Arts and Sciences Admissions



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 are available for high school seniors and transfer applicants through January 29, 2016.  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 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.  If the interview day is full, please email us at about the possibility of finding an alumni volunteer to meet with you at another time.

Off-Campus Alumni Interviews

The deadline for requesting an interview with an alumni volunteer has passed.

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

We are no longer offering phone or Skype interviews for the 2016 application cycle. Phone and Skype interviews will be available again in the fall of 2016.

Did You Know

A tradition since the 1990s, Oberlin Conservatory of Music's Jazz Forums encourage jazz studies students to take center stage at the college-owned Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse as part of a small group ensemble. A feedback session that follows each set yields instant praise or critique. This type of studio class offers valuable learning experiences while building confidence among young musicians.

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