Dear College Admission Expert,
I’ve heard a lot about the supposed “college admissions interview.” I don’t really know what people are referring to, and I’m nervous because I’m quite shy and don’t usually interview very well. First of all, what are they talking about, and second, should I be concerned?
West Orange, NJ
The college admissions interview is somewhat of a misnomer; most colleges do not require an in person interview, and only suggest that when and if students come to visit the campus, that they meet with an admissions officer more as an information session to get any of their questions answered. Most likely, the “interview” will not have bearing upon your admission or rejection, and it is more for you, the student, to get a feel for the school and for what the admissions officers are actually looking for. If you come across as shy, and have an excellent academic record, the interview probably won’t even be a factor when it comes to your consideration for admission. Conversely, if you have mediocre grades but comes across as confident, worldly, and intelligent in the “interview,” your chances of being accepted won’t get any higher.
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