford graduates. Parents may also occasionally serve as panelists, sharing their Stanford experience with other prospective parents in attendance.

Information Session Volunteer

Volunteers assist admission staff with regional events designed to provide information about Stanford to prospective students and their families. Duties may include: helping prepare a venue; meeting, greeting and checking in participants; mingling and answering questions, and generally serving as regional ambassadors for Stanford.


Updated on August 13, 2020 9:39 AM