Admission Volunteers (OVAL)

Alumni Interview Program

The Office of Undergraduate Admission's alumni interview program offers optional interviews to applicants attending high school in selected areas in the United States and around the world. Alumni who live in interview areas may become trained to serve as volunteer interviewers.

The purpose of the alumni interview is twofold. Alumni will

  • Share their Stanford experiences and passion with prospective students; and
  • Convey their impressions of these candidates to the Admission Committee.

A Stanford interview is designed to be a casual, comfortable conversation, and is optional for an applicant.

Volunteers reflect that speaking with applicants is inspiring and enjoyable.

Please take part in this important admission initiative by clicking Volunteer Login (offline for maintenance) Volunteer Login to register and complete your OVAL profile.

Interview Areas

For the 2017–18 admission cycle, the interview program will be in 53 locations in the United States and U.S. territories and 54 countries as noted below.

United States and U.S. Territories:

  • Forty-nine full states (all but California) plus Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C.
  • Forty-five California counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba. Further California expansion is anticipated through 2020.


  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Singapore
  • Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania

If the alumni interview program is not yet offered where you live, there may be other volunteer admission activities available.  We encourage all alumni interested in volunteering to  register.

For more information see the Alumni Interview Program FAQs.


Updated on April 10, 2017 9:39 AM