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Admission Interviews

Learn more about Northwestern from an alum in your area. 

Admission interviews are not required and are an optional addition to your application for admission. An interview provides the admission committee an additional source of information and perspective about your potential fit for Northwestern.

All interviews are conducted off-campus by Northwestern's regional Alumni Admission Council (AAC) members who live throughout the United States and abroad. These interviews provide applicants with an opportunity to learn more about the Northwestern student experience through an alumna/us. Interviews may last 20–45 minutes. We recommend that you dress in business casual attire and that you come prepared to talk about your interests and activities, and to ask informed questions about Northwestern.

Please note: We do not have alumni volunteers in every region, and we ask that our volunteers only interview candidates within an hour’s drive of their location. Given the limited availability of alumni interviews, only a very small percentage of our applicants are ultimately able to schedule an appointment. Applicants who are unable or choose not to interview are not at a disadvantage in the admission process.

Applicants from China

Due to the high volume of applicants we receive from China, Northwestern will accept interviews from InitialView. Similar to alumni interviews, InitialView interviews are not required and a student is not a disadvantage without one. InitialView does not review or rate the interviews. Evaluation is done only by members of the admission committee and provides an additional source of information and perspective about your English language proficiency, personality, academic interests and potential fit for Northwestern.

All InitialView interviews must be completed by November 1 for Early Decision or February 1 for Regular Decision. Students who have the opportunity to interview with Northwestern alumni are not encouraged to submit an InitialView interview. Fee waivers are available from InitialView for students who are able to demonstrate that paying the fee is a significant hardship.

Questions concerning interviews may be directed to AAC@u.northwestern.edu

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