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.
Who will interview me when I sign up for a virtual interview?
If you request an 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.
What is the difference between an on-campus and virtual interview?
In the application process, all types of interviews carry the same weight. No matter who your interviewer or where you interview, the purpose is to get to know you as person who had ideas, thoughts, dreams and goals.
- On-campus Interview: This will take place in an on-campus location with a senior interviewer or admissions director. We will conduct a 25-30 minute chat with you and also take a few minutes to chat with any family members/guardians/counselors who accompany you to campus.
- Virtual Interview: We use an online platform to interview you through teleconferencing. Find a comfortable place where you will have few disturbance for your interview. The interview is approximately 25-30 minutes long.
Can I sign up for an interview before I have submitted my application?
Yes. Students may conduct an interview before submitting their applications. In fact, this is a great way to decide if you want to apply to Lafayette as you gain a more depth and understanding of the opportunities available to you at the College.
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.
When are interviews offered?
Seniors in high school and transfer student can sign interview from June 2023 through January 2024.
If I interviewed during the summer between junior and senior year, can I interview again in the fall? Or if I did a virtual interview and now I will be on campus, can I interview again?
No. High school students are granted one interview per admissions cycle, whether than is an in-person interview, virtual interview, or interview through a community based organization. If you have something to add to your application after have applied and interview, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Can I interview when I visit campus?
Yes. We offer in-person interviews on campus. You must sign up ahead of time through our website to secure an interview slot. If you can’t make it to campus or don’t have time when you visit, feel free to interview with us via a virtual interview.