College Interview Preparation

If you are applying to some more selective schools, you may want to inquire about scheduling an on-campus or local alumni interview. Here are some common sample questions that you can use to prepare.

  • How do you like your high school? What has been the most positive experience you have had? The most negative? What would you change about your high school if you could?
  • What is your role in the school community? What would your teachers say about you as a person? As a student?
  • What is the most significant contribution you have made at your school?
  • What are you looking for in a college? How did you become interested in this college/university?
  • What are some of your goals for the future? Personal? Professional?
  • Tell me about a particular class or assignment in which you found yourself mot intellectually stimulated.
  • What is your reason for participating in athletics (or student governments, or the newspaper, etc.)? What are the benefits?
  • How and in what ways do you expect, plan and hope to transfer your secondary school contributions, achievements, and activities to the college level?
  • What has been your favorite subject in high school? Why?
  • What might you study in college?
  • What events, if any, would you deem critical in your life thus far? Who has most influenced you?
  • How have you spent your summers?
  • How would you describe yourself as a person?
  • Have you ever thought of not going to college? What would you do?
  • How do you spend your free time?
  • Why do you think you are a good match for this college?
  • Many qualified students apply to our school. What characteristics single you out from others?
  • Do you have any questions? Have some in mind. Here are some sample questions you could ask:
    • What is the average GPA/SAT score?
    • Does this school have a core curriculum? How restrictive is it?
    • When do you have to declare your major? What are the most popular majors?
    • Can you tell me anything first hand about the (French, English, History) department?
    • What do you like best about your experience here?
    • What kind of students do you think are happiest here? Which ones are the least happy?
    • What do you think are the greatest challenges of this college? What do students complain about?

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