Here is a brief overview of APAP events held throughout the year and how you can help them succeed.

Interview Days

APAP Interview Days allow alumni volunteers to interview prospective students at a set location, usually a high school. Each interviewer is asked to interview several applicants during the event, and APAP parent volunteers assist by greeting and mingling with parents of prospective students during the interviews. APAP member participation is critical to the success of these events.

Summer Send-Offs

These receptions welcome enrolling students and their parents to the university community the summer before their first year. Send-Offs offer fun opportunities for alumni, parents, and current students to welcome new students and let them get to know one another before coming to campus in the fall. We encourage APAP members to attend Summer Send-Offs when possible and help welcome these students to WashU.

Traditionally, Send-Offs take place in July and August in select cities and are hosted by volunteer alumni, parents, and friends of the university. If you are interested in helping with these events, please email us or call us at (314 or 800) 935-4826.

In-person Summer Send-Off receptions are back this summer, 2022!

College Fairs

High school students and their families learn more about prospective colleges and universities by attending college fairs in their hometowns—typically hosted at local high schools on evenings and weekends. Students can collect brochures, ask questions, and join mailing lists. WashU is invited to hundreds of college fairs each year, but we are unable to send admissions officers to all of them. Instead, we rely on our APAP volunteers to represent the university at these events.

All volunteers receive emails from the APAP office about staffing college fairs in their area. If you’d like to participate, simply reply to let us know! We’ll follow up with all the information you’ll need, such as our College Fair Handbook (PDF). For more information, contact Angela Foley at 314-935-8011.

Staffing a fair is a great way to interact with prospective students and encourage them to consider applying to WashU.

Admitted Student Receptions

Admitted Student Receptions (returning spring 2023) allow APAP members to reconnect with the students they interviewed and to encourage them to attend WashU.  These events help admitted students and their families choose WashU by providing opportunities for APAP volunteers to share their knowledge and experiences and demonstrate how the university community continues beyond four years and reaches their hometown. Held in early spring, these events are hosted by current parents or alumni in select cities and are attended by alumni, current parents, current students, and admitted or enrolling students and their families. If you are interested in helping with admitted student receptions, please email us or call us at (314 or 800) 935-4826.

Parent and Family Socials

APAP and Parent Engagement & Advancement jointly host a series of virtual Parent and Family Socials in late summer for parents and families of the incoming class. Equal parts celebration and information, these geographically focused events give attendees a chance to get to know other members of the WashU community living in their region.