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. For tips on how to nail a college interview revisit our blog on the subject.

*Data collected from institution websites and via phone/email correspondence with admission staff.

Table updated on October 2023

InstitutionInterview w/ Admissions OfficerAlumni InterviewAdditional Info
Adelphi UniversityYesOptional; May be required for Honors College Candidate; Virtual188429
Agnes Scott CollegeYesOptional; In-person/virtual138600
Allegheny CollegeYesOptional; In-person/virtual210669
American UniversityNoAU131159
Amherst CollegeNoNo164465
Appalachian State UniversityNoApp State197869
Arizona State UniversityNoASU104151
Auburn UniversityNo100858
Augustana CollegeYesOptional; Required for homeschooled, Early Decision; Place special significance on visit with an interview143084
Austin CollegeYesOptional222983
Babson CollegeYesYesOptional; Admissions - Virtual; Alumni - Virtual/Phone164580
Bard CollegeYesOptional; Required for Return to College applicants; Recommended for transfer and homeschooled students; In-person/Virtual189088
Barnard CollegeNo189097
Bates CollegeNoYesOptional160977
Baylor UniversityNo223232
Belmont UniversityNo219709
Beloit CollegeNo238333
Bennington CollegeYesYesOptional; Admissions counselor, student intern, or alumni; In-person/Phone230816
Bentley UniversityYesOptional; In-person/Virtual164739
Berea CollegeYesOptional; 10-15 minute chat before completing application file156295
Binghamton UniversityYesOptional196079
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
No211158
Boston CollegeNoBC164924
Boston UniversityNoRequired for School of Theater and School of Music applicantsBU164988
Bowdoin CollegeYesYesOptional; Strongly encouraged; In-person/Virtual161004
Bowling Green State UniversityNo201441
Bradley UniversityNo143358
Brandeis UniversityYesOptional; In-person/Virtual; Evaluative165015
Brigham Young University-ProvoNoBYU230038
Brown UniversityNoNo217156
Bryant UniversityYesOptional; Evaluative217165
Bryn Mawr CollegeYesYesOptional; Required for homeschool, early graduation candidates, and cyber school attendees; In-person/Virtual211273
Bucknell UniversityNo211291
Butler UniversityNoMay be required for admission to Jordan College of the Arts150163
Cal Poly, PomonaNo110529
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoNo110422
California Institute of TechnologyNoCaltech110404
California State University, FresnoNo110556
California State University, FullertonNo110565
California State University, Long Beach
No110583
Carleton CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual173258
Carnegie Mellon UniversityNoCMU211440
Case Western Reserve UniversityNoCWRU201645
Catholic University of AmericaYesOptional; Virtual131283
Central Michigan UniversityNoCMU169248
Centre CollegeYesOptional; Strongly encouraged; In-person156408
Chapman UniversityNo111948
Christopher Newport UniversityYesOptional; Encouraged for all; An interview is required for merit scholarship consideration through the President's Leadership Program or Honors Program.231712
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
No217864
Claremont McKenna CollegeYesYesOptional; Highly Recommended; Required for homeschool applicants; Evaluative; VirtualCMC112260
Clark UniversityYesOptional; Stongly recommended; In-person/Virtual165334
Clarkson UniversityNo190044
Clemson UniversityNo217882
Coastal Carolina UniversityNo218724
Colby CollegeNo161086
Colgate UniversityNoYesOptional; Virtual; Senior Admission Intern or Alumnus190099
College of CharlestonNoCofC217819
College of Saint BenedictNo174747
College of the Holy CrossYesOptional; Strongly recommended; In-person/Virtual166124
College of William and MaryYesOptional; In-person/Virtual 231624
Colorado CollegeYesYesOptional; EvaluativeCC126678
Colorado School of MinesNo126775
Colorado State UniversityNoCSU126818
Columbia UniversityNoNo190150
Connecticut CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual128902
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
No190372
Cornell CollegeNo153162
Cornell UniversityNoYesOptional; Informal conversation with Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador190415
Creighton UniversityNo181002
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNo190512
CUNY Hunter CollegeNo190594
Dartmouth CollegeYesOptional; By invitation after application; In-person/Virtual182670
Davidson CollegeNo198385
Denison UniversityYesYesOptional; Strongly encouraged; In-person/Virtual202523
DePaul UniversityNoRequired for the School of Music and The Theatre School 144740
DePauw UniversityYesOptional; Recommended150400
Dickinson CollegeYesYesOptional; In-person/Virtual212009
Drake UniversityYesIf additional information is required may schedule an admission interview; In-person/Virtual153269
Drew UniversityYesStrongly recommended; In-person/Virtual184348
Drexel UniversityNo212054
Duke UniversityNoYesBy invitation after application; Virtual198419
Duquesne UniversityNo212106
Earlham CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual150455
East Carolina UniversityNoECU198464
Eckerd CollegeYesOptional; Encouraged for high school senions who have not yet applied; In-person/Phone133492
Elon UniversityNo198516
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
NoERAU133553
Emerson CollegeNo165662
Emory UniversityNoNo139658
Fairfield UniversityYesOptional; Virtual129242
Florida Atlantic UniversityNoFAU133669
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityNoFGCU433660
Florida Institute of TechnologyNoFIT133881
Florida International UniversityNoFIU133951
Florida Southern CollegeYesMay be required for test-optional students and conditional admission students134079
Florida State UniversityNoFSU134097
Fordham UniversityNo191241
Franklin and Marshall CollegeYesOptional; Recommended; In-person/VirtualF&M212577
YesOptional; Evaluative441982
Furman UniversityNoRequired for homeschooled students and early-graduate students; Virtual218070
George Mason UniversityNoGMU232186
George Washington UniversityNoGW; GWU131469
Georgetown UniversityNoYesRequired; If no alumnus is located in regional area then requirement waived131496
Georgia CollegeNoOnly if admissions recommends for Bridge Scholars Program139861
Georgia Institute of TechnologyNoGeorgia Tech139755
Georgia Southern UniversityNoGSU139931
Georgia State UniversityNoGSU139940
Gettysburg CollegeYesOptional; Highly encouraged; In-person/Virtual212674
Gonzaga UniversityYesOptional; Highly encouraged for students with unweighted GPA at or below 3.2235316
Goucher CollegeNo162654
Grinnell CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual153384
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeYesOptional; Recommended173647
Hamilton CollegeYesOptional; Encouraged; In-person/Virtual191515
Harvard UniversityNoYesOptional; In-person/Virtual166027
Harvey Mudd CollegeYesYesOptionalHMU115409
Haverford CollegeYesOptional; Recommended; Virtual212911
Hendrix CollegeNo107080
High Point UniversityNo198695
Hobart William Smith CollegesYesOptional; Highly encouraged; In-personHWS191630
Hofstra UniversityYesOptional; Schedule after applying191649
Hope CollegeNo170301
Howard UniversityNoRequired for Theatre Arts Majors131520
Illinois Institute of TechnologyNoIIT145725
Illinois State UniversityNo145813
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNoSchools for Music and Performing Arts require interview and/or auditions145646
Indiana University BloomingtonNoIU; IUB151351
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
NoIUPUI151111
Iowa State UniversityNoISU153603
Ithaca CollegeNoSpecific Programs may require an interview/audition - Music and Theater191968
James Madison UniversityNoJMU232423
John Carroll UniversityNo203368
Johns Hopkins UniversityNoJHU162928
Juniata CollegeNoOn-campus interview required for early admission213251
Kalamazoo CollegeNoRequired for homeschooled students170532
Kansas State UniversityNoScholarships may require interviewKSU155399
Kenyon CollegeYesOptional; Recommended203535
Kettering UniversityNo169983
Knox CollegeYesOptional; Strongly recommended; In-person/Virtual146427
Lafayette CollegeYesOptional; Recommended; In-person/Virtual213385
Lake Forest CollegeYesOptional; Highly recommended - almost every applicant is interviewed; Required for Test-Optional146481
Lawrence UniversityYesOptional; Virtual239017
Lehigh UniversityYesOptional; Evaluative213543
Lewis & Clark CollegeYesOptional; Recommended; Virtual209056
Louisiana State UniversityNoLSU159391
Loyola Marymount UniversityNoLMU117946
Loyola University ChicagoNo146719
Loyola University MarylandNo163046
Macalester CollegeYesOptional; Evaluative; Virtual173902
Manhattan CollegeYesOptional; Recommended192703
Marist CollegeNo192819
Marquette UniversityNoFor some homeschooled students239105
NoYesRequired; In-person/Virtual; After applying; If unable to connect with alumnus requirement waivedMIT166683
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyNoRecommended for test-optionalMMA166692
McDaniel CollegeNo164270
Mercer UniversityNoRequired for some scholarships140447
Mercyhurst UniversityNoOnly if chosen for Supplemental Review; In-Person/Phone213987
Merrimack CollegeYesOptional; Recommended; Evaluative; In-Person166850
Miami UniversityNoMU204024
Michigan State UniversityNoMSU171100
Michigan Technological UniversityNo171128
Middlebury CollegeNoYesOptional; Virtual230959
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
No214041
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNo239318
Mississippi State UniversityNoMSU176080
Missouri University of Science and Technology
No178411
Monmouth UniversityNo185572
Morehouse CollegeNo140553
Mount Holyoke CollegeYesOptional; Strongly encouragedMHC166939
Muhlenberg CollegeYesOptional; Virtual214175
New College of FloridaNo262129
YesOptionalNJIT185828
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
NoNMIT187967
New York UniversityNoRequired for HEOP admission; Group interviewNYU193900
North Carolina State UniversityNoNCSU; NC State199193
Northeastern UniversityNo167358
Northern Arizona UniversityNoNAU105330
Northwestern UniversityNoYesOptional; In-person/Virtual147767
Oberlin CollegeYesYesOptional; For College of Arts & Science applicants; Virtual204501
Occidental CollegeNoYesOptional; Strongly Encouraged; VirtualOxy120254
Ohio State UniversityNoOSU204796
Ohio UniversityNoRequired for those applying for Honors Tutorial College or School of TheaterOU204857
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityYesOptional; In-personOWU204909
Oklahoma State UniversityNoOSU207388
Old Dominion UniversityNo232982
Oregon State UniversityNoOSU209542
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
NoPSU; Penn State214777
Pepperdine UniversityYesOptional; On-campus, Regional, or Virtual121150
Pitzer CollegeYesOptional; On-campus/Virtual121257
Pomona CollegeNoYesOptional; In-person/Virtual121345
Princeton UniversityNoYesOptional; After application is filed186131
Providence CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual217402
Purdue UniversityNo243780
Quinnipiac UniversityYesOptional; In-person/Virtual130226
Ramapo College of New JerseyYesOptional; Encouraged for Early Decision Application186201
Reed CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual209922
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNoRPI194824
Rhode Island School of DesignNoRISD217493
Rhodes CollegeYesOptional; In-person221351
Rice UniversityYesYesOptional; Recommended; Virtual227757
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesOptional; VirtualRIT195003
Roger Williams UniversityNoYesOptional; Virtual217518
Rollins CollegeNo136950
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
No152318
Rowan UniversityNo184782
Rutgers University-CamdenNo186371
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNoRU186380
Rutgers University-NewarkNo186399
Sacred Heart UniversityYesOptional; Virtual130253
Saint Anselm CollegeYesOptional; In-person183239
Saint Johns UniversityNoSJU174792
Saint Joseph's UniversityYesOptionalSJU215770
Saint Louis UniversityYesOptional; Strongly encouraged; In-person179159
Saint Mary's CollegeYesOptional; Strongly encouraged; In-person152390
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaYesOptional; In-person/Virtual123554
Saint Michael's CollegeYesOptional; In-person 231059
Salisbury UniversityNoRequired for Early Admission163851
Salve Regina UniversityYesOptional; In-person/Virtual217536
Samford UniversityNo102049
San Diego State UniversityNoSDSU122409
San Francisco State UniversityNoSFSU122597
San Jose State UniversityNoSJSU122755
Santa Clara UniversityNoSCU122931
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYesOptional; Virtual; Evaluative195304
Scripps CollegeYesYesOptional 123165
Seattle UniversityYesYesOptional; Alumni interviews are currently on hold due to limited staffing236595
Seton Hall UniversityYesOptional186584
YesOptionalSewanee221519
Siena CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual195474
Simmons UniversityYesOptional; Encouraged; In-person/Virtual167783
Skidmore CollegeYesOptional195526
Smith CollegeNoYesOptional167835
Soka University of AmericaNo399911
Southern Methodist UniversityNoSMU228246
Southwestern UniversityYesOptional; Requred for test-optional; In-person/Virtual228343
Spelman CollegeNo141060
St John's University-New YorkNoSJU195809
St Lawrence UniversityYesOptional; Evaluative; In-person/VirtualSLU195216
St Olaf CollegeYesOptional; In-person/Virtual174844
St. John's College (MD)YesOptional; Strongly Recommended163976
St. John's College (NM)YesOptional; Strongly Recommended245652
St. Mary's College of MarylandYesOptional163912
Stanford UniversityNoYesOptional; In-person/Virtual243744
State University of New York at New Paltz
No196176
Stetson UniversityNo137546
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYesYesOptional; In-person/Vitual; Required for accelerated pre-medicine programStevens Tech186867
Stonehill CollegeNo167996
Stony Brook UniversityNo196097
Suffolk UniversityYesOptional; Evaluative; In-person/Virtual168005
SUNY at AlbanyNo196060
SUNY at Purchase CollegeNoSome applicants may be asked to interview196219
SUNY College at GeneseoYesOptional196167
SUNY College at OswegoNo196194
SUNY College at PotsdamNo196200
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
No196103
SUNY CortlandNo196149
SUNY OneontaYesOptional; In-person in New York City196185
Susquehanna UniversityNoSU216278
Swarthmore CollegeNoYesOptional; Evaluative; With Fellow or Alumni216287
Syracuse UniversityYesOptional; Evaluative; Virtual196413
Temple UniversityNo216339
Texas A & M University-College Station
No228723
Texas Christian UniversityNoTCU228875
The College of New JerseyNoTCNJ187134
The College of WoosterYesYesOptional; In-person/Virtual; Required for College Scholar Award206589
The University of MontanaNo180489
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
NoUTK221759
The University of Texas at AustinNoUT Austin228778
The University of Texas at DallasNoUT Dallas228787
Towson UniversityNo164076
Transylvania UniversityNoRequired for test-optional and some scholarship opportunities157818
Trinity CollegeYesYesOptional; In-person/Virtual130590
Trinity UniversityYesOptional; In-person/Virtual; Required for test-optional homeschooled students; Demonstrates personal engagement229267
Truman State UniversityNo178615
Tufts UniversityNoYesOptional; Evaluative168148
Tulane UniversityNo160755
Union CollegeYesOptional; Stongly encouraged; Evaluative196866
United States Air Force AcademyYesRequiredUSAA128328
YesMay be contacted for an interview; In-person/Phone/VirtualUSCGA130624
YesMay be interviewed by congressional member for nominationUSMMA197027
United States Military AcademyYesRequiredUSMA197036
United States Naval AcademyYesRequiredUSNA164155
University at BuffaloNo196088
University of AlabamaNo100751
University of Alabama at Birmingham
No100663
University of ArizonaNoUA104179
University of ArkansasNo106397
University of California, BerkeleyNoUCB; UC Berkeley110635
University of California, DavisNoUCD; UC Davis110644
University of California, IrvineNoUCI; UC Irvine110653
University of California, Los Angeles
NoUCLA110662
University of California, MercedNoUCM445188
University of California, RiversideNoUCR; UC Riverside110671
University of California, San DiegoNoUCSD; UC San Diego110680
University of California, Santa Barbara
NoUCSB; UC Santa Barbara110705
University of California, Santa CruzNoUCSC; UC Santa Cruz110714
University of Central FloridaNoUCF132903
University of ChicagoNoUChicago144050
University of CincinnatiNoRequired for College Conservatory of Music applicants; May be required for College of Nursing Applicants; In-personUC201885
University of Colorado BoulderNoCU126614
University of ConnecticutNoUConn129020
University of DallasNo224323
University of DaytonNo202480
University of DelawareNoUD130943
University of DenverNoDU127060
University of FloridaNoUF134130
University of GeorgiaNoUGA139959
University of HoustonNo225511
University of Illinois at ChicagoNoUIC145600
NoRequired for Theatre & Music ApplicantsUIUC145637
University of IowaNo153658
University of KansasNoKU155317
University of KentuckyNoUKY157085
University of LouisvilleNoUL157289
University of MaineNo161253
University of Mary WashingtonYesOptional; Virtual; Participants enter into consideration for Taking Flight Scholarship ($1000 - $2000)232681
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
NoUMBC163268
University of Maryland, College Park
NoUM163286
University of Massachusetts Amherst
NoUMass Amherst166629
University of Massachusetts Boston
NoUMass Boston166638
University of Massachusetts LowellNoUMass Lowell166513
University of MemphisNo220862
University of MiamiNoUM135726
University of MichiganNoUMich; UM170976
University of Michigan-DearbornNo171137
University of Minnesota-DuluthNoUMD174233
University of Minnesota-MorrisNoUMM174251
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesNoUMN174066
University of MississippiNoOle Miss176017
University of Missouri-ColumbiaNoMizzou178396
University of Nebraska-LincolnNoUNL181464
University of Nevada-Las VegasNoUNLV182281
University of Nevada-RenoNoUNR182290
University of New HampshireNoUNH183044
University of New MexicoNoUNM187985
University of North Carolina at Asheville
NoUNCA199111
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NoUNC199120
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
NoUNCC199139
University of North Carolina Wilmington
NoUNCW199218
University of North DakotaNoUND200280
University of North FloridaNoUNF136172
University of North TexasNoRequired for Early Admission ApplicantsUNT227216
University of Notre DameNoND152080
University of OklahomaNoOU207500
University of OregonNoUO209551
University of PennsylvaniaNoYesOptional; May not be offered to every applicantUPenn215062
University of PittsburghNo215293
University of PortlandNo209825
University of Puget SoundYesOptional; In-person/Virtual236328
University of RedlandsYesOptional; In-person/Virtual121691
University of Rhode IslandNoURI217484
University of RichmondNoYesOptional; VirtualUR233374
University of RochesterYesYesOptional; Strongly recommended; In-person/VirtualUR195030
University of San DiegoNoUSD122436
University of San FranciscoNoUSF122612
University of ScrantonYesBy invitation only after applying215929
University of South CarolinaNoUSC218663
University of South DakotaNoUSD219471
University of South FloridaNoUSF137351
University of Southern CaliforniaNoUSC123961
University of St ThomasNo174914
University of TampaNo137847
University of the PacificNoFor specific majors and programs120883
University of TulsaYesOptional; Strongly encouraged; In-person/Virtual207971
University of UtahNo230764
University of VermontNoUVM231174
University of Virginia-Main CampusNoUVA234076
University of WashingtonNoUW236948
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseNoSome circumstances may require an interview (homeschooled, non-accredited high school attendee, etc.)240329
University of Wisconsin-MadisonNoUW Madison240444
University of WyomingNo240727
Ursinus CollegeNoRequired for homeschool students or narrative-grading school systems216524
Valparaiso UniversityNo152600
Vanderbilt UniversityNoYesOptional; Evaluative; In-person/Virtual221999
Vassar CollegeNoYesOptional; After application is received197133
Villanova UniversityNo216597
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNoVCU234030
Virginia Military InstituteYesOptional; In-person/VirtualVMI234085
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
NoVirginia Tech233921
Wabash CollegeYesOptional; Recommended; In-person152673
Wake Forest UniversityYesOptional; VirtualWFU199847
Washington & Jefferson CollegeNo 216667
Washington and Lee UniversityYesYesOptional; Strongly recommended; In-person/VirtualW&L234207
Washington CollegeYesOptional; In-person164216
Washington State UniversityNoWSU236939
Washington University in St. LouisNoYesOptional; In-person/Virtual/Phone; EvaluativeWashU179867
Wellesley CollegeNo168218
Wesleyan UniversityNo130697
NoRespiratory Care Applicants require an interview216764
West Virginia UniversityNoSchool of Dentistry Applicants require an interviewWVU238032
Western Carolina UniversityNoWCU200004
Western Washington UniversityNo237011
Westmont CollegeYesOptional125727
Wheaton College ILYesOptional; Interview can be used to satisfy Christian Faith Reference requirement149781
Wheaton College MAYesOptional; Virtual168281
Whitman CollegeYesYesOptional; Recommended; In-person/Virtual - https://engage.whitman.edu/portal/virtual-interviews237057
Whittier CollegeYesOptional; Interview used for Instant Decision application process125763
Whitworth UniversityNo237066
Willamette UniversityYesOptional; In-person/Virtual210401
Williams CollegeNo168342
Wofford CollegeNo218973
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNoWPI168421
Xavier UniversityNo206622
Yale UniversityNoYesOptional; Evaluative130794
Yeshiva UniversityYesRequired; Virtual197708

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