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Campus Visit

As part of the admission process, we would like to invite you to visit our campus for a tour and an interview.

Your tour and interview gives you the chance to get to know us a bit better, and for us to get to know you, too.

We encourage all families to visit us in Wallingford, if that is possible. If you’re unable to come to campus, we encourage interested families to visit with us at one of our many off-campus admission events. Off-campus interviews for applicants can be arranged with alumni and parent volunteers. Please indicate on the Inquiry Form if an off-campus interview will be required.

Campus Tour

When you arrive on campus, we will welcome you to Archbold, the home of the Admission Office. You’ll have a chance to visit with some of our student ambassadors, and perhaps meet other families who are applying to Choate.

Each prospective family is assigned a student guide and enjoys a walking tour of the campus. Our tour guides are well versed in all things Choate and are ready to answer your questions about our School.

Interview

As an applicant, you should look at your interview as an opportunity for you to offer a more complete picture of yourself than you can give us on the application. We know there is always more to learn, and we look forward to the opportunity to meet you face to face.

  • How you present yourself matters – making a great first impression should be the goal when you visit us on campus.
  • Our interviewers tend to ask questions that require a bit of self-reflection: thoughts about your interests, your personality, your goals, and more. To prepare, think about your future before your visit.
  • We want to hear questions from you, too, so be sure to have some ready for our interviewer about Choate, our programs, our community… anything!

After your interview is finished, we invite your parents to join in conversation with the interviewer. Again, questions are welcome!

Featured Gold Key Tour Guide

Arin Kaye, Class of 2017
Arin Kaye, Class of 2017

Arin, a sixth former from Westport, Conn., followed her brother Matthew, Class of 2016, to Choate. "It was important to me to be a part of a community, and, after hearing stories about how my brother bonded with faculty, I knew that I could find that at Choate." Arin has had many opportunities to hone her personal philosophy: "to leave the world a better place than I found it." She spent her junior year living at the Kohler Environmental Center as a member of the School's signature Environmental Immersion Program. She is a member of the Environmental Action Coalition and Students Against Climate Change. She is also President of Model UN, and Women for Women, a club that financially supports women's education in war-torn countries. "Many of my interests seem to converge around environmental justice and more broadly, social justice issues." As a Gold Key tour guide, she adds, "I like talking about the various clubs on campus because it gives visiting students and families a snapshot into the diversity of Choate life."

Audrey Powell, Class of 2019
Audrey Powell, Class of 2019

Audrey, a fourth former from Bronxville, N.Y., loves math. She admits, "I tend to be very enthusiastic in class." Her teachers wholeheartedly agree. A Deans' List student, Audrey chose Choate for its strong math and science programs. "My favorite spot on campus when touring is the Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science. I love that Lanphier is not only an academic building, but also provides a space for students to relax after school or on the weekends." Besides Gold Key, Audrey is a member of Choate's Robotics Team and a volunteer with Teach Wallingford, a tutoring program at the local elementary school.

Peyton Gaughan, Class of 2018
Peyton Gaughan, Class of 2018

Peyton, a Deans' List student from Wilson, Wyoming, joined the Choate community last year as a new fourth former. With roots out West, she says, "I loved the thought of going to school in New England." "Also, the size of Choate, and the fact that it's located in a small town played big roles as to why I chose Choate." She adds, "During my tour and revisit days, everyone was so friendly and awesome. Choate had good vibes." Besides the positive spirit she brings to Gold Key, Peyton is a Peer Educator, and member of the Debate and Ski & Snowboard Clubs. Her favorite spot to tour on campus? "The Dining Hall. That's where I tell my best jokes, and grab a little snack before I leave."

Gaby Garcia, Class of 2019
Gaby Garcia, Class of 2019

Gaby, a fourth former from Lebanon, New Hampshire, chose Choate because "it is an open-minded and welcoming environment." A dean's list student, in her down time Gaby enjoys, reading, drawing, and gardening. In fact, during spring term Gaby is a member of the "varsity farming" team where her favorite activities are harvesting kale and planting seeds. Her favorite spot on campus is Mem Circle where she remembers how much fun she had as a freshman living in Nichols dormitory.

Schedule an Interview

Once you have completed the inquiry form, call the Admission Office at (203) 697-2239 to schedule your interview.

Your interview and tour should take about 2 hours. Interviews are offered:
  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday:
    8:00, 8:55, 9:50, 11:25, 1:15, and 2:10
  • Wednesday:
    8:00, 8:55, 11:00, 12:00
  • Thursday:
    8:55, 9:50, 10:45, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30
Limited Saturday interviews are available; please contact the Admission Office to schedule an appointment at (203) 697-2239.