Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long standing history of excellence, and alumni have a powerful impact in sharing our tradition. UW-Madison alumni can give back to their University as Alumni Admissions Volunteers with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and share their pride by encouraging a future generation of Badgers to apply to and attend UW-Madison.

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Program Overview

The Alumni Admissions Volunteer program is a partnership between the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and the Wisconsin Alumni Association, providing opportunities for alumni to support student admission efforts to enroll a competitive and diverse student body. Volunteers assist by connecting with prospective students in communities across Wisconsin, the US, and around the world. These opportunities include:

Alumni represent UW–Madison by volunteering to work college fairs across the country and around the globe, providing academic information, application information, and valuable insight for prospective students and their families on what it means to be a Badger.

2018-2019

  • 48 college fairs
  • States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Wisconsin
  • Countries: Ethiopia, Moldova, Russia
  • 62 volunteers attended a college fair

Alumni volunteers assist admissions staff at various events, including prospective and admitted student events, providing context to the Wisconsin Experience and answering questions students and their families might have by participating on alumni panels, assisting with check-in, and/or mingling throughout the event. There are also opportunities to sponsor events.

2018-2019

  • 12 admissions events staffed by alumni
  • Locations: Boston, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New Jersey, New York, South Florida, Washington D.C.
  • 41 volunteers attended an admissions event

Throughout the year, volunteers connect with students in a variety of ways, including via phone. Volunteers with our program serve as a source of information for admitted students considering UW-Madison, and are able to share their unique stories. These personalized phone calls can help students start envisioning themselves as Badgers.

2018-2019

  • Just under 400 calls made
  • States: California, Chicago, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Countries: Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore
  • 35 volunteers phoned admitted students

Upon registering as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer, you can create your own experience connecting with students through a variety of volunteer opportunities at the direction of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Goals and Objectives

  • To create meaningful points of contact between UW-Madison, alumni, and prospective students and their families
  • To increase the number of competitive and qualified students considering the University of Wisconsin-Madison and increase the percentage of admitted students enrolling
  • To provide assistance to the university's admissions efforts
  • To increase alumni engagement with UW-Madison

Learn more about Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities.

Ethical Practice

As an Alumni Admissions Volunteer, it is essential that you serve the interests of our prospective undergraduate students and their families and abide by nationally recognized college admissions standards.

About Us

Meet the staff behind the Alumni Admissions Volunteer program and learn about the involvement of our volunteers.

Program News

Monthly Newsletter

Stay connected with our admissions cycle – current issue available here.

Volunteer Spotlight

Learn more about a fellow volunteer through our Spotlight section. Check out the current interview here.

Next Steps

Thank you for your interest in supporting UW-Madison admissions efforts. Have questions about your area volunteer opportunities? Contact your regional coordinator.