I figure I’ll give a quick overview of the day for those browsing the forums in future years. Everyone I met throughout the day (admissions officers, current students, other prospective students and their parents) were extremely smart and kind; I had a great experience and I’m definitely more psyched about UConn than ever!
The day was probably 80%+ about selling us on the school, as opposed to evaluating us for the scholarship. We started with a general presentation on the school/Honors program, then we split by intended school (engineering, business, A&S, etc) for school-specific presentations. Then parents listened to a presentation about different academic paths and a panel of current Nutmeg/Day of Pride students. Meanwhile, kids went to a separate room where we were able to ask questions of current Nutmeg/Day of Pride students in small groups. This part was super informal, as there were no admissions officers present and the students were very forthcoming about their experiences. Periodically, we were called for the actual interview. Afterwards, parents and kids were reunited and invited for an informal (and free!) lunch in the dining hall with many of the current students and admissions officers.
Each interview was half an hour in length and held with two admissions officers, who were super nice. They asked pretty standard interview questions and obvious follow ups based on the answers given. It was much more of a conversation than any of the other interviews I’ve had to date.
There were twenty students interviewing for the Nutmeg scholarship and twenty for the Day of Pride scholarship, but everyone was grouped together throughout the day. The implication seemed to be that the majority of students invited to interview would ultimately receive the scholarship, but I guess we’ll see in a couple of weeks! They said that we would receive our decisions by early January at the latest (by both email and regular mail), but all of the current students said they had received their decisions by Christmas. Congratulations and good luck!