The University of Rochester visits you!

Can’t visit our campus? We understand, and we don’t want you to miss out on discovering how the University of Rochester could be a great place for your educational journey. Our admissions staff travels throughout the United States and the world connecting with students and their families on the road. These interactions can be in any number of formats, some of which are listed below.

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Off-Campus Interviews

Why interview?

  • We want to learn more about you.
    • We’re eager to find out what you love to do and what excites you. This is a perfect opportunity to show us how amazing you are. Come prepared to speak about yourself, your interests, and passions.
  • You get to meet with a Rochester representative.
    • This is your chance to talk to someone who knows Rochester. Whether you meet with an Admissions counselor or an alumnus/a, you’re going to get the real deal.
  • Increase your chances for a scholarship.
    • 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.

Off-campus Interview Options

Interviews are available at various times throughout the year and in a variety of formats. Each of our interview options is treated equally in our admissions process and adds value to your application.

Off-campus Interviews
Our admissions staff travel across the United States and throughout the world. These interviews are exactly the same as those conducted on campus. They typically last 30 minutes and provide you with an opportunity to share your college/university search process, your educational goals, and your interest in the University of Rochester. Traditionally, these interviews are held in public venues such as local coffee shops or hotel lobbies. Additionally, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about our University, the surrounding community, and the application process. Prior registration is required.

Alumni Interviews
We have a group of nearly 500 dedicated alumni volunteer interviewers throughout the United States and the world. These interviews are traditionally held in public venues such as local coffee shops and subject to the geographic availability of our alumni volunteers. Alumni interviews are similar in format to our admissions staff interviews and are offered November 1–January 31. Many of our interviewers also offer Skype and telephone interviews to students in regions where we do not have alumni volunteers available.

International Skype Interviews
If you are an international student and and admissions staff or alumni are unable to visit your area, you may request a Skype Interview using the International Interview Request Form.

Third-Party Interview Providers
The University of Rochester partners with several third-party organizations like Vericant and InitialView to provide additional interviewing opportunities. These interviews are primarily meant for applicants who are non-native English speakers or living outside the United States. Learn more on our International Admissions page.

Transfer students:

  • 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.
  • You can sign up for any of the on- or off-campus interview options. There are also on-campus interviews reserved only for transfers on Transfer Visit Days as well as other transfer-only days from January to May.
  • Can’t make it to an on- or off-campus event? Contact us and we will do our best to accommodate a phone or video interview based on your schedule

High School/Community-Based Organization Visits

The majority of our high school and community-based organization (CBO) visits take place August–November. During these visits, we look to engage with you and your school or college counselors to learn about your academic and non-academic interests, who you are in the context of your secondary school, and share information about the University of Rochester and surrounding city.

These visits typically last 30–45 minutes and provide you with an opportunity to connect with the counselor who will (most likely) be reading your application if you choose to apply.


College Fairs

Throughout the year, admissions staff and alumni volunteers participate in college fairs throughout the United States and world. Primarily, fairs allow you to briefly meet with an admissions representative, collect informational handouts, and ensure we have your contact information in our data system. Fairs are held in several types of venues, including high schools, convention centers, and hotels.


The National Association for College Admission (NACAC) annually hosts a number of large college fairs throughout the United States and Canada. These college fairs are free and open to the public.  NACAC encourages prospective student participants to register for these fairs in advance by visiting The University of Rochester will be attending the following NACAC College Fairs during Fall 2017:

  • Boston, MA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Long Island, NY
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Washington, DC

College Fair Tips

  • Have a list of the participating colleges in advance and mark which booths you want to visit.
  • Come prepared with questions to ask.
  • Print out your name, contact information, birth date, and graduation year on a sheet of printable labels (this will save you time from writing all of this information out on inquiry cards at each college table).