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  • Arizona College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Glendale
Individual Feedback 1 16 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 11
Negatively 4
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.56 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
6.19 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
6.44 16

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 1
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 6
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 5
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 2
45 minutes 0
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 1

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 15
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 10
In a group 6

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 4
Closed file 12

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.50 16

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"How do you study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of when you think of optometry and why do you want to be an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are the differences between 3 O?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for in an optometry school" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Midwestern?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the scope of optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In your opinion, what is an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

""What is an optometrist?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Arizona?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why AZCOPT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivates you to be successful?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think having an optometry school at a university with other professions will help your career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think about the future of the Optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Midwestern?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself after you graduate from optometry school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you are not accepted anywhere?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one weakness that will stop you from getting into optometry? (specific to my primary essay)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose Midwestern?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Arizona?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an optometrist?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"How will you transition back into going to school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you weren't accepted to an optometry program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what would you do if you not getting into Optometry school this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Difference between optometrist and opthamalogist" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to apply to Midwestern?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why AZ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you don't get accepted this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you didn't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can I handle the course workload?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If someone asked you what optometry is on an elevator and you could only talk with them for 30 seconds, what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does an optometrist do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you devote a lot of time to volunteering? (because they saw that I volunteered at many places)" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"All great questions.. None were too hard." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"When was a time when you overcame a difficult situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself after school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would happen if you did not get into school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself after graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the scope of optometry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you prepared for that we didn't ask? (I was caught off guard by this one)" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, practice interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, looks up potential questions online." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked up potential interview questions on SDN and my personal statement and wrote down the answers on a Word document" More from this Member | Report Response

"talked with my parents" More from this Member | Report Response

"I found questions on student doctor net, wrote out answers, and other questions to ask that I couldn't find answers to online. I also had a mock interview through my school's HPAC." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read my personal essay" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN & sample interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked through this website's forums, asked friends who had gone through interviews (at med school, dental school, pharm school, and opto school), talked to professors and OD's that I've shadowed. I put questions on flash cards and practiced going through what I would say for each of them the night before my interview (I didn't memorize anything, just had an idea of what I wanted to say)." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at questions from SDN feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN questions from other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"everyone was super nice, small class sizes, great facilities, great response times from admissions" More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus and facilities were all modern and up to date with the latest equipment. Faculty and students were very welcoming and enthusiastic." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty were all very friendly and the facilities and equipment were amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"laid back atmosphere and short interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and staff were extremely friendly, facilities and equipment were all new." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is new and modern." More from this Member | Report Response

"Technology and electives they offer" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was very friendly and enthusiastic about both the school and their careers. The campus was beautiful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus is beautiful and the clinic is amazing. Dr. Jarnigan was an incredibly nice man and I liked that he gave us the tour of the clinic and ate lunch with us." More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of pre-clinic students get. The campus was beautiful, nice suburban setting, welcoming/friendly vibe." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions staff and professors were very welcoming and helpful, campus was in a great location and is nicely spaced out, Eye Institute is AMAZING, professors emphasized their open-door policy to students. Very professional, yet comfortable interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was very friendly, the dean was an awesome person." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everybody on campus was very friendly" More from this Member | Report Response

"State of the art Equipment!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!! The faculty there have a great vision for this new school." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not accurately reflecting board pass scores (below national average)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The food sucks, and the tour took too much time than it needs." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the admissions staff did not seem overly excited to be at the interview process and spoke very little to the potential students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The clinic was extremely slow and I didn't get a friendly feeling from the current students (other than the one that ate lunch with us)." More from this Member | Report Response

"the newness" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very long day - my feet hurt by the end of it (I arrived at the school at 7:30am and we were done at 3pm)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, loved everything about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Only thing is the clinic is not yet finished, and not sure how much patient exposure will be there since it will be brand new." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are also an interviewer for the school. Many schools need students and you need to know if they are a good fit for you." More from this Member | Report Response

"#7. https://optometry.az.gov/sites/default/files/Final%20Minutes,%206-20-14.pdf" More from this Member | Report Response

"1. The tours are long so take comfortable shoes/clothes. 2. There is not really a conversation about financial aid or housing." More from this Member | Report Response

"the breakfast offered was not healthy, just cereal bars/processed snacks- I would have eaten a healthier and more substantial breakfast before if i had known." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour was too long, couldn't stand on my feet by the end of the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the tour is super long, so wear comfy shoes!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. They do offer you a free lunch in the school's cafeteria. Good food though." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"it was half open/half closed files. interviewers had access to your personal statement and experiences, but not your grades/scores." More from this Member | Report Response

"I went into the interview day not sure how I felt about Midwestern and their program, and I left with a very positive outlook on the school. The school is newer than others, but I think it's a great program." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very casual and informal and mostly felt like the professors just wanted to get to know who you are as a person. Everyone was super nice and interacted with the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just relax and ask genuine questions at the end, maybe questions about your interviewers background/life" More from this Member | Report Response

"#7. https://optometry.az.gov/sites/default/files/Final%20Minutes,%206-20-14.pdf" More from this Member | Report Response

"Really awesome school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school focused too much about itself. They really didn't put much effort in making a connection with the candidates and getting to know them more in person." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus is beautiful and very up-to-date. In general the staff were very enthusiastic and friendly.The atmosphere was very relaxed and the staff made sure everyone was comfortable." More from this Member | Report Response

"I think the school has a lot of potential, but the clinic just seems so slow. I think in a few years it will be a great school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really enjoyed my visit that day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview itself was not bad at all, very conversational, you're interviewed by 2 faculty members in the program, questions they asked were just based on optometry and your application --nothing random. I really like this school and I think their program is very strong and has the potential to go far. I like how the interview day was structured - the interview is the first thing on the itinerary! That way you can breathe the rest of the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great program, nice staff, good location." More from this Member | Report Response

"School is very beautiful and the program looks great" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see so much potential in this school. Dr. Santiago has the school going in the right direction. Their students will be very prepared." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 0
Faculty member 7
Admissions staff 8
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 9
Neutral 5
Discouraging 1

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.31 16

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 3
Out of state 12

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 4
2-3 hours 3
4-6 hours 5
7+ hours 3

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 11
Automobile 3
Train or subway 0
Other 1

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 3
$101-$200 2
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 1
$401-$500 3
$501+ 3

What airport did you use?

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Denver international airport to Phx Sky Harbor

Sky Harbor

PHX

Phoenix International

the one in phoenix

Phoenix

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 3
Hotel 10
Home 1
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Arizona Grand Hotel

Comfort Inn

comfort inn

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn

Drury Inn

I forgot

Yes

Would you recommend the hotel?

Arizona Grand Hotel

Comfort Inn

comfort inn

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn

Drury Inn

I forgot

Yes

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

Response Avg # Responders
6.44 16

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.94 16

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
6.31 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.31 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
6.88 16

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"It would have been very helpful if there was a financial aid talk incorporated into the interview day schedule. There was too much time just sitting around waiting for other applicants to finish their interviews (almost 1.5 hrs)." More from this Member | Report Response

"They really need to make the tour shorter." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would have been nice to have more information on financial aid and housing options." More from this Member | Report Response

"Improve communication; the only way I found out I had been invited for an interview was when I logged on to their website. They also said they would call on Monday to let me know if I was accepted - they didn't call until Tuesday, but I checked online and saw that I had been accepted Monday afternoon." More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions office is very friendly. Great experience." More from this Member | Report Response

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