The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer students the opportunity to interview, allowing you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. Please note that interviews are not required.
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 February 1 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 interested in the Conservatory of Music may wish to schedule a faculty lesson in lieu of an admissions interview.
Students who live outside of the United States and Canada should schedule an international student interview, which are available on a limited basis.
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 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.