Eligibility Requirements

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In order to avoid any perceived conflicts of interest, the Penn Alumni Interview Program asks all members to uphold the eligibility requirements below. These standards are updated annually, so please review them before each admissions cycle. Please also read our Principles of Good Practice to ensure that all participants can have a positive interview experience. 

When in doubt, you can always contact the Penn Alumni Interview Program with any questions or concerns!

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.

Members will notify the Penn Alumni Interview Program if they commit or witness any breach of the above expectations. Any member found in violation of our Eligibility Requirements or Principles of Good Practice is subject to deactivation from the Interview Program.

When in doubt, please contact the Penn Alumni Interview Program with any questions or concerns.


[ See also: Principles of Good Practice ]