Interviews are not required as part of the admission application process

Interviews are for high school students who plan to apply as first-year students for the Fall of 2021.

Virtual Interviews

To request an optional virtual interview, please submit our online form or call our visit or call our visit experience coordinators at (800) 638-0700 (toll-free) or (314) 935-6000, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Central Time.

We encourage high school students who plan to apply as first-year students for the Fall of 2021 to schedule interviews before the following dates: November 15  (Early Decision I), January 10 (Early Decision II), and January 31 (Regular Decision).

Don’t be concerned if you’re unable to have an interview—it won’t negatively affect your chances for admission. Conversely, pursuing more than one interview opportunity is discouraged. Again, an interview isn’t required, and, if you complete one, that’s more than enough.

Interviews are casual conversations with admissions staff that last approximately 15-20 minutes. You’ll be able to share information about yourself and ask questions about your interviewer’s experience at WashU. Dress as you are most comfortable. Most interviewers dress in business-casual attire.

Any submission material (résumés, transcripts, etc.) should be submitted online with your application.

Alumni interviews

In addition to interviews with admission staff, we offer a limited number of alumni interviews to first-year Early Decision I and II, and Regular Decision applicants through our Alumni and Parents Admission Program (APAP). Unfortunately, APAP is unable to take direct requests for alumni interviews. Alumni interviews are not available for transfer applicants. 

Individual interviews

Once you submit an application for admission, APAP will pass your contact information on to alumni volunteers in your area, where available. Our APAP volunteers are excited to share their WashU experiences with you. The volunteer will contact you by email or phone to set up an interview at a convenient time and place (such as a local coffee shop). Interviews are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. While APAP interviews are offered in many parts of the United States and in several countries, availability is limited and we are not able to offer alumni interviews to all applicants. Priority for interviews will be given to applications received by October 25 (Early Decision I) or December 15 (Early Decision II and Regular Decision).

Interview Days

APAP plans a limited number of Interview Days in select areas. If APAP is able to invite you to participate in an Interview Day, your invitation will arrive via email. Please be sure to check the email account you provided on your application for admission regularly. Interview availability is limited.

Video interviews


If you are an international student interested in submitting an interview to WashU we will accept admissions interviews from InitialView.