Consider an Interview

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Interviews are not required, but are helpful both for the admissions office and the applicant. Photo by Ken Schles.

Essays and transcripts don't always tell us the whole story. An interview gives you an opportunity to tell us about yourself in person, unconstrained by the formality of the written page and the remoteness of school records. 

Please visit our Campus Visit page to sign up for an interview.

Student interviews are scheduled directly through the admissions office. Interviews are not required, but are helpful both for the admissions office and the applicant. Interviews are conducted on campus by current seniors and staff, or off campus by staff and alumni.

Interview evaluations will become a part of your application and may be used in the decision making process. Although interviews are typically casual by nature, you should be prepared to talk about yourself and your interests relating to Brandeis and your high school experience. An interview will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and share additional personal information.

Meet the 2014-2015 Senior Interviewers!

About On-Campus Interviews

Guidelines for on-campus interviews are as follows:

  • Prospective first years may schedule interviews on campus any time after June 1 of their junior year. 

  • First year candidates must schedule on-campus interviews by early December (Nov. 1 for Early Decision I)

  • Transfer candidates entering in the fall semester may interview on campus during the spring. Visit the transfer page to register.

About Off-Campus Interviews

Off-Campus interviews with an alumni representative are available to first-year applicants in some regions. Off-campus interview requests must be made at least 4-6 weeks prior to your application deadline, and are available during the fall of each year. We ask that you submit an interview request at least two weeks prior to your intended application deadline.

If you submitted an off-campus interview request more than six weeks ago and have not been contacted, please e-mail Emily Herman, admissions counselor, at emilyth@brandeis.edu to check your status.

About Interviews for International Students

A limited amount of Skype interviews are available to first-year applicants who live outside the United States. Interviews are based on availability and are reserved for students who have not visited campus or already completed an interview with a Brandeis representative on or off campus.

Skype interviews for 2014-15 admission are now full. If you have requested a Skype interview, an admissions representative will contact you within two weeks to confirm whether we are able to accommodate your request.