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


Are interviews required?

Washington University does not require interviews as part of the admission application process. We encourage you to visit campus and have an interview during your visit. If you receive an invitation for an alumni interview, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity. Do not be concerned if you are unable to have an on-campus or alumni interview – it will not negatively affect your chances for admission.

How do I request an optional 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 to first-year Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants through our Alumni and Parent Admission Program (APAP). Unfortunately, APAP is unable to take 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). 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.
    • Interview Days – APAP will invite you via email if there is an Interview Day in your area. Please be sure to check the email account you provided on your application for admission regularly.

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

What can I expect at my interview?

WashU interviews are casual. On-campus interviews last around 15-20 minutes, while alumni interviews last approximately 20-30 minutes. You will 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.

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.

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.

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