In order to be eligible to serve as members of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, all volunteers must:
- hold a diploma from any of Penn's four undergraduate schools, or from one of our multi-year graduate degree programs;
- be comfortable discussing the Penn undergraduate experience with prospective students;
- enjoy meeting with students from diverse perspectives and backgrounds;
- want to share their enthusiasm for Penn as a positive ambassador;
- officially register and operate within our volunteer Portal; and
- regularly review our online training materials.
Alumni are not eligible to serve as a member of the Interview Program if they have a conflict of interest—either real or perceived. As such, volunteers must not:
- work as educational/college consultants, or provide services relating to college applications, such as essay writing, test prep, or application review;
- have a child who is applying to college, regardless of whether that child is applying to Penn;
- be employed by an admissions or development office, either at Penn or at another undergraduate institution;
- interview for any other undergraduate institution in the same admissions cycle (i.e., a person with degrees from multiple universities may only conduct undergraduate interviews for one alma mater in a given year).
Members with potential conflicts of interest or any other concerns about their eligibility should discuss them with a staff member from the Penn Alumni Interview Program. This may include:
- high school professionals who regularly have contact with college applicants where perceptions of impartiality may be a concern;
- other family members of college applicants, or individuals with close familial ties to someone who has a conflict;
- individuals with prominent connections to a specific high school or college that might pose concerns for prospective students and families.
Note: We are not extending membership to certificate holders or other non-degree-holding alumni at this time. Alumni affiliate groups like Penn Parents are also ineligible, with the exception of parents who hold a degree from Penn.