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Interviewing

Why interview?

Interviewing gives us the chance to learn more about you, including:

  • What you love to do and what excites you
  • How amazing you are
  • Your unique story

Interviewing also gives you the opportunity to talk to someone who knows Rochester, and ask questions about what life at Rochester is really like. Whether you interview with an admissions counselor, alumnus/a, or a current student, it will be considered equally in our application review process.

Interviews can help determine merit scholarship candidates, so if you plan on competing for merit-based awards, an interview is strongly recommended.

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The importance of interviewing

Admission decisions at Rochester are based on a number of criteria. But one critical component is the interview. An interview can sound intimidating, but at the end of the day, it’s a conversation about a subject you know best: you!

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Interviewing tips

  • Dress comfortably and presentably.
  • Don’t worry about bringing resumes, transcripts, etc.—just bring your story to share.
  • Think about what’s not on your application that you could chat about.
  • Ask us questions!
  • Come as yourself.

Request an interview

Virtual interviews

The Office of Admissions is currently only able to offer virtual interview opportunities. Virtual interviews are conducted online with admissions representatives using Zoom chat software.

Transfer students interested in applying for spring 2021 and fall 2021 can request an interview. Since admissions is rolling for fall transfers, your interview should be requested by the time your application is complete for it to be included in our review. Questions can be directed to admit@admissions.rochester.edu.

Request a virtual interview

Third-party providers

The University of Rochester partners with InitialView to provide additional interviewing opportunities. These interviews are primarily meant for applicants living outside the United States. If you submit an InitialView interview, then you will not be able to register for an in-person or virtual interview. Please submit your InitialView interview before your application deadline.
Schedule an InitialView interview

Transfers

Interviews for transfer applicants are conducted all year long. If you want to enroll for the fall semester, interview in the spring. If you want to enroll in the spring, interview in the summer or fall.

Can’t make it to any of the interviewing opportunities? Contact us at admit@admissions.rochester.edu and we’ll do our best to accommodate an interview based on your schedule.

Alumni interviews

More than 100,000 University of Rochester alumni live, work, and study all around the world. Interviewing with a Rochester alumnus is a great way for us to get to know you better. Plus, you can learn more about the University directly from one of our graduates.

You can request an alumni interview online. This will take you to a login page in order to complete your interview request form. If you have a MyRoc account, please use that login and password to access the request form. If you do not, you will be prompted to create login credentials upon your first time visiting this page.

You can request an alumni interview starting September 17.

Admissions interviews are for applicants to the University of Rochester Class of 2025 only. You may only request and/or schedule one interview per application year. Please do not request an alumni interview if you’ve already interviewed with an admissions staff member or another alumnus/a.

Submit your request as early as possible, but no later than Friday, January 22. The number of interviews our volunteers can accommodate significantly decreases starting in December, at which point an alumni interview cannot be guaranteed.

  1. Request one of the alumni volunteers in the form. They are listed in the drop-down menu by country, city, and state.
  2. Allow at least five business days (longer around the holidays) for your interviewer to respond.
  3. You will receive an automated email notifying you when your alumni interviewer has responded, prompting you to log in to the request portal to view and reply to the message. These notifications can sometimes get caught in email spam filters, so please check your other emails folders, particularly if you’re using a Gmail account.

Interviews are requested based on your interview type preference. This year, we are not offering in-person interviews, only virtual and phone. We have a limited number of volunteers around the country to interview hundreds of students and we cannot guarantee that an alumni interview will be available to you later in December and January.

Alumni do not have access to your application. The only information they will be able to view is that which you provide on your interview request form, along with your name, location, and contact information that you’ve provided the University of Rochester.

If you have any questions about the alumni interviewing process, please contact uralumniInterviews@ur.rochester.edu.

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