17 College Interview Questions from William & Mary

Last summer we drove for hours (and days) to visit colleges in Canada. With interviews set up at all three campuses (U of Toronto, Queens, McGill) Mod Squad Pete had to spend a few of those car-hours trying to answer our questions.

Photo courtesy of: Stephen Salpukas, College of William & Mary.

Without saying, “I don’t know.”

It was painful for all of us (including the two other Mod Squad members who didn’t have to interview for anything). By the time he got to the third interview, he almost thanked us for the help.

Actually, I may have imagined that.

Last week the folks (see photo) at Admit It! — the Admissions blog from The College of William & Mary — offered up this list to help students prep for their college interviews, including:

If you were to have a personal mascot, what would it be?

Here are two more:

If there was a newspaper article published about you in the past year, what would the headline be?

If your teachers had three adjectives to describe you as a student what three adjectives would they use and why?

The college’s challenge:  to get the student beyond the “I dunno” and to get the kid to think, talk, and expand on his or her thoughts. Not for nothing did they append most of these questions with:

[if you’re not asked why, the “why” is implied]

[the “why” is implied]

[What’s the “why”?  Oh yes, it’s implied]

[Do I even have to mention the “why” again?]

Thanks, Admit It! And I’m sure Mod Squad Pete thanks you, too.

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