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 2018 admissions cycle are available for high school seniors and transfer applicants from May 1, 2017 through January 2018. 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, one of the following options will be available to you starting in mid-fall 2017:
- In-Person Interview with a Local Alumni Representative.
- Skype Interview with an Alumni Representative or Admissions Staff. Depending on availability, your interview may be conducted by an alumni representative, current student, or an admissions staff member. 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 will be hosting a series of off-campus alumni interview days in December and January.
Please note: Due to a high volume of requests, applicants may only complete one admissions interview, regardless of which option is chosen. Interviews are available only to prospective applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences.
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