Students interested in attending the College of Arts and Sciences are not required to schedule an interview but we strongly recommend it. These interviews serve a dual purpose: you get to know us and we get to know you.
Our interviews are informal, conversational, friendly and typically last 30 minutes. You might meet with admissions staff, senior student interns, or with Oberlin College alumni. We treat each interview option equally in the admissions process.
We welcome high school students to interview with us from May of their junior year through January of their senior year.
We receive a high volume of requests so applicants are permitted only one interview.
Interviews are for prospective applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences only. Students interested in the Conservatory of Music may wish to schedule a faculty lesson in lieu of an admissions interview.
Where Interviews Take Place
High school seniors and transfer applicants can schedule an on-campus interview from May 1, 2017 through January 2018. Be mindful of academic breaks when classes may not be in session. Register online or call the admissions office to arrange an interview, as availability can be limited and spots fill up quickly!
Questions? E-mail Campus.Visit@Oberlin.edu or call (800) 622-6243.
From September to January, we offer a few options for candidates who are unable to visit campus:
- In person interview with a local alumni representative (when available)
- Skype interview with an admissions representative (student, staff, or alumni volunteer)
- Winter interview days in select cities (regular decision applicants only)
If you live in one of our interview day cities, please click on the city to be taken to our on-line registration page:
- Boston - January, 27, 2018
- Chicago - January 27, 2018
- Los Angeles - January 20, 2018
- New York - January 27, 2018
- Portland - January 20, 2018
- San Francisco - January 27, 2018
- Seattle - January 13, 2018
- Washington DC - January 20, 2018
If you live elsewhere in the United States or if you are unable to attend the interview day, please fill out an off campus interview request form for an alumni or Skype interview. Please note that this interview must be requested by January 2, 2018.
Off-campus interview options are typically only available for students who attend high schools in the United States and Canada. Applicants may only complete one admissions interview regardless of the option chosen. We limit our interviews to prospective applicants of the College of Arts and sciences.
Interviews for International Students
Interviews are optional and not required as part of the Oberlin College application. For international students who wish to include an interview with their application, 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 and can be reviewed by Oberlin, as well as being 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 is a financial burden for you and your family, fee waivers are available.
Schedule your interview directly with InitialView or Vericant. We recommend registering for these opportunities as soon as possible to ensure that your materials arrive in our office before the application deadline.
Off-campus interview options typically are only available for students who attend high schools in the United States and Canada. If you live elsewhere, you may be contacted by an Oberlin College Admissions representative after submitting your application with an invitation to set up a Skype interview. Due to the large volume of applicants, we ask that you do not contact us or sign up for a Skype interview.