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. 

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

High school seniors (or rising seniors) can register for an on-campus interview using our online scheduler. On-campus interviews are available from June 2018 to early December 2018.

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. More information about requesting an off-campus interview for applicants for the Class of 2023 will be available soon.

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

The last day to request an off-campus transfer interview was April 2, 2018. We do not offer on-campus interviews for transfer applicants.