There are a number of reasons why alumni interviews are a crucial component of Penn’s broader Alumni Relations goals, and to the Undergraduate Admissions Office’s mission to recruit and admit a diverse class of the highest quality.
Penn should have a visible presence in every community. The Penn Alumni community is a body of over 287,000 extraordinary individuals, living all over the world and making contributions to every conceivable professional sector. These alumni ambassadors make it possible to personalize the admissions process by reaching out to applicants around the world. Informed alumni serve as ambassadors in their local community, building Penn’s profile for prospective applicants, their families, and neighborhood schools.
Alumni interviews bring greater equity to the admissions process. Interviews promote equity in the admissions process, ensuring that students have the opportunity to engage with an alumnus who knows nothing of their prior background, connections, or accomplishments.
Interview reports aid the Admissions Committee in difficult decisions. The Alumni Interview is a crucial component of the application evaluation process for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. A complete application includes a full record of the student’s academic achievements, standardized testing, and extracurricular accomplishments. The alumni interview provides additional context and information about the applicant’s passions, personal qualities, and potential fit for Penn. Interviews can help the Admissions Committee better understand how a student interacts with others, as well as their degree of curiosity, motivation, and self-awareness, their thoughtfulness and willingness to engage with ideas, their social and cultural awareness, their ability to think on-the-spot, and their facility with conversation. These reports can allow the committee to make more informed decisions, which can impact future generations of Penn students.
Student yield begins with the interview. An interview may be an applicant’s most memorable connection to Penn throughout the admissions process, and in some cases, the alumni interview is the first (and sometime only) direct interaction that a student will have with a representative from Penn.
Attracting Future Applicants
Interviews are engaging for students and alumni. Admitted students who have a positive interview experience are more likely to attend Penn. Students frequently share their impressions with friends, so the interview can have an effect on future Penn applicants.