Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Admissions Greeting Center open?

The Admissions Greeting Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Central Time. The greeting center is also open on most Saturday mornings from March through November. We are closed on university holidays. Please see the Campus Visit Calendar, or call our office at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000, for more information.

Do I have a better chance of being admitted if I visit campus?

When reviewing your application, we will look for signs of interest in Washington University, so a visit to campus is one way to let us know that you are really interested in WashU. A campus visit is also one of the best ways to see what a great community we have here, and it can help you make your decision if you are offered admission. We do realize, of course, that many students are unable to visit until the end of their senior year of high school. Applicants to WashU. who have not yet visited are given full consideration.

Can visitors sit in on classes?

Visitors are welcome to sit in on a variety of classes during the fall and spring semesters. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides a comprehensive list of classes that visitors may attend. Our professors enjoy having visitors in their classes.

Can visitors meet with professors?

Campus visits to Washington University can be customized to include a meeting with a professor, coach, or other community member. Please let us know you would like to schedule an appointment with someone on campus when you call our campus visit coordinators or submit our online form.

Can I schedule a group visit?

We welcome group visits throughout the year. If your group would like to visit campus, please do not schedule your visit online. Instead please contact our Special Group Visit Coordinator directly at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-8226, or by email at

I am a high school counselor/teacher. How do I schedule a campus visit?

We welcome high school counselors and teachers to visit our campus. Please do not schedule your visit online. Instead please contact our visit coordinators directly at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000 or by email at

I am a Washington University faculty/staff member. May I take a campus tour?

Yes! Please do not schedule your visit online. Contact our visit coordinators directly at 935-6000 or by email at


How do I schedule an interview?

  • On-Campus Interviews
    To schedule an optional on-campus interview, please submit our online form or call our visit coordinators:
    (800) 638-0700 (toll-free) or (314) 935-6000
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Alumni Interviews
    In addition to on-campus interviews, WashU offers a limited number of alumni interviews across the country and in selected cities overseas through our Alumni and Parent Admission Program (APAP). Students are matched with APAP interviewers on a first-come, first-served basis. APAP interviews are only offered in limited locations. Unfortunately, APAP is not able to accommodate all requests for alumni interviews.
    • Early Decision – If you know you will be applying Early Decision and you would like an APAP interview, you must request it by September 29. Please contact APAP by phone at (800) 935-4826 (toll-free) or (314) 935-4826, or by email at, to request an alumni interview.
    • Regular Decision – Regular Decision applicants must submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application plus the $75 application fee no later than December 8 in order to be matched for an APAP interview. Once you submit your application, you may be contacted for an APAP interview if they are offered in your location. You may contact APAP by phone at (800) 935-4826 (toll-free) or (314) 935-4826, or by email at, if you have any questions. We are no longer taking requests for alumni interviews for students applying for admission in fall 2018.

Does Washington University accept admissions interviews from InitialView?

Washington University will accept admissions interviews from InitialView for students attending school overseas. While not required, these interviews will serve in lieu of alumni interviews, which have extremely limited availability outside of the United States. Regular Decision applicants who intend to arrange an interview with InitialView should ensure the interview is submitted to us by December 31.

Are interviews required?

Washington University does not require interviews as part of the admission application process, although we encourage you to visit campus and have an interview during your visit.

Because of students’ interest in interviews, we are only able to offer each student one interview. If you have already had an APAP interview, we will not be able to offer you an on-campus interview, and vice versa.

How do I dress for my interview?

Our interviews are casual, so please dress as you are most comfortable. Most interviewers will be dressed in business-casual attire.

Do I need to bring anything with me to my interview (i.e., resume, transcript)?

No, but if you would like additional material to be included in your application, please feel free to mail it to our office.

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