Request an Interview

One-on-one conversation

Why should you interview with us? While your application gives us a lot of information, a face-to-face conversation helps us learn more about you as an individual. Also, an interview gives you the chance to learn more about Swarthmore. Interviews are not required. You can schedule an interview either on campus or closer to your home, and both options are given equal consideration during the admissions process. 

All available interview slots have been filled for first-year applicants applying to start at Swarthmore in the fall of 2017. Applicants who do not interview are not at a disadvantage, and Swarthmore does not practice ‘demonstrated interest’ in its application review process.

On-Campus Interviews

You can request an on-campus interview as early as the spring of your junior year or as late as the first semester of your senior year (generally from late May to early December). Multiple interviews are not permitted. 

Off-Campus Interviews

If you live more than a two-hour drive from our campus or in a different country, you can request an off-campus interview with a trained alumni volunteer during the fall of your senior year. The last day to register for an off-campus interview for Fall Early Decision applicants is Nov. 5, 2016, and when possible, these interviews should be completed by Nov. 20, 2016. The last day to register for an off-campus interview for Winter Early Decision and Regular Decision is Nov. 28, 2016.

When you submit a request for an off-campus interview, it may take up to three weeks to find an available alumni admissions representative. We greatly appreciate your patience during this time, and will do our best to accommodate your request. The information you provide will be used to match you with an alumni admissions representative in your area. Once the match is made, both you and the alumni representative will receive an email with further instructions detailing the next steps in the interview process. It will then be your responsibility to set up the interview time, date, and location with the alumni admissions representative.

International Applicants

If you live in another country and are unable to be matched with a local alumni volunteer, you may arrange an interview with InitialView. If you live in China, you can use this service to speak personally with an interviewer. If you live outside of China, you can use InitialView to speak with an interviewer via a video platform.

Your InitialView conversation will be recorded and can be reviewed by the Swarthmore College Admissions Office, as well as being shared with other colleges of your choice. Note that an InitialView interview is not Swarthmore-specific; therefore, the interviewer is unlikely to be able to answer specific questions about Swarthmore. There is a cost for this service; please know that interviews are recommended, but not required, and in the case where the interviewing fee would be prohibitive, fee waivers are available. Schedule your interview with InitialViewContact us if you would like to request a fee waiver for your InitialView interview. Please review more detailed information for international students.

Transfer Applicants

If you are applying as a transfer student, you may interview with an alum in your local area. Transfer interviews occur during the months of February and March. Registration for transfer interviews opens in January. We do not offer on-campus interviews for transfer applicants.