If you are a rising senior or a prospective transfer student, we encourage you to schedule an interview as part of your application to Connecticut College. Interviews are not required, but if you are able to visit campus or meet with a representative off campus, an interview is highly recommended. It's a great way for us to learn more about each other, personalizing what can seem to be the impersonal process of applying to colleges. An interview is an evaluative tool for you and for us.
On-campus interviews for the Class of 2024 are available Tuesday, June 4, through Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Just use our visit calendar to find available dates and schedule your interview.
Both admission counselors and admission fellows conduct interviews with prospective students. Counselors are often traveling to high schools and college fairs, so the majority of on-campus interviews are conducted by the admission fellows.
Though we do encourage interviews, it is not always possible for us to meet the scheduling needs of every student. We apologize if this is true in your case and remind you that the interview is not an application requirement.
Even if you can’t make it to New London, there may be an opportunity for you to interview off campus in the fall: either with a Connecticut College admission counselor during their travels, or with an alumni interviewer.
Admission counselors offer interviews for the Class of 2024 and prospective transfers on the road if their schedule permits. See when an admission counselor will be in your area. We generally do not offer interviews within 150 miles of the College, preferring that you come see our gorgeous campus in person and interview with a counselor or admission fellow.
Please note: You may only interview once. For example, if you interview with a counselor while they are on the road, you cannot have a second interview if you are able to visit campus.
Personal interviews are not a required part of the admission process at Connecticut College, but they're an excellent opportunity to add depth to your application.
An interview at Conn is just a conversation about you and your interests and activities, so it shouldn’t be intimidating. And our Admission Fellows—seniors who interview prospective students like you—have pulled together a few tips that will make it even easier.
We hope you find the tips below helpful, and we hope to meet you for an interview soon. Just schedule it before you visit our beautiful campus!
- Be yourself. The goal of the interview is to get to know you.
- Be on time. Plan on arriving 10 to 15 minutes early.
- Be prepared to engage in conversation for about a half hour.
- Wear appropriate clothing.
- Be positive.
- Be ready to discuss your interests with enthusiasm.
- Ask informed questions.
- Research the school before arriving.
- Maintain eye contact with your interviewer.
- Avoid one-word answers. Be prepared to elaborate.
- Avoid negative statements such as "I hate ..."
- It’s OK to say "I don't know." It’s better to be honest than to make anything up.
- Do not answer in the way you feel the interviewer "wants." Again, be yourself.
- Don't be nervous. It's just a conversation.
- And remember: it's all about YOU.