Does the college interview really count?
For some schools, the college interviews have been renamed as “informational meetings.” Those schools are recognizing the reality that in any interview, especially the college one, is a compatibility session. Do each of you have all the information necessary to make sure it’s a good fit? Most selective schools are assembling classes, not just those who scored 2400 on the SAT. Even if the interview is optional, taking the effort to pursue it provides the school with demonstrated interest, a factor that can work in your favor during the selection process. By doing the interview, at a minimum, you show the school just how enthusiastic you are. In the best case, you make a fantastic impression on someone at the school. A study of 1540 colleges and universities showed the weight given to an interview is only somewhat less than the weight given to work/extracurricular activities. Over 37% indicated that it was of considerable to moderate importance, while 33% said it was of limited importance.