A lot of people say that selecting a university is one of the most important choices a young person has to make. While it’s certainly not a matter of life or death, your university is (hopefully) where you’ll spend four years of your life, developing meaningful skills and relationships that you’ll rely on for years to come.
And sure, the written application is certainly the most essential component of your college admissions process, but what else can you do to the boost the odds of getting into your dream school? Schedule an admissions interview!
An admissions interview is a short meeting conducted either by a representative from a college’s Admissions Office, or an alum from the university. These interviews are almost always optional and, barring any completely catastrophic social faux pas (use your imagination here), they can only help your application. Think of the interview as a chance for the interviewer to really get to know you, your personality, and what a great fit you’d be for your school of choice.
Start by calling the university’s Admissions office and asking about opportunities to interview. You may be able to establish an interview as early as the summer before your senior year of high school. You might have to travel to the school to complete your interview, but especially if you live far away, you may be able to schedule an off-site interview in your home city. If an admissions counselor is coming to your city, try to schedule an appointment with them then, and be prepared to cancel prior arrangements in order to prioritize the interview. Admissions counselors can have very busy travel and meeting schedules, and the high volume of applicants can often mean that counselors are not especially likely to go out of their way to accommodate you.