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Interview Tips

We're pleased that you will be interviewing with Colorado College! As interviews are a mutual exchange of information, this is an excellent opportunity for us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about the college. We will interview the student only, but there will be time after the interview for families to ask questions. Interviews typically last 30 – 45 minutes. A trained admission fellow, CC alumnus/alumna, or a member of the admission staff will conduct your interview. The following tips will help you better prepare for a thoughtful and productive interview.

  1. The most important thing to remember is to be yourself! Often, it's difficult to present yourself genuinely under pressured situations, but if you are able to, it helps us get to truly know you and share the wonderful aspects of CC that would be most appealing to you.

  2. Dress is casual. Please wear something you are comfortable in.

  3. Learn about CC (read our Viewbook, surf the CC website, etc.) and prepare your questions ahead of time. You will have about 10 minutes at the end of your interview to ask questions.

  4. While interviews are not required, they will be used in the evaluation of an application for those students who have the opportunity to interview. If you have the chance to interview, we highly recommend you take it. It is unlikely to hurt your chances.

  5. Prepare to discuss your high school experience in an academic context.

  6. Prepare to discuss your life outside the classroom. Think about the things you do that are most important to you. 

  7. Let both your academic and other passions shine through! Although the interview does have the feeling of a conversation, don't be afraid to direct it yourself. Find what topic you like to talk about and tell us more!

We asked our Admission Fellows what their favorite interview questions are. Here are some of their responses:

If you are sitting in a CC classroom right now, what topic would you like to be discussing (or debating) and why?

Tell me about/describe an academic project or paper that they were particularly proud of. 

While it's a frustrating one, I love the 'Tell me about yourself' question. It gives the student the opportunity to take the question in the direction that they want. I always hope for passion to come through.

What is your role in your group of friends and your family?

What is your favorite discussion you've had in a class?

Tell us about something that challenged you in high school. How did you overcome it?

If you could start a club or group at CC, regardless if it’s in existence, what would it be?

Share a classroom discussion that changed your perspective on something. 

Tell me something that inspired you in high school.