Interviews

Interviews aren't required, but are strongly encouraged as they help us get to know you.

Fall 2022 First-Year & Spring 2022 Transfer Applicants

Interview requests are now open! All Occidental College admission interviews are conducted by our senior fellows or alumni volunteers. No matter where your interview is conducted or by whom, all our interview types are weighted equally in our admission process.

If you'd like us to learn more about you beyond your application, make sure to schedule your interview before our application deadlines. All interview requests will close December 2021. While they are highly encouraged, please note that applicants will not be penalized in the admission process if they do not have the opportunity to interview.

We look forward to learning more about you!

Helpful Interview Tips:

  • Dress comfortably but appropriately.
  • Come prepared to discuss your talents, interests and goals. It's your chance to show us the real person behind your application credentials.
  • Familiarize yourself with Oxy. We'll want to hear what sparked your interest in the College and how you see yourself thriving in our community.
  • We don't expect you to have all the answers, so be open with your thoughts and ask lots of questions.
  • Most importantly, just be yourself.

Additional Tips for Virtual Interviews:

  • Find a quiet area where you will not be interrupted or have background noise.
  • Please reach out to us in advance of your interview if you expect any difficulty accessing a quiet space, internet, or technology. We are happy to brainstorm and accommodate individual solutions, depending on your needs.
  • Check your surroundings before you begin video chatting to ensure there is nothing on the walls or shown in the video frame that is inappropriate. A well-lit area is recommended.
  • Please wear appropriate attire, just as you would for an in-person interview.