Preparing for the college interview

Your child should spend time researching a college in preparation for an interview, whether the interview will take place on campus or in your local area with a graduate of the school.  School websites provide extensive, detailed information these days, including sometimes full course catalogues by major.  I also love The Insider's Guide to the Colleges that … Continue reading Preparing for the college interview

Do they really nail the windows shut?…What to expect in a college interview

In anticipating college interviews, many students work up the level of dread that I did in my junior year of high school when somebody spread a rumor that admissions officers at a highly selective school - to see how students would react under pressure - asked them to open a window that had been nailed … Continue reading Do they really nail the windows shut?…What to expect in a college interview

The college interview: “optional” and “recommended but not required”

How do you know what "optional" and "recommended but not required" mean when it comes to college interviews?  Are schools telling you that the interview is optional but then penalizing you behind closed doors?  Probably not. Generally, admissions offices are pretty good about letting you know how they use the interview as part of their … Continue reading The college interview: “optional” and “recommended but not required”

The college interview: For some schools, it matters

Colleges and universities generally make at least one of the following three types of admissions interviews available to prospective students: An on-campus interview at the admissions office that can take place even before your child decides whether to apply to the school; A meeting with an admissions officer who, on the fall travel circuit, is … Continue reading The college interview: For some schools, it matters