Forget the old-school model of a terrifying formal interview. At Sewanee, we view the interview as a conversation to learn more about you and how you might fit with our campus community. That’s why we call it an on-campus appointment.
Seniors in high school have the opportunity to meet with current Sewanee seniors while high school juniors have the option, beginning in January of their junior year, to meet with a member of our admission counseling staff. On-campus appointments last about 15 to 20 minutes and are non-evaluative and are offered Monday through Friday.
While not required, on-campus appointments are strongly recommended.
Below are a set of tips to help best showcase yourself and make your on-campus appointment a breeze. Now breathe, relax, and enjoy the conversation! We’re excited to get to know you.
- Be your authentic self!
Don’t be afraid to wear your passions on your sleeve. We’re excited to get to know the real you, so get ready to share what you’re truly excited about.
- We know what you’re going through.
Talking with an Admission staff member can be scary! Know that we are on your side and want to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We promise not to ask you trick questions, and we’ll have no problem rephrasing a question if you’re feeling stumped.
- Talk about things that aren’t in your application.
If you’ve already chosen your essay topic, talk about something different! This could be a great time to highlight the activities you do outside of school, hobbies that don’t make it into your application, or certain academic triumphs that are only given limited space in your application.
- Turn off your phone.
We understand that accidents happen and you may have left your phone on, but your appointment is your time to shine so make sure to turn your phone on silent, or even better—off.
- A little goes a long way.
One of our current Senior Interviewers put it perfectly: “I would rather talk for 30 minutes about that one thing a student is in love with then talk about the 15 different clubs they’re only kind of involved in.”
- That being said …
Be prepared to talk about a variety of interests. Our questions will help you out here! If you catch yourself focusing solely on philosophy or Legos or your DNA research, we’re going to think that’s the only thing worth knowing about you. We know there’s more, so don’t be afraid to share.
- Pauses are okay.
We may ask you a question that causes you to think before you answer—and that’s okay. Feel free to take a beat or two before you answer, as long as that’s what feels most comfortable to you. And if you’re ready to answer right away? Jump right in.
- How you listen says a lot.
Try to be an active and engaged listener when the person conducting your appointment is sharing information about Sewanee or themselves. It makes a big difference if you’re making eye contact or otherwise showing you’re listening than if you’re gazing out the window.
- Be yourself!
We promise we’re not too scary, and we’re on your team. We know that the on-campus appointment is not the end all be all, so have fun with it!