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Need a list of Colleges that require admissions interviews?

eloudon123eloudon123 Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2010 in College Admissions
I just figured out that some colleges require interviews. I guess it just never crossed my mind. Has anyone made a list of schools that require interviews? If you know a school that requires an interview, post the name of it below.
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Replies to: Need a list of Colleges that require admissions interviews?

  • Hitch123Hitch123 Posts: 939Registered User Member
    Th Fiske Guide has a box at the end of each college's description mentioning whether interviews are "evaluative" or "informational". Many large schools don't offer on campus interviews but will offer alumni interviews which you have to sign up for usually before January 1. Small liberal arts colleges generally offer on campus interviews but I can't think of a school that requires an interview. If it's a school you care about a lot, though, you want to try to show interest through the interview. Check the websites of the schools you are applying to.
  • eloudon123eloudon123 Posts: 67Registered User Junior Member
    I think collegeboard will tell you in the admissions section on college profile, but it doesn't say evaluative or not. So you don't know of any that are mandatory? Thanks for the info.
  • artloversplusartloversplus Posts: 5,198Registered User Senior Member
    What is the difference? If you do badly, it will hurt your chances, if you do well, it will add brownie points. When you apply the school will let you know whether an interview is required.

    Some times, as postings on CC had indicated, the local interveiw is more less a check point to see if you have lied on the apps, such as claim an EC which you have never participated.
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Posts: 4,673Registered User Senior Member
    Has anyone made a list of schools that require interviews?

    That would be an extraordinarily long list since there are so many colleges in the U.S., I don't think anyone bothers to look up the interview policy for every school in the country besides the ones to which they themselves will be applying.

    And like artloversplus said, rarely are interviews required, but rather in many cases they are recommended. It's almost always a good idea to schedule an interview when one is offered.
  • jym626jym626 Posts: 36,147Registered User Senior Member
    I am an alumnae interviewer. Rarely, RARELY does someone do "badly" on an interview. Its really pretty hard to do that, and I have never heard of anyone using the interview as a way to "catch" a student to see if they are lying about their activities. That is pure folklore. Most of the time the colleges do NOT send the interviewer much information about the student. We do not see their application, and only if a student brings a copy of their resume (which I suggest they do when we set up the interview) do we see what they do. In fact, the interview is equally if not more about the student having the opportunity to learn more about the school from the alum than the other way around.

    Only once have I heard of a student "doing badly" at an interview. They kinda threatened the alum. Don't do that!

    But please stop perpetuating incorrect information about the interview being a way to "catch students in a lie". The poor students are scared enough of the interview process. DO NOT make it worse with this false information! The form we fill out and send to the college does not even ask what activities they say they participate in. It is more about the students general demeanor, enthusiasm/knowledge of the school, and our general impressions of the student.
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