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Interviews for Freshman Applicants
An interview is not a required part of the application process, but we encourage you to meet and talk with a Yale alumnus/a or student interviewer when possible. An interview will let you learn more about Yale and have a further chance to share information about yourself. All Yale interviews, both those with alumni and those with current Yale seniors, are evaluative. We read interview reports along with all your other application materials. If you find that you have questions that cannot be answered here, please view our Interview FAQ page.
The Yale Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) conducts interviews wherever there is a local association. If an interview is possible, you will be contacted by a member of the local committee after you submit your admissions application. Alumni interviewers can be a valuable resource for you, providing firsthand knowledge of what it is like to live and study at Yale. Please note that in the fall, the ASC schedules Single-Choice Early Action interviews before Regular Decision interviews.
The ASC will not contact you for an alumni interview until after you have submitted your admissions applications to Yale. In some regions, the number of applicants exceeds the number of interviews available. Interviews will be offered on a space-available basis to as many applicants as possible, but applicants may not request an alumni interview.
While ASC interviews are available in most parts of the United States and in many foreign countries, there are places where we do not offer alumni interviews. If an alumni interview is not available where you live, don't worry. Interviews are not required in order for us to evaluate your application, and we don't disadvantage students who are not able to have an interview.
If you need any additional information on the alumni interview program please email Ms. Donna Alchimio, Alumni Schools Committee Coordinator.
A limited number of on-campus interviews are available on a first-come, first-served basis. On-campus interviews are available from mid-June to mid-August (for rising seniors), and from mid-September to mid-November (for seniors). These interviews are conducted by current Yale seniors at the admissions office and take approximately thirty minutes. If you are planning to visit campus and would like to schedule an interview, please do so through the link below.
So many prospective students ask for on-campus interviews that we are unable to accommodate them all. Do not be discouraged if you aren't able to schedule an on-campus interview. We urge all applicants, whether or not they have scheduled interviews, to visit the campus if they possibly can. Please keep in mind that once you submit an application you may have the opportunity to interview with an alumnus/a in your area. Also remember that interviews are not required, and that we do not penalize those students who cannot obtain an interview.