Admission Volunteer Roles

Alumna Admission Representative (AAR)

The Alumna Admission Representative (AAR) serves as the liaison between the Office of Admission, alumnae assistant volunteers, and prospective students in their region. The AAR will work with the admission staff member who travels in their territory to assist the Admission Office with recruiting efforts.

Volunteers must be able to

  • Serve as a volunteer for a period of two years
  • Conduct interviews, attend college fairs and coordinate outreach to prospective students in your region
  • Regularly monitor emails from the Office of Admission and prospective students and respond within three days
  • With the support of assistant volunteers, determine how volunteer responsibilities will be shared or delegated
  • Maintain communication with the local MHC club in your region
  • Regularly review training materials and newsletters to stay informed about events and changes at the College
  • Devote some evenings and/or partial weekends for college fairs or several 30-minute interviews
  • Submit required documentation following events no later than seven days after the event (interview reports or college fair evaluations)

Volunteers assist in recruiting first-year and transfer students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. Prospective students expect to meet with individuals who have completed a degree at the college therefore, alumnae admission volunteers  must hold an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke. Other prohibitions for volunteer eligibility include potential conflicts of interest: 

  • Working in admission for another college or university. 
  • Working as a college counselor, independent consultant or another field related to college admission.
  • Volunteering for an admission office at another institution.
  • Having a child or sibling applying to college (though volunteers may join after that particular admission cycle concludes).

If any of these circumstances apply to you, we are happy to chat about other ways you can volunteer for the College.

Alumnae Admission Assistants

Depending on the size of the area and the number of local alumnae, an assistant volunteer provides support to the local AAR. Any work that assistants do on behalf of MHC should be done in cooperation with the AAR, and may include conducting interviews, attending college fairs, and assisting with planning and hosting events for prospective students. The team of volunteers in one region should work together to determine how responsibilities will be shared or delegated.

Assistant volunteers should be prepared to

  • Serve as a volunteer for a period of two years
  • Regularly monitor emails from the Office of Admission, your regional AAR and prospective students, and respond within three days
  • Review training materials and newsletters to stay informed about events and changes at the College
  • Devote some evenings and/or partial weekends for college fairs or several 30-minute interviews
  • Submit required documentation following events no later than seven days after the event (interview reports and/or college fair evaluations

Volunteers assist in recruiting first-year and transfer students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. Prospective students expect to meet with individuals who have completed a degree at the college therefore, alumnae admission volunteers  must hold an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke. Other prohibitions for volunteer eligibility include potential conflicts of interest: 

  • Working in admission for another college or university. 
  • Working as a college counselor, independent consultant or another field related to college admission.
  • Volunteering for an admission office at another institution.
  • Having a child or sibling applying to college (though volunteers may join after that particular admission cycle concludes).

If any of these circumstances apply to you, we are happy to chat about other ways you can volunteer for the College.