What Should Men Wear to a College Admissions Interview?

Now that you’ve started hearing back from colleges and have a few interviews lined up, you have to figure out what you’re going to wear to all of these interviews. The good thing is that you can wear the same thing to each one – so long as you make sure that your outfit is always clean. If you’re a guy, then you might not think about your outfits too intensely on a day-to-day basis, but you definitely want to put a lot more thought into your clothes for college interviews than you do most other days. Here’s a basic fashion guide for men preparing for college admissions interviews.

Clean Shaven Face

The first thing you want to remember is that your face should be clean shaven. It’s fine if you have a mustache, beard or some other kind of facial hair, but you want to make sure that you don’t look unkempt. Your mustache or beard should be well trimmed, without any stray hairs falling into your mouth or dangling loosely from your chin.

Collared Shirt

You definitely need to wear some kind of nice dress shirt, even if you’re applying to a school like WSU Online. You may not have an appearance that you will need to uphold on campus, but you will still need to make a good impression on the admissions officers all the same. A collared shirt with buttons is a definite must, and you should remember to wear an undershirt if your dress shirt happens to be white. You may want to wear an under shirt either way if you think you will be nervously perspiring. Just remember that a collared polo shirt doesn’t count.


You don’t need to wear a tie with your shirt so long as you have a nice blazer. This isn’t to say that you can’t wear a tie, but if you’re not the type to wear a tie, you don’t want to be too uncomfortable. You want to wear a blazer that matches your shirt and keep it buttoned when you walk in the room. Then, once you’re asked to sit down you can unbutton it. You never want to sit down with your blazer buttoned.

Nice Slacks

You never want to wear jeans to an interview. You should find yourself a nice pair of slacks. Again, you want to make sure that your slacks match both your blazer and your dress shirt. They should fit well and they should be fastened with a nice belt. If your clothes don’t fit well then it will be obvious that you don’t feel comfortable in them. This might be the case, and if it is, you should definitely wear the outfit a few times before you go on your first interview.

Dress Shoes

Last but not least, you want to have a nice pair of dress shoes to tie the whole outfit together. Ideally, these shoes should match your belt. If you’re an art student applying at Maine College of Art, you might find it stylish to wear a pair of your old paint-splattered tennis shoes, but it’s always better to err on the side of professionalism.

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