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Interview Program

The Office of Undergraduate Admission's interview program offers optional interviews to applicants attending high school in selected areas in the United States and around the world. Alumni who live in interview areas may become trained to serve as volunteer interviewers.

The purpose of the interview is twofold. Alumni will:

  • Share their Stanford experiences and passion with prospective students
  • Convey their impressions of these candidates to the admission committee

A Stanford interview is designed to be a casual, comfortable conversation and is optional for an applicant.

Volunteers reflect that speaking with applicants is inspiring and enjoyable.

Please take part in this important admission initiative by clicking Register/Sign In to register and complete your OVAL profile.

Optional interviews for the 2019 Regular Decision admission cycle have concluded. 

Interview Areas

For the 2018–19 admission cycle, the interview program will be in 53 locations in the United States and U.S. territories and 58 international locations as noted below.

United States and U.S. Territories

  • Forty-nine full states (all but California) plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Fifty-two California counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba. Additional California counties will be added in the future.

International Locations

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Singapore
  • Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United Republic of Tanzania

If the interview program is not yet offered where you live, there may be other volunteer admission activities in your area. We encourage all alumni interested in volunteering to register.

For more information see the Interview Program FAQ.


Updated on March 18, 2019 1:28 PM