How do you go about contacting alumni from a school you're interested in?
University alumni are usually excited to meet or communicate with prospective students. Many colleges and universities actually have alumni admissions counselors who are informed about the college, the admissions process, and, sometimes, financial aid policies. To speak with a local alumnus, contact your intended schools's admissions office and ask if there are any alumni who work directly with admissions outreach. Also, you can search the university's website to locate the "almuni office" and ask directly if a local alumnus is available to speak with you.
Before contacting the alumnus, be sure to prepare your questions in advance, as a courtesy to the person who is volunteering his or her time to you. Answers to questions easily found on the admissions website should be avoided (i.e. test scores, gpa requirements, etc.). Instead, focus your questions on academic experiences (interesting courses or professors), campus traditions (activities most popular with students), or, most importantly, the best places to eat off campus! If you prepare, the conversation will be so much more informative, and rewarding.