CoRPs - Commodore Recruitment Program
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions depends on Vanderbilt alumni to help identify and recruit talented high school students for possible admission to Vanderbilt from around the globe. Simply put, the more active our alumni, the farther the reach of the admissions office. As we continue to seek a diverse population of academically talented students, we invite you to join Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs) in this exciting and important endeavor.
There are several ways to get involved with CoRPs: interviewing, college fairs, and speaking engagements. You can learn more about these activities by scrolling down and reading about how you can get involved.
CoRPs Interviewing allows students who have applied for admission to Vanderbilt to meet with an alumnus who has lived the Commodore experience to learn more about life and academics at Vanderbilt. CoRPs interviewing allows the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to reach many more students in a one-on-one setting than would otherwise be possible. In the current era of increasingly competitive selective admissions, adding a personalized perspective of Vanderbilt becomes even more important to our mission of recruiting a highly diverse group of talented students. After each interview, the alumni interviewer submits a report to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions which becomes part of the applicant's admission file; these reports are evaluative in nature and can be helpful in the admissions process.
CoRPs College Fairs
CoRPs members often represent Vanderbilt at local college fairs in their areas. Both Vanderbilt alumni and parents of a current Vanderbilt student may participate in CoRPs college fairs. Attending college fairs allows us to reach many prospective students and their families in the student's local setting and is a fun way for alumni to stay connected to their alma mater. Once you enroll as a volunteer for CoRPs college fairs, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify you by email throughout the year to invite you to represent Vanderbilt at local college fairs. Each time you receive an email, you will have the opportunity to accept or decline the invitation. Once you agree to attend the fair, the admissions office will mail you materials and detailed information in addition to training materials.
CoRPS speaking engagements allow alumni volunteers to talk about their experiences with Vanderbilt University at various recruitment functions throughout the year. Both Vanderbilt alumni and parents of a current Vanderbilt student may participate in CoRPs speaking engagements. Every August the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts the Vanderbilt Road Show, a 90-minute information session held in approximately 60 cities across the country for prospective students and their families. Then in April, Vanderbilt hosts receptions in cities around the world for admitted students. At both of these events, we invite CoRPs members to speak briefly about their Vanderbilt experiences and to field questions.
Who is eligible to participate as a CoRPs Volunteer?
Regardless of your graduation year or your college or graduate school at Vanderbilt, all VU alumni are invited to participate as CoRPs alumni volunteers.
An alumnus or alumna of Vanderbilt University is welcome to participate who:
- Enjoys sharing his or her enthusiasm and love for Vanderbilt
- Enjoys meeting with prospective students from diverse backgrounds
- Has regular access to internet and to email
- Is willing to be contacted by applicants for interviews
- Is willing to be contacted by admissions representatives requesting their assistance at college fairs
- Is willing to be contacted by admissions representatives requesting their assistance at speaking engagements
- Agrees to participate in online training
- Does not have a child applying to Vanderbilt or a senior in high school for the upcoming academic year
- Be willing to conduct at least 5 interviews during the season (Keep in mind that you are welcome to turn down any interview request that does not fit into your schedule!)
- Respond to student emails as quickly as possible and use an automated "out of office" reply if you cannot check your email for more than 3 consecutive days
- Represent Vanderbilt in a positive, honest light
- Treat every prospective student with respect and sensitivity
- Take the time to review the latest Vanderbilt information
- Keep all student information confidential
- Be encouraging and resourceful, but always refrain from making comments regarding the likelihood of admission
- Conduct every interview in a public space
- Conduct only face-to-face interviews; telephone or internet-based interviews are not permitted (unless in circumstances pre-approved by VU Admissions)
- Share your personal experiences with Vanderbilt and encourage students and families to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with more detailed questions
CoRPs is a partnership between the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Alumni Association.