Arts and Sciences Admissions

Interviews

Interviews

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 Interviews

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.

Off-Campus Interviews

If you are unable to visit campus, but would like to schedule an interview, please select one of the following options: 

  1. In-Person Interview with a Local Alumni Representative. This option has reached capacity and is no longer available.
     
  2. Skype Interview with an Alumni Representative or Admissions Staff. 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 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.
     
  3. Regional Interview Day. We will be hosting a series of off-campus alumni interview days in December and January.  The locations and dates are as follows:
Boston — January 28, 2017
Chicago — January 28, 2017
Columbus — December 10, 2016
Los Angeles — January 21, 2017
New York — January 21, 2017
Portland — January 28, 2017   
San Francisco — January 21, 2017
Seattle — January 28, 2017
Washington, D.C.  January 28, 2017

To sign up for an interview in one of these locations, please click on the city name, use the calendar to navigate the appropriate date, select the interview time that you would like, and complete the registration form.

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. 

Questions may be emailed to arn@oberlin.edu