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The admissions interview is an important part of applying to the University of Rochester. Each year from July to January, University of Rochester admissions professionals, alumni, and representatives connect with prospective high school seniors all over the world in one-on-one interviews. These interviews are an opportunity to stand out, for us to get to know you better, and for you to ask us about Rochester.

Why Interview?

Interviewing gives us the chance to learn more about you:

  • What you love to do and what excites you
  • How amazing you are
  • Yourself, your interests, and passions

Interviewing also gives you the opportunity to talk to someone who knows Rochester, and ask questions about what life at Rochester is really like. Whether you interview with an admissions counselor, alumnus/a, or a current student, it will be considered equally in our application review process.

Interviews can help determine merit scholarship candidates, so if you plan on competing for merit-based awards, an interview is strongly recommended.

Interviewing Tips

  • Dress comfortably and presentably
  • Don’t worry about bringing resumes, transcripts, etc.—just bring your story to share
  • Think about what’s not on your application that you could chat about
  • Ask us questions!
  • Come as yourself

Alumni Interviews

How do I request an alumni interview?

You can request an alumni interview online. This will take you to a login page in order to complete your interview request form. If you have a MyRoc account, please use that login and password to access the request form. If you do not, you will be prompted to create login credentials upon your first time visiting this page.

You can request an alumni interview starting September 17.

Who can request one?

Admissions interviews are for applicants to the University of Rochester Class of 2025 only. You may only request and/or schedule one interview per application year. Please do not request an alumni interview if you’ve already interviewed with an admissions staff member or another alumnus/a.

When should I request it?

Submit your request as early as possible, but no later than Friday, January 22. The number of interviews our volunteers can accommodate significantly decreases starting in December, at which point an alumni interview cannot be guaranteed.

What is the request process?

  1. Request one of the alumni volunteers in the form. They are listed in the drop-down menu by country, city, and state.
  2. Allow at least five business days (longer around the holidays) for your interviewer to respond.
  3. You will receive an automated email notifying you when your alumni interviewer has responded, prompting you to log in to the request portal to view and reply to the message. These notifications can sometimes get caught in email spam filters, so please check your other emails folders, particularly if you’re using a Gmail account.

Interviews are requested based on your interview type preference. This year, we are not offering in-person interviews, only virtual and phone. We have a limited number of volunteers around the country to interview hundreds of students and we cannot guarantee that an alumni interview will be available to you later in December and January.

What do alumni know about my application?

Alumni do not have access to your application. The only information they will be able to view is that which you provide on your interview request form, along with your name, location, and contact information that you’ve provided the University of Rochester.

If you have any questions about the alumni interviewing process, please contact


The Office of Admissions is currently only able to offer virtual interview opportunities. Virtual interviews are conducted online with admissions representatives using Zoom chat software.

Transfer students interested in applying for spring 2021 and fall 2021 can request an interview. Since admissions is rolling for fall transfers your interview should be requested by the time your application is complete for it to be included in our review.  Questions can be directed to

Third-Party Providers

The University of Rochester partners with InitialView to provide additional interviewing opportunities. These interviews are primarily meant for applicants living outside the United States. If you submit an InitialView interview then you will not be able to register for an in-person or virtual interview. Please submit your InitialView interview before your application deadline.


Interviews for transfer applicants are conducted all year long. If you want to enroll for the fall semester, interview in the spring. If you want to enroll in the spring, interview in the summer or fall.

Can’t make it to any of the interviewing opportunities? Contact us at and we will do our best to accommodate an interview based on your schedule.