If you are a rising senior or a prospective transfer student, we encourage you to interview. Interviews are not required, but are highly recommended as part of the Connecticut College application process. Our interviewers see the conversation as a time to exchange information with you and personalize what can often seem an impersonal process. The interview is informational as well as evaluative for both the applicant and the interviewer.
On-campus interviews for the Class of 2023 began in June and will continue through December 8, 2018. Please use our visit calendar to find available dates and schedule an interview.
Both admission counselors and admission fellows conduct interviews and evaluate candidates. However, as most counselors will be traveling throughout the fall and visiting high schools to better learn about the background of our applicants, the majority of on-campus interviews will be conducted by the admission fellows.
Admission fellows are current seniors who know the ins and outs of the Connecticut College academic experience and community best. Before you come, read this list of helpful interview tips created by our admission fellows.
Though we encourage all prospective high school seniors to visit our gorgeous campus for an interview, it is not always possible to meet the scheduling needs of every student. Do not despair - again, 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 2023 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 students come see the campus first-hand and interview with an admission fellow.
Students intending to apply for Fall 2019 admission will be able to request an alumni interview as of September 2018. The deadline for applicants for Fall 2019 admission to request an alumni interview is Jan. 1, 2019.
We try our best to accommodate all interview requests. Nonetheless, alumni availability is limited in certain areas of the country, and it may be necessary to travel some distance for your interview. Rarely can we accommodate alumni interview requests outside the country.
Please note: you may only interview once. This means that, for example, if you interview with a counselor while they are on the road, you cannot have a second interview with a senior admission fellow when you visit campus the following month.
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.