Each interviewer brings unique experiences to the meeting. You will also be expected to go well beyond your own Colgate experience to best aid students in making informed decisions throughout their college searches.
At Colgate, informational interviews are not evaluative and they are not required for admission. Instead, it is an opportunity for the prospective student to ask questions and learn more detailed information about Colgate. We ask that you review our Colgate Frequently Asked Questions
so that you will be able to discuss all of the aspects of Colgate: the various departments, events, clubs, and programs — some of which you may not have been involved with during your time on campus. The goal of the interview should be to engage each prospective student in a relaxed conversation about Colgate and help him or her start to understand how Colgate may align with his or her interests.
- Students who request an alumni interview will be visible in the Alumni Portal for all AAP committee members within a 30-mile radius.
- AAP committee members can sign up to interview a student by "claiming" the interview through the portal.
- When you have claimed the interview, please contact the student immediately. If you are unable to connect with the student, please notify the Office of Admission.
- Offer to answer the student’s questions by arranging a personal interview. If you are unable to find a common time and place, a phone interview is acceptable.
- If you agree to meet in person, make sure you choose a mutually agreed upon time and location that will be comfortable for the student.
- To mark the interview as completed, log into the Alumni Portal, click on the pending interview and complete the interview evaluation form.
Remember, interviews are non-evaluative, so you will not be asked to provide any qualitative comments after your conversation with the prospective student. The interview evaluation form serves as a means of providing feedback regarding the interview process itself and any additional AAP training that may be helpful in the future.
Our goal for the informational interview is that you facilitate a conversation that flows naturally and leaves the student informed and with a positive impression of Colgate. We encourage you to discuss the student’s high school interests and experiences. We are confident that as an alumnus you will be well-equipped to talk about Colgate and share your personal experiences. Just in case, here are some sample questions that staff members use to break the ice and generate an insightful conversation with a student who might not be particularly talkative.
- What are you looking for in a college?
- How did you hear about Colgate?
- What aspects of Colgate seem most appealing?
- Tell me a little bit about your high school.
- What do you enjoy most about your high school?
- What classes are you taking your senior year? Which classes are your favorites?
- How would your teachers describe you? How would your friends describe you?
- Do you have a favorite teacher? What makes him or her your favorite?
- Which extracurricular activities have you been involved with? What are your interests or hobbies?
- Is there an activity or class that you would like to try in college that you have not participated in during high school?
- Is studying off campus something you have thought about as part of your college experience? Is there a place you would like to go?
- What do you consider one of your greatest accomplishments?
- Tell me about an interesting book you have read recently.
- What has been one of your most rewarding assignments so far in high school?
- Follow up questions about interests by asking: What got you interested in ... ?