The Cornell Alumni Admission Ambassador Network (CAAAN) is a world-wide
group of Cornell alumni who serve as enthusiastic ambassadors to prospective
students and families. Alumni ambassadors are important to Cornell University’s
admissions efforts as alumni meet individually with freshman applicants, and
host local receptions for admitted and entering students.
CAAAN members meet with high school seniors who have applied to Cornell
University. CAAAN meetings with students are not interviews – they are not an
official, evaluative part of the application process. They are informational meetings,
during which CAAAN members share their experiences, provide general information
about Cornell, and answer questions. These meetings are short, easy and fun.
Listening to students talk about their interests and activities is very interesting and
impressive, and CAAAN members are excited to share their experiences as students and alums. Students are very grateful for the opportunity to speak with Cornell alumni, and it personalizes the admissions process for them.
Every year, several hundred Rochester and Monroe County high school students are assigned to the Cornell Club of Rochester CAAAN committee. Local volunteers meet with students individually in a public place, such as Wegmans or Starbucks, or arrange phone/Skype/FaceTime contact meetings. Due to positive feedback, we also conduct contact meetings at several area high schools during the school day. These school visits have allowed us to greatly increase the number of students we reach. Unfortunately, our local committee is very small. As a result, we are unable to provide informational meetings to all local applicants to Cornell University.
If you are a Cornell alumnus and would like to volunteer with our local CAAAN committee, please click the link below, which will take you to the University's CAAAN website, and then click on the "Click to Join CAAAN" button. Complete the form, and shortly thereafter, our CAAAN chair will contact you.