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Colleges Offering Interviews

Part of a holistic approach to the college admissions process involves sitting down for a one-on-one interview. The benefits to this exercise are ideally twofold: the college learns more about the student beyond-the-numbers, and the student comes away with a better understanding of whether the school meets their unique needs and desires. Unfortunately, logistical problems and the sheer volume of applications prevent this from happening at every school. On the plus side, many schools do offer on-campus interviews, off-campus interviews, or the opportunity to connect live through a platform like Skype. On-campus interviews typically involve an admissions officer. Off-campus/Alumni interviews may take place face-to-face or via Skype, telephone or some other platform. Below is a listing of colleges and universities offering interviews to prospective students. All information was collected from institutional websites. For tips on how to nail a college interview revisit our blog on the subject.

Updated in July 2019

InstitutionOn-CampusOff-Campus Alumni/Phone/SkypeAdditonal Info
Agnes Scott CollegeYesYesRequired for test-optional students
Albion CollegeYesNo
Alfred UniversityYesYes
Allegheny CollegeYesYes
Alma CollegeYesNoRequired for test-optional students
American UniversityYesNoNonevaluative, informational only
Amherst CollegeNoNo
Appalachian State UniversityNoNoFor Chancellor's Scholars only
Arizona State UniversityNoNo
Auburn UniversityNoNo
Augustana College (IL)YesYesCan be done over phone/Skype
Austin CollegeYesNoRecommended for all especially test-optional
Babson CollegeYesYesChinese applicats can use initialview.com
Bard CollegeYesNoWill Skype for international or hardship situations
Barnard CollegeYesYesOffers initialview.com for China and South Korea
Bates CollegeYesYes
Baylor UniversityYesYes
Belmont UniversityNoNofor art department/Presidential Scholarships only
Beloit CollegeYesYesSkype or phone by request
Bennington CollegeNoYesPhone okay if no alums live nearby
Bentley CollegeYesNoVirtual interviews now available
Berea CollegeYesNo
Berry CollegeYesNo
Birmingham Southern CollegeYesNoRequired for test-optional students
Boston CollegeNoNo
Boston UniversityNoNo
Bowdoin CollegeYesYesInterviews "strongly encouraged"
Bradley UniversityYesNo
Brandeis UniversityYesYesSkype available if no alumni live near
Brigham Young UniversityNoYesLocal eccelsiatical interview required
Brown UniversityNoYes
Bryant UniversityYesNoOffers Skype interviews
Bryn Mawr CollegeYesNoStrongly recommended; Skype interviews available
Bucknell UniversityNoNo
Butler UniversityNoNoOnly for Jordan College of the Arts
California Institute of TechnologyNoNo
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoNoNo
Calvin CollegeNoNo
Canisius CollegeNoYes
Carleton CollegeYesYes
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNoNoOnly offers non-evaluative in-person; ceased alumni interviews
Case Western Reserve UniversityYesYesEncouraged for all applicants
Catholic UniversityYesYes
Centre CollegeYesYesSkype also an option
Champlain CollegeYesYesSkype/Google Hangout are options
Chapman UniversityYesYesSkype now an option
Christopher Newport UniversityYesYesOn-campus preferred but will Skype
Claremont McKenna CollegeYesYes
Clark UniversityYesYes
Clarkson UniversityYesYesOn-campus preferred but will Skype
Clemson UniversityNoNo
Coe CollegeYesNoRequired for Honors Program
Colby CollegeYesYes
Colgate UniversityYesYesNonevaluative, informational only
College of CharlestonNoNoWill offer informal "sit-downs" in-person or via Skype
College of the AtlanticYesYesSkype also an option
College of the Holy CrossYesYesChinese applicants can use initialview.com
College of the OzarksYesYesrequired; phone interviews if 4-5 hours away
College of William and MaryYesNofirst come, first-served. Limited space.
Colorado CollegeYesYesHighly recommended
Colorado School of MinesNoNo
Colorado State UniversityNoNo
Columbia UniversityNoYesOffers phone or Skype in some instances
Connecticut CollegeYesYes
Cooper UnionYesYesOff-site available for art applicants
Cornell CollegeYesYesSkype interviews can be requested
Cornell UniversityNoNoOnly for Hotel Managemnet, Art, and Architecture
Creighton UniversityNoYesOff-site interviews are nonevaluative, informational only
CUNY Baruch CollegeNoNo
CUNY, Brooklyn CollegeNoNo
CUNY, City CollegeNoNo
CUNY, Hunter CollegeNoNo
Dartmouth CollegeNoYesvia virtual platform accepted
Davidson CollegeNoNofor non-traditional applicants only
Denison UniversityYesYesrecommended
DePaul UniversityNoNo
DePauw UniversityYesYesstrongly recommeded
Dickinson CollegeYesYesSkype allowable
Drake UniversityYesYesRequired for test-optional students
Drew UniversityYesYesstrongly recommended
Drexel UniversityNoNoInterviews for custom-designed majors only
Duke UniversityNoYesInitialview.com for Chinese applicants
Duquesne UniversityYesNo
Earlham CollegeYesNo
East Carolina UniversityNoNo
Eckerd CollegeYesYesphone considered; recommended for all
Elizabethtown CollegeYesNostrongly recommeded
Elon UniversityNoNoNon-evaluative meetings with counselor available on and off campus
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityNoNo
Emerson CollegeNoNo
Emory UniversityNoYesby invitation only
Evergreen State CollegeYesYes
Fairfield UniversityYesNo
Florida Atlantic UniversityNoNo
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNoNo
Florida Institute of TechnologyNoNoinfromational only
Florida International UniversityNoNo
Florida Southern CollegeYesNoEncouraged for all applicants
Florida State UniversityNoNo
Fordham UniversityNoNo
Franklin & Marshall CollegeYesYesSkype available if more than 4 hours away
Furman UniversityYesNoRequired for homeschooled students only
George Mason UniversityNoNo
George Washington UniversityNoNo
Georgetown CollegeNoNo
Georgetown UniversityNoYes
Georgia College and State UniversityNoNo
Georgia Institute of TechnologyNoNoNon-English speakers can use Initialview.com
Georgia State UniversityNoNo
Gettysburg CollegeYesYes
Gonzaga UniversityYesYesrecommended below 3.2 GPA/1150 SAT/video chat okay
Goucher CollegeYesYesrequired for early decision applicants
Grinnell CollegeYesYes
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeYesYesReccomended; Virtual appointments available
Hamilton CollegeYesYesInitialview or Vericant for Chinese applicants
Hampshire CollegeYesYes
Harvard UniversityNoYesAlumni interviews for vast majority of applicants
Harvey Mudd CollegeYesYes
Haverford CollegeYesYesrecommnded for all applicants
Hendrix CollegeYesYesin-person preferred; Skype interview can be requested
High Point UniversityYesNo
Hiram CollegeYesNostrongly recommended; required if homeschooled
Hobart and William Smith CollegesYesYeshigher acceptance rate for those who interview
Hofstra UniversityYesNoSchool prefers interview after applying
Hollins UniversityYesYes
Hood CollegeYesNo
Hope CollegeYesNo
Howard UniversityNoNo
Illinois Institute of TechnologyNoNo
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNoNoTheater program only
Indiana UniversityNoNo
Ithaca CollegeNoNoTheater Arts program only
James Madison UniversityNoNo
Johns Hopkins UniversityNoNoRecently stopped doing alumni interviews
Juniata CollegeYesYes
Kalamazoo CollegeYesYes
Kenyon CollegeYesYesCan request Skype of Google Hangout
Kettering UniversityNoNo
Knox CollegeYesYesstrongly recommended/phone okay
Lafayette CollegeYesYes
Lake Forest CollegeYesYeshighly recommended
Lawrence UniversityYesYesphone or video is fine
Lehigh UniversityYesYes
Lewis & Clark CollegeYesYes
Louisiana State UniversityNoNo
Loyola Marymount UniversityYesNoencouraged but not required
Loyola University ChicagoNoNo
Loyola University MarylandYesNoNonevaluative, informational only
Macalester CollegeYesYes
Marietta CollegeNoNo
Marist CollegeNoNofor Honors Program only
Marlboro CollegeYesNo"casual discussions" and non-evaluative
Marquette UniversityNoNo
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNoYes
McDaniel CollegeYesNo
Messiah CollegeNoNo
Miami UniversityNoNo
Michigan State UniversityNoNo
Middlebury CollegeNoYes
Millsaps CollegeNoNo
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNoNo
Mississippi State UniversityNoNo
Morehouse CollegeYesYesVery important aspect of admisisons process
Mount Holyoke CollegeYesYes
Muhlenberg CollegeYesYesRequired for test-optional students: Skype available
New College of FloridaNoNo
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYesNo
New York UniversityNoNoAdmissions office will sometimes choose to interview candidates online
North Carolina State UniversityNoNo
Northeastern UniversityNoNoAdmissions office invites some candidates for interviews
Northwestern UniversityNoYesInitialview for international applicants
Oberlin CollegeYesYes
Occidental CollegeYesYes
Oglethorpe UniversityYesNostrongly recommended
Ohio State UniversityNoNo
Ohio UniversityNoNo
Oregon State UniversityNoNo
Penn State UniversityNoNo
Pepperdine UniversityNoNonon-evaluative only
Pitzer CollegeYesYesSkype available
Pomona CollegeNoNoinfromational only
Princeton UniversityNoYesby invitation only
Principia CollegeNoYesInterviews conducted by Christian Science references
Providence CollegeYesNoNonevaluative, informational only
Purdue UniversityNoNo
Quinnipiac UniversityYesNo
Ramapo College of New JerseyYesNo
Reed CollegeYesYes
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNoNo
Rhodes CollegeYesNo
Rice UniversityYesYes
Ripon CollegeYesNo
Roanoke CollegeNoNo
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYes
Rockhurst UniversityYesNointerviews are encouraged
Rollins CollegeYesNoInterview is recommended
Rutgers UniversityNoNo
Saint John's University (MN)YesNo
Saint Joseph's UniversityYesYes
Saint Louis UniversityYesNo
Saint Mary's College, Notre DameYesNo
Saint Michael's CollegeYesNo
Samford UniversityNoNo
San Diego State UniversityNoNo
San Francisco State UniversityNoNo
Santa Clara UniversityNoNo
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYesYesSkype is available for non-NY residents
Scripps CollegeYesYes
Seattle UniversityYesNorequired for early decision applicants
Seton Hall UniversityYesNo
Sewanee: University of the SouthYesYesSkype/phone for homeschooled applicants
Siena CollegeYesNoCasual/informational only
Simmons CollegeYesYesstrongly recommended/Skype available
Skidmore CollegeYesYesSkype now available
Smith CollegeYesYesStrongly recommended
Southern Methodist UniversityYesYesSkype/phone now available
Southwestern UniversityYesYesencouraged
Spelman CollegeNoNo
St. Edward's UniversityYesNo
St. John's College, AnnapolisYesNo
St. John's College, Santa FeYesNo
St. Lawrence UniversityYesYes
St. Mary's College of MarylandYesNohighly recommended
St. Olaf CollegeYesYes
Stanford UniversityNoYes
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYesNoPhone/Skype allowed
Stonehill CollegeYesYes
SUNY Binghamton UniversityNoNo
SUNY Stony BrookYesYes
SUNY University at BuffaloNoNo
SUNY, College of Environmental Science and ForestryNoNo
SUNY, GeneseoNoYes
SUNY, Maritime CollegeNoNo
SUNY, New PaltzNoNo
SUNY, OneontaYesNo
SUNY, OswegoYesNo
SUNY, Purchase CollegeYesNoNonevaluative, informational only
SUNY, University at AlbanyNoNo
Susquehanna UniversityYesYesPhone now allowed
Swarthmore CollegeYesYesInitialview for international applicants
Syracuse UniversityYesYes
Temple UniversityNoNo
Texas A&M UniversityNoNo
Texas Christian UniversityYesYesSkype allowed
Texas Tech UniversityNoNo
The College of New JerseyNoNo
The College of WoosterYesYes
Thomas Aquinas CollegeYesNo
Towson UniversityNoNo
Trinity CollegeYesYesOnline now offered
Trinity UniversityYesYesSkype allowed
Truman State UniversityNoNo
Tufts UniversityNoYesSkype/online offered
Tulane UniversityNoYes
Union CollegeYesYes
United States Air Force AcademyNoYesWith an Admissions Liaison Officer
United States Coast Guard AcademyYesYesMandatory starting with class of 2023
United States Merchant Marine AcademyNoYesScreening interview with nominating authority
United States Military AcademyNoYesWith Military Academy Liaison Officer
United States Naval AcademyNoYesWith Blue and Gold Officer
University of AlabamaNoYesInformational sessions available with regional "recruiters"
University of ArizonaNoNo
University of California, BerkeleyNoNo
University of California, DavisNoNo
University of California, IrvineNoNo
University of California, Los AngelesNoNo
University of California, RiversideNoNo
University of California, San DiegoNoNo
University of California, Santa BarbaraNoNo
University of California, Santa CruzNoNo
University of Central FloridaNoNo
University of ChicagoNoNoRecently elimanated all interviews; can submit two-minute video
University of CincinnatiNoNo
University of Colorado BoulderNoNo
University of Connecticut, StorrsNoNo
University of DallasNoN0
University of DaytonNoNo
University of DelawareNoNo
University of DenverNoNo
University of EvansvilleYesNo
University of FloridaNoNo
University of GeorgiaNoNo
University of Hawaii at ManoaNoNo
University of HoustonNoNo
University of Illinois at ChicagoNoNo
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignNoNo
University of IowaNoNo
University of KansasNoNo
University of KentuckyYesYesVideo interviews allowable
University of LouisvilleNoNo
University of MaineYesNoNo nterviewing link available
University of Mary WashingtonYesNo
University of MarylandNoNo
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyNoNo
University of Massachusetts AmherstNoNo
University of MiamiNoNo
University of MichiganNoNo
University of MinnesotaNoNo
University of Minnesota, MorrisNoNo
University of MississippiNoNo
University of Missouri, ColumbiaNoNo
University of Missouri, Kansas CityNoNo
University of MontanaNoNo
University of Nebraska-LincolnNoNo
University of New HampshireNoNoOnly for theater-related majors--no other interviews are granted
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNoNoCan meet one-on-one with professor--non evaluative
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNoNo
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNoNo
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNoNo
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonNoNo
University of North TexasNoNo
University of Notre DameNoNo
University of OklahomaNoNo
University of OregonNoNo
University of PennsylvaniaNoYes
University of PittsburghNoNo
University of PortlandNoNo
University of Puget SoundYesYes
University of RedlandsYesYes
University of Rhode IslandNoNo
University of RichmondNoNoNonevaluative "Spider Chats," informational only
University of RochesterYesYesVirtual interviews now available
University of San DiegoYesYes
University of San FranciscoNoNo
University of ScrantonYesNonon-evaluative info sessions
University of South CarolinaNoNo
University of South FloridaNoNo
University of Southern CaliforniaNoNoRecently stopped doing all interviews
University of St. Thomas (MN)NoNo
University of TennesseeNoNo
University of Texas at AustinNoNo
University of Texas at DallasNoNo
University of TulsaYesNoSkype accepted; Initialview for international students
University of UtahNoNo
University of VermontNoNo
University of VirginiaNoNo
University of WashingtonNoNo
University of WisconsinNoNo
Ursinus CollegeYesNo
Vanderbilt UniversityNoYesOnly 20% interview
Vassar CollegeNoYes
Villanova UniversityNoNo
Virginia TechNoNo
Wabash CollegeNoYes
Wake Forest UniversityYesYesWebcam interviews available
Warren Wilson CollegeYesYesNow offers virtual interviews
Washington & Jefferson CollegeYesNo
Washington and Lee UniversityYesYes
Washington State UniversityNoNo
Washington UniversityYesYesencouraged
Wellesley CollegeYesYes
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyNoNonon-evaluative
Wesleyan UniversityYesYes
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaNoNo
Westmont CollegeYesNorecommended
Wheaton College (IL)YesNointernational students can Skype
Wheaton College (MA)YesYesstrongly recommnded; Skype now available
Whitman CollegeYesYesInternational via Vericant or InitialView
Whittier CollegeYesYes
Williams CollegeNoNo
Wittenberg UniversityYesNo
Wofford CollegeYesNo
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYesYesInternational via Vericant or InitialView
Xavier UniversityNoNo
Yale UniversityYesYeslimited number of on-campus slots
Yeshiva UniversityYesNo
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