At Oberlin, interviews are not required but are strongly recommended. Interviews serve two purposes -- they provide you with a chance to ask your interviewer questions about Oberlin’s distinct community, and they are also partially evaluative, in that they provide us with an opportunity to learn about you. Having a conversation with you gives us a more complete picture of who you are.
Oberlin admissions interviews are informal and conversational, lasting approximately 30 minutes. They may be conducted by admissions staff, senior student interns, or Oberlin alumni. Each interview option is treated equally in the admissions process. Given the high volume of requests received, applicants are permitted only one interview.
Interviews are available to high school students from May of their junior year through January of their senior year. Interviews are not required for admission. In certain cases, primarily for homeschooled students, early admission candidates, and international students, an interview may be requested by the admissions office. Early Decision candidates should plan to complete interviews by December 15.
On-campus admissions interviews for the 2017 admissions cycle are available for high school seniors and transfer applicants from May 1, 2016 through January 2017. You must register in advance in order to secure a time and date for your interview. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Campus Visit office at: 800-622-6243.
If you are unable to visit campus, but would like to schedule an interview, please select one of the following options:
- In-Person Interview with a Local Alumni Representative. To select this option, click here to complete the online request form. We will attempt to match you up with an Oberlin alum who lives near you. The alum will contact you and make arrangements with you for the meeting time and location. It typically takes between 1 and 3 weeks after the submission of this request form before an alum will contact you.
Local alumni availability may vary, and we may be unable to match you up with a representative in your area. In that case, we will contact you regarding other interview opportunities.
- Skype Interview with an Alum or Current Student. To select this option, click here to complete the online request form. Depending on availability, your interview may be conducted by an alumni representative, current student, or (rarely) an admissions staff member. It is not possible for you to select which category of person will conduct your interview.
This option requires that you have a Skype account set up prior to registering for your interview, and you must have access to a computer capable of running Skype with both audio and video.
- Regional Interview Day. We host a series of off-campus alumni interview days in select locations during December and January. If you live in an interview day region, you may choose to participate in one of these pre-scheduled alumni interviews. Interview days are usually conducted in the following regions: Ann Arbor/Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. If you live in an interview day area, you will receive an email invitation with specific information about registering for the interview day in late fall.
Registration for regional interview days will not be available until late fall.
Early Decision applicants: Due to application deadlines, please select options 1 or 2; do not select a regional interview day.
Regardless of which option you choose, you will be permitted only ONE interview. If you have already interviewed or will be interviewing on campus, you are not eligible to complete an off-campus interview. Interviews are available only to prospective applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences.