Application & Interview Tips
In NavianceStudents must move colleges from Colleges I'm Thinking About to Colleges I'm Applying To. Students must indicate the type of application (i.e. regular decision, early action, early decision, etc.).
With online applications, most of the items below are also applicable. College websites containing their online applications can be accessed through Naviance. Download a copy to complete as a rough draft before entering items on the application. If this is not possible, make certain to save information if not completed in one sitting. When finished, before submitting, print a copy for personal records.
If the Common Application is used, visit http://www.commonapp.org/ for instructions, participating schools, etc.
If the Coalition Application is used, visit http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ for instructions, participating schools, etc.
Some colleges require an interview with either an admission counselor on campus or an alum in the local area. Check with each college to find out their procedure.
- Do a practice interview with the Director of Admission on the Loyola campus if possible.
- At least two weeks prior to visits, write or phone the Office of Admission and request an appointment.
- Memorize your following statistics:
- cumulative grade point average (GPA)
- PSAT scores
- SAT/ACT scores
- Dress neatly and conservatively.
- Relax, and be yourself.
- Ask good and thoughtful questions.
- Be prepared to talk about reasons for interest in the school, intended major or field of interest, career goals, academic background (coursework, grades, etc.), extracurriculars, personal desires (likes, dislikes, talents, hobbies, strengths, weaknesses, values).
- Establish good eye contact.
- Upon closing, shake the interviewer's hand and thank him/her for their time.
- As a follow-up, write a thank you note to the interviewer. Express appreciation for the opportunity to speak to him/her.