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Does Cornell require personal interviews?
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Personal interviews are not required (or available) for admission to any of Cornell's undergraduate level programs except for the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP). This college requires a personal interview for any student applying to their Architecture program. Applicants to the Department of Art or Urban and Regional Studies are encouraged, though not required, to have a personal interview as well. Prospective AAP applicants can request an interview using the Interview Request Form. Please note that all interviews will be conducted virtually.


While not evaluative interviews, first-year applicants to any Cornell college or school may request an informational meeting with an alumni admissions ambassador in their local area. This informal conversation with a member of our Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) is not required, and is offered as an additional way for applicants to learn about Cornell. Applicants can request a CAAAN meeting at the time they apply in the Cornell section of the Common Application. Alternatively, they can request a meeting after applying via their Cornell application status page. Due to time, geographic, and volunteer constraints, not all applicants will be contacted; please be assured that applications are not adversely impacted if an applicant is not contacted or is unable to meet with a CAAAN member.


Please note: Alumni contact through the CAAAN Program does not take the place of the personal interview requirement for the Architecture applicants, or the optional interview opportunity for the Department of Art and the Urban and Regional Studies program.

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