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Welcome to ASK!

Alumni Scarlet Knights (ASK) is a volunteer program that provides opportunities for alumni to support Undergraduate Admissions’ efforts to enroll a competitive and diverse student body.

About ASK

Alumni Scarlet Knights (ASK) – connects Rutgers–New Brunswick alumni to recruitment activities within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. ASK members combine their experience at Rutgers with up-to-date knowledge about the university to educate future generations of Scarlet Knights.

This program provides opportunities for alumni to represent Rutgers–New Brunswick at college fairs outside the Garden State, helping play the important role of expanding our student body with talented and diverse students.

  • Thank you for your willingness to help us recruit future Scarlet Knights to Rutgers. Much of the success of ASK depends on having a reliable and informed group of volunteers. Because the needs of the admissions office vary depending on time of year, geographic locations and applicant pool, we will contact you on an as-needed basis.

    In order to ensure that you feel comfortable representing Undergraduate Admissions, there are a few steps that you will need to take to become an Alumni Scarlet Knight volunteer.

    Step 1: Please click here to complete a form indicating your interest.

    Step 2: Upon submitting the form, you will receive an email inviting you to attend a virtual training. At this training, you can meet the Undergraduate Admissions Officer who oversees the ASK program, as well as other alumni.

    Step 3: You will be asked to complete a quiz at the end of training. After you pass the training, you will be in our pool of certified ASK volunteers. Admissions staff members will reach out to you with upcoming volunteer opportunities.

    For any additional questions, please email Alicia Shah via ask@admissions.rutgers.edu.

  • Required Qualifications:

    • An enthusiastic graduate of Rutgers University – New Brunswick
    • Not a private educational consultant or agent for a current and/or prospective student


    Desired Qualifications:

    • Effective communicator
    • Comfortable volunteering under minimal supervision
    • Able to interact with people from different backgrounds


    To learn more about ASK and sign up to volunteer, please review the resources below.

  • What is ASK?

    ASK – Alumni Scarlet Knights – connects Rutgers–New Brunswick alumni to recruitment activities within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. ASK members combine their experience at Rutgers with up-to-date knowledge about the university to educate future generations of Scarlet Knights. This program provides opportunities for alumni to represent Rutgers–New Brunswick at college fairs outside the Garden State, helping play the important role of expanding our student body with talented and diverse students.

     

    Who can be involved?

    Please see below for required and desired qualifications potential ASK volunteers should have:

     

    Required Qualifications:

    • An enthusiastic graduate of Rutgers University – New Brunswick
    • Not a private educational consultant or agent for a current and/or prospective student

     

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Effective communicator
    • Comfortable volunteering under minimal supervision
    • Able to interact with people from different backgrounds

     

    What are the expectations for the volunteers?

    Volunteers are a reflection of the university and are expected to:

    • Educate qualified students and their parents about Rutgers University
    • Encourage prospective students to apply to Rutgers University
    • Encourage admitted students to enroll into Rutgers University

    View volunteer responsibilities

     

    What events/activities will volunteers participate in?

    Volunteers will be asked to attend college fairs in their geographic area. The busy season for college fairs occurs from early September through mid-November. In the spring, volunteers may be asked to write letters to admitted students or discussion panels with other alumni. A small amount of volunteers may be asked to host send-off events at their homes for incoming first-year students; send-off events occur during the summer months.

    View more information about events and activities

     

    How can alumni sign up to be part of ASK?

    All interested alumni who would like to participate in ASK can click here to get started. Alumni will be asked to complete this Google form. After the form is completed, volunteers will receive an email to attend a virtual training where they can meet Alicia and other alumni. At the end of the training will be a virtual quiz. Once alumni “pass” the quiz, they will become ASK volunteers!

              

    I just signed up to be an ASK volunteer – what are the next steps?

    Please click here to view resources for volunteers. These resources include:

    • 1-sheeter with quick facts about the university
    • Manual outlining information about ASK and the University
    • Power point to assist you with creating a nostalgic story
    • Video to assist you with setting up a table at a college fair

    Additionally, please feel free to review the websites listed here for additional information about the application process and the university.

     

    Why haven’t I received information about events after signing up as a volunteer?

    All volunteers will be notified via email of upcoming events in your area that you can attend. If you are notified about an event in your area, please contact ask@admissions.rutgers.edu with the event information; you will receive information about how to proceed.

     

    Who can I contact for questions?

    Please direct all questions to Alicia Shah – ask@admissions.rutgers.edu

  • One of the duties as an ASK volunteer is attending college fairs. As a quick reminder, college fairs are events that bring admissions officers from various colleges and universities to high schools, convention centers, and community spaces to meet with and answer questions from students and parents.

    College fair attendance is heaviest from September through November. All volunteers will be contacted about college fairs they can attend in their geographic regions. First-time volunteers will attend a college fair with an Undergraduate Admissions staff member to become familiar with the flow of the event. Depending on their level of comfort, volunteers may be asked to attend college fairs on their own. Seasoned volunteers are invited to attend college fairs on their own.

    From February through April, volunteers may be asked to participate in postcard campaigns. Postcard campaigns allow alumni to send congratulatory wishes to newly-admitted students. Also during this time fame, volunteers may be asked to participate in virtual alumni panels attended by admitted students and their families. The purpose of the panel would be to discuss how your Rutgers degree assisted you in achieving your professional goals.

    A small amount of volunteers will be asked to attend Admitted Student Receptions. Admitted Student Receptions are held in February and March in specific US regions. Admitted students and their families are invited to an intimate location to learn more about Rutgers, meet with Undergraduate Admissions staff, and interact with alumni (you!) and potential future classmates.*

    A small amount of volunteers host send-off events at their homes for incoming first-year students. Send-off events are a fun way to celebrate the students’ transition into a college setting and can be attended by parents, too.**

    There are two different levels of volunteer participation and they are explained below:

    • Standard Involvement includes completing one of the following tasks:
      • Attend 1 – 3 college fairs with an Undergraduate Admissions staff member
      • Attend 1 college fair on your own
      • Assist with 1 send-off event
    • Elevated Involvement includes completing one of the following tasks:
      • Attend more than 3 college fairs with an Undergraduate Admissions staff member
      • Attend more than 1 college fair on your own
      • Attend an Admitted Student Reception
      • Host 1 send-Off event
  • Thank you for volunteering your time and efforts as an ASK Volunteer! The resources below will assist you with preparing for college fairs and increasing your knowledge about the admissions process. Additionally, the Rutgers websites will facilitate your conversations with and answer questions from prospective students, their families, and high school guidance counselors.

    College Fairs

     

    Training Materials and ASK Newsletters

    Helpful Rutgers’ Websites

    Admissions-Related Websites

     

    Admitted and Enrolled Student-Specific Websites

     

    School-Specific Websites

  • In support of ASK’s mission, volunteers may assist in activities which:

    • Educate qualified students and their parents about Rutgers University
    • Encourage prospective students to apply to Rutgers University
    • Encourage admitted students to enroll into Rutgers University

    Volunteers will have the opportunity to educate students and their parents about Rutgers University through college fairs, postcard campaigns, virtual alumni panels, admitted student receptions, and interactions with high school counselors. Volunteers can anticipate to participate in these events between September and May, and responsibilities will vary at each event.

    The Rutgers Office of Undergraduate Admissions mandates adherence to all the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) rules and guidelines governing recruiting and requires any person representing the University on our behalf to follow the NACAC guidelines as well.

    To ensure accurate information is provided to prospective students and families, all volunteers will be provided with training materials are provided and are invited to attend an annual virtual training hosted by Undergraduate Admissions. Please do not feel discouraged if you are unable to answer a question from a student or parent. Volunteers are encouraged to direct prospective students and family members to the Undergraduate Admissions website, or RU-INFO at 848-445-INFO (4636).

    After each college fair attended, volunteers are required to submit a College Fair Response Form and submit your mileage reimbursement form to ask@admissions.rutgers.edu.

    Additional things to remember:

    • Focus on all the positive opportunities Rutgers can provide, and do not make comparisons to or speak negatively about other institutions
    • Tell prospective students and families how Rutgers has prepared you for success after college
    • Do not make any comment or promise regarding the possibility of a student’s admissibility to Rutgers University. Many factors are considered when making an admissions decision in addition to ACT/SAT score and class rank.
    • Keep the interest of the Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions in mind when providing assistance. Adhere to the Rutgers University policies and ask for clarification if you do not understand them.