Interviews - College of Arts & Sciences

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.

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Our interviews are informal, conversational, friendly and typically last 20 to 30 minutes. Your interview might be with admissions staff, a current student, or an Oberlin College alum. Need help preparing? View our list of interview tips!

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 are conducted virtually.

Interviews are for prospective applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences for fall 2025 only. Students who are interested in the Conservatory of Music may wish to schedule a faculty lesson in lieu of an admissions interview.

Register for a virtual interview


International Students

Due to limited availability, interviews are reserved for United States citizens or permanent residents only. For international students, Oberlin College 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.