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Interview Prospective Students

Interviews give the Admission Committee personal context about applicants that may not be obvious in their application. For students, the interview is an opportunity to learn more about Colorado College.  The interview is a conversation, led by the interviewer, and a way to get to know the student in more dynamic way than what we can see on paper.

The Admission Office looks for capable, competitive, and compelling students who will contribute to our campus. The holistic admission process at Colorado College allows applicants to shine in many unique ways, rather than relying exclusively on academic profiles and test scores. The interview is not required as part of the admission process but is highly encouraged.  While it is not the deciding factor, the interview provides dimension to each application, ensuring the molding of a more cohesive and unique class by taking an individual look at each applicant and their skills, abilities, talents and potential.

With over 20,000 prospective students and 7,600 applications last year – and only thirteen full-time Admission Directors – STRIPES volunteers are critical in implementing quality interviews to supplement the admission process. Alumni volunteers thoroughly enjoy interviewing prospective students because it connects them to the process that brings the next generation of Tigers to campus.

After the admission committee admits students, you will receive information about the students you interviewed and will have the opportunity to congratulate those who were admitted. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student you interviewed enroll at Colorado College.

Except, of course, seeing them graduate.

Qualifications to become an alumni interviewer:

1. You must have received an undergraduate degree from Colorado College
2. You must have experienced the block plan as a student
3. You must not have a close relative in the admission pool
4. You must complete an interview training

Train to interview

Interview trainings are a great way to sit down with a Director and learn interview techniques and processes, as well as gain some context on the admission cycle.  Trainings are offered periodically on campus and in cities around the country. Email Ali Springer to find out when we are training near you.

How do our STRIPES volunteers interview? 

  • Assist admission directors with interview weekends in major metro areas
  • Ad hoc interviews with a prospective student in your local area (typically conducted in a coffee shop, library, etc.)
  • Online interviews for volunteers or students not in major metro areas
  • Interviews on campus during our Fall Open House and other visit programs for volunteers living near CC