Job Interview Answers: Why Did You Choose Your College?

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When you are applying for an entry-level position, a typical job interview question is "Why did you choose your college or university?" The interviewer wants to know what makes you tick. And understanding why and how you made a major life decision will provide a certain level of insight.

It Was the Only College That Accepted Me

You most definitely don’t want to say that. Maybe it really was the only college that accepted you but think how you can turn the situation into your choice, not the colleges.

After all, you chose to apply there. Why? What did you hope to gain when you thought about going there? This question is your chance to show your ability to make a proactive and thoughtful choice about the direction you wanted your life to take.

Examples: Why I Chose My College

Here are a few sample interview answers that you can edit to fit your personal experiences and background. Choosing what you want to emphasize depends on the job you’re applying for.

Small Liberal Arts College

  • I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college to have the opportunity to sample courses from a plethora of departments. I believe that a liberal arts background is key in today's diverse world and provides its recipients with a well-rounded education that can be applicable to numerous fields.
  • I picked a small liberal arts college because I wanted smaller class sizes so I could engage with other students in seminars and work together to complete projects. I also wanted to establish close relationships with my professors. I thrive in a collaborative environment.

    Large University

    • I chose to go to a university because I like being part of a large group and diverse student body. The world is a big place, just as my university and the parallels between the two would better help prepare me for post-college life in the real world. Also, my university has a really strong school of sciences, and I wanted to study under the best minds in the country.
    • I went to my university because of its fantastic overseas program. I spent three semesters studying in different countries, improving my language skills and engaging with other cultures. I also participated in the University association that hosted visiting students from other countries.

    Community College

    • Starting at a community college was a good option for me. I felt that my high school did not properly prepare me for the rigorous coursework I would be taking at a prestigious four-year institution, and I wanted to be better prepared. I used my two years here to develop the necessary skills to be successful at a four-year institution.
    • I chose community college because I was supporting myself, and I wanted a college that was both flexible and affordable. While I was attending classes, I was also working thirty hours a week, but I still managed to get my associate degree in two and a half years. 

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