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
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.
On-Campus Interviews for Transfer Applicants
You may interview until April 1 for fall admission.
Online Interviews for Domestic First-Year Applicants
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may schedule an online interview from October through January of your senior year. Online 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.
International Student 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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.