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. Gateway applicants should call the Admission Office to coordinate an 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!

All Choate interviews, whether with admission officers, faculty members, or alumni in your area, are considered comparably in the admission process. Interviews, or as we like to think of them, guided conversations, are both informative and evaluative and one piece in a larger puzzle. If face to face interviews cannot be scheduled, we may invite applicants to Skype, FaceTime, or speak over the phone. The Admission Office will not honor the request for specific interviewers.

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.

Schedule an Interview

Once you have completed the inquiry form or Gateway Application Part 1, 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, 11:00, 11:30, 1:00, and 2:15
  • Wednesday:
    8:00, 10:30, 11:45
  • Thursday:
    9:45, 11:00, 11:30, 1:00 and 2:15
Limited Saturday interviews are available; please contact the Admission Office to schedule an appointment at (203) 697-2239.

Featured Gold Key Tour Guide

Eben Cook, Class of 2018
Eben Cook, Class of 2018

Eben, a sixth former from Wallingford, Conn., grew up on the Choate campus. He chose Choate not because it was familiar, but rather he says, "because I was able to pursue a variety of different interests I both knew and did not know I had coming into Choate." In addition to Gold Key, Eben is an associate editor for the Choate News, a Day Student Prefect, and member of the Maiyeros, a boys a cappella group, and the Chamber Chorus. Last summer, Eben toured Scandinavia with the group. From a cappella, to chorus, to the spring musical, he has found several ways to get involved in the arts at Choate. His favorite spot to talk about with prospective students and families is the Paul Mellon Arts Center. "It is a vibrant building and is filled with buoyant personalities; the upbeat environment motivates me in my vocal endeavors." He adds, "It is refreshing to know that I am surrounded by students and teachers who want me to succeed. This drives me to work hard in all that I do without feeling like I have to change my identity for anyone."