Request an Interview
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.
Currently there are no on-campus interviews available as all spaces have been booked. Request for on-campus interviews will become available again for rising high school seniors in late April 2018.
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 was Nov. 6, 2017. The last day to register for an off-campus interview for Winter Early Decision and Regular Decision was December 4, 2017.
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 InitialView. Contact us if you would like to request a fee waiver for your InitialView interview. Please review more detailed information for international students.
If you are applying as a transfer student, you may interview with an alum in your local area. Registration for off-campus interviews for transfer applicants is now available. The last day to request an off-campus transfer interview is April 2, 2018. We do not offer on-campus interviews for transfer applicants.