Frequently Asked Questions about Campus Interviews
Who is eligible to interview?
Who will interview me?
When are interviews offered?
Are interviews offered on the weekends?
Where are interviews held?
How do I schedule an interview?
Is the interview evaluative?
How will the interview affect my chances for admission?
Is the interview required?
What should I wear?
Should I bring any materials?
What kind of questions will I be asked?
Will parents participate in the interview?
Will I have an opportunity to meet with an admission counselor?
Are alumni interviews offered?
Are off-campus interviews offered?
What if I need to reschedule or cancel my interview?
Any rising senior (a student who has completed the junior year) may request a summer interview and any current high school senior can request a fall interview. As evaluations will not be retained for more than one year, neither rising juniors nor rising sophomores are eligible to interview. Additionally, due to the very different nature of transfer applications, transfer students are not eligible to interview.
Most interviews will be conducted by highly-trained William and Mary students. We have selected William & Mary's best rising seniors to conduct interviews. By meeting with current William and Mary students, prospective applicants have the opportunity to learn about the value of a William & Mary experience from those who know the College best.
During the summer, interviews are offered Monday through Friday beginning mid-June and ending in mid-August (dates for summer 2011 are June 20 - August 12). Interviews are conducted between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. During the fall, interviews are offered weekday afternoons and select Saturday mornings. If you intend to take a campus tour during your visit, there are interview times that do not conflict with the campus tour (those times tend to fill faster).
During the fall only, interviews are offered on select Saturday mornings. During the summer, interviews occur on the weekdays only.
Interviews will take place in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Directions to the Admission Office.
Interviews can be made using an electronic scheduling form. Interview requests will not be taken over the phone.
Yes. The evaluation of the interview will be included in a student's file should he or she decide to apply to the College. There is no specific weight assigned to any component of a student's application. Therefore the interview will be assessed in the context of a student's personal qualities, which are strongly considered during the review process.
The interview program has two primary goals. The first is to give prospective applicants the opportunity to add a personal dimension to their application. The second is to help applicants gain greater insight into the benefits of a William & Mary experience. An interview evaluation provides the admission staff with more information on which to base an admission decision. Because interviews are optional, choosing not to participate will not adversely affect an applicant's chances for admission.
No. Interviews are an optional component to the application. Any student who elects not to interview will be reviewed in the exact same manner as every other applicant.
Students should dress in whatever they feel is appropriate. We realize that many students will be taking a campus tour as part of their visit and will need to dress comfortably.
Please do not bring transcripts, course schedules, testing reports or resumes to the interview. Such academic records are only evaluated during the normal application review process.
There are no predetermined questions. Questions will be posed in order to help the interviewer understand an applicant's interests, passions and background. Furthermore, we encourage prospective applicants to bring questions of their own. Several W&M blogs have been written on our interviews. Check out our Admit It! blog for a dean's perspective, and look through the blogs housed in the widget on the right-hand side of this web page for Senior Interviewers' perspectives.
The interview is designed to be an exchange of questions and ideas between a prospective applicant and a student interviewer. The daily information sessions and student-led tours provide parents with ample opportunity to ask questions of both admission officers and current William & Mary students.
No individual appointments will be made with members of the admission staff. However, the Office of Undergraduate Admission offers two information sessions each week day and one information session on Saturday mornings. Each of these sessions is conducted by a member of the dean staff. Questions can be asked of admission officers at the conclusion of these information sessions.
At this time, alumni interviews are not offered.
We do not offer any off-campus interviews. All interviews available are offered on the College's campus in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Should you need to reschedule or cancel your interview, you can contact [[wcbegl,Senior Assistant Dean Wendy C. Livingston]] or the Office of Undergraduate Admission (757-221-4223). Please do not request another interview. Due to the number of requests and the "first-come, first-serve" nature of the program, we do not guarantee that an interview can be rescheduled. When rescheduling or canceling an interview please give as much notice as possible.