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Nailing the College Admissions Interview

The college interview offers you an opportunity for an exchange of information with an admissions officer. For the student, an interview offers a chance to highlight individual strengths and interests and to gather additional information about the college. For the admissions officer, it is a way to get to know the student and add to the personal and academic information that comprises an application file.

How to Prepare for a College Admissions Interview
Before the interview, you should review the literature about the college and, on a notepad, jot down questions you'd like to ask. (You should definitely ask some; questions about access to facilities, activities, off-campus programs, housing—whatever is important to you—are encouraged). The notepad will also come in handy if you want to take some notes during the interview.

Bring along a copy of your school transcript and a brief resume describing your activities. This will come in handy if you are given an information sheet to fill out prior to your meeting.

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