Raise High Referral Program Connects GW with Potential Students

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is launching the program to give GW students and alumni the opportunity to recommend potential students.

September 08, 2020

In search of new ways to connect with potential students in a virtual world, the George Washington University Office of Undergraduate Admissions is launching a new referral program.

The Raise High Referral program gives GW students and alumni the opportunity to recommend potential students to GW, and students are able to submit a referral for high school or potential transfer students.

Ben Toll, dean of undergraduate admissions, said that while the office has adapted to offering virtual information sessions, virtual high school visits and virtual college fairs, those things are not the same as the face-to-face conversations in which they would normally engage.

As a new way for members of the GW community to serve as ambassadors for the university and to bring a more personal connection to the admissions process, the referral program will allow GW to reach students who community members identify as being a good fit for the university.

"GW isn't your typical school. We're an urban research university with some very unique opportunities, and that requires a unique student," Mr. Toll said. "No one is better equipped to identify those students than our own campus community, so these referrals will help us identify those with that unique outlook for whom GW would be an amazing opportunity."

To make a referral, GW students and alumni would go on the website and provide basic information about the potential student. Undergraduate admissions would then reach out to that student to confirm their interest in GW and provide additional information aligned with their academic interests.

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