Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

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Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Student Interviewers

It is totally possible to have an interview with a current student. Depending on the staffing pattern at that school, time of year, type of interview; all could be student led. These will be students who have been trained in the process. They have been in your shoes, so often they are less intimidating. Students are also better at answering your college life questions as they are living it day to day.

Nicholas Umphrey

Students interviewing students

I have never heard of this. Certainly it is common for students to conduct campus tours, but this must be a new concept. It is helpful talking to current students, especially if they are in the same major your are interested in.

Corey Fischer
President CollegeClarity

Student interviewers

Yes, you could be interviewed by a student. Don't think of these interviewers as less qualified than an Admission Officer because they have been selected through a competitive application and interview process and have been trained. In many ways these interviews can be very positive experiences because you are able to hear about their first hand (and recent) experiences at the college. Students usually feel more comfortable with the student interviewers, though it is important not to be TOO comfortable.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

Yes, but it doesn’t really matter, for regardless of the nature of the interview or the interviewer, the process itself offers an opportunity for an applicant to make a good impression. A student may be more empathetic, having recently gone through the process themselves, and he or she might be able to better and more realistically respond to some of your questions, but ultimately, you should be ready to use the interview to present yourself in as positive a manner as possible, expanding upon what you have already included in your application. The interview is your opportunity to add a human dimension to the wide array of paper work that has gone before, and you want to make the most of it, regardless of who is conducting the exercise.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

That's a distinct possibility, but treat them as someone from the admissions dept.

Eric Dobler
President Dobler College Consulting

Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

Yes! At some schools, students who are in their senior years can be the ones who conduct interviews. Recently, I was at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and that's how they work on-campus interviews. You interview with a Wesleyan senior who works for the Admissions Office. They won't be reviewing your application, but their feedback on your interview will be shared with the admissions counselors who are reading it. A tremendous benefit of interviewing with a student is that you will be able to get answers from a student's point-of-view on campus life, activities, the academic experience - anything you want to know. You may also not feel as nervous interviewing with a student as opposed to interviewing with an admissions counselor. However, be prepared for the interview, go in with a plan and give it everything you have!

Greg Foster
Ivy Doors

Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

Interviews conducted by students is possible. From my experience, the student interviewer position can be the most coveted job on campus. For that reason, it attracts a highly qualified, highly motivated group of students, and almost always seniors/4th year students. Many student interviewers get their start as tour guides with the hope of landing one of these coveted gigs. Places like University of Chicago, Columbia University, Yale, and Brandeis have student interviewers.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

Yes, many on campus interviews are conducted by current students.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

It is very possible that a student working for the admission office may conduct an interview and that their impressions of you will be taken seriously by full time admission staff.

Scott Herrmann-Keeling
College Counselor

Is it possible that a college interview could be conducted by a student?

Yes it's possible. Current students are great at answering questions like "Would I want to have this applicant as a roommate?" and "Would I want this applicant to be one of the other members of a 5-person class?" That sort of feedback is valuable to admissions officers who may never have attended the instituation they worked or and/or may have graduated from college some years ago. If your interview is being conducted by a student, it's important to remember that it's still an admissions interview. Your job is the same: be polite, be professional, and make sure you tell your story.