Arts and Sciences Admissions



Students interested in attending the College of Arts and Sciences are not required to schedule an interview but we strongly recommend it. These interviews serve a dual purpose: you get to know us and we get to know you.

Our interviews are informal, conversational, friendly and typically last 30 minutes. You might meet with admissions staff, senior student interns, or with Oberlin College alumni. We treat each interview option equally in the admissions process.

We welcome high school students to interview with us from May of their junior year through January of their senior year.

We receive a high volume of requests so applicants are permitted only one interview.

On-Campus Interviews

High school seniors and transfer applicants can schedule an on-campus interview from May 1, 2017 through January 2018.  Be mindful of academic breaks when classes may not be in session. Register online or call the admissions office to arrange an interview, as availability can be limited and spots fill up quickly!

Questions? E-mail or Call 800-622-6243

Off-Campus Interviews

From September-January, we offer a few options for candidates who are unable to visit campus:

  • In person interview with a local alumni representative (when available)
  • Skype interview with an admissions representative (student, staff, or alum)
  • Winter interview days in select cities (regular decision applicants only)

Please fill out an off campus interview request form if you would like to pursue either an alum or Skype interview. Registration for the winter interview days will become available in late fall 2017.

Off-campus interview options are typically only available for students who attend high schools in the United States and Canada. Applicants may only complete one admissions interview regardless of the option chosen. We limit our interviews to prospective applicants of the College of Arts and sciences.

Interviews for International Applicants

While many students who attend high schools outside of the U.S. are interested in interviewing, we are unable to meet this demand through alumni or Skype interviews. Instead,international students are encouraged to pursue independent interviews from vendors such as Initialview or Vericant. If you live in China, you can use InitialView and speak personally with an interviewer.  If you live in Mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan you can use Vericant to speak personally with an interviewer. If you live outside of these countries, you can use these vendors to speak with an interviewer via a video platform.

Your InitialView or Vericant conversation will be recorded and can be reviewed by Oberlin, as well as being shared with other colleges of your choice. Please note that an interview with InitialView or Vericant is not Oberlin-specific so your interviewer will not be able to answer questions about Oberlin.

There is a cost for this service.  If this option is a financial burden for you and your family, fee waivers are available.

Schedule your interview directly with InitialView or Vericant. We recommend registering for these opportunities as soon as possible to ensure that your materials arrive in our office before the application deadline.

For international applicants who do not include an Intialview or Vericant interview as part of their application, you may be contacted by an Oberlin College Admissions representative after submitting your application with an invitation to set up a Skype interview. Please do not otherwise contact us with a request for a Skype interview.

Please refer to our international applicant website for more information about applying to Oberlin College as an international student.