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How do I get an alumni interview from Princeton University?

I'm a new student to University living and education. And I need more information about applying to Princeton University this month for 2022 admissions. Like how to get a real Princeton University allumni interview.

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5 months ago

From Princetons website:

Interview. Princeton offers optional alumni interviews. Interviews take place after the Admission Office has received your application. You may choose to opt out of the interview in the Princeton Supplement, and this choice will not put you at any disadvantage in the admission process. If you do not opt out, you may receive an email inviting you to interview with a member of our Princeton Alumni Schools Committee. If so, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. The interviews are 30-45 minute informal conversations, where you can discuss the things that are important to you and also ask questions to someone who attended Princeton. We cannot guarantee that every applicant will receive an interview. This will depend on the availability of alumni in your area. Our dedicated alumni do manage to contact the vast majority of our applicants every year; however, if you do not receive an interview for any reason, it will not put you at a disadvantage since the interview is optional. We do not offer on-campus interviews. Please note that ALL interviews during the 2020-21 application cycle will be virtual, via video chat or phone. These interviews must not be recorded in any way, either by the interviewer or the applicant.

Given the timeline, students who are participating in the QuestBridge National College Match will be unable to complete an interview.

@phillipus you can not apply to Princeton this month for matriculation in the Fall of 2022 because the Class of 2026 supplemental essays and requirements only come out in the middle of August 2021. Since Princeton skipped SCREA this year due to COVID-19 and their need for more applicant information like grades or test scores, they only had RD applications this year. Princeton only had 1 main application deadline which passed already for the Class of 2025 on January 1st. If they repeat the same format, you will have to wait to apply until January 1, 2022 for admittance into the fall of 2022.

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5 months ago

The final guidelines for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle have yet to come out, but as of now, you indicate on the Common App whether you want to or not, then Princeton will contact you via email and provide details for your interview, though they say on their website that not everyone will get an interview depending on Alumni availability.

You can find Princeton's guidelines here: https://admission.princeton.edu/how-apply/application-checklist

This is a CollegeVine blog post that you might find helpful. It contains an overview of the process, some information about the interview itself, and tips for nailing your interview.: https://blog.collegevine.com/princeton-interview-what-its-like/#:~:text=Princeton%20does%20not%20offer%20on,a%20greater%20number%20of%20applicants.

I hope this was helpful!

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5 months ago

Hi. I also applied to Princeton.

Here are some things to know

-Princeton requires a graded paper. More info here: https://admission.princeton.edu/how-apply/application-checklist/graded-written-paper

-Requires two recommendations and the writing supplement.

-You will be contacted by a Princeton alumnus for an interview.

-Test scores must come directly from the testing agency.

Note: This is for applying for 2021 admissions, so this might change slightly. Hope this helps.

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