|For more than 10 years, the University of Denver successfully used the Ammi Hyde Interview Program as a step in selecting undergraduate students for admission, with the help of faculty, staff and alumni. When the University first began conducting the Hyde Interviews in 2002, it received approximately 4,000 undergraduate student applications annually. All prospective students were required to sit for an interview to be considered for admission. As our applications grew over subsequent years, the University changed the policy from requiring to strongly encouraging students to request and complete a Hyde Interview.|
With an expanded national marketing effort in 2012, applications grew to 20,000. The time commitment for faculty and staff to conduct Hyde Interviews in up to 30 U.S. cities became unsustainable given this growth in applications. Therefore, the Hyde Interview Program was discontinued at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.
We have shifted our Undergraduate Admission marketing strategy and focus more time on increasing visits to campus by prospective students and their parents. While the Hyde Interview was originally seen as a differentiator for the University among other U.S. educational institutions, we have found that when families see our campus firsthand, it gives us a much better chance of demonstrating the value of attending the University of Denver.
The Undergraduate Admission staff will be able to focus their time in the critical student recruitment months reviewing 20,000-plus applications, and communicating the features, benefits and value of a DU education to prospective students and parents, especially when they visit our beautiful campus.
We thank all of the University staff, faculty and alumni who volunteered to conduct Hyde Interviews in the past. Undergraduate Admission continues to partner with Alumni Relations in the pursuit of meaningful alumni engagement with the University. While the interviews will not continue, the legacy of Dr. Ammi Bradford Hyde will live on as Undergraduate Admission seeks students who are motivated to learn, open to new ideas, and have concern for honesty and integrity at the forefront of their application.