To be or Not to Be: The College Interview
Considering ditching your college interview? DON’T! Your grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, essays, and recommendations tell admissions a lot about who you are – but many colleges want to know more!
The college interview process, though often optional, is a great way for you to get your questions answered, put a face to a name, and explain any bumps in your high school record face to face. We’ve mentioned before that students who vocalize their desire to attend a particular college increase their college admittance odds – what better way than during a college interview? Show college admissions how much you want that letter of acceptance and it could help you get in!
Not every college or university has the staff (or the time) to conduct college interviews but for those that do (or if you happen to snag one) – it can be a great way to get a little one on one with someone whom the college trusts, especially if you aren’t sure yet which college would suit you the best. Some colleges ask you to hit up the campus (not a bad way to make a second campus visit), interview by phone, or, at some schools – they come to you.
Many colleges and universities (think Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Connecticut College, and Vassar College) utilize their college alumni, reaching out to students who live far from the college. There may be just one – or a panel.
Colleges do value what these volunteers have to say so they should still be treated with the same respect you would show the admissions counselors themselves – and they can still give you the information you are looking for – and from the point of view of a student which could prove invaluable!
While colleges and universities like to say that the college interview isn’t a major deciding factor (the rates for college acceptance are roughly the same with or without the interview) – it’s still not something to be taken lightly and, if at all possible – go for it! Standing out from the crowd (in a good way), can only help you get in!