Interviews for Applicants
On-Campus Interviews for First-Year Applicants
First-year applicants may interview on campus beginning in February of their junior year and through early January of their senior year. Interviews are not required for admission, and you may only interview once. We invite you to schedule an on-campus interview if you would like to share more about yourself. Register for an interview.
On-Campus Interviews for Transfer Applicants
Transfer applicants may interview until Nov. 1 for spring admission or by April 1 for fall admission. Register for an interview.
Skype Interviews for Domestic First-Year Applicants
First-year applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may schedule a Skype interview from September through January of their senior year. Skype interviews are not required for admission, and you may only interview once. Skype interviews are a great way for you to share more about yourself if you're unable to interview when you visit campus or if you're unable to schedule an interview with an admission counselor in your area. Request a Skype interview.
International Student Interviews
Grinnell College does not require personal interviews, and we do not give special preference to students who participate in on- or off-campus interviews.
The international admission coordinator and/or his admission colleagues may offer off-campus interviews to applicants in cities included in their international admission travel schedules. You can view our travel plans online and then select a country or region from the drop-down menu. If interviews will be offered, the Office of Admission will send invitations to students in its database who reside in the designated travel areas several weeks prior to the interview period. Simply follow the instructions in the email to make detailed arrangements with the admission counselor.
To make arrangements for a Skype interview, please send your request by email to intladmission[at]grinnell[dot]edu after you have submitted the Common Application and the International Student Financial Aid Application, if applicable. Please keep in mind that all interviews must be completed at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.
Admission counselors submit written summaries of all interviews conducted. These summaries will be considered in the evaluation process, but are not the most significant component of the final decision.
Visitors with Disabilities
Grinnell College welcomes individuals with disabilities and strives to provide the fullest access possible during the visit process. If any member of your party requires an accommodation as the result of a disability, you must request accommodations at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit to ensure that the fullest range of accommodation options are available. It may not be possible to meet all requested accommodations when accommodations are requested fewer than two weeks in advance.