The IRT 2020 Cohort Is Underway
By Monica Reum, IRT Recruitment and Admission Programs Specialist
This year, we focused on transparency when explaining the IRT application components to prospective students. Knowing that some applicants were unclear and sometimes even overwhelmed by the application process, I hosted monthly webinars to serve as a support to prospective students. Research shows that often, first-generation college students tend not to reach out for help; therefore, my strategy was to provide an alternative avenue to answer student questions if they were hesitant to call or email directly. The webinar series covers application topics such as how to secure recommendations or how to have a successful interview. The sessions have helped to demystify the intricacies of the application process, expose students to some best practices and give them an inside look at the IRT application process.
The monthly engagement seems to be paying off — our numbers of prospective applications to date have more than doubled! Additionally, we gained new volunteers to serve as Alumni Recruiters and were able to extend our efforts to new institutions such as The University of Washington, Princeton University, The University of Chicago, Columbia University and more!
We are always looking for assistance with our recruitment efforts. If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Recruiter, please contact me directly at email@example.com.