Since 2014, the student ambassador program has been a key part of the Admissions Office, serving as a direct link to prospective students. The program recruits current students from grades 5 through 12 to be present during open houses, campus tours, student visits, and other admission related events. Students who choose to be a part of the team are trained in the fall to ensure everyone is on the same page with clear guidelines.
Benefits of an Admissions Ambassador Program
Ambassadors bring a real sense of authenticity to the admissions process. While staff members are seen as authority figures, students often see ambassadors as peers and equals. Their honesty and unscripted viewpoints tend to help prospective students and their parents get a more authentic feel for the school.
When a prospective student comes to campus to experience a day in the life, he or she is matched with an ambassador who serves as a host. The goal is for each guest to feel comfortable and connect with our current students.
“Having knowledgeable peers to support prospective students along the way can make the admissions process a little less overwhelming,” said Director of Enrollment Management Dave Hanak.
Acting as a student ambassador also offers students a chance to grow their own leadership and communication skills. They improve their public speaking skills, learn to interact with a variety of people, and become excellent role models on campus.
“St. Andrew’s has been a big part of my life, and I want to share my experiences with others who may be thinking about enrolling in the school,” said student ambassador Laura Jackson ’23.
“Students who believe in the school’s mission provide one of the best ways to generate excitement especially at a peer- to-peer level,” said Hanak.
Students who are interested in participating apply each year, supporting the school’s admissions efforts.