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.

Off-campus/alumni interviews

The Yale Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) conducts interviews wherever there is a local association of alumni volunteers.

During the 2020-2021 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.

The ASC will not contact you for an alumni interview until after you have submitted your admissions application. Please note that in the fall, the ASC schedules Single-Choice Early Action interviews before Regular Decision interviews. Applicants may not request an alumni interview. Please do not attempt to contact Undergraduate Admissions or the local 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.

On-campus interviews

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will not host any on-campus interviews during the 2020-2021 academic year.

A limited number of on-campus interviews are available on a first-come, first-served basis from mid-June to mid-August and from mid-September to mid-November. 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.

To register for an on-campus interview, you must be a high school student who plans to apply to Yale as a first-year applicant during the current admissions cycle. If you interview on campus, you will not be offered an alumni interview if you apply for first-year admission.

Schedule an on-campus interview

Please use the online interview registration page to schedule an interview, and note that additional slots and dates will be added periodically. Summer on-campus interviews will be available through mid-August. Fall on-campus interviews will be available beginning in September. Please note that more prospective students request on-campus interviews than the office can accommodate. Do not be discouraged if you aren’t able to schedule an on-campus interview. After applying, you may have the opportunity to interview with an alumnus/a in your area. Interviews are not required, and the admissions office does not penalize those applicants who cannot obtain an interview.