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Alumni Interview Program

Tulane University offers select Early Decision and Early Action applicants an invitation for an alumni interview.

Alumni interviews serve as an opportunity for an applicant to learn about a successful alumni member’s Tulane experience and think about what theirs could look like. In a friendly, low-stress environment, an applicant can show an alumni interviewer who they are and what they care about, thus adding depth to their applications. Following the interview, the alumni member will complete an evaluative report that will be supplemental to the application package.

While we think this is a phenomenal opportunity to learn more about Tulane from the perspective of a successful alumni member, not all applicants will receive an invitation to participate. Alumni interviews are not a required part of the application process. As such, they will be considered supplemental and completely optional. Not receiving an invitation for an alumni interview or choosing not to participate in one will not impact the admission decision.

Process

To be considered for the Alumni Interview Program, an applicant must first complete their application. If invited to participate in an alumni interview, the applicant will receive an email encouraging them to register for the program. At this point, a change will be made in their application status portal, listing a new item under their Application Checklist, titled “Alumni Interview Request Form.” This is a brief form that must be completed within one week in order to be matched with an alumni interviewer. Both the student and alumni interviewer will receive the other’s contact information, but it is the student’s responsibility to contact their alumni interviewer. Interviews should be scheduled and conducted within two weeks of the match.

FAQ

Q: Does Tulane require alumni interviews?

No! Alumni interviews are supplemental and optional. We want to learn more about select applicants to better understand what they want from their Tulane experience.

Q: How do I request an alumni interview?

Trick question: you don’t! After completing the application, we will email selected students with an invitation to interview.

Q: What if I don’t get an invitation to interview?

No worries! At Tulane, alumni interviews are supplemental, optional, and intended to be enjoyable. This means that they can add depth and personality to your application. Since they are not required, not all applicants will complete an alumni interview. Applicants that either do not receive an invitation or do not want to participate are not adversely affected in the admission process.

Q: How do I prepare for my interview?

We want this to be enjoyable for you and the alumni members, so think of it more as a conversation than an interview. That being said, spend some time thinking about what you want to do in college and beyond, and how you believe Tulane can help you meet those goals. When interviewing, it never hurts to do your research!

Q: Can I be matched with an alumni member in my field of interest?

We match applicants with alumni members based on geographic proximity, when possible. Remote interviews over the phone or through a video chat service may be necessary, especially in regions without a large population of applicants or alumni. It is possible that the alumni member interviewing you may have similar interests, but we do not guarantee such precision. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to learn from the experience of someone totally different from you. It’s all part of growing up!

Q: How do I reach out to my alumni interviewer

Simple – introduce yourself! We recommend practicing professional communication and reaching out via email to explain that you’ve been matched to complete an alumni interview as a part of your application process. When it comes to arranging the interview, offer your availability to set up a time to chat within two weeks of being matched. If needed, feel free to conduct a remote interview over the phone or through a video chat service.

Q: How can I report a question or concern?

Whether you’re having problems setting up an interview, or are no longer interested in completing an alumni interview, please let us know how we can help! Fill out this form to describe your situation so we can figure out a way to help, or email us at alumniinterviews@wave.tulane.edu.

Q: I’m an international student, can I get an alumni interview?

Yes! International applicants will be offered an invitation to an alumni interview based on geographic proximity and availability of alumni. After completing the application, we will email selected students with an invitation to interview.

Any issues can be discussed with the Alumni Interview Coordinator. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone, but also want to know how we can be better. Please let us know at alumniinterviews@wave.tulane.edu