Interviews for First-Year Applicants

An interview can provide an opportunity to share additional 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.

An interview is not a required part of the application process. Because of limited interviewing capacity, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prioritizes interviews for students for whom the Admissions Committee needs more information. Students who do not receive an interview invitation will not be disadvantaged, but applicants are encouraged to connect with a Yale alumni interviewer or student interviewer if invited.

Prospective students may not request an interview; alumni and student interviewers contact applicants after their admissions materials are submitted. Interviews are no longer conducted on campus; students may not schedule an interview as part of a campus visit.

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.   

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

For more information review the Interview FAQ page.