Yale College Interviewing
Alumni Schools Committee (ASC)
ASC members play two roles on behalf of Yale: 1) They act as a local representatives of the Undergraduate Admissions Office, serving as a resource for community members who want to find out more about Yale and its admissions process. 2) They conduct evaluative interviews of freshman applicants and provide written feedback about these conversations to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Yale asks ASC Members to commit to significant time to ASC effort, between 10 and 15 hours per year as a rough guideline. Interviewing takes place from mid-October to the end of November for Single Choice Early Action (SCEA) candidates, and from January through mid-February for Regular Decision (RD) applicants. Yale recommends that ASC volunteers allot at least an hour for each interview and 30 minutes for writing each interview report. In April, ASC members may be also asked to contact admitted students to recruit them to Yale, and are invited to our local yield reception. Some ASC members are also active during the fall and spring recruitment season as Yale representatives at local college fairs.
If an ASC Member’s child is in Yale’s applicant pool during the current admissions cycle, he or she must take a leave of absence from the ASC during that cycle and not conduct any interviews. The Admissions Office also requests that members take a year off from the ASC if a grandchild, sibling, or other close relative is applying to Yale and attends high school in their local ASC.
Independent college counselors or individuals otherwise engaged in helping students prepare college applications (college admission officer, for-profit college preparation consultant, etc.) are not permitted to be ASC members. School-based counselors and teachers may interview, but they should not interview students who attend the schools in which they work.