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, except in the case of homeschooled students and students graduating from high school in less than four years. Early Decision candidates should plan to complete interviews by December 15.

On-Campus Interviews

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

In some major metropolitan areas, we host a full day of alumni interviews. Interview days are typically held in December and January, and registration is usually available starting in November. 

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. Alumni interviews will be available starting in November.

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. Online registration will be available in November. 

 
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