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Standards of Best Practice

We hope this information helps make interviewing a positive experience for both you and the students you meet! All members are expected to follow these Standards of Best Practice, and failure to do so may result in dismissal from the ASC. Please make sure to review these before each admissions cycle, as they are updated annually.

  • Be enthusiastic! Set a friendly tone and engage prospective students with a curious and pleasant approach. For many students, this may be their first interaction with a college, and even the most socially adept students can sometimes be nervous. It also may be the first personal contact they make with anyone from UChicago. Please convey warmth and enthusiasm when you meet them. Also, use appropriate language and ask relevant questions.
  • Please do your best to convey accurate information about UChicago, and to not convey any impression or expectation about an applicant’s probability of admission. Stay informed and updated as much as possible by reading the ASC Newsletter and other resources online. If you don’t know the answer to a student’s question, it is okay to say “I don’t know” and let the student know that you will follow up with the admissions office. Students should be directed to contact the Office of College Admissions with any questions regarding their application status.
  • Keep your contact information current and maintain an active email account. You can update your information on the Alumni Directory or in your volunteer portal. Please contact your ASC Chair or the Director of the ASC if any questions arise during the application cycle.
  • Any information shared with you by the Office of College Admissions or the applicant should be considered confidential and should not be shared with anyone. It is inappropriate to share a student’s personal contact information with other students or any person outside the UChicago Admissions community without the student’s expressed consent.
  • Please do not conduct in-home interviews or offer rides to prospective students. While it may seem like a nice gesture, it may create a liability risk should something go wrong (like an accident). The location of an interview should be mutually agreed upon and conducted in a public space, like a coffee shop or library.
  • Interview assignments should be accepted/declined and conducted in a timely manner. Please accept or decline an interview assignment as soon as possible. After accepting, please contact students within three days to set up the interview and submit their report within two weeks. The logistics of the interview should be respectful of both your time and student’s time.
  • Please do not communicate with applicants outside of arranging the interview or addressing specific follow-up questions initiated by the student. It is inappropriate to meet with applicants socially, or to connect with them on social media sites. You are welcome (in fact, encouraged!) to congratulate any of your admitted students, but please wait until you have received official notification from the Office of College Admissions.
  • If your child is applying to UChicago, we require you to take a one-year sabbatical from participating in the ASC.Despite the best intentions, any public involvement through the ASC during this time may create a perceived conflict of interest. Please notify your Chair and the Director of the ASC of this fact, and we will be happy to reactivate you for the following admission cycle.
  • You may not interview applicants you know personally, or interview students from a specific high school with which you have an active, current relationship (e.g. parents of juniors or seniors who attend, employee, member of boards, etc.). If you have an existing personal, familial, or professional connection with an applicant assigned to you for an interview, please ask your Chair to reassign the interview. You may submit a supplemental letter of recommendation on an applicant’s behalf if you wish.
  • You should not ask any direct questions related to sexual orientation, race or ethnic background, national origin, marital or family status, dating or relationships, disabilities or physical characteristics, or financial situation. These questions have no bearing on a student’s ability to perform as a student. It may be that a student initiates a discussion on these topics, but please be ready to change the subject if it appears the student is uneasy about discussing it further. Additionally, making any unsolicited comments, references to, or assumptions about a student’s height, weight, disabilities, physical attractiveness, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, or financial situation on the Interview Report Form or in any other communication about or to the applicant is not appropriate.
  • Please do not ask students where else they are applying. However, you may record this information in your report if a student volunteers it. If the student brings it up, or asks questions comparing different institutions, please keep your responses limited to what you personally know or are directly familiar with, and never put down or denigrate another institution.