Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program

Recruit the Best for RIT! 

Volunteer as an Alumni Admissions Officer

You can assist the Office of Admissions with its efforts to attract qualified students to attend RIT. By representing RIT at area college fairs or participating in Admissions receptions in your area, you can play an important role in helping prospective students learn more about RIT.

Volunteer Testimonial

Tiffani Williams chose to become an alumni ambassador after graduating from the Graphic Media program at RIT. When asked about her involvement as an alumni volunteer, Williams '09 responded,

"I worked in the Admissions Office as a student ambassador during my time at RIT and that experience paved the way for my current career in higher education. However, I truly enjoy continuing to represent the school but in a different capacity as an alumna. Speaking with students and families trying to make a choice about college reminds me of where I started and why I chose RIT. It also gives me the opportunity to share the amazing experience I had in my four years. I can think of no better way to thank RIT for all it has given me than to pay it forward."

Since becoming an ambassador Tiffani has volunteered at the Bethesda Accepted Student Reception last spring and the Ballston Common Mall College Fair this past fall. The variety of ways that you can volunteer to support your alma matter are listed below.




> Waive an application fee! - Request a $65 Alumni Application Fee Voucher

This benefit allows alumni to waive one prospective student's $65 application fee per year. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing of the Alumni Fee Waiver. 

> Write a recommendation!

Recommendation forms are available upon request. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

> Watch training videos!

 A great way to learn more about volunteering and what to expect. 

Expectations of Volunteers

  • Stay up to date on what's going on at RIT (this will aid you in answering students' questions).
  • If you don't know an answer to a student's question, call the Office of Admissions at 585-475-6631 and ask the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Coordinator or an admissions counselor for assistance.
  • Attend Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program meetings or training sessions online when possible.
  • Respond promptly to the Volunteer Coordinator's requests for student contact.
  • Send the appropriate paperwork back to the Volunteer Coordinator within 72 hours after contacting a student
  • Inform the Coordinator of changes in your contact information or volunteer status.
  • Endorse RIT in all appropriate situations
  • Have fun meeting prospective students and their families!

Volunteer Opportunities

To learn about ways that you can get involved through out the year, check out our volunteer opportunities below.

College Fairs
College fairs are events organized by high schools, school districts, regional organizations or the national organizations. These groups will invite college and university representatives to meet with students and families to discuss information about admissions, academic programs, etc. Our office coordinates participation in college fairs, but we rely on Alumni Admissions Volunteers to represent RIT at events across the country. College Fairs are held September though November and April through May.

Prospective Student Receptions

Each year, the Admissions Office reviews demographic and market information to determine which areas RIT should hold student receptions for prospective students. The purpose of this event is to educate prospective students early about RIT and to encourage them to apply.

These receptions are held in fall and spring. The target population is high school juniors/rising seniors. Alumni volunteers attend the receptions to assist staff with check-in and participate in a Q&A panel. There is also a student Q&A panel during the event.

Student Send-Offs

Alumni Chapters often hold a student send-off for incoming freshmen. We currently hold regional send-off events in Boston, NYC, Philly, Washington D.C., and selected other metropolitan areas.
If your alumni group is interested in holding a student send-off, please contact the Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Recommendation Letter
Alumni letters of recommendation, as is true with counselor and teacher recommendations have the greatest impact in assisting the admissions staff in gaining a deeper knowledge of the candidate. In the application reading process, there are many factors taken into consideration on top of academic testing, GPA, school and extracurricular activities, leadership and essays. Letters of recommendation that speak to character or behavior are the most beneficial.

Hometown Interviews
Personal interviews are currently not required for admission to RIT, but are a great opportunity for applicants to meet with an admissions representative locally. Hometown Interviews are conducted by admission staff and trained Alumni across the country and will be approximately a half hour long in a public location. Interviews are available for high school seniors September-November and are coordinated by individual student requests.

For further details contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 585-475-6631 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..