Interviews for First-Year Applicants

An interview is not a required part of the application process, but applicants are encouraged to connect with a Yale alumnus/a or student interviewer when possible. An interview will help you learn more about Yale and will provide an additional opportunity to share information about yourself. All Yale interviews, both those with alumni and those with current Yale seniors, are evaluative. Admissions officers read interview reports along with all your application materials. If you have questions not answered here, please review the Interview FAQ page.

The Yale Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) conducts interviews wherever there is a local association of alumni volunteers. Also, a small group of Yale seniors serve as Senior Interviewers and conduct virtual interviews with selected applicants, regardless of location.   

During the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, all interviews will be conducted virtually. Because of limited virtual interviewing capacity, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will prioritize interviews for students for whom the Admissions Committee needs more information. Interviews will remain optional, and students who do not receive an interview will not be disadvantaged.

An alumni or student interviewer will not contact you for an interview until after you have submitted your admissions application. Please note that in the fall, the Single-Choice Early Action interviews are scheduled before Regular Decision interviews. Applicants may not request an alumni interview. Please do not attempt to contact Undergraduate Admissions or the local Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) volunteers to request an interview.

While ASC interviews are available in most parts of the United States and in many foreign countries, there are places where alumni interviews are not available. If an alumni interview is not available where you live, don’t worry. Interviews are not required for our Admissions Committee to evaluate your application, and students who are not able to have an interview are not disadvantaged.