Admission Volunteers (OVAL)

Eligibility Requirements

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Office of Undergraduate Admission. OVAL eligibility requirements are as follows:

OVAL members must be alumni (undergraduate or graduate) or parents of Stanford undergraduates with understanding of or willingness to learn about the Stanford undergraduate experience.

You are not eligible to participate as an OVAL volunteer if you:

  • Have a child or sibling who is in the last year of high school, whether or not they plan to apply to Stanford.

    Each year, a number of volunteers ask if they may remain active while they have a grandchild, niece or nephew who is a high school senior. We would ask that alumni who have grandchildren, nieces or nephews living in their OVAL chapter mark themselves as inactive for the year that the child is a high school senior. Should you want to consult on your situation, please contact our office.

  • Are a college admission professional (including a high school guidance counselor or independent consultant).
  • Interview for any other undergraduate institution.
  • Are engaged in volunteer or professional undergraduate admission activities.

Parents may serve in volunteer roles of college fair representative, regional information session panelist or admit reception volunteer or host (not as interviewers or interview training workshop hosts).

In general, Stanford faculty and staff who are also Stanford alumni may serve as OVAL volunteers. Employees of the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Visitor Information Services are not eligible to participate.

The eligibility requirements are designed to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. The program is designed to create a comfortable environment for both applicants and volunteers, as well as to safeguard the best interests of the University, interviewers and candidates for admission, by removing any suggestion of improper influence.

Volunteers are asked to update their eligibility status as appropriate to their circumstances.

Service as an OVAL volunteer is a privilege and not a right. A volunteer may elect to end participation. The University reserves the right to remove volunteers from program participation.

Updated on June 5, 2019 9:01 AM