What should you discuss during your college interview?

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Fall is here and that means it is college application time! If you’re planning on scheduling a college interview, you might be a little nervous. To put you at ease, here’s a list of things to talk about during the interview.

1. Your achievements in high school
It is awkward to brag about yourself. I know this. However, you need to flaunt all the great things that you did in high school if you are going to convince the interviewer that you deserve to be accepted. Take this moment and talk about your grades, clubs, teams and interests. Your high school career is the best indicator of what kind of student you will be in college. So talk about it!
2. Prospective majors
This is why you are applying, after all. Take the time and ask the admissions officer about possible fields of study. The interviewer might recommend some classes to take and some professors to seek out. On the other hand, you might find out that the school does not offer a program that fits. It is important to ask either way.
3. Financial aid
Your college website will tell you that no one should have to choose a college because of money. And then the college will turn around and not give you enough aid for tuition. The college interview is the best time to discuss possible scholarships, grants and work study. You have the chance to find out what to really expect from your financial aid package.
4. Questions
The admissions officer knows it all: classes, majors, teachers, clubs, activities, buildings, etc. If you have any questions about the faculty to student ratio, the dining hall, volunteer work, tutoring services, or anything involving the school, the interviewer will know the answer. The interview is about getting into college, but it is also about getting to know the college. Let the admissions officer know if you are unsure about anything.


Rachel-headshotThis post was written by Rachel Montpelier, Editorial Assistant at NextStepU.com. Check them out to get all kinds of advice on college and career planning. They’re awesome!


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