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.
If you sign up for an Alumni Interview Online, we try our best to match you with a Lafayette alum. If an alum is not available, we may pair you with an admissions director or senior interviewer.
Can I sign up for an interview before I have submitted my application?
Yes and no.
Yes – you can sign up for an Admissions Online Interview before you have applied. In fact, this is a great opportunity to see if Lafayette is the right fit for you!
No – Alumni Online Interviews do require that you have already applied, as we need to ensure efficient use of busy alumni volunteer time.
What are the advantages of scheduling one of 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 your and your interviewer.
Be assured that both types 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.
Is an interview required as part of my application?
An interview is not required, but it is recommended.
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.
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
- 7:15 pm
Alumni Online Interviews occur at a time that is convenient for both you and the interviewer. You determine that time after you have registered for the interview.
How do I sign up for an interview?
You can sign up for an Admissions Online Interview by selecting the day you would like, entering your student type (first year or transfer) and entry term (likely fall 2021) and the available interviews will appear.
You can sign up for an Alumni Online Interview by filling out a form and the interviewer will contact you. To reach the form, you will be asked to sign in using the Lafayette credentials that were sent via email after you submitted your application.
What email and password do I use to sign in to register for an Alumni Online Interview?
Use the Lafayette credentials you were sent via email after you submitted your application. The email subject line is: Lafayette Thanks you for your Application – NEXT STEPS. If you cannot find the email, check your spam folder, as well as your promotions folder if you use Gmail. If you cannot locate the correspondence, email email@example.com and we can resend the email to you.
I interviewed a long time ago and now have new things to add. Can I interview again?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, high school and your reference ID number if you have already applied.
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?
Interviews for seniors in high school and transfer students will continue through February 1, 2021. Beginning in March 2021, juniors in high school may begin interviewing.
Can I interview when I visit campus?
At this time, all interviews are offered through an online video conferencing platform.