Our mission is simple: to connect members of the Yale community in Western Washington so we can learn from each other, teach one another, and give back to each other and the broader Seattle community.
YaleSeattle is run by alumni volunteers and is completely self-funded; we receive no financial support from the University. We run extremely lean, and spend the bulk of our operating budget on upkeep for our website, email newsletters, travel expenses for speakers, and subsidies for recent alumni to participate in our programs.
We’re experimenting this year with a rotating leadership model, with a different person leading each monthly meeting. If you’re interested in getting involved, please reach out at http://yaleseattle.org/contact-us/
Our annual expenses:
- Admitted students’ events ($250)
- Event costs not covered by ticket sales ($250)
- Subsidizing young alumni event fees (for example, at the annual faculty lecture)
- Overhead: Payment processing, website ($200)
What we would like to do:
- Increased civic engagement and local service
- Educational events, featured speakers, and discussions
- Connect alumni along shared interests for inspiration and mutual mentorship
Alumni Admissions Interviews
The Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) conducts interviews with local high school students applying for admission to Yale. Every year several hundred local high school students apply to Yale. Our goal is to ensure that every one of those students has an opportunity to have an interview with a member of the ASC.
The ASC director for each area receives a list of high school students applying to Yale and assigns a member of the ASC to conduct each interview. The bulk of the interviews take place in November (for Early Action applicants) and through March 1 (for regular decision applicants). The interviewer contacts the student directly to arrange the interview. Most interviewers conduct the interview at their own home or office, but may, at their discretion, choose to conduct it at the student’s home. Most interviewers conduct no more than four or five interviews each year.
The purpose of the interview is:
- to provide the applicant an opportunity to ask questions about Yale
- to personalize Yale and the admissions process
- to give the Admissions Committee a personal perspective on the applicant that they cannot get from the materials in the application
Interviews generally last about an hour and follow no set format. All interviews should, of course, permit the applicant to ask whatever questions he or she may have about Yale. Immediately following the interview, the interviewer writes a summary of his or her impressions of the applicant and sends it to the Admissions Office. The interview report becomes a part of the admissions file. While less important in the admissions decision than grades, test scores, and school recommendations, an interview report is a significant part of an applicant’s file and gives the Admissions Committee a wholly different perspective on the applicant.
The Alumni Schools Committee hosts a reception in the spring, following announcement of the decisions, for students who have been admitted.