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Arrange an Interview

Interviews give us an opportunity to chat with you more about your interest in Carleton.  We do not require our applicants to have an interview.  We are only able to interview high school seniors through mid-January of their senior year.  Please contact our office by mid-December to arrange your interview; arranging your January interview in advance will help us better accommodate your request.  Don't panic if you miss the deadline - there are plenty of students who come to Carleton without having an admissions interview.  Given their extended application deadline, transfer students can generally interview in our office through mid-February. 

Generally speaking, there are 3 ways to interview:

  1. On campus, during your campus visit.

    You can request an interview when you schedule your visit with the Admissions Office.  Although we can arrange interviews to occur through mid-January, high school seniors need to contact our office by mid-December to help us better ensure we can accommodate your request for a wintertime interview.   High school juniors can start interviewing during our spring academic term. 

  2. In your area, with a Carleton alum.

    Our Alumni Admissions Reps are eager to interview prospective students.  You can request an interview and our Admissions Office will contact you with further information to arrange your interview at a time mutually convenient to you and an AAR.  We offer these interviews May 1 through January 15.  Given our AARs' schedules, we request that you contact our office by mid-December to arrange your interview, even if you plan for it to occur in January.

  3. In your area, during an interview day.

    Sometimes our AARs arrange a full day of interviews, allowing you to nail down a day, time, and location all in a single registration.  We'll update our calendar with these events as soon as we schedule them.  


An interview is not required as part of your application to Carleton, but it is recommended. It's a chance for us to get to know you as a person, not just a transcript and some test scores, and a chance for you to get to know the college.

Because on-campus interview slots are limited, during busy times we give priority to senior applicants. You are welcome to contact our office about scheduling and availability.

Tips for Interviewing

  • Relax. Interviews are informational, not evaluative. We're not making black marks against you on a checklist. The goal is just to get better acquainted.
  • Dress casually. Your interviewer may wear a suit, but you don't have to.
  • Plan ahead. The interview is as much for your benefit as ours. Think about the questions you want answered about Carleton College.