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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; and
  • 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 Volunteer Login to register and complete your OVAL profile.

Interview Areas

For the 2017–18 admission cycle, the interview program will be in 53 locations in the United States and U.S. territories and 58 countries as noted below.

United States and U.S. Territories

  • Forty-nine full states (all but California) plus Washington D.C.

    Due to infrastructure damage caused by the natural disasters in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, we will not be offering interviews in these locations for the upcoming admission cycle.  Applications from these areas will not be negatively affected by the suspension of the interview program.

  • Forty-five California counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba. Additional California counties will be included for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 admission cycles.


  • 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
  • Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • 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 FAQs.


Updated on January 19, 2018 12:14 PM