An interview is a great way for a member of the Admission Committee to get to know you on a more personal basis than what your grade point average, rank in class and SAT or ACT scores reveal. We look forward to the opportunity to talk with you one-on-one and learn about what you hope to achieve in college, what interests you, and what kind of a university environment will be best for you. The interview allows for an exchange of information. There are important areas we want to cover with you, and in turn, you can "interview" Willamette to learn more about the programs, opportunities and characteristics that will inform your ultimate college choice.
Most interviews last between 45 minutes to an hour. If your parents accompany you to campus, we will talk with you first and then ask them to join in at the end so that their questions may be answered as well. It helps if you have investigated Willamette and have a sense about our community before you interview. Our questions will focus on your academic preparation and your record; how do you divide your time between academic pursuits and co-curricular or community involvement; and what you hope to gain from, as well as contribute to, your college experience.
It is important to note that interviews are not required as part of our admission process, but these personal, in-depth conversations will give you a much better sense of Willamette as a potential college match - and they help our Admission Committee with their deliberations. Students who live within 100 miles of campus are well-served by planning to interview in conjunction with the application process. Most students schedule an interview as part of a campus visit. We also conduct interviews across the country in conjunction with admission visits, primarily in the fall.