You have many opportunities to get involved with the Admissions Office. As early as your first year, Outreach and Student Advisory Board for ALANA Recruitment (SABAR) are available to you. After spending a bit more time on campus, you can apply to our selective Tour Guide and Senior Interviewer programs, which require a separate application and extensive training. Take a look below to learn more and find out how to apply.
As a member of the Outreach team, you are often the first person a prospective student meets on campus. Your overall commitment is 2-3 hours a week, with 1-2 day visits during each semester. Here are some brief descriptions of the different roles:
- Ambassadors – You’ll return to your high school and meet with any current students who are interested in Holy Cross to share your experience of what it’s been like to be a member of our community. You’re expected to make one visit per calendar year (generally over winter break, spring break, or summer break depending on your availability).
- Day Visit Hosts – You are matched with a prospective student (at least three times a semester) who has something in common with you, such as an academic or extracurricular interest, same hometown or high school, etc. Your guest will arrive on campus in the morning, and you’ll guide them around campus, eating in Kimball, attending classes, sitting in on club meetings, etc., before they depart in the afternoon.
- Greeters – As the first point of contact for visitors to the College, you’ll assist the Admissions Office by providing a friendly face and answering any questions that visitors may have prior to taking a tour, information session, or admission interview. You are expected to spend approximately 1-2 hours/week in our office speaking with visitors.
- Overnight Hosts – Your prospective student will stay overnight in your dorm room and then go to class in the morning and eat in the dining hall so they can experience academic and social life at Holy Cross. You are expected to host for approximately 1-3 nights in April.
- Social Media Correspondents – You’ll help answer questions and engage with prospective students through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, College Confidential, and chat events. You are expected to spend approximately 1-2 hours/week online for this group.
SABAR (Student Advisory Board for ALANA Recruitment)
In this role, you will be committed to increasing the diversity on campus by assisting with events related directly to the recruitment of ALANA students (an acronym referring to persons of African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, and Native American heritage). Your time commitment will vary in accordance with different programs, which include student panels, overnight visits, online chats, etc. Students are expected to attend two meetings per semester to discuss and plan events.
For more information on how to sign up for the SABAR group, please contact the Admissions Office.
As a tour guide, you’ll give tours of campus to prospective students, parents and school groups throughout the academic year. We’re looking for academically successful students who are actively involved on campus and excited about sharing their love of the school with prospective students and their families.
To be considered, you need to have been on campus for at least two semesters and will undergo an application process that includes a group interview with members of the Admissions staff. If selected, you’ll be required to give a weekly tour and volunteer during some weekends for Saturday tours and Admissions Open Houses.
For more information on how to become a part of the Tour Guide program, please contact Laura Boyle.
Each year we select an exclusive group of academically successful and involved seniors who interview prospective students throughout the fall semester, getting hands-on experience in Admissions by helping to craft the incoming class.
Interested seniors need to submit a resume and cover letter, and select students will be chosen for an interview. Students will be given a weekly schedule (including one Saturday morning) and are expected to volunteer 4 hours of their time per week. Current Holy Cross juniors may apply in March, and will be notified in early May. *Separate interviews will be conducted for those students who are abroad or away during spring of their junior year.
For more information on how to becoming a part of the Senior Interviewer program, please contact Diane Soboski.