Alumni Schools Committee



Even before our nation’s founders immortalized their eloquent vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Yale College was instilling similar values in its students. Since our founding in 1701, generations of undergraduates have sought education and enlightenment at Yale in a dedicated pursuit of knowledge and leadership skills.


Yale is committed to the idea of a liberal arts education through which students think and learn across disciplines, literally liberating or freeing the mind to its fullest potential. The essence of such an education is not what you study but the result – gaining the ability to think critically and independently and to write, reason, and communicate clearly – the foundation for all professions.


The Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) conducts interviews with local high school students applying for admission to Yale College. Every year several hundred local high school students apply to Yale. Our goal is to ensure that every one of those students has an opportunity to have an interview with a member of the ASC. While there are separate ASC directors for Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, and each area has its own group of interviewers, all three groups coordinate their efforts. 


In the fall, members of the Admissions Office staff visit the Washington area and give a presentation to provide information for prospective interviewers. The ASC director for each area receives a list of high school students applying to Yale and assigns a member of the ASC to conduct each interview. The bulk of the interviews take place in November (for Early Action applicants) and through February 15 (for regular decision applicants). The interviewer contacts the student directly to arrange the interview. Interviews are encouraged to conduct the interview at neutral sites agreed upon with the applicant such as offices or public places, but never in applicants homes. Most interviewers are asked to conduct between two and four interviews each year. 


      The purpose of the interview is:

  • to provide the applicant an opportunity to ask questions about Yale,
  • to personalize Yale and the admissions process, and
  • to give the Admissions Committee a personal perspective on the applicant that they cannot get from the materials in the application. 

Interviews generally last about an hour and follow no set format. All interviews should, of course, permit the applicant to ask whatever questions he or she may have about Yale. Immediately following the interview, the interviewer writes a summary of his or her impressions of the applicant and sends it to the Admissions Office. The interview report becomes a part of the admissions file. While less important in the admissions decision than grades, test scores, and school recommendations, an interview report is a significant part of an applicant's file and gives the Admissions Committee a wholly different perspective on the applicant. 


The Alumni Schools Committee hosts a reception in April, following announcement of the decisions, for students who have been admitted. 


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