Interviews

Where will local interviews be conducted?

In response to the pandemic all interviews will be conducted virtually during the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants should not offer to meet with an interviewer in person and should contact the admissions office if asked to conduct an interview in person. In a typical year, alumni interviews usually take place in a public location such as a quiet café or a library. 

Are interviews required?

No. For a variety of reasons, alumni volunteers are not able to offer every applicant an interview. If you are contacted to schedule an interview, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity. An interviewer can help you learn more about Yale and can share additional information about you with the admissions committee.

Is my application disadvantaged because I was not offered an interview?

No. Interviews are not required, and many successful applicants are not interviewed.

My area is covered by an ASC, but I have not been contacted for an interview. Why?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions prioritizes interviews for students for whom the Admissions Committee needs more information. ASC volunteers are not able to interview every candidate in every area. Interviews are not required, and your application will not be penalized if you are not offered an interview. Also, you may not be contacted for an alumni interview until several weeks after your application is received. 

How do I arrange to have a local interview?

Students are not offered alumni interviews until after they apply and do not arrange their own interviews. If an ASC volunteer is available to interview you in your region, you will receive an invitation via phone or email to schedule an interview time. Please do not contact Undergraduate Admissions or the local ASC members to request an interview.

Are interviews offered on campus?

In response to the pandemic, all interviews will be conducted virtually during the 2020-2021 academic year and there will be no on-campus interviews, In a typical year, a limited number of on-campus interviews are available. They are only open to seniors and rising seniors, and are only offered from late June through mid-November. On-campus interviews are conducted by Yale College seniors. If you would like to have an interview on campus, please check the online Interview Scheduler for availability. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

I already had an on-campus interview. Will I also be able to interview with a Yale alumnus?

If you already took part in an interview on campus, you will not be offered an alumni interview.

What is the role of the local interview? Is it evaluative?

An ASC interview lets you engage in a dialogue with a local Yale graduate. Alumni interviewers can be a valuable source of information for you, providing first-hand knowledge of what it is like to live and study at Yale. Interviews are also evaluative. Through the ASC member’s report of your interview, the admissions committee can learn more about you and how you might contribute to the Yale community.

My area is not covered by a Yale ASC. What does that mean?

Alumni interviews are conducted by local volunteer committees linked to specific geographical areas. If your area is not covered by Yale ASC it means an alumni volunteer committee is not active in your area. 

Since my area is not covered by an ASC, can I be interviewed by a different ASC?

No. Each ASC is charged with interviewing candidates for a specific geographic area. Given the large volume of applications we receive, the resources of our ASCs are limited, and we cannot reassign you to the committee serving another region.