What about college interviews?

Although they are less common today, college admission interviews were once a very important part of the college application process. Typically, most college don't require an admissions interview due to the large number of applicants, but depending on which schools you're applying to, you may have the opportunity to interview with your prospective college. What can you expect?

A good college admission interview can help your application stand out from the crowd. According to a recent article in Forbes, schools such as Pomona College in California state that applicant interviews are "highly recommended." Some schools may even allow prospective students to interview via the internet using tools such as Skype.

If you're concerned that your SAT scores or GPA aren't quite as good as you had hoped, a good interview can demonstrate that you have what it takes to study at your school of choice. Make sure you research your prospective university thoroughly and that you prepare your answers ahead of time. Consider why you'd be a good fit for the university, and what you can bring to the campus as a student.

If you are offered an interview and can't make it for whatever reason, be sure to inform your school – missing an appointment can have a negative impact on the rest of your college application.

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