The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer admissions interviews for prospective students! This is a great way for us to get to know you better, and also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about Oberlin. Please note that interviews are not required.
Our interviews are informal, conversational, friendly and typically last around 30 minutes. Your interview might be with admissions staff, a current student, or an Oberlin College alum. We treat each interview option equally in the admissions process.
High school students are welcome to interview with us from the spring of their junior year through January 15 of their senior year. We receive a high volume of requests so applicants are permitted only one interview. All interviews will be conducted virtually until further notice.
Interviews are for prospective applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences only. Students who are interested in the Conservatory of Music may wish to schedule a faculty lesson in lieu of an admissions interview.
Interviews are currently available for students applying for admission for the fall of 2023.
For students who live outside of the United States and Canada, Oberlin College also encourages and accepts 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 for review by Oberlin admissions staff, and can also be 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 presents a financial burden for you and your family, fee waivers are available.