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 the spring of your junior year through January of your senior year. Starting Dec. 1, we will only schedule interviews with students who have submitted an application for admission through the Common Application or QuestBridge Application (the application does not need to be complete). The last day applicants may request an interview is Jan. 25.
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.
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. The last day to request an interview is Jan. 15, 2021. Note: to access this interview form, you must sign in using your Grinnell applicant status page's username and password.
You may interview until April 1 for fall admission.
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 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.