Response to Pushyami

October 25, 2006 at 4:26 pm 1 comment

Posted by Dee

Pushyami left a comment on the site earlier today on the post titled, “College Application Checklist download” regarding setting up interviews. I’m so glad we received the comment because AdmitSpit never has written before about the specifics of actually setting up an interview!

I’ll reproduce the comment below:

“At what stage in high school (junior spring?) and with whom should one set up interviews? Is it enough to call the undergrad admissions office? Is it possible to request an interview with a specific faculty member or a specific department? By the way, this website is a fantastic resource for the college application process!”

First of all, I’m glad you’re finding the site useful! (By the way, if there are topics you really want us to write about, do leave a comment.)

But, about Pushyami’s actual question — actually, I wouldn’t recommend setting up interviews until fall of senior year at the earliest. This is usually the convention. But, let me tell you, most, if not all, top schools rarely have you, the applicant, contact them regarding setting up an interview. Usually, upon receipt of your completed application, your interviewer will contact you.

It seems you may be referring to setting up an on-campus interview though. Honestly, very few top schools conduct on-campus interviews; nowadays they rely on their extensive, nationwide alumni network to help in interviewing applicants. I think the one exception may be Yale, which provides “a limited number of on-campus interviews… available for high school seniors… conducted by current Yale students at the admissions office” in addition to the usual alumni interviews. 

I’ve never heard of setting up an interview with a particular faculty member or department-member; admissions interviews are almost always done by alumni or admissions personnel. Although, I have heard that the admissions office does try to match students, based on the expected major(s) they designate on their application, with alumni who focused on the same subject areas in college. For example, when I was interviewed for Penn’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, which is a joint-degree program between Wharton and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, my interviewer was an alumni of the program. This was a great opportunity for me to ask questions and get perspective from an actual graduate of the M&T program.

If you can’t get an interview with someone of the same academic discipline as the one you are trying to pursue, then sure, get in contact, via email perhaps, with alumni or faculty members if you have questions about the particular academic program they are affiliated with.

You know what? Your comment triggered a bunch of post ideas for me regarding interviews. Later today, or early tomorrow at the latest, check back for a post about interview specifics for each top school. I think you’ll find it helpful.

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  • 1. Pushyami  |  October 25, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for you response! I will keep checking back regularly.

    Reply

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