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 you may only interview once.
Interviews for First-Year Applicants
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may request an online interview beginning in April of your junior year until Dec. 20 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 request an online interview, if your request is accepted, 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. You can see if interviews are available when filling out your campus visit registration.
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.
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, Vericant, or Duolingo interview, please do not request an interview — that third party interview suffices for our application process. Students may request an interview until the deadline to which they are applying: Early Decision I, Nov. 15; Early Decision II, Jan. 1; Regular Decision, Jan. 15.
At this time, Grinnell only allows interview requests from international students that have submitted (1) a CommonApp or QuestBridge application to Grinnell, (2) a CSS Profile, ISFAA, or Certification of Finances, and (3) have not submitted and/or are not planning to submit an InitialView, Vericant, or Duolingo 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.
Transfer applicants may interview on campus or virtually from October through March. You can see if interviews are available when filling out an on-campus visit registration. Otherwise, feel free to request a virtual interview here.
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.