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 alumni interviewer or student interviewer when possible. Applicants may not request an interview; alumni and student interviewers contact applicants after their admissions materials are submitted. 

An interview can provide an additional opportunity to share information with the Admissions Committee. All Yale interviews, both those with alumni and those with current Yale seniors, are evaluative. Admissions officers read interview reports alongside application materials. For more information 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.

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. Please do not attempt to contact Undergraduate Admissions or the local Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) volunteers to request an interview.  In the fall, the Single-Choice Early Action interviews are scheduled before Regular Decision interviews.