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Let us get to know you.

If you’d like to share more about yourself, we invite you to schedule an interview. Please be aware that Grinnell does not require a personal interview for admission, and we don’t give special preference to students who participate. Also, you may only interview once.

Interviews for First-Year Applicants

Online Interviews for Domestic Juniors and Rising Seniors

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may schedule an online interview beginning in the spring of your junior year through January of your senior year. Our conversational interviews last about 20-30 minutes and are a great way for us to get to know you. After you schedule an online interview, a senior interviewer or admission counselor will contact you within five business days to schedule a mutually convenient day and time. If you would like to interview with the admission counselor for your state, you can browse their upcoming interview availability.

In-Person Interviews for Domestic First-Year Applicants

You may interview on campus beginning in February of your junior year through January of your senior year. We also occasionally will offer interviews on the road — we encourage you to participate in an off-campus interview, especially if you are not able to make it to Grinnell’s campus for a visit.

In-person interviews are not currently available.


Online Interviews for International First-Year Applicants

If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you may request an online interview with us. Interviews are a great way for you to share more about yourself, but please know that submitting an interview request form does not guarantee you an interview with Grinnell. Online interviews for international students are not required in the admission process, and if you have submitted or are planning to submit an InitialView or Vericant interview, please do not request an interview — that third party interview suffices for our application process.

Request an online interview

In-Person Interviews for International First-Year Applicants

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. Please follow the instructions in the email to make detailed arrangements with the admission counselor.

In-person interviews are not currently available.


On-Campus Interviews for Transfer Applicants

You may interview until April 1 for fall admission.

Register for an interview

In-person interviews are not currently available.

How Grinnell Uses the Interview

Our interviewers 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.

Grinnell accepts InitialViewVericant, and Duolingo interviews from students who have these to submit.

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.

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