Reed offers evaluative interviews for students as a part of the application process. These interviews are an opportunity for you to speak individually with one of our admission counselors or student interns in a relaxed setting for 20 or 30 minutes. It gives us the opportunity to learn more about you, beyond the required components of your application. Interviews are not required for application to Reed, and you will not be at a disadvantage in the admission process if you do not schedule one. There are many ways to interview: on-campus as a part of your campus visit, on the road with admission staff, with alumni in your hometown, or by phone if all other options are unavailable.
If you still have questions about the interview process, feel free to take a look at the following responses to frequently asked questions.
Do I have to submit an application to Reed before I interview?
No. You can interview at any point after the start of your second semester of your junior year of high school. Your interview write-up will be included in your application when it arrives.
What if I am unable to interview on campus?
In addition to interviews on campus, we offer interviews on the road. Admission Staff travel to many cities around the country during the fall and winter months. For information about when a Reed representative will be in your area, click here. Students on our mailing list will receive notification when a Reed representative is coming to your area.
When should I schedule my interview?
Please request your interview as soon as you are able, as our interviewers, much like prospective Reedies, are busy people. We will offer on-campus interviews for applicants as late as February 28th, and offer on the road interviews according to the timeline below. We cannot guarantee alumni interviews--much depends on the geography and availability of our volunteers--but we will do our best to match you with someone.
Requests for off-campus interviews must be received no later than:
October 25 for Early Decision I applicants
December 1 for Early Decision II, Regular Decision, and Transfer applicants
May I schedule a second interview?
No. We have a large number of interview requests every year, and so we can only offer one interview per applicant. If you have already had an on-campus interview, or have one scheduled, please do not request an alumni interview. If you've already had an alumni interview, please do not request on on-campus interview.
What should I wear to my interview?
Clothes. We don't have a dress code for interviews, so feel free to dress in whatever is most comfortable for you.
What kinds of questions should I expect to be asked during my interview?
We certainly wouldn't want to give this away, so be prepared to answer anything from a description of your hometown to your favorite flavor of ice cream or even your ideal comic book hero.
Should I be nervous?
Not at all. Our interviewers are good people who are excited about Reed. Be prepared to have an awesome conversation.
Do I need to bring anything to my interview?
Aside from fourteen essays and an extensive resumé, you won't need to bring anything except a sense of humor and a willingness to chat. (Seriously though, there's no need to bring anything other than yourself.)
Can my mom sit in on the interview?
Interviews are a one-on-one conversation, so you can advise your parents to be ready with interesting questions after the interview concludes.