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University Interview Questions

By Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg 

A. Research college/university

  1. Programs – majors
  2. Size of the schools
  3. Campus
  4. Student body
  5. Mission

B. Questions asked by the interviewer

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why are you interested in our college?
  3. What can I tell you about our college?
  4. Who in your life has most influenced you? Why?
  5. If you had the opportunity to have dinner with three people who would you choose? Why?
  6. What do you think you want to major in? Why?
  7. What will you contribute to our campus community?
  8. Tell me about a challenge that you overcame.
  9. What do you do for fun — in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
  10. What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
  11. Please tell me about your high school experience?
  12. What high school experience was most important to you?
  13. What subject in high school did you find the most challenging?
  14. What is your favorite book? Why?
  15. What is your favorite movie? Why?
  16. What did you do this summer?
  17. What do you hope to do after graduation?
  18. Why do you want to go to college?
  19. How do you define success?
  20. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  21. What do you do best?
  22. What 3 adjectives best describe you?
  23. Tell me about your community service.
  24. If you had $1000 to give away, what would you do with it?
  25. Who most helped you get to where you are today?
  26. In college, what do you plan to do outside of the classroom?
  27. What is the most memorable trip you’ve taken?
  28. Where would you like to travel to the most? Why?
  29. In your view, what are the positive aspects of your generation and what are its negative qualities?

C. Review essay and application

D. Prepare questions to ask interviewer

A list of questions can be found on the SUNY website – office of Access Services – adapted from “Choices.”