Prepare for an Alumni Interview

Hear from a current alumni interviewer on how best to prepare for an interview and what to expect.

For the 2016-2017 application cycle, the Office of Undergraduate Admission offers an alumni interview program whereby Early Decision and Regular Decision first-year applicants are invited to interview with a local Emory alumnus. Please note, prospective students and applicants are unable to request an interview, and on-campus interviews with admission staff are not offered. An interview is not required for admission to Emory College or Oxford College. The lack of an interview will not adversely affect an applicant's chance for admission, as many successful applicants will not be invited to interview.

An alumni interview is a chance for an applicant to discuss ideas that they are passionate about in a cordial, low key environment. Alumni interview volunteers serve as a liaison for applicants who the Admission staff is unable to meet face-to-face. Overall, the alumni interview should be viewed as a conversation, allowing applicants to learn more about the university and for volunteers to get to know applicants.

Alumni interviews are currently being offered in the following cities:

  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Nashville
  • New York (multiple cities throughout the state)
  • Raleigh-Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Tampa Bay
  • West Palm - Miami
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • London, England

Applicants in these cities may receive an invitation to interview via email from November through the end of January. Because applications go through several reviews, it is impossible to predict when or whether an applicant will be invited to an admission interview. Not all applicants in these cities will be invited to interview as the number of applicants selected will depend on the number of available alumni interviewers in each area.

Interviews will be both informative and evaluative. If you are invited to interview, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity. Interviews will be conducted by trained alumni in an applicant's local area and typically will take place in a coffee shop. If an applicant declines an interview invitation, it will not adversely impact the review of their application by the admission committee.

It is important to note that both the selection to be interviewed and the timing of that selection have no bearing on the likelihood of acceptance to Emory or Oxford. Due to the design of our alumni interview program, the majority of applicants across the United States and around the world will not be invited to interview. These applicants in no way will be disadvantaged and the admission committee will closely evaluate applicant essays and recommendations to learn more about a student.

If you should have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission directly at or (404) 727-6036.