College fairs occur throughout the country—primarily during the fall and spring. There are a couple ways alumni can support college fairs. You can serve as a backup when an admissions representative is hosting a college fair table. As you can imagine, the IU table can get hectic. It’s extremely helpful to have an additional person to help answer questions from students and families.
In addition, alumni may represent IU on their own at a local college fair. ASRs are trained and/or receive materials before the event. If you are interested in this type of engagement, an admissions director will contact you with options and send a variety of college fair materials including, brochures and a table banner to you a week or so before the fair begins.
The Office of Admissions hosts a variety of student and parent-focused events each year around the country. For example, in the fall, IU Previews are hosted throughout the country, and in the spring, we host admitted student receptions. If we’re hosting an event in your area, we’ll contact you to see if you can support the event either by attending or in another way.
Alumni can adopt one or more high schools in their area by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning around October of each year, alumni receive a roster of the admitted students in their areas. Alumni are encouraged to contact the students, congratulate them on their admission to IU, and offer themselves as a contact person.
Alumni can offer to meet with students and parents to talk about the IU experience. This is a good way to personally share your IU story. Normally, alumni who hold one-on-two meetings have also adopted the high school of the student(s) they are meeting with.
Each year, alumni communities host events for admitted students, such as game watches, picnics, or scholarship events.