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Your college interview is the opportunity for a college to get to know you as a person and an opportunity for you to get to know the college to ensure it’s the right fit for you. For most people, there a million other things you would probably rather than do than be interviewed, but knowing what kind of questions to expect and prepping ahead of time will help you muster the confidence to crush any question that comes your way to show a college how awesome you are. We’ve compiled a list of 75 potential college interview questions ranging from the normal questions you will encounter and some “off the wall” ones to get you thinking!

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to go XYZ University?
  3. When did you first hear about XYZ University?
  4. Why do you want to pursue XYZ major?
  5. If you could be one item on the dinner table, what would it be?
  6. What are your strengths?
  7. What are your weaknesses?
  8. What impact do you hope to make on campus?
  9. What’s your five year plan?
  10. What’s your ten year plan?
  11. Why do you want to go to college?
  12. Who do you look up to?
  13. What do you do for fun?
  14. Tell me about a challenge you overcame.
  15. Tell me about a conflict you had and how you resolved it.
  16. What’s your favorite book?
  17. What is success to you?
  18. What do you plan to get involved with in college?
  19. What is your dream job?
  20. What are three adjectives friends would use to describe you?
  21. What are you most proud of?
  22. What is the most important thing you’ve done in high school?
  23. Tell us about your experience leading others.
  24. What’s your favorite subject in school?
  25. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  26. What is something you wish you understood better or hope to learn in college?
  27. What characteristics are you looking for in a college?
  28. What kind of volunteering have you done?
  29. If you could be a kitchen appliance, what would you be?
  30. How can you serve others with your talents?
  31. Describe any experiences you have with people who are different than you?
  32. What was your toughest class in high school?
  33. What’s something about yourself that we wouldn’t know based on your application?
  34. Who was/is your favorite teacher?
  35. What’s your favorite TV show?
  36. What’s your favorite movie?
  37. If you had no internet for an entire day, what would you spend your day doing?
  38. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been to?
  39. What is something you will always remember about your high school experience?
  40. What did you do last summer?
  41. What motivates you?
  42. What’s your spirit animal?
  43. How have you grown throughout your high school career?
  44. What’s your favorite study spot?
  45. On a bad day, what cheers you up?
  46. How do you hope college will be different from high school?
  47. What historical figure do you admire the most?
  48. If you had $1,000 to help others, what would you do with the money?
  49. What’s an invention that you think has progressed society?
  50. What is the most effective way to tackle group projects?
  51. How do you handle change?
  52. Who is your greatest mentor?
  53. How do you balance your priorities?
  54. What color crayon would you be and why?
  55. What’s your favorite emoji?
  56. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  57. What is your favorite song?
  58. What is one piece of technology you couldn’t live without?
  59. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  60. How do you handle pressure?
  61. How do you manage your time?
  62. What will you miss most about high school?
  63. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
  64. What’s your favorite quote?
  65. How do you learn best?
  66. What are you passionate about?
  67. If you could share a meal with anyone in the world who would it be?
  68. If you had to give a persuasive speech, what would it be about?
  69. How do you keep up with current events?
  70. How do you relax?
  71. What’s your favorite board game? And app?
  72. What makes you most nervous about college?
  73. Who is your closest friend and what do you admire most about them?
  74. What’s a world/national/local/personal issue that’s important to you?
  75. What questions do you have for me?

The most important thing to remember during an interview is to be yourself. Your interviewers are human and want to see that you are too. You will have lots of opportunities to interview throughout your life so even if some of these questions don’t come up during your college interview, they could come up later and you’ll be thankful you’ve already prepped an answer. There will likely be a campus tour as a part of the interview process, check out our tips to make the most of your tour.