Admissions Volunteers in Action To Recruit

Group photo of UofL 2017-2018 AVIATORs

    UofL's Office of Admissions Diversity Recruitment team established the AVIATOR program to support diversity recruitment initiatives and promote post-secondary educational awareness by introducing high-school aged students to their unique college experience. The program is currently comprised of 25-30 undergraduate students from various backgrounds.

    Meet the 2017-18 AVIATORs

    Why I wanted to become an AVIATOR...

    "I wanted to be an AVIATOR because I remember how excited I felt as a high school student touring college campuses. I always admired tour guides who were engaged with visitors and passionate about their university. I feel like a great tour can impact your college decision, and motivate you to further your learning--this is the feeling I want to create for prospective students!"

    - Logan Sanderson, Marketing

    "I wanted to become an AVIATOR so I could inform high school students of all the opportunities UofL offers and offer them valuable information to help make their post-graduation plans easier. I also wanted to meet new people and learn more about how diversity impacts UofL and its students, including myself."

    - Kianna Johnson, Chemical Engineering/AVIATOR Intern

    "I wanted to be an AVIATOR to give back to the Office of Admissions for giving me the opportunity to receive a wonderful college education at this great university! I’m so grateful for receiving the Porter scholarship, so volunteering is one way I can say thank you. During my senior year, an AVIATOR was my tour guide for my official visit, and she was able to answer all of my questions and make me feel like this could be my new home. Knowing how big of an influence this AVIATOR had on my college decision made me want to do the same. I enjoy helping prospective students and teaching them useful tips on how to be successful in college. Being an AVIATOR has not only allowed me to meet many great friends, but also help me develop socially and gain a sense of responsibility."

    - Isaiah Jones, Health & Human Performance 


    The main responsibilities of an AVIATOR are to enhance the office’s Diversity Visit Programs, such as Order Your Educational Steps (OYES) Group Visit and Up Close and Personal Shadow Visit opportunities. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Facilitating tours to student groups and shadow visit participants
    • Sitting on and leading student panels
    • Hosting shadow visit participants
    • Providing support and mingling with students and parents at major Admissions and Diversity Recruitment events such as:
      • Accolade
      • Porter Breakfast at Campus Preview Day
      • Latino Multicultural Dinner
      • MLK Scholars Interview Day
      • Porter Scholars Reception
      • Think College Now (TCN) Conference
      • Cardinal OUTlook Day
      • Admitted Student Day

    To apply for the AVIATOR program you must:

    • Be an undergraduate student;
    • Have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 GPA or higher (not necessary for freshman applicants);
    • Have strong interpersonal and group presentation skills;
    • Be accountable, represent the university respectfully, have the ability to work with underrepresented populations and;
    • Submit a complete application, short essay responses, and one recommendation.

    Benefits of the AVIATOR program include having the opportunity to work closely with UofL faculty and staff, gain leadership experience through planning and hosting events, possible educational stipend, uniforms, professional headshots, and participation in an end-of-the-year celebration.

    Students may apply for the AVIATOR program through Handshake.

    For more information on how to become an AVIATOR, please contact Aria Higgins at