Interviews are not required, and are non-evaluative. We do, however, strongly encourage you to visit campus to meet students and faculty, appreciate the scope of our facilities and the beauty of the campus, and perhaps ask questions of an admission representative. You may do so in an individual meeting, or in a group information session. Both formats enable students to learn more about Colgate without the pressure of an evaluation. Think of it as your time to "interview Colgate." It is the time spent on campus, however, that will be especially helpful in getting a full sense of the Colgate experience.
Why doesn't Colgate require or evaluate interviews? The college is interested in emphasizing all that a student has accomplished throughout high school, both in and out of class, and not a 45-minute conversation that may just skim the surface of the story he or she has to tell. Some students interview well, and some do not. Colgate prefers to base its decisions on a record established over time, the input of teachers and counselors who know the student, and the student's own voice as portrayed in the essay and throughout the application.
An interview remains a terrific opportunity to get to know Colgate, and admission staff welcome the opportunity to speak with prospective students. Most of all, however, the college encourages students to visit. It makes a tremendous difference in understanding all that Colgate has to offer.
For international students:
Colgate offers a dynamic learning environment which requires strong communication and writing skills. For those students for whom English is not their first language, we offer another way to demonstrate English language proficiency: Students may participate in an interview/writing sample conducted by InitialView
. InitialView will provide a recording of the interview and a copy of the writing sample to us for our review. InitialView
does not rate or grade the interview/writing sample. Evaluation is done by our admission office.
Please arrange to have your interview/writing sample completed as early as possible. The deadline for completing the interview is January 15. Please note that this is only a recommended option; it is not a required part of your application.