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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be offering virtual interview options for rising seniors in lieu of our typical on-campus interviews until further notice.

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. 

Interviews are not required. Applicants who do not interview are not at a disadvantage, and Swarthmore does not practice ‘demonstrated interest’ in its application review process.

Please select the appropriate option below for more information.

Interviewing as a First Year Applicant

For Students Attending High School in the U.S.

Virtual Fellow interviews (conducted via Zoom with a trained Swarthmore Admissions Fellow) are currently available to all rising seniors who attend high school in the United States. Students may register for an interview with our online scheduler.

Alternatively, students may request an interview with a trained alumni volunteer in the fall of your senior year. Students should only request and complete one type of interview. Request a virtual alumni interview.

For Students Attending High School Outside the U.S.

Virtual Fellow interviews (conducted via Zoom with a trained Swarthmore Admissions Fellow) and alumni interviews are available to seniors who attend high school outside of the United States after they have submitted their application. Emails with further instructions will begin going out to applicants in late October. 

Due to capacity limitations, we are unable to accommodate all interview requests from students who attend high school outside the United States at this time. Given the limited supply of interviews, students who submit their applications well ahead of the deadlines are more likely to find interview availability. Please note, there is no benefit for your admission decision in submitting your application ahead of the deadline and you will not be at a competitive disadvantage without an interview.  Alternatively, international students can arrange an interview with InitialView or Vericant at any time. Please note that InitialView and Vericant interviews are not Swarthmore-specific.

Interviewing as a Transfer Applicant

Transfer interviews are now closed for the 2022 application cycle. Transfer interviews for the 2023 application year will become available in January 2023. We do not offer on-campus interviews for transfer applicants.