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University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
  • Year founded: 1905
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 199
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University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy School
Los Angeles
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 121 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS N/A 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $50,830
  • Non - Resident Tuition $50,830
  • Application Fee N/A
  • AVG PCAT N/A
  • AVG GPA 3.6

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions Office
  • 1985 Zonal Avenue
  • Los Angeles 90089-9121
  • United States

School Overview

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 87
Negatively 16
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
5.31 118

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
6.90 87

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Definitely increase the time for the classic interview. There wasn't nearly enough time to answer all the questions thoroughly, let alone time to ask questions. Also, although there are a lot of students interviewing per day, the blocked group schedule definitely puts students who interview later in the day at a disadvantage because you are mentally fatigued from all the Q&A sessions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have a clock/timer displayed when taking the writing portion of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Include a campus tour and a bathroom break in between the interview and the essay." More from this Member | Report Response

"To extend the deadline for the deposit." More from this Member | Report Response

"Longer interview time. School or campus tour would have been nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have a tour of the school after the interview sessions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Include 1) a break between the interview and essay for restroom, and 2) include a tour" More from this Member | Report Response

"I really like the way USC welcomed us! Very warmly and friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Name one of your role models." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about some leadership positions you've had in the past and what activities you were involved in." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you know about MTM" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you decided to pursue pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about UH (University Hospital)." More from this Member | Report Response

"If there were 10 students and only 1 seat left, why should we choose you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy and what school did you go to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me about the pharmacy experience (clinical vs. retail) that I mentioned in my personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a problem in pharmacy today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a problem for pharmacy today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you choose USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you contributed in the field of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself (and after three seconds about telling them where went for undergrad and my major the guy cuts me off and asks me question 2)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pharmacy? Why USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why USC" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is a science-based question unfair? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the differece between a boss and a leader? Does a pharmacist need to be a boss or a leader? (not sure the point to that question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Though there were many more than 3 questions...Why pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not medicine? (you should definitely have a response for this question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why pharm, why usc, tell me about yourself. (This was literally one question which I answered 2/3 of it part and he just cut me off and asked another question)." More from this Member | Report Response

"why pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done to show leadership ability (EC's, leadership roles, etc)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a challenge regarding the future of pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"prepare to answer anything you put in the essay you sent through email." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has your volunteer experience taught you about the pros/cons of the profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where are you from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why pharmacy? what differentiates you from the the rest?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why pharmacy? pharmacy experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some challenges or problems you see in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? What are you going to do if you don't get in this year? What leadership positions have you held?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"So, why pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and why you want to become a pharmacist." More from this Member | Report Response

"what extra curriculars were you involved with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? Any leadership positions? What extracurricular activities did you participate in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself.. where are you from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"...tell us about yourself and why did you choose pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you consider getting into Pharmacy? Any leadership skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? Why USC? Why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why pharmacy, why this school" More from this Member | Report Response

"What leadership skills do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a closed-file interview so tell us who you are." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you want to go into pharmacy instead of other health care profession? What aspects of pharmacy that you like and that you dont like or what would you like changed in the pharmacy field within a couple years from now? Tell me about your work experience? (especially if you work in a pharmacy, they totally wanna know about that). What do you think of pharmacists in your local store? How about academically? What school you go to and major? What are your club involvement? Have you done research? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why USC as opposed to the other schools in California?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would a USC education prepare you for becoming a phramacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problems do you see in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy/ tell me a little bit about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the negative sides of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy (of course) and what is the best thing and worst thing about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the most negative aspect about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do outside of school/academics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions pertained to my work experience and family, so maybe not relevant to others." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Is this your first time at USC campus?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges did you face?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? Why USC? " More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to be a pharmacist" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Name an important experience in your life." More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of changes can you bring to pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Based on what I said in my essay, why do you want to specialize in cancer research or oncology and what experiences had you had related to this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you plan to do in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you didn't get to work in your field of choice, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you decide to study abroad" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not work in a restaurant? (I talked about my restaurant experience)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was the drive in the rain?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a case of an imperfect coworker?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your trip to Latin America." More from this Member | Report Response

"What were the names of the pharmacists you worked with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever talked to a pharmacist? (I had no pharmacy background)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you choose between USC and UCSF?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will I work to live or live to work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked what I thought about automation in retail pharmacy how it can affect the future of pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a problem in pharmacy today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you rooting for Manny Pacquiao? (Referring to tonight's fight b/w Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a typical day as a pharmacy technician" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you heard of homeopathy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the negative or positive aspects about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be challenges in the future of pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the most exciting thing you saw a pharmacist do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the negative aspect about retail pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field of pharmacy do you want to go into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none..extracirricular activities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"hmm...nothing really, but the answers they gave to my questions are pretty interesting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What pharmacy experiences have you had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you bring to the field of Pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Of all the volunteering experiences you've had, where have you contributed the most and how." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you live around here? (i think it was just to start off the interview and as an ice breaker)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were the usual ones that you would expect such as: Why Pharmacy? Why USC? Tell us about yourself...BUT a lot depends on your answer to these questions so be very careful what you say. The first one is usually ''Tell us about yourself'' and I suggest you choose your answer carefully on this one since it pretty much sets how the rest of your interview goes. They build on your answer to this question and ask more questions based on the information you gave them. If they give you a hard question, don't look at it as if they are trying to give you a hard time. They just want to know YOU and how much you know about the field of pharmacy as well as USC. Remember that you are competing against the best of the best and so you must up your game at this school. You have to show them that you are passionate about your chosen field and that you know for sure what you're getting yourself into. Good luck and remember to breathe....:) " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the difference btwn a boss and a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we choose you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite chemical reaction? (cause I tutor for organic chemistry) " More from this Member | Report Response

"None were really interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to pay for pharmacy school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What area other than retail would you like to pursue?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is some thing negative about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the positive aspects of pharmacy? Followup same w/negative?" More from this Member | Report Response

"totally tripped me when they told me what was the name of the pharmacists that I volunteered with, 1 year ago. " More from this Member | Report Response

"why not med school" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really, it was the usual stuff on sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too interesting, just normal questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, just the basic questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions were expected." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing special.. it was just simple, basic questions.. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most recent and controversial drug that came out in the market this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one thing about you that you want us to tell our admission committee." More from this Member | Report Response

"What skills have you learned through your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"As a teaching assistant, what do you do when a student asks you a question you don't know? I do not do any research, yet he asked me these questions: What are some methods you can use to determine protein structure? How do changes in DNA affect the cell? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interseting. I got someone who asked very basic questions: why did you chose pharm school? Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your e.c.'s. Challenges in the present and future? etc. How do you plan to deal with these challenges. Do you speak spanish (I said I was working in a spanish speaking enviormen in my esssay) They make you submit a 300 word essay for the interview and thats all the info the interviewer has on you. I told them I knew a lot about SC after working for an alumnus so they asked me what I knew about the school. ANd they asked me what other schools I have applied to. And "tell us what you want us to remember you by." Beaucse I made many specific referances to my work exp. (i.e. diabetic care) they asked if I knew what area of pahramcy I wanted to go into? " More from this Member | Report Response

"So...you decided to pursue pharmacy based on conversations with one person??" More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of food do cambodian-chinese people prepare? the interviewer didn't know cambodian-chinese people, like myself, existed. it's cool tho bc it was a good ice breaker." More from this Member | Report Response

"what does pharmacy give back to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I thought about non-profit seeking drug production." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of activities do you participate in to alleviate stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Has there ever been a time when you have had to multitask?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you stand out from all the other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you want to tell us about yourself for us to remember you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the future of pharmacy is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were pretty basic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you sit in class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why does pharmacy have many opportunities for growth?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were very general." More from this Member | Report Response

"The professor that interviewed me asked me a question regarding something pertaining to computers. I think it was to see how well I would react to something i wasn't expecting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. My interviewers did not have a sense of humor." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting. Just basic questions read off a list. Why pharmacy? What have you contributed to your institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hmm most were pretty basic." More from this Member | Report Response

"what are you looking for in a pharmD program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does it fell to lose to USC 4 years in a row? (I went to UCLA)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the negative aspect of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to change careers? (I've been a scientist for past 4 years)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were all that "interesting" - pretty much the questions listed on this site are what were asked." More from this Member | Report Response

""you said you like microbio; tell me what you'd like to do with microbio and pharmacy"...what the feezy? oh hell no! but it's aight...i aint no chump!!! i answered it, some what..." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I gave you YOUR DEGREE right now, the minute you walk out of this interview, what would you do with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some challenges you foresee in the pharmacy profession and what solutions can you provide?" More from this Member | Report Response

"your friend accidentally got the answers from the upcomming test and tells you to come over to see them. What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some negative aspects of Pharmacy? How are pharmacists becoming the physicans of the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"basic questions but one nice thing to me is that they didnt start with "tell me about yourself" and just let you babble on n on..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions asked were very general. Because it's a closed file interview, the interviewers ask basic questions to get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one of your failures?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Compare your pharmacy experience, what was negative about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your GPA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where did you go to high school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's a positive and negative thing about pharmacy profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one negative side to pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really spectacular. Very conversational. One falculty and one student. Very relaxed. They always want to know why pharmacy. Other questions include research experience, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, pharm experiences, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were general and I did all the talking" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you release stress (I just talked about my music and comm. svc.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting. They just wanted me to tell them about myself because they didn't know anything about me because they didn't look at my file." More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see the profession headed in the long term?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever rode on a horse? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What one quality observed in a pharmacist you knew motivated you to want to be a pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting, just run of the mill...why pharmacy, tell me about your experience, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting or unexpected." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you view as the role of pharmacists between doctors and insurance companies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you think the future of pharmacy is headed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was asked that was really interesting. The questions were all standard stuff." More from this Member | Report Response

"do you have any leadership experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

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