Request a Virtual Interview
Optional interviews are available to prospective first-year applicants who are considering applying to Barnard for Fall 2021 admission. Interviews are short conversations with a staff member, Barnard alumna, or current senior trained to conduct interviews.
We will not be offering on-campus interviews this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All interviews will be conducted virtually.
Interviews are completely optional. Students who choose not to interview or are unable to secure an interview appointment will not have their application evaluation negatively impacted in any way.
We do not track demonstrated interest as part of our application review process. Interviews are not offered for transfer/visiting applicants. Interviews are offered between June and mid-December. Students are permitted to schedule only one interview.
Why request an interview?
Interviews allow our admissions team to get to know you beyond your written application. An interview is both informational and evaluative in nature, allowing you to learn about Barnard and for us to learn more about you. It provides us an opportunity to learn about your curiosities, your interests, and your thoughts about Barnard. For you, it is an opportunity to have a conversation with a member of the Barnard community and get your questions answered during a personal, one-on-one interaction. Interviews last about 20 to 30 minutes and will be considered in our application review.
Register for an interview
Interviews with Senior Interviewers and Admissions Fellows are available to prospective first-year applicants. All interviews will be conducted over Zoom. We will open up interview slots on a month-by-month basis, and interviews fill up quickly with no waiting list. We are offering limited interviews in international time zones; you may only sign up for an interview that is between 9 AM and 7 PM in your own time zone.
Early Decision candidates who wish to interview must do so prior to the November 1st application deadline.
For prospective international applicants, we often have far fewer interviewers than we have requests for interviews. We have connected with InitialView to offer comprehensive interviews; for one fee, you can send an interview video/report to multiple colleges. InitialView interviews are not Barnard-specific. If interview fees would present a hardship for you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an alternate solution. Reserve an InitialView interview here.
If you have further questions about interviews, please email us at email@example.com.