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Our Best Answer - Does Cornell require personal interviews or auditions?

Personal interviews are not required (or available) for admission to any of Cornell's undergraduate level programs with the following exceptions:

  • The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning requires a personal interview for any student applying to their architecture program. Their Department of Art applicants are encouraged, though not required, to have a personal interview as well. Prospective applicants can schedule an interview by contacting the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at 607.255.4376, or by submitting an online Interview Request Form.
  • The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business offers optional formal admissions interviews to its candidates. To request an interview, or for more information, please see the college’s Optional Interview website.

In addition, first-year applicants may be contacted by an alumna or alumnus in their local area to schedule a time to talk about Cornell. 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 discover Cornell. 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 opportunities for Department of Art and Cornell SC Johnson College of Business candidates.

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