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Hi there,

How much do interviews weigh in an application? College counselors always say you wouldn't be at a disadvantage if you don't take one, but is that really the case? Do they add it with the rest of the application or after they review all other factors and it's like an accessory?


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Interviews are very similar to personal statement essays in terms of its impact on your admissions status. College admission officers don't just want to see a bunch of statistics, they want to get to know who you are as a person. Interviews can be a great way for colleges to see who is going to "fit" at their university. You will definitely not be penalized if you are not able to attend an interview, but it can be a great piece of an application.

Best of luck!

Agree it’s like budgeting for a trip you are fine with what you have but an interview gives an extra 100 dollars. There’s no downside to the interview(as long as you don’t do stupid stiff) but you gain from it. Hope this helps.
Just to clarify - interviews aren't nearly as important as essays. Essays count for around 25% of your app, but Rec letters, Relationships, and Interviews only make up 10% altogether. It's not that important, and can't really hurt you, but it can help you a little.
It is very true that the purpose of the interview is the same as the essays though - to get to know you better.