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 will be hosting a series of off-campus alumni interview days in December and January. Please click on the link below to sign up for an alumni interview in the city near you.
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. To request an interview with an alumni volunteer, please complete the online request form. If we are unable to identify an alumni volunteer who is able to meet with you, we will be in contact regarding other interviewing opportunities.
Please remember that interviews are not a required piece of the application process. An interview is an opportunity for you to speak about yourself and your interests and to highlight aspects of your application that are particularly important to you. The interview is also a chance for you to ask questions about the Oberlin community to help you determine if Oberlin is a good match with your academic and extracurricular interests.
Phone or Skype Interviews
If you are unable to visit campus for an interview and if you are unable to meet with an alumni volunteer in person, you may request a Skype interview with an Oberlin representative. We will be hosting a Skype Interview Week from January 10-14, 2016. To request a Skype interview, please complete the online request form.