The Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions have consolidated several alumni volunteer programs under one umbrella, Commodore Recruitment Programs—or CoRPs. This allows Vanderbilt to work more efficiently with alumni volunteers around the world. Through CoRPs, alumni are encouraged to register with the admissions office and select how they would like to volunteer.
CoRPs currently supports initiatives providing opportunities for alumni to volunteer in three distinct ways: as representatives of Vanderbilt at college fairs in their area; as interviewers of student applicants; and as speakers at local recruiting events. Through each volunteer opportunity, alumni help prospective students and their families to learn about Vanderbilt and the Nashville community.
“CoRPs provides a way for our office to reach hundreds more students than would be otherwise possible,” says John Gaines, director of enrollment management. “At the same time, students gain a more personalized admissions process when they speak with alumni who lived the Commodore experience.”
Learn more and volunteer by visiting the CoRPs Web site. The site includes information and training for CoRPs programs and answers frequently asked questions. Alumni must submit an enrollment form and can choose to participate in one, two or all three CoRPs initiatives.
This past admissions season was a historic one for Vanderbilt. The number of applications received increased more than 30 percent over the previous year, and the resulting first-year class this fall is stronger academically than any class in Vanderbilt’s history. The admissions and alumni relations staffs express their thanks to the thousands of alumni volunteers who helped to make this happen through their participation in CoRPs. Even more volunteers are needed as the university continues to seek exceptionally talented students from a wide array of backgrounds.
You are invited to join CoRPs today. For general inquiries about the program, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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