Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

Admissions Interview Program

Scholar alum interviewing a prospective Scholar

Alumni volunteers are recruited annually to conduct admissions interviews with SHC applicants. These interviews are intended to provide the Honors College with feedback on an applicant's interpersonal skills while also connecting the prospective student with someone who can speak to the Penn State honors experience.

Interviews in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and central Pennsylvania typically are held on a specific day at a location chosen by the Honors College. Appointments are scheduled in advance, and the interviews last about 30 minutes. In other areas, interviews will be conducted at the convenience of the applicant and the alumni volunteer.

Before the interview day, volunteers receive training (conducted either online or in select cities in advance) on the questions to be asked and the evaluation form that will be completed.

If you're interested in sharing your Scholar story and helping the SHC admit students who will thrive at Penn State, register to volunteer today.

Volunteer Commitment

  • Participate in a 60-minute online training program
  • Conduct applicant interviews (typically scheduled October-December)
  • Complete evaluations on interviewed applicants
  • Attend offer receptions for accepted students
  • Total time commitment: Minimum 3-8 hours (including training)

Training Video Training Manual

Volunteer Registration

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