Colleges That Require Interviews
You’ve done it! You’ve gotten into the college of your dreams, and you’re ready to start your freshman year. But wait—there’s a catch! In order to enroll at one of these 10 colleges, you have to attend an interview with an admissions officer. That’s right: For some schools, there is no application form, test score or athletic prowess that will get students beyond this interview. The following are all colleges that require interviews as a part of their admission process:
Bates College requires an interview for admission. The interview is conducted by a member of the admissions staff on Bates’ campus in Lewiston, Maine.
Applicants are encouraged to contact their college counselor at some point during the senior year to determine how best to prepare for this requirement. After students complete their application online and are accepted, they will receive an email from [email protected] requesting that they schedule an appointment via Zoom (zoom.us). In addition to scheduling an interview time, applicants must also pay $30 ($10 per person) for each interviewer who will participate in the process.
Interviewees will be asked about their academic record and personal statement as well as about letters of recommendation if these have been submitted with the application form. They should be prepared with answers concerning why they selected Bates College; what interests them about our programs; where else they applied; why you have chosen this career path; etc., along with any questions specific to your field or program area (for example: “Why do you want to study art history?”).
Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764 as Brown University by the Baptist minister and theologian Rev. James Manning, it is the third oldest institution of higher education in New England. The school was named after Nicholas Brown, Jr., who had endowed it at his death in 1744.
The university is organised into ten constituent schools with undergraduate programs covering arts and sciences, engineering, health professions (including nursing), management and hospitality, music and performing arts.
- Colby College is a private liberal arts college located in Waterville, Maine, United States. The school was founded in 1813 and named for the former owner of an early campus property called “Oak Grove.” The college has 1,775 undergraduates and 1,133 graduate students. Its average class size is 15.2 students.
- The college offers 36 majors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1843 and named after the first day of Easter (Holy Cross Day). The school’s nickname is “The Crusaders”, and their colors are purple and gold.
College of the Holy Cross has produced many notable figures throughout its history including: former Massachusetts Governor William Weld; President Jimmy Carter; former Attorney General Edwin Meese III; NFL Hall of Fame member Tim Brown; Pulitzer Prize winners Ellen Goodman  and Mike Barnicle ; author Michael Chabon ; U.S Congressmen JOE OLIVERI and JOHN FOGARTY; actor ROBERT REDFORD who went on to win two Academy Awards for Best Director for his films THE CONVERSATION (1974) starring Gene Hackman and ALTERED STATES (1980) starring William Hurt.
- Cornell University requires interviews.
- Cornell University is a highly selective private university located in Ithaca, New York.
- The university has a strong reputation for research, academics and technology.
Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C., with campuses in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The school was founded by John Carroll, an Irish-born Catholic bishop who had been expelled from Maryland due to his faith. It was originally named Georgetown College and was in existence for just eight years before it closed down during the American Civil War when it became clear that most of its students had enlisted with the Confederacy.
After reopening following the war’s end, Georgetown College changed its name to Georgetown University at Carroll’s request and has remained affiliated with Catholicism ever since—the only major college or university based outside Boston (home of Harvard) that is so affiliated. Today, its core curriculum consists mostly of liberal arts classes covering topics such as religious studies; however you will also find science majors offered within each department: Biology; Chemistry & Biochemistry; Mathematics & Statistics; Physics & Astronomy; Linguistics & Philosophy; Social Work/Sociology/Anthropology/Economics (Social Science); Computer Science & Engineering (Engineering).
Interviews are an important part of the college application process. You should expect to interview if you’re applying to one of these schools, but even if you aren’t, it’s a good idea to do some research beforehand so that when you do have an interview, you’ll be prepared for what comes next.
- Lafayette College: “Admission interviews are required for all first-year applicants and transfer students.”
- Bates College: “We require interviews from most applicants.”
The Lafayette College website offers tips on both how to prepare for your interview and what questions will come up during it. The Bates College website has advice about interviewing as well as sample questions that might be asked during an interview with them.
Interview is required for all applicants. Applicants must arrange their own transportation to and from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Lehigh’s interview process starts in late January for students who have submitted a complete application by the December 15th deadline. The interview itself will take place at a time that’s mutually agreed upon between the applicant and the interviewer. The majority of interviews are conducted during December through February but can occur year-round depending on your availability.
The Lehigh University Admissions Office recommends that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time so that you can get settled before meeting with your interviewer; however, if you’re running late or need help finding us, please contact us directly at (610) 758-3200 so we can accommodate any special circumstances.$
For students applying for fall 2019, the interview is not required for transfer students, international students, or those accepted for early admission. It is also not required if you apply by the regular deadline (Jan. 8).
However, if you apply by December 1 and are admitted to Occidental College’s Early Decision program, then you must attend an interview with an admissions counselor before your admission decision can be finalized.
Reed College is a private liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. It is known as a highly selective higher education institution with an acceptance rate of 19%. Reed is one of the oldest existing schools in the Pacific Northwest region.
Reed has a reputation for academic rigor, and its students are known to take on their studies with a sense of humor and self-deprecation. The college has the highest admission rate of any college in the United States, at 20%.
Avoid these colleges.
The following institutions are known to require interviews:
- Barnard College
- Boston University School of Medicine
- Bowdoin College
- Brown University
If you are a college-bound student and you’re looking for ways to differentiate yourself from other applicants, then we suggest that you avoid these schools.