The Alumni Interview

A conversation with one of our volunteer alumni interviewers is an excellent way for you to learn more about Brown and for us to learn more about you. Alumni interview questions may be sent to interviewing@brown.edu.


Setting up an Alumni Interview

After we receive your application, the Alumni Interviewing Program provides your contact information to alumni interviewers in your area.

You do not need to request an interview; a volunteer will contact you to arrange a convenient time and place for the interview. Communications will come directly from the alumni interviewer’s personal email, as opposed to an official Brown University email. Please be sure to check your email account, spam filter and voicemail box.

Some areas host interviewing day events where applicants are asked to choose a time slot in which to meet with an alumnus/a. Communications regarding these events may come from a local interview coordinator using software like SignUpGenius.


What to Bring to an Interview

We do not provide alumni/ae with your application materials; your interviewer only receives your contact information and intended concentration, and you do not need to bring a resume or additional materials to the interview.


Timing and Availability of Interviews

All interviews, whether in-person, at interviewing day, by phone or by Skype/G-Chat are considered equally by the Office of College Admission. After the conversation, the volunteer will send us his or her thoughts about your personal strengths, which we will add to your application file.

Early Decision interviews run from late October through early December and Regular Decision interviews run from December through early March.

Although we try to arrange interviews with as many candidates as we can, it ultimately depends upon the availability of our worldwide network of alumni volunteers. If it is not possible to arrange an interview, rest assured that it will not negatively impact your application to Brown. Brown does not accept interviews conducted by third parties.


Availability of On-Campus Interviews

While we enjoy meeting prospective students when they come to campus, we regret that the large volume of visitors makes it impossible for us to offer on-campus interviews.