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.
Interviews are offered on most days, but availability may vary. Please consult the visit calendar to see if interviews are offered on the day of your visit. To schedule an interview, please register online at least two weeks in advance of your visit.
Off-Campus Interview Days
Oberlin hosts full days of alumni interviews in major metropolitan areas in January. Online registration will be available for Fall 2016 candidates in December 2015.
Off-Campus Alumni Interviews
Applicants who are unable to complete an interview during a visit to campus may be able to interview with a local alumni representative. If an alumni interviewer is not available locally, we will contact you to offer you the opportunity for a Skype or telephone interview. Registration for off-campus alumni interviews for Fall 2015 candidates has closed. Registration for interviews for Fall 2016 candidates will open in November 2015.
Phone or Skype Interviews
If you are unable to visit campus for an interview, the Office of Admissions offers the opportunity to request an interview by phone or Skype. Skype and telephone interviews are available between November 1 and January 31 of a student's senior year. Registration for phone and Skype interviews has closed for Fall 2015 candidates.