Studying in the US

College Interviews for International Students

Question: I live outside the U.S. and am unable to travel to America for college interviews. I've heard that the personal interview is an important part of the admission process. Will I be at a disadvantage if I don't have one? My top choices are Harvard, Yale, and MIT.

Interviews play a funny or perhaps confusing role in the admission process at many highly selective colleges. That is, while it's usually a good idea to have them, and it's certainly advisable to put your best foot forward when you do, they ultimately don't play a very large part in the final admission verdict, at least not at the very most competitive schools. So, if you CAN arrange an interview at your top-choice colleges, it's worthwhile but, if you can't, don't lose any sleep over it.

Keep reading Show less
Find Your Best Fit
Find your best fit college and track your favorite colleges.
FORUMS
Connect with your future classmates
GUIDANCE
Offer not stacking up? These articles may help
GUIDANCE
Expert advice and answers to common SAT and ACT questions