Why should I interview?
An interview gives voice to all the parts of your application. It gives us an opportunity to engage with you and it gives you the opportunity to add one more facet, one more distinguishing feature, to your application. It is also a time for you to ask questions about the College and take the time to assess if Lafayette is the right fit for you.
Rarely, if ever, does an interview affect a student’s application in a negative way and in many cases, the interview is what made us decide to admit a student to Lafayette.
Why should I sign up for an interview as a junior? I don't know yet if I want to apply to Lafayette.
An interview is great opportunity to see if Lafayette is the right fit for you! We ask questions of you, but you also have the opportunity to ask questions of us. Interviewing in the spring or summer takes one more thing off your plate during your busy fall when you’re completing those tough senior year classes while also apply to colleges.
Is an interview required as part of my application?
An interview is not required, but it is recommended. Please note that considerable weight is given to the interview when we review candidates for Marquis Awards.
Who will interview me when I sign up for a virtual interview?
If you sign up for an Admissions Online Interview, you will be interviewed by one of the following
- Admissions Director, a member of the admissions staff
- Senior Interviewer, a student who is a senior at Lafayette and has been trained to interview prospective students.
When are interviews offered?
Admissions Online Interviews are offered Monday through Friday, Eastern Time, at:
- 9:15 am
- 11:15 am
- 1:15 pm
- 3:15 pm
- 5:15 pm
How do I sign up for an interview?
Beginning in February, juniors in high school and transfer students can sign up for an Admissions Online Interview on our visit calendar by selecting the day you would like, entering your student type (first year or transfer) and entry term (likely fall 2022) and the available interviews will appear.
If I interview now as a junior, can I interview again as a senior?
High school students are granted one interview during the admissions cycle, so you may not interview again. If you have new information to add beyond your application, please send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, high school and your reference ID number if you have already applied.
If I interviewed as a high school student and took a gap year or I am a transfer student, can I interview again?
Transfer students and gap-year students who interviewed when they were in high school may interview again as part of a new application to Lafayette College.
How long do I have to sign up for an interview?
Juniors in high school may begin interviewing on March 1 and can interview through January of their senior year.
Transfer students may also begin interviewing on March 1. If you are a transfer student applying for spring (application deadline November 1), complete your interview by the time your apply. If you are a transfer student applying for fall (application deadline May 1), you can interview through January.
Can I interview when I visit campus?
At this time, all interviews are offered through an online video conferencing platform to keep students and interviewers safe during this time of the pandemic. On-campus interviews will resume in the future when the College deems it safe.
Are Alumni Admissions Interviews available to juniors?
Alumni Admissions Interviews occur in winter and are only open to students who have already applied to Lafayette.
Should I wait until I have applied and sign up for an Alumni Interview? Is there an advantage to interviewing with an alum?
That is up to you and the information you hope to impart and gain during an interview. Some differences between the two types of interviews:
An Admissions Online Interview allows you to connect with a current senior interviewer or admission director. If you have lots of questions about or want perspectives on campus life, residential living and classes, an Admissions Online Interview may be the right fit for you. These interviews take place weekdays at appointed times (see below).
An Alumni Online Interview gives you the opportunity to connect with an alum who has been a student at Lafayette, but now can look back on their experiences and see them with a different lens. If you have questions about or appreciate perspectives on outcomes after graduation, including the alumni network, how internships and graduate school play into getting a job, career pathways beyond your time at Lafayette, an Alumni Admissions Interview may be right for you. These interviews take place at a time deemed convenient for you and your interviewer.
Be assured that both types of interviews carry the same weight in the admissions review process. It makes no difference with whom you interviewed, however, the fact that you interviewed can make a positive difference in your application.