Admission Volunteers (OVAL)

Eligibility Requirements

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for OVAL and the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Please take a few moments to review the following important eligibility requirements.

OVAL members must be Stanford alumni or parents of Stanford undergraduates. Although not required, we encourage volunteers to be undergraduate alumni themselves. A strong understanding of and identification with Stanford's unique undergraduate experience is essential.

You are NOT eligible to participate in OVAL/admission volunteer programs if you:

  • are the parent, guardian or sibling of a high school senior, whether or not they plan to apply to Stanford
  • work as a college admission professional (including high school guidance counselors and independent consultants)
  • interview for any other undergraduate institution.

Furthermore, you are not permitted to interview a candidate you know. We require that if alumni happen to be assigned to applicants with whom they are familiar, they recuse themselves and request another candidate to interview.

These requirements are designed to avoid any appearance of a potential conflict of interest, no matter how remote. We strive to create a comfortable environment for both applicants and volunteers, as well as to safeguard the best interests of the University and its candidates for admission, by removing any suggestion of improper influence.

If you are not eligible to participate as an OVAL member at this time, we invite you to join us as soon as you are once again eligible! Please register or log in to update your OVAL profile with your current eligibility status as needed.








Last update: June 17, 2014 10:02 AM