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Transcripts and essays are a good start — but they don't tell the whole story.

Whether you sit down with admissions staff, a student interview fellow or a Brandeis alum, interviews are an opportunity to tell your story in a way that an essay or a transcript can't. Interviews are also a chance to get in-depth answers to your questions about Brandeis.

And while interviews may not be required, they can be an important element of your Brandeis application. Available only to rising or current high school seniors, interviews become part of your application, giving us another way to get to know you.

Virtual Interviews

While we are currently unable to welcome you to campus, we are still eager to connect. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Admissions will be conducting all interviews for prospective students virtually using an online platform.

Interviews are an optional part of the application process at Brandeis and are currently available to transfer applicants who have submitted their application to Brandeis for the Fall 2021 semester.

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International Student Interviews

We strongly encourage international applicants to interview through third-party services like InitialView or Vericant, which conduct interviews in person and through online video platforms around the world. Students using these services should note the following deadlines:

  • Early Decision I: Nov. 15
  • Early Decision II / Regular Decision: Jan. 15

A limited number of virtual interviews are available through the Office of Admissions for international students who don't have access to InitialView or Vericant. These take place after you've submitted your application, and an admissions officer will contact you directly to schedule your interview.

Alumni Interviews

We offer first-year applicants off-campus and virtual interviews with Brandeis alumni each year during the fall and winter. To request an alumni interview, Early Decision I and II applicants must have already started their applications, while Regular Decision applicants must have already submitted their applications. If you're a Regular Decision applicant, please wait 24 hours after submitting your application to request an interview.

Request an alumni interview