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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 2019 to early December 2019.

Off-Campus Interviews

If you live more than a two-hour drive from campus or traveling to campus would be difficult, you can request an off-campus interview with a trained alumni volunteer during the fall of your senior year. Request an off-campus interview.

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. Please note that these interviews are optional and are not Swarthmore-specific.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer interviews are now closed for the 2019 application cycle. Due to high demand, we are not able to accept any further interview requests this year. Interviews are not required, and applicants who do not interview are not at a disadvantage in our selection process.

Transfer interviews for the 2020 application year will become available in January 2020. We do not offer on-campus interviews for transfer applicants.