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  • University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Los Angeles
Individual Feedback 5 121 Responses
Overall Experience

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

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.35 86

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 2
15 minutes 7
20 minutes 80
25 minutes 15
30 minutes 9
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 1
45 minutes 2
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 3

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 114
At a regional location 1
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 96
In a group 20

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 46
Closed file 65

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.97 116

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

"Why pharmacy over other health professions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about a leadership experience you had" More from this Member | Report Response

"What if you met some physicians who don't give a crap about your opinion?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You said you wanted to be a leader in your personal statement; how can you be a leader in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy, why USC, talk about your pharmacy experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What problems do you see in the pharmacy today, how can you solve them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What school activities were you involved in." More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you bring to this profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you worked in a pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What field are you most interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not another health care field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you to prepare yourself for this program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Follow-up question to my answer to weakness I see in pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field of pharmacy do you see yourself going into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your outpatient experience. What is/was your manager's name?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What got you interested in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Positive and Negative of Pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses." More from this Member | Report Response

"What got you interested in pharmacy? What field of pharmacy are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain more about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"So anyway. Tell me about (biotech I worked at). Then after looking uninterested, he changes the subject and proceeded to ask me question 3." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why Pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"What community service have you done? What leadership positions have you held?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What extraccurricular activities have you been involved in that will help you in Pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you have any leadership positions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What area of pharmacy are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what field of pharmacy are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of family support system do you have? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, Positive and negative things about pharmacy, What do you do for fun? What problems do you foresee in pharmacy (i think they asked me this question twice during the interivew, not very organized) " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"tell me about your TAship, tell me about your pharm experience, pros/cons to pharmacy, any other leadership experience, what was your masters in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what will you do if you don't get accepted this year? What if you don't get in next year either?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your leadership experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"tell us about u" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are some positive and negative aspects that you experience while working in the pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my club activites" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some leadership roles/experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you want to practice pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"challenge of pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"what have you done to gain insight into pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"science-based questions (above)" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell us about your volunteer experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Postive and Negative aspects of Pharmacy? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What did the pharmacist that you worked with focus on most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some positive and negative aspects of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your research experience. How does it help you in your pursuit of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the name of the Pharmacist that you worked for? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a positive and negative about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What other activities are you involved in?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your volunteer experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Having worked in a pharmacy for a while, what are some of the positive and negative aspects of the career that you have noted?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kinds of school activities were you involved with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some negative aspects of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of pharmacy exposure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has changed in the last year that has made you a better candidate? (I didnt get in last year)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Challenges in Pharmacy? What do you like most about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Any pharmacy experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"...what are the negative/problematic sides to pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle time management?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"how to help a shy friend in a group speak up" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any experience in a pharmacy setting? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your experience in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"and of course the last question is always 'Do you have any question for us'??? (yeah, you better answer this!!!) They're soooo into the USC pride (it's the 100th anniversary for school of pharmacy). USC's been there for awhile so they know that they're good and you gotta let them know that you belong there. Good luck to everyone..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What initially attracted you to pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is a negative aspect of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you demonstrated leadership?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing with a PharmD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"experiences in the profession" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your hobbies/extracurriculars?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did your interest in pharmacy begin?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you intend to do with your degree after you graduate (e.g. work in retail, independent, research, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what leadership position have i held, describe them" More from this Member | Report Response

"what did you do in undergraduate research? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why did you pick pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe any experiences you have had working in a pharmacy setting." More from this Member | Report Response

"what steps have you taken to acquaint with what a pharmacist does? where did i volunteer?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"how has a team member in the past let you down ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What if you met someone that is really negative in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you bring to the school as a student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problem do you see in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your pharmacy experience" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What type of leadership roles have you done?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Is there anything else you want us to know about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some attributes of a pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of extracurricular activities did you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing to look forward to in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a leadership role you have had and how you went about it." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is a positive and negative aspect of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What were the names of the pharmacist you worked under." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us why we should select you over other applicants" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are the positive and negative aspects of pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the negative aspects in pharmacy? What would you do if you didn't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your extracurriculars" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you continue to do research at your university?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Challenges for pharmacists in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"explain to them about one of my student organization " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the positive aspects of Pharmacy? What are the negative aspects of Pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any volunteer experiences that exemplified leadership skills and if so, explain." More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of all the applicants, why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"do you think you will be able to manage your time well?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges do you think pharmacists have/will have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do think will be the future of pharmacy? What are some of the positive and negative aspects of pharmacy? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you weren't doing pharmacy, what would you be doing? (i answered i'd work at disneyland) and he asked me, ''why not work at disneyland? why do pharmacy then?''" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your weakness? What will you do if you don't get in? What specific field in pharmacy would you like to pursue? Why should we choose you? How can you convince me that you will go to USC instead of UCSF? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialty in pharmacy interest me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you get rejected what would you do, one thing about you to help us remember you by, pretty standard usc questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you describe yourself as a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some common problems you foresee in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some issues that you see in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you expect to get from a pharmacy career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do if you get rejected" More from this Member | Report Response

"Future challenges in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Give us a 20 sec advertisement of yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What unique qualities will you bring to the program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"leadership position " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you have any questions for us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you work at both settings, what are the differences you see between community and hospital setting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of pharmacy are you interested in practicing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"who were your o-chem professors? (he knew one of them)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does your spouse feel about moving to LA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself. what do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are some of the positive and negative aspects of the career that you have noticed?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What did you learn from volunteering in a Hospital Pharmacy? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What were the differences in the pharmacies where you volunteered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What extracurriculars did you participate in, other than volunteering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else can you tell us about urself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What leadership positions have you held?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see pharmacy going in the long run?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a problem in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you find more information about your computers ip address? (the weird random question I got)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What did you do besides school activities (i.e., please tell us that you at least have the verisimilitude of a life and don't just study all day long)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what challenges do you forsee for the profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to pick one football team to cheer for next year, UCLA or USC, who would it be? (I lied and said USC to make her happy)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What do you have to offer that is different from all the other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"have you had experience; what did you do? tell us what we should know about you. the more you talk, yeah they MAY ask you less questions, but i found out they asked me more, which is fine, because i didn't BS anything. don't get yerself in a position you can't get out of. that's worse than being stuck between a rock and a fat dood." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the challenges in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some negative aspects of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to attend USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some leadership experiences you have undertaken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do on your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the biggest problem in the future of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"In your leadership experiences, how did you build enthusiasm and recruit people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think is the biggest health care issue?" More from this Member | Report Response

"extracurricular activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"How has your research experience impacted you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your research and extracurricular activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"What research have you done?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"would you want to do retail or hospital pharmacy once you graduate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities make you stand out?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do in your spare time, 3 words, describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your extracurriculars (volunteering/clubs/etc)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"List 3 things that makes you a great candidate for USC." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you contribute to the class? What additional info should we tell the committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"future of pharmacy" 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

What was the most difficult question?

"Based on your leadership experience, what is one thing that you did wrong, that you wish could go back and do it differently? (I got stuck on this one)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with a cultural difference in patients (following up on what I said earlier) ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The first question, they jumped straight to extracurricular activities and leadership roles. Nothing caught me off guard." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you tell Obama today about health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything else you would like us to know?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you bring to this profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The Essay Question! (An ethical question)" 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

"What was the motivation for you to go to Latin America." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your least favorite class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some challenges the pharmacy field is facing?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Who has the answer to our economic crises?" More from this Member | Report Response

"same as the one for the most interesting question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't think there was a really hard question. Pretty straight-forward." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had to make a difficult decision." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you give back to USC as a USC PharmD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"During your pharmacy shadowing experience, did they discuss the future of pharmacy with you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions can be found on this interview feedback" 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

"the essay! you have to read an article and then summarize it..but the article content was actually difficult to understand---something about medical devices and the failure of FDA to enforce certain protocols--i really don't know how I managed to get through it..lol..im assuming the articles are different for each interview group so u cant really prepare for it." More from this Member | Report Response

"You obviously don't have any clinical experience. What makes you think you'll be a good candidate for clinical pharmacy (he asked me in a really condescending tone)." More from this Member | Report Response

"extracirricular activities? (they caught me off guard and I blanked)" More from this Member | Report Response

"all are pretty straightforward" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problems do you see facing the future of pharmacy? (This wasn't difficult, but I wanted to include the 6 questions that I was asked.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you different out of all the 500 applicants we have interviewed today?" 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

"Can you name a few fast movers? (cause i volunteered at a pharmacy before but i completely blanked out. >_<)" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me if a science-based question will be an unfair question to ask a candidate. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want us to know about you? (i answered w/ my traits of humor and comradery). They followed up with, How do these traits relate to you being a pharmacist? (I think he was just doing this to give me a hard time, he did a lot of that)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to convince me that you will choose USC over UCSF? (Interviewer asked where else I applied to and got an interview at)" More from this Member | Report Response

"So why not medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"positive/negative aspect of pharm" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the definition of a drug?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the common problems you foresee in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? (because I don't feel my reasons are compelling to anyone else.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"they were all pretty simple because i read the ones on the sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"none was difficult, it was simple stuff" More from this Member | Report Response

"pros and cons of pharmacy (because all others were easy!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really difficult. Just be prepared to talk about yourself. They really didn't ask any technical or situational question. All the questions were about me." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were simple- mainly based on my activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"What unique qualities will you bring to USC? " More from this Member | Report Response

"science question" More from this Member | Report Response

"none.." More from this Member | Report Response

"How many schools did you apply to." More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me specifically about a medication (name, dosage) which was strange, and threw me off a bit" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you only apply to 3 schools? Are you that confident you will get in? What if you don't get accepted this year? If you get into ucsf, will you still go to usc? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you aware of any current issues in pharmacy? I forgot to prepapre an answer for this one. oops!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really. All were the usual." More from this Member | Report Response

"what are the postive and negative qualities you see in your pharmacy (VA outpatient pharmacy)." More from this Member | Report Response

"what have you contributed to your undergraduate institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I would do if I didnt like being a pharmacist." More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions were straight forward, nothing was too much to handle" More from this Member | Report Response

"postitive/negative aspectes of pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from the pharmacist that you shadowed while volunteering?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What did you contribute to the pharmacy you worked at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were particularly difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you faced any problems in the pharmacy that you worked at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does pharmacy give back to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked some organic chemistry questions. I told them that I was a chemistry department tutor and the professor taught o-chem, so he quizzed me on that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing particularly difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you unique?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why should we choose you above other people?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is the challenge in pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why no UCSF?" More from this Member | Report Response

"From a clinical perspective, what is the worst thing about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"...uhm..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my motivator?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? Why didn't you want to be a doctor? Why didn't you just go for a masters in pharmacology instead?" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk about a time when you show your compassion" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you bring to USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See Above." More from this Member | Report Response

"mmm...the questions that were asked were pretty much questions that you think would be asked...but like i heard someone who was asked to convert liter to ml and then to mg or something of that sort, but during my interview, nothing funky. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"None, they were all pretty general." More from this Member | Report Response

"same" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"They're all pretty standards" More from this Member | Report Response

"What defines a leader and what are essential aspects to your career choice? " More from this Member | Report Response

"NOthing really..." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were very general... no difficult questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 3 things about yourself that we should know about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"name one problem about the field of pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"A tie between "What don't you like about pharmacy?" and "Why don't you want to go into medicine instead?". sheesh that was a toughie!" More from this Member | Report Response

"none, the interview was very stress-free. Laughed a lot." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the biggest problems in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do u believe is the biggest problem in pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one positive and one negative thing you have observed about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a positive and negative experience at the pharmacy you volunteered at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are lots of other pharmacy programs in CA. Why not go to one of them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"it's not difficult. just the usual question like why pharmacy?, describe yourself? future for pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"sdn, practiced with people at work and my family & friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, recorded myself practicing, for about 3 days" More from this Member | Report Response

"Past interviews, SDN, talking to pharmacists" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student doctor!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Really researched USC and all their programs" More from this Member | Report Response

"made a short outline/notes on some of the common questions asked, practiced with a mentor, sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"Going over questions that previous interviewees have had." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Practice," More from this Member | Report Response

"Going through the interview feedback section. A lot of questions prepared me well for various questions asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interviews with friends, talked to pharmacy students/pharmacist" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interivew" More from this Member | Report Response

"Prepared answers for questions. Looked through their website (although they never asked me, why USC). Practiced summarizing articles." More from this Member | Report Response

"Thought up a list of potential questions they could ask and wrote answers for them. Researched pharmacy and healthcare reform. Tried NOT to memorize everything but to have a general idea of what to say." More from this Member | Report Response

"Go over potential questions though it didn't really help and get some sleep" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did two mock interviews with friends and a health professional. Researched info on healthcare policy (i.e. the current Health Reform) and in relation to pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN. Had interview at another school before and it helped me relax for this one." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, I have friends in the program so I asked them questions about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Re-read applications, essays, CV, and studentdoctor.net interview sessions, mock interview with 2 pharmacists, read pharmacy publications, read articles on nationalized healthcare plan, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"with a friend" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Sarah's and others' past interview experiences, practiced with friends and profs. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, wrote down answers to certain questions and tried to memorize them" More from this Member | Report Response

"studentdoctor.net, interviews before this, researched the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about USC on their website, read SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"read the interview feedback page here" More from this Member | Report Response

"Experience with interviews; SDN Interview Feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews with the career center, my advisor. Talked to previous students in the field. Relaxed and got good sleep. Made sure I had plenty of time to get ready." More from this Member | Report Response

"Sdn, prepared own questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, usc website, read my supplemental essay and personal statement over" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback, talked to pharmacists at work, read up on current events in the field" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, usc website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN. I also copied the questions and answered them myself. It's good to be prepared and to have an idea of what you're going to say. Don't memorize though. You don't wanna sound rehearsed. You want to come across as honest, sincere, and confident about your responses. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, go over old interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"SDN feedbacks, mock interviews (highly recommend), practice questions to myself" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, did a previous interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview at college, sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interviews, previous interview experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read books,magazines, and school website." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got dressed and showed up. I've interviewed 2x before at different schools. " More from this Member | Report Response

"read the questions on sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, friends, web sites..." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn for questions, typed out answers and had my younger siblings interview me" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read SDN and went over my essays. Remember not to memorize exactly what you want to say. Just know what you what to say and let it flow out naturally during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on SDN, re-read my essays" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sdn, mock interviews, magazines." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice interview, SDN, USC website, Pfizer Career Guide, interview preparation workshops at my university." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and job interview book" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, mock interview, articles, practicing " More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, school website, google, school career center." More from this Member | Report Response

"studentdoctor.net, practice interviewinig with a friend several times, re-read my essays/resume" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, friends, current USC students, a little bit os searching their web site. The have an almuni mag thats posted online too! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't really. Decided not to stress, so just came prepared to be myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"read up on sdn, re-read my app, researched the school, read current events in health/pharmacy, practiced questions, made a list of experiences/extracurriculars/qualities that i wanted to incorporate/highlight" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student doctors and typed out answers to most commonly asked questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"USC website, talked with family member who is a current student, SDN, mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read some info about pharmacy online" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN forums, mock interviews with friends/family" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read this site, talked to pharmacists, rehearse questions in head." More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Doctor and USC website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN forums and interview feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, School's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reading websites, magazines, and review my resume. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reading up on current topics in pharmacy and the health field, friends that went through the interview process last year" More from this Member | Report Response

"Studying at my school's carrer center library." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read book of basic job interview questions. Wrote out answers for important ones." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just practiced the basic questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sdn, read some articles" More from this Member | Report Response

"studentdoctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"I interviewed at 4 school the previous year, but decided to apply again because I didnt get in to my #1 choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"This website and friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interviews during my ride down to LA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Doctor Network, talking to pharmacists, I gather all the interview questions I could find, and thought of an answer for each one. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Studied questions on SDN, read the school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"with your mom." More from this Member | Report Response

"the USC website and SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"practiced with current pharmD student, read up on school" More from this Member | Report Response

"read sdn, school website, talked to the pharmacists" More from this Member | Report Response

"I talked to students and read possible interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Read USC website" More from this Member | Report Response

"read up on pharmacy news, research about the school and what's unique about usc " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, USC website, mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read the SDN website, the USC website. I also reviewed my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"read USC website, talked to USC students." More from this Member | Report Response

"read SDN, other stuff related to the field of pharmacy I want to go into" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read application and sdn feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, school website, online" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went through my personal statement, USC pamphlets, and SDS feedback questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"studentdoctor forums, read the school website and just made up mock interview questions...prepared for the most general and basice questions...like the ones i mentioned above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, SDN feedback, researched pharmacy on the internet, and practiced with a friend." More from this Member | Report Response

"Went through this site and talked to student/faculty contacts at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at USC website and SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interviews. research on the school and the different programs they offer. " More from this Member | Report Response

"just thought about the ins and outs of the pharmacy i volunteered at, thought of some common questions they might ask, read up some industry mags to get a feel for controverail and important issues relating to pharm, and read up on my undergrad research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on USC's pharmacy program." More from this Member | Report Response

"USC website." More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about the school through their website" More from this Member | Report Response

"read a manual guided to pharmacy interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"I re-read my PharmCAS personal statement and the USC supplementary application. I brushed up a bit on current issues in pharmacy by reading websites online and the SDN PharmD forum." More from this Member | Report Response

"internet, advices from SDN's friends, and school's interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"It was very organized and I was able to speak to faculty, alumni, and current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"the integrated style of their school-large degree of collaboration with students of other medical disciplines, also how happy everybody seemed who was already admitted at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty much everything." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very friendly, and my interviewer and P2 student who interviewed me was also very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the students and how informative they were about the program, the admissions director was fun" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of staff and students! P1's talked to you in groups before your session starts and it's very relaxing! They tell you about their journeys in pharmacy and were really helpful with all our questions. Most of them thought they weren't going to get in but they were probably just saying that so we can relax..but it worked :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The new lecture halls" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendly, calm yet professional atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"How casual, kind and polite the interviewers were." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendly atmosphere from everyone." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness and open attitude of all the faculty and current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was welcoming and friendly at the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was very welcoming and nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"That everyone was really nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The professor was very nice and chatty, as were the students. The students sold the program well and made me really want to go to USC." More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly the greeters and Jim, the director, was and how they all tried to calm you down." More from this Member | Report Response

"The intro presentation and the Q&A with pharmacy students were very helpful and nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of the students and of the staff made it a very positive and low stress experience! Jim G is so nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone had school pride and were proud of their program." More from this Member | Report Response

"Current student's attitude towards the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students, my interviewer, and Jim G. is so nice!!!! It was a very positive interview experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Strong network in California and across the US." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendliness" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school looked very nice and the students were very friendly" More from this Member | Report Response

"They are very warm and nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very relaxed and comfortable. The professor and the student interviewers were both nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty member was really nice and sweet. He let me finish my answers before asking another question" More from this Member | Report Response

"you get to talk to current pharmacy students in the waiting area before the interview process began" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"usc's reputation" More from this Member | Report Response

"they have pharm students talk to you and calm you down before the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Enthusiastic, positive and impressive student body" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you arrive there is a bunch of current Pharmacy strudents waiting to talk to you. TALK TO THEM! Dont just sit there to help you. They are really friendly and are there. Also before you do your interview you get a chance to talk to the dean who is really cool and helps make you laugh. He really calmed me down." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were not intimidating. They were amicable. It seemed as if they really just wanted to get to know you and see how much of your passion for the profession can be conveyed in the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was very organized, Jim calmed us down with his introductory speech, and students seemed very nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"First-year students were in the lobby to chat with you before the interview and answer any questions you had. They were very friendly and went up to you (as opposed to you having to find them). Also, the interviewers were very friendly and did not interrogate me at all. They were there to also tell you about the program and what they had to offer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the first year students were attractive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tremendous support of their alumni. USC students and grads are very loyal and have such great school pride. " More from this Member | Report Response

"cute P1 student for wrap up" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer was interesting to talk to. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the campus is nice on the outside. The students and staffs are very supportive and welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"The level of professionalism of students, the eagerness of pharm students in networking with me, the helpfulness of the students, the enthusiasm of the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"intro to schools program" More from this Member | Report Response

"Its USC!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students, they were so excited for us to be there. They wanted to give us a positive impression of the school, program etc.." More from this Member | Report Response

"Trojan enthusiasm. Jim Granderson really made me feel at ease with this interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"quickly found parking" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was organized well" More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone was very friendly, very prompt regarding time limits (20 min interview, 20 min essay, 20 min for questions with students)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The current students there are very nice and have lots of pride in their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really like the fact that the school gives you so much exposure as a first-year. All the people there are very nice and supportive." More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly the faculty and students were. The env't was very relax" More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly the faculty, pharmacy students, and fellow interviewees were. Interview was not too long or too short, although it did move along quickly." More from this Member | Report Response

"USC's history and network impressed me.. i want to be a part of family of USC~~~~" More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly the interviewers were." More from this Member | Report Response

"the current pharmacy students there were extremely nice and helpful. i could see myself hanging out with them in the future." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything is neat and on time. Students are nice and friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"The student panel gave interesting and honest answers" More from this Member | Report Response

"the students seemed very nice, it was a very non-stressful environment " More from this Member | Report Response

"It'sa nice place. They all love the school and I want to go there even more after visiting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The weather. I forgot how much I miss sunny days in November." More from this Member | Report Response

"not sure...." More from this Member | Report Response

"dean's talk before the essay and interview... very personable" More from this Member | Report Response

"VERY. Everyone was extremely nice and the entire experience made me want to go there ten times more. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone's seems friendly and connected" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school spirit! Everyone I spoke to loved the school. The main campus is very pretty as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Current sutdents were very warm, helpful, and friendly. The atmosphere during orientation by the program director was relaxing and lighthearted." More from this Member | Report Response

"The enthusiasm and pride of students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school gives you many opportunities to speak to current students and learn about the program. Also the presentation before the interview was very helpful," More from this Member | Report Response

"All the pharmacy students are so friendly and enthusiastic." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very stressed but once you go there they take care of that. By the time of your interview, you are stress free and my faculty interviewer was really nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was impressed with how involved the students were. They were all very friendly and outgoing. They helped make the experience a positive one." More from this Member | Report Response

"The two freshman Trojans who waited with us before the interview were quite chatty." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students seem to be very supportive of each other." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of school spirit. They emphasize how much more they were getting out of their education than, say, people going to the UCs. But I guess you get what you pay for, right?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how the current pharmacy students and the faculty were actively involved in this process " More from this Member | Report Response

"how they talked alot about alumni and networking " More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of rivalry jokes they had. I of course had to put my 2 cents in to make them laugh." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is cool" More from this Member | Report Response

"how organized the entire process was.. i liked the Q&A session held by current students at the end" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students involvment. Right when you get there, there were a lot of students there talking to you and trying to calm you down. It made me feel very welcomed and not as stressed out. Everyone is very friendly and are trying to get to know you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers were very friendly. The students that went to the school seemed to enjoy being there. The teachers all seemed personable and caring about the students there." More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYTHING. damn, who knew people could be so nice. the interviewers were so nice like-a you wouldn't believe. wow. i just had a ball talking to the faculty member and the student interviewer; it was a great experience and i wish all schools were as cool as USC. that's why i want to be a TROJAN MAN. ya damn right." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people were VERY friendly. They really try to make you relaxed before going into the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"student volunteers were very friendly and happy to be there; coordinators gave a group pep-talk beforehand to relax us and give last-minute interview tips; also had us all introduce ourselves to break the ice" More from this Member | Report Response

"very relaxed, friendly, and welcoming faculty and students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The togetherness of the school and how long the school of pharmacy has been open." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students and faculty were genuine. They have a lot of school spirit, they heavily encourage USC because of the networking." More from this Member | Report Response

"both the faculty member and the 2nd year student who interviewed me were very very nice. They really just wanted to get to know you and find out who you really are. Just be yourself and be confident and dont let them know that you're nervous on the inside. Both of them take on a great pride as a USC member, and its very infectious." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were very friendly, seemed to be genuinely content, and not competitive at all. The students, along with the staff, try to make you feel as welcomed as possible. There is a lot of pride behind USC." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students there seemed pretty happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"They have students there that talk to you and calm you down." More from this Member | Report Response

"So relaxed, they really want to take care of you." More from this Member | Report Response

"the bubbly nature of the faculty" More from this Member | Report Response

"How they (the students) had many thoughtout reasons why they were a better school than UCSF, UCSD, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"USC really prepared their students for a pharmacy career. The fact that they've been doing it for 100 years showed that they know what they're doing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was extremely nice and helpful in making you feel welcome and less anxious about the interview. Lots of emphasis on the importance of network." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed and the interview was very conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything went very smoothly and I enjoyed my entire experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"The entire process was very organized. Pharm students were there an hour before our scheduled time to mingle with us. The Director of Admissions even spent ~20 minutes with us to give us an overview/pep talk. There were so many students involved in the process and they were all volunteers who chose to take time out of their schedule to be with us. " More from this Member | Report Response

"how organized it was" More from this Member | Report Response

"the faculty and students were nice. very cheerful crowd." More from this Member | Report Response

"the 2nd year pharm students there. they were less nerdy than i thought they'd be. pretty fun people. and the campus wasnt bad once you're inside." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty were very informal. USC really takes care of it's students and the students love their school. Lots of Trogan pride. Also, there's a commitment to community service. I happened to be on campus a day early and the School of Pharmacy was holding a Kid's Day event. Also, the Chairman of Admissions gave us a pep talk so we would be less stressed out prior to the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The atmosphere of the school conveys a sense of respect, yet it is laid back and there are opportuntiies for students to do things other than study." More from this Member | Report Response

"my interviewees were very nice. While you were waiting, there were pharmacy students mingling, telling u to relax. A very encouraging inspirational pep talk before the process begins by a faculty member." More from this Member | Report Response

"The great vibes and energy from the students. My interviewers answered all of my questions in detail." More from this Member | Report Response

"The number of pharmacy students available to talk to the interviewees and the pride that these students had in their school. Also, they tried to make the interviewees as comfortable as possible." More from this Member | Report Response

"UCLA is the primary feeder school to USC pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students seemed to have a strong sense of community and seemed happy and welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"the students and the director are very friendly and helpful. the school is very big on the whole networking. overall, the school and the students were great." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the cost" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not many out of states, extremely rare" More from this Member | Report Response

"probably just the location" More from this Member | Report Response

"They built up the interview to be a conversation and very relaxed but the interviewer was very hard to read and it was more professional than just a normal conversation. I definitely could not tell how the interviewer liked my answers and honestly I don't know how I did. I'm hoping for the best!" More from this Member | Report Response

"location of the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything felt a bit rushed, and the organization of the interview was rather off." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area around USC wasn't that great, the parking cost, no tour, the feeling of being rushed during the interview, the cocky attitude of some of the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just the area around it. But that was expected." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area is not to great." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that we didn't get to tour the campus or the building and that the interview was too short to fully present myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lack of a tour" More from this Member | Report Response

"Rather impersonal, some of the interviewees were obviously nervous and shy." More from this Member | Report Response

"surrounding area" More from this Member | Report Response

"The surrounding area." More from this Member | Report Response

"The neighborhood is really ghetto" More from this Member | Report Response

"The pharmacy school is only one building. You're stuck in the same lecture halls for all your classes." More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"The surrounding ghetto area." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was supposed to be 20 min long, but my interviewers were extremely unprofessional and very rude. Unfortunately, I am one of the few who had a bad interview experience. It's really about luck- who you get as your interviewer. Before my interview, the faculty member and graduate student had their own side conversation and did not acknowledge me even though I tried to join the conversation. Then before I knew it, my interview was rushed and it was only 15 minutes long. They did not let me ask questions in the end, due to time. When the graduate student walked me to my essay after the interview, she caught me offguard by asking me why I would even consider USC over UCSF and UCSD. When I answered, she seemed not to care about what I had to say. The interview gave me a really bad impression of the students/faculty that make up this university." More from this Member | Report Response

"they didnt' really give a tour on the day of the interview. but i got one an info session previously. also didnt try to give us any info regarding the school...but i guess everything is online..." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing negative of the interview really, just the area around the campus is pretty bad...." More from this Member | Report Response

"There wasn't a lot of effort from the school in trying to impress you." More from this Member | Report Response

"It has nothing to do with the school but I was just so surprised at how many students had already finished their undergrads. I was wondering if anyone just went to pharmacy school right out of college anymore. " More from this Member | Report Response

"None. " More from this Member | Report Response

"interview itself was only 20 minutes, and my interviewers had a timer so they only asked me questions for 15 minutes and gave me 5 minutes to ask them questions. I felt it was too short for them to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the interviewees were not." More from this Member | Report Response

"Downtown Los Angeles. Need I say more? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Current students greeted us, but I felt it was forced. Professor I interviewed with was really tearing apart any answers i gave. Also, whenever I would look him in the eye, he would look away ( a twitch maybe?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The location." More from this Member | Report Response

"The neighborhood. But I'm fine with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"no tour, downtown LA, as expected, is pretty ghetto" More from this Member | Report Response

"interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very rushed, only 2.5 hours long, no Tour, very impersonal. I suggest you take out a few moments of your own time after the interview session and tour the facilities yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"I know every one says the location, but really it's in a bad place. There is nothing in the area not even fast food. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It's not in the prettiest part of LA." More from this Member | Report Response

"greek life. This school is so fake. So much hype." More from this Member | Report Response

"they need to fix up the school, it is like a relic" More from this Member | Report Response

"the school is about to fall apart, it is ridiculous" More from this Member | Report Response

"old campus, bad area, not very helpful when asked questions about the program, financial aid, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was no formal tour of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some pharmacy students present at the question and answer session seemed like they had better things to do. It made me wonder if they wanted to be there or if they were forced to be there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the student interviewer and faculty interviewer seemed very rude. The student pulled out his cellphone from his pants pocket at the end of the interview and looked at the time to say it's over. The faculty member kept looking at me like I was a liar and seemed offended when I asked him a question. It felt more like an interrogation." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"How fast the interview was. My interviewers seem not interested in my talk and don't want to be there. They worried about 20 min time frame so much that they were cleaning up the desk while I was talking. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There were 150 other students intereviewed at the same time, didn't feel very personal, students seemed bored like they were forced to be there" More from this Member | Report Response

"the faculty- my interviewer seemed a bit rude. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Location's not that great, but hwo really cares anyway. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The other applicants. So many stereotypical A-type overstressed "pre-meds" (even though it was for pharmacy). It made me not want to go to USC if these would be my future classmates. Where are the "well-rounded" applicants that actually have people skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"i could have answered some questions better" More from this Member | Report Response

"quickness of the interview because of time scheduling" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Length of interview because it was too short" More from this Member | Report Response

"the USC students who were there to answer questions seemed all about "Trojan pride"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Building didn't seem as high tech as some of the other schools, but supposedly they're expanding." More from this Member | Report Response

"The building did not seem as high tech as other schools. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"My student interviewer was not as nice and cheerful as the faculty interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was a rush and there wasn't any time for a tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that there wasn't a tour of the campus. I would have liked to be able to konw what buildings were what. Also, the interview was incredibly short. It seemed like it was only 5 minutes long." More from this Member | Report Response

"They might as well have me dealth with an automatic response machine." More from this Member | Report Response

"School seems a bit like one big fraternity." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tuition is tough to swallow. I didn't get to meet Matt Leinart or Reggie Bush, which really disappointmed me. I thought they'd be there to welcome me. Damn." More from this Member | Report Response

"the location...and personally, I thought the whole emphasis on networking was too much for me...it seemed like they turned the pharmacy profession into business! (well, partly it is but I was looking for something more sincere...well, I mean this is LA so I guess that's how it is- no offense to LA people-I live in LA as well)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the surrounding area of the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"It felt really rushed. They didnt give the candidates a tour of the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"i did not like the way a professor and a student, which sit next to me, interview me. I feel very arkward talking to one person and forgot that the student is sitting next to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"no tours" More from this Member | Report Response

"the location, and the fact that we didn't a tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus seems small and its location isn't that great." More from this Member | Report Response

"the frikken rain." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"the actual interview was unprofessional, uncomfortable, and extremely stressful (see comments). the essay section, although easy, is not an adequate assessment of writing skills or critical thinking abilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"didn't see anything negative" More from this Member | Report Response

"The location is not great. Traffic in the area is not fun to battle either. A larger class size." More from this Member | Report Response

"the writing test screwed me over. Like I summarized it but like not completely in my own words so they'll probably like dock me off a whole lotta points for not following instructions. follow directions people!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very brief. You have to sell yourself in a very short amount of time. There was also no time for a tour. The whole day seemed rushed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview time was too short and there was no tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was too short." More from this Member | Report Response

"Too much Trojan pride." More from this Member | Report Response

"the campus doesn't look too gorgeous. then again, i got to see only a small portion of it. i wish they had given us a tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"My student interviewer was kind of stuck-up. It didn't seem like he wanted to be there. The professor was nice tho." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is really short, so you have to work to cram in everything into those 20 minutes given to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"No tour! And the students just emphasized on networking. The latter is not exactly a negative thing but that's all the they really talked about." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing negative." More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not like the essay portion - I don't know it was just weird to me! They give you a paragraph and give you 5 minutes to take notes on it - BUT the sheet you take notes on has ten lines on it and you can only write 5 words on each line (weird?). Then they take away the paragraph and you have 15 minutes to state the main point(s) and summarize the paragraph (you could not add new ideas). I wasn't sure how much I was supposed to write from a 6-7 sentence paragraph. :-(" More from this Member | Report Response

"how unhappy the current pharm. d students seemed. All they do is study and don't ever seem to socialize. If you just want to be studying all the time, then this school if for you. Plus the essay structure was very different in that you didn't write an essay answering a question. You had to read a paragraph from an article and then summarize it in a matter of 20 minutes. I did not like this at all because the article did not even make much sense to me and I had no real time to work on it." More from this Member | Report Response

"the area is ghetto" More from this Member | Report Response

"the area around the health sciences campus is really ghetto. by ghetto i mean not one half-decent neighborhood to live in anywhere nearby. anywhere. and a far cry from UCSF and UCSD's hip and happenin locations. especially UCSF's with all those cool restaurants and neighborhoods nearby and the GREAT view of the GG bridge. why couldn't they have at least built this at the main campus?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus is beautiful but the neighborhood is a little questionable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Wish the interviews were longer though." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very quick." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"USC is in the ghetto so bring your gun" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer was somewhat cold and made some comments that bordered on rude. The whole "Trojan Pride" thing was very strong and almost intimidating. The campus is small and surrounded by a marginal neighborhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview was too short. i feel like i was being rush to just tell them about my whole life and accomplishment in just 15 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The "classic" style interview was limited to 10 minutes. I ran out of time answering the last question." More from this Member | Report Response

"probably should have brought mints" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing surprising" More from this Member | Report Response

"the topic of the essay lol." More from this Member | Report Response

"The essay kind of threw me off, compared to the other schools' essay topics." More from this Member | Report Response

"The writing sample is long and on a tiny desk" More from this Member | Report Response

"The professor cuts you off if you start answering a question too long. They want you to be very brief but thorough and concise in your supporting examples/answers." More from this Member | Report Response

"How casual the entire interview would be." More from this Member | Report Response

"That 20 minutes goes by extremely quickly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The essay was so tough!!! But not sure how you could have prepared for that." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I wouldve known I would be interviewed in an office setting where the interview's face would be 1 foot away from my face." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the campus was hard to find if you don't know the area well. There were no signs on where the pharmacy building is, so I walked around the medical campus for a good 10 minutes before I found out where everyone was." More from this Member | Report Response

"No bathroom break." More from this Member | Report Response

"To eat a bigger meal beforehand and bring mints. My stomach was growling during the interview and my interviewer ended up giving me food." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't be nervous, it's actually quite a relaxed interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"To bring a pencil for the writing section because the pencil they gave me broke half way through." More from this Member | Report Response

"not much. I learned the key was to be good at improvising answers and not rehearse my interview too much." More from this Member | Report Response

"That there were a couple of interview groups on one day." More from this Member | Report Response

"How hard the writing portion was." More from this Member | Report Response

"The number of quarters needed for meter parking" More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew there would be other people interviewing that day, I didn't know how many people would be there--a lot!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"No bathroom breaks from the orientation until the end. No refreshments either-bring water." More from this Member | Report Response

"You come around 30 minutes before your interview. You don't have to come at 8am." More from this Member | Report Response

"20 minutes is going to feel like 5 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"IT RAINED THAT DAY!!! I didn't have an umbrella, so I was half soaked when I walked in. " More from this Member | Report Response

"No tour. No financial aid seminar. (They need one)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Well it didnt really affect me but I think that you should not get there too early. I didnt know there was going to be interview sessions before and after me. So if you are there too early you get to see all those people cycle through and it will make you nervous and feel overwhelmed. I talked to this guy and he said he had seen three cycles before our interview and he was so nervous it was ridiculous." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they were going to ask me specific questions about my experience working at a pharmacy. The faculty interviewer grilled me on that one. she kept on saying, ''oh, volunteering there for a summer is not that long....so it was only 2 months.. blah blah.''" More from this Member | Report Response

"Take the questions seriously even if they are easy because a lot depends on your answers. Also remember that the competition is tough ''up your game.'' GOOD LUCK! " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Just don't be so nervous. That'll make your interview 100X easier." More from this Member | Report Response

"wished I knew it was open file, although it didn't really hurt me since I remembered what I wrote" More from this Member | Report Response

"Its really laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think SDN covered what wasn't in the interview invite. " More from this Member | Report Response

"go to the school before hand, the hype in the name of the school is just that, the hype." More from this Member | Report Response

"sc is not all its cracked up to be. it was my first choice but now that I got accepted, i am not so sure i wanna go there." More from this Member | Report Response

"dragongate inn has no pool/spa!! the interview is really laid back and you wont be there for hours and hours sitting and waiting!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was really nervous the night before the interview!! But, remember you will do fine. If I can do it and get accepted, you can too! Please be confident in yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"the unfriendliness of the interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"to make my answers concise and to the point. the 20 minutes really seem like 10 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The 20min goes by very very fast. Make sure you are clear on who the studnet is and who the faculty member is. They interview you at the same time. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't know there was going to be a writing sample...so that was a surprise. It was pretty easy however, so no big deal." More from this Member | Report Response

"didn't need to schedule so much time between my flight and arriving to the school and same w/leaving" More from this Member | Report Response

"DONT STRESS IT!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overpreparing is just as bad as not being prepared anough" More from this Member | Report Response

"That all the PharmD students/faculty members were really nice and laid-back...I was really nervous before going in but the presentation before the interview helped a lot. I was stress-free by the time I met up with my student interviewer...the entire interview process seemed like one big conversation...and 20 minutes were done before I knew it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There are student greeters to talk with the interviewees prior to their interview time." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is better to overdress than underdress. " More from this Member | Report Response

"To not be stressed!" More from this Member | Report Response

"To be less stressed - the people are there to really help you so don't get nervous." More from this Member | Report Response

"That bad luck can throw you off." More from this Member | Report Response

"Note to self: take sedative before next interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the LA freeway system can be intimidating. The 10 east doesn't specify itself as east, so if you're heading North on the 5, take the second 10 that you see. Oh, and don't stress too much boys and girls. There will invariably be a tough interview or two out of the whole interview group, but almost all the students I chatted with after were very satisfied by how easy-going the interview was." More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew what to expect so no surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"that i would have to regurgitate my whole application in only 15 minutes" More from this Member | Report Response

"Traffic in downtown LA sucks! I thought the 405 was bad but downtown is horrible." More from this Member | Report Response

"Know what i did in the research lab." More from this Member | Report Response

"be prepared for traffic.. i knew it but it really stressed me out even more than i already was" More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was going to be a very relaxed environment." More from this Member | Report Response

"...i came way too early. burger king was bomb though." More from this Member | Report Response

"should have stayed at least a whole day after the interview day to enjoy Vegas...." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it would be so relaxed" More from this Member | Report Response

"i'm quite impressive with what USC has to offer. Although it is costly, the school will definitely take care of you: pre or post graduate." More from this Member | Report Response

"I can't emphasize enough how important sleep is. Make sure you get a good night's sleep before your interview. All of your preparation will be pointless if you can't think straight. Trust me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Allow yourself extra time to find parking." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"more travel time! I got rear-ended on the way there." More from this Member | Report Response

"rumor has it that you're not supposed to incorporate anything in your essay that wasn't found in the original passage you read. i didn't know about it but still got in. so i don't know how true this rumor is." More from this Member | Report Response

"be prepared to talk more about myself and less about the school and the profession." More from this Member | Report Response

"Directions to the campus can be a bit confusing if you're not from the area. Map quest really helped me. Get there early!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was ready for what was coming. " More from this Member | Report Response

"how short the interview was and how they had no campus tours." More from this Member | Report Response

"to not wear my shirt too tightly, and get some good rest. Good preparation wont help if you cant think clearly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing. Don't worry about the essay. It was easy. Read a passage and summarize it in your own words. " More from this Member | Report Response

"problems in pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had practiced." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was worth 50% not 10% that they tell you at the beginning!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview days is really short and structured and there is nothing to do in the immediate area of the school afterwards. I would have booked an earlier flight home." More from this Member | Report Response

"how short the interview was so i didn't really have enough time to impress the interviewers and for them to get to know me a little bit more." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a long but thorough day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very good school, I did not like this school because of the tuition, now I think it's probably worth it" More from this Member | Report Response

"be yourself, be confident, and believe in yourself. sound assuring in your answers and like you want to BE THRE" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was open file, they have read through it and I saw marks and comments. They asked some questions based on my essays but asked their follow up questions based on my responses. My interviewers were so friendly, I had a faculty member and a 2nd year student. We went off topic and it was very conversational. They rushed at the end because of our side conversations and had to ask some last minute questions to fill out on their evaluation sheet. They were just awesome and I wasn't nervous at all. Don't stress out too much and to be yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, its a simple process and NOT NEARLY as stressful as I thought it would be. =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"USC was my first interviewing experience ever, and it was nerve racking. I had a professor who was not a pharmacist, so that threw me off from the beginning. The interview felt really rushed, and I felt that I wasn't able to tell everything about myself and give a full evaluation. The student lounge was great since we got to talk to first year students who knew the program and was able to tell us how it was. There was a welcoming seminar where they tried to get us to relax, but I felt that it made everyone more nervous since for most of us, we were the first group to go for the USC interview. It made me more nervous. Everything felt extremely rushed during the day, and I didn't like the atmosphere that some of the students provided. I felt that there was some cockiness for going to USC, which is good, but I don't like it shoved up my face about it. Other than that, USC is a good school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very efficient process. 2 hours long. Chatted with first years cause I came ~half hour early. Short intro by admissions director. 20 minute interview. 5 minutes to read article, 15 minutes to summarize it. Q&A with the 3rd years. Biggest thing I learned from my interview experience was that the student body involvement is huge and you can make a ton of connections while you're there. Biggest advice: be prepared for all the common questions and know yourself/background well, so you can focus on appearing confident, talkative, and happy to be there." More from this Member | Report Response

"none. Just be yourself and relax! Pharmacy school isn't the only thing in life! If you can relax and talk like you are having an intellectual conversation, then you are good!" More from this Member | Report Response

"great experience overall, low stress, Stay relaxed and speak freely during the interview and you'll be just fine" More from this Member | Report Response

"USC is definitely my number one choice of school now." More from this Member | Report Response

"An overall low-stress interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was a great interview experience. Everyone (the faculty and students) make you feel really welcome, like you belong there. The students do a good job of selling the school, and they are very helpful with all questions!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strong pharmacy program, obviously academically difficult. Was told 5% of student fail classes-overwhelming first two years. Very nice to see that USC places externships near your home or on your driving route to school. Classes begin sharp at 8AM (pop quizzes daily), mandatory attendance, very strong push for all students to participate in pharmacy related groups and community outreach." More from this Member | Report Response

"the person that interviewed me was not a pharmacist, he was a molecular biology scientist" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone in that time slot will have the interview at the same time with different interviewers. Well, I was fortunate to have 2 interviewers who were super nice and I felt I did really well. Afterward, the writing prompt was given. I felt that I did horrible on the writing portion b/c I didn't finish it. However, I think the writing portion is to see if you can write plain English and following direction. Therefore, the interviewers determine if you get in or not b/c I was accepted. =) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Really nice and relaxing, but again, everyone seems to do well! ^_^" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and the professors seem cool. The dean is funny. The interview had very low stress. Maybe because I winged it, I did not feel nervous and did alright just by being myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"i thought i would for sure get rejected from usc b/c my gpa is not stunning nor am i am a very competitive applicant (almost all the interviewees were from ucla)...i also thought this was my worst interview compared to the other school interviews i attended--I felt my interviewer did more of the talking than I did...so honestly--i really don't know how i got in...i felt like i totally got lucky on this one :P" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm so glad I'm not going to this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"my interview was worse than any other interview i had for pharm school, and i had several. i also busted out a horrible joke to break the ice and i really regret it. they laughed but i wished i hadn't been so chummy. the interview was more like a conversation so it flowed pretty well, but it feel like they were playing good cop-bad cop with me. also, the writing portion was tougher than other schools. it's after the interview so it made me even more nervous. i assumed i wouldnt get accepted, but i got in!! i found out a week ago... ;0). Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to the maddness. you just have to keep your fingers crossed." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got in" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very structured interview process: 20 minute introduction, 20 minute interview, 20 minute writing, 20 minute optional Q/A with students. (I was accepted.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is great people say it isn't worth the big name but I definetly disagree. Everyone was very warm and it made the experience enjoyable for me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall process was no more than 2.5 hrs. I like how it was brief and got straight to the point. No tour given and i dont think the tours should be mandatory. Try walking around for 30 min in heels!!! no thanks. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was at 9 am. parking around that time was easy and cheap. If you park on the streets it's only 25 cents for 1 hour (and the meter takes dimes and nickels) so don't park in the parking structure which is $6 or $8. the building was easy to find and they served us coffee, water, and hot chocolate. Then you get to chill and talk to other fellow interviewees and current students. An orientation is given by Jim who is so funny and charismatic. He really calms you down. Then students come in to take you to your interview room which is upstairs in the faculty offices. After the interview is the essay portion which is just to summarize an article. 4 students then come in for q&a. You can then leave or stick around to ask the students more questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a lot more relaxing and stress-free than I expected. You first go into a room where one of the faculty (Jim Granderson) just talks to you about what is going to happen during the day. After some introductions, the first-years show you to your interviewers. I didn't really believe what people wrote when they said that their interview was like a conversation, but I can tell you it really was. During the interview, I was only asked about four questions. The rest of the time, we just built upon what I said or what they said. But this really depends on the interviewers you get, which is out of your control. After that, you go back downstairs to write your essay. Then some students come into the room to answer any questions you have. Overall, it took about 2 hours." More from this Member | Report Response

"My faculty interviewer and student interviewer were very nice. The entire interview was a normal conversation. Behave casual and confident and you will be fine." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's always going to be nerve wrecking when you interview so just accept that but at the same time, prepare yourself so that you will be ready for any question that might come your way. Remember that they just really want to get to know you so you want to present yourself confidently and in the best light possible using your accomplishments. This is not the time to be modest...tell them what you've done and what you plan to do in the future. It might just secure you a seat in this very tight competition. May the force be with you..j/k. Good luck! " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was okay, the professor I interviewed with didn't make it easy. He really picked me apart during the interview. And I had trouble maintaining eye contact when he would always look away while i'm talking. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This was my first interview and it was nice. I seemed to connect a bit with the interviewer. I had a lot to talk about with my research, and he grilled me on it for quite some time. After he knew that I had an interview at UCSF, that was when things got a bit interesting. He began talking about his experience in San Francisco and how he graduated there with his Pharm.D/Ph.D. It seemed that there was nothing that I could say to convince him that I would choose USC, and it seemed like he was encouraging me to go there after I was done responding with my intent to go to USC. Overall, my interview experience was much better than I could have imagined." More from this Member | Report Response

"The only suggestion that I want give to future interviewees is that you shouldn't be so nervous. You're there to advertise yourself to the staff and student so that they can recommend you to the admission committee. So if you're nervous, it's not going to help you. I would also recommend that you should know yourself VERY well. Know how to draw examples from your personal life and relate that to their questions (when it's possible). Lastly, remember to SMILE.:-) Try not to be so tense. " More from this Member | Report Response

"stayed at friend's apartment, 30 minute drive to school, parked on biggy street (surprisingly cheap 25 cents per hour), got there at around 8 a.m., P1 student greeters made calmed me down by talking to me, answered most of my questions about curriculum, etc. My interview was at 9 a.m., the admissions officer gave a 20 minute spiel about the school and what we were to do that day. Went to interview which lasted 20 minutes, went to take a timed essay (20 minutes), 20 minute pharm student Q and A, done" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview experience at USC was very laid back, very friendly interviewers. Just be yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great interview experience. I was prepared because of sdn. I was a bit nervous at first but the talk by Jim G was very helpful and relaxing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Show up, get told exactly what to expect and give during interview. 2 on 1 interview, writing sample, Q&A session with P2&P3" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ok candidates, I am a sc graduate, class of 04 and I want to let all of you guys know that sc is a good school but it is starting to change. I hate to see people thinking sc is what it used to be in the 90s. San Diego will be what sc was many years ago. I still love sc but you guys need to know there are other options. I have to give credit to the ones who are aware of the hype, but all schools have pride in themselves. In the real world once you get your license, it does not matter where you graduated from. So just have fun with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"ok, the faculty interviewer was in a bad mood from the start and the student just wanted to get it over with. It sux because i thought they would care more about the applicants, but it seemed like they just wanted to get it over with. my friend experienced the same thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was too simple. I was expecting a bit of grilling but none of that happened." More from this Member | Report Response

"overall went really well" More from this Member | Report Response

"This was my first interview so I was initially very nervous, but there really is no reason to be nervous. My best advice is to remember to be confident in yourself; there's a reason why they ask you to come interview with them. Overall, the faculty and student interviewers were really nice. They basically asked me questions regarding the 300 word essay I wrote. It's a great school and I'm happy to say I got in!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The env't was relax. The interview was more of a conversation and not an interrogation. Keep that in mind when coming up with your responses b/c in between your responses, the interviewers might make a comment or ask another question. The essay was a simple summary. 5 mins to read and take notes and 15 mins to write. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Surprisingly great experience. I was pretty nervous when I first got there, but the faculty and students tried hard to ease all the interviewees' nerves. The interview itself was more like a conversation than an interview. The interviewers seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say and were willing to share about their USC experiences. " More from this Member | Report Response

"waste of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was short interview.. i was less nervous than i expected.. Also, my interviewers was very friendly.. also, essay part also seemed ok.. don't worry about it!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great." More from this Member | Report Response

"very nice. after talking with other applicants and current pharmacy students before the interview, your nervous level can really drop from 10 to 6. very helpful to go early to experience this." More from this Member | Report Response

"I want to go to USC because it's close to home and this is the only interview I got so far. I think all Pharm schools are good though. For the interview, just be yourself and dress professionaly. Try not getting sick like me. For the writing, just summarize the article- DO NOT GO INTO INTEPRET AND TALK ABOUT WHATU THINK OR HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I felt the interview had a negative impression on me. I originally had SC in my top 2 choices but my mind has now changed. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview was way too short. I didn't like how my interviewer asked me science-based questions. Overall I did not get a good impression of the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you wanna chat with current students arrive early. People hangging out in the lobby. Mostly p-1 studnets. Be confidant when you get there. It has a lot to do with how you deliver your answers. In the nicest most humble way, BE CONFIDANT. (yeah, a bit oxymoronic but you get the idea). Be nice to evryone, you never know who you will run into in the hall, lobby, or parking lot. It might be the person that inteviews you. It happened to me! And if you know people at the school already then name drop if you can beacuse the interviewers propbably know them. The interview will go by SOOOO fast so make sure you know exactly what points you want to highlight before you go in. " More from this Member | Report Response

"About 2 hours total. Brief welcome/intro from an extremely un-PC (can you say sexual harrassment?) man named Jim. 20 minute 2-on-1 interview, 20 minutes writing sample, 20 minutes Q&A with students. I was disappointed there was no tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"asked current usc students questions, was calmed down a bit by the dean's welcome talk, was led into a tiny room to be interviewed, took the written test which was to write a summary of an article, finished off by asking more questions to current students. all within 2 hours." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great time. USC does a great job of presenting the school and all the great oppurtunities it has for pharmacy students. They also have a great group of faculty and students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Arrive early because there are students to chat with before the interview. There is also punch and cookies available also. They then seat the first group if students in a room, where they talk to you about how the day is going to play out. Then your interviewer comes in the room and personally escorts you to a faculty office where the interview wil take place. After that, you go to a big room where you take the written part of the interview. Then current USC studets come in and answer any of your questions. I felt like I did terrible, but I got accepted out of the first batch." More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview went by too fast, the woman interviewer kept cutting me off and asking different questions, and the student interviewer kept writing notes. Grrr..." More from this Member | Report Response

"In a word...it was fun. I expected it to be stressful, but it wasn't...just talk to the interviewers as though you were talking to someone you knew. Everyone seemed very cheerful and helpful there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was short and fast-paced. The interviewers appeared friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"It went by quickly. The interviewer seemed uninterested in what I had to say. I was the last of 6 interviews that he had to conduct so he was tired. It seemed unfair for the student present to be leaning her head on her palm. They were both unwelcoming and discouraging. " More from this Member | Report Response

"USC was overall the best interview experience I had (and it was my first)! The current students are there to talk to you before you are called in, also the talk from Jim was very informational and calming. My interviewers weren't intimidating at all (they were super friendly), and wanted to know more about me. Essay wasn't difficult, just a summary. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was so nervous, but the pharmacy students really helped me relax. It was a very positive experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was a smooth one. The whole thing was not long and overall everyone was nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall I was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the students. The interview was very organized there was a set of questions to be asked. If weird questions are asked, don't get nervous just be yourself and asnwer it as best as you can (they want to see how you can handle pressure). Good luck!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was unfortunate to have interviewers who were either too shy or too indifferent to light up the atmosphere. I constantly worried about the quality of my answers because my interviewers appeared just trying to get this over with. I wished I had someone else to interview me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The professor and the student who interviewed me were very nice and were always supportive of my answers to their questions, even offering their own opinions. I felt like they made a sincere effort to understand what I was trying to communicate to them even though I was debilitatingly nervous the whole time and was embarrassingly inarticulate." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty lax, though my student interviewer didn't seem very friendly. They alternated questions, and at times it seemed the student had a script to follow (she asked questions that I had already answered clearly in another response). The interview is preceded by a talk by the dean of admissions and followed by an informal student panel. The experience lasts about 2-2.5 hours overall." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was a very pleasant experience! The interviewers made me feel very comfortable so though I was very very nervous I was able to perform my best. I felt it was a little rushed but otherwise it was great! The whole emphasis on networking and communication though...I dunno, I don't really buy it." More from this Member | Report Response

"very good, relaxed because there were students out front to greet all interviewees, however rushed when it came to the actual interview portion although rushed, it was not stressful or a tough interview at all. faculty and student were very nice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought the overall experience went well. I arrived just in time, almost missed it because of traffic so that added to my stress. I was actually embaressed because I live in LA and I should know how bad the traffic is. I commented on the traffic issue which lead nicely into my living in the westside and attending UCLA. Pretty cool way to start bragging about yourself. I applied last year, didnt get in to a good school so applied again. The major difference this year was BRAGGING, DESIRE, LEADERSHIP, and USC FOOTBALL. I actually did the same at 6 other school interviews and was accepted to every school. Interesting enough the majority of the time we talked about USC football which was a better topic to relax and talk about. It worked out because in 4 weeks i got my acceptance, but I will always be cheering on UCLA to beat USC!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I feel that the students at USC are really optimistic in general. When the students finish with the interview, we went to a room to talk to pharmacy students. I feel the students asked really dumb questions (such as, where to go to eat, party, downtown, clubs and organizations). OKKK, do all of them think that they did get accept to USC. What is the cahnce of getting to the school (20%). I don't really care now since i am thinking of NOT applying to pharmacy schools any more because too MANY people are applying. I am going to do my MS in Biochemistry then maybe switch to Podiatric or Dental. PHARMACY SUCKS " More from this Member | Report Response

"overall my interview experience at usc was great, better than at any other schools i interviewed. my interviewers were the most friendly people i've ever met. one was a current student and the other was a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and the assoc. dean of graduate studies. i was glad he was my interviewer cuz i got all my questions about usc's pharmd program answered. my interview went well... went overtime too, and everyone has to wait for me to start the essay, felt kinda bad about that.. but hey, I got in! =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great experience there. I felt I could ask the students anything since these are not the same students that will interview you. The Dean is super nice and seems to really look out for the students. The faculty and student that I interviewed with were very friendly and didn't really grill me. I felt we were just talking and they genuinely were trying to see if we were a match for each other. After the interview, I felt that this was a great school, with a good reputation, and that it would teach me what I need to know to become a great pharmacist. Luckily, I got my acceptance letter 4 weeks later" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was very organized. Arrive a 10 minutes early in order to get a chance to talk to the students/teachers there. After you check-in, you are led to another room where the Admissions director talks to you about what the interview process entails. He was very good at making jokes and calming people's nerves. After this talk, current pharmacy student interviewers came in and led us away one by one to a different room where your faculty interviewer was waiting. They interviewed me for about 20-25 minutes. They were very organized and had specific questions written down that they wanted to ask. They were also very friendly and approachable. After the interview, I went back downstairs to another room where I took the written test. The written test is very simple - basically read a small paragraph and summarize its content. Overall, the experience was a good one and I went away feeling that I shouldn't have been as nervous as I was going in." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was a pleasant atmosphere overall. no one really makes you nervous except the really high-strung interviewees...oh lawd...there were so many of them. just be cool and take it easy cuz that was the best interview i've ever had" More from this Member | Report Response

"Well, I had the EARLY interview at 8:30am. At first we were in the lobby, but moved to a room because it was warmer. Then we had someone talk to us about the whole interview process and what we should expect. He was just trying to make everyone relax, which was a good thing. After about 20 minutes of the intro, there were 24 student interviewers, EACH assigned with the 24 students in the first interview group. As my student interviewer got me, we went to the faculty's room and there it began. It was pretty much laid back, seemed as though I had control of the interview because they rarely asked any questions directly, and just wanted me to ask them questions. That lasted about 20 minutes, and then I was placed back into the same room where I started from, and you wait until all the other students interviewed at that same block time to finish. Afterwards, we read a short paragraph and summarize it. Then we had a Q&A period which doesn't count for anything, so at that point, the interview was already over. Overall, it wasn't as bad as I expected, but anything can happen." More from this Member | Report Response

"While everyone at USC (including my interviewers) were very friendly, my interview experience was overall a negative one. I was asked to sit in between my 2 interviewers in a very small office so that, when answering their questions, I always had my back to one while facing the other. I was therefore constantly looking back and forth between the two, an uncomfotable set up. Throughout my interview, the professor was coughing profusely leading me to wonder if he/she was actually hearing anything I said. Also, the computer facing the professor had an instant messaging program on and IMs were occassionally popping up and making dinging noises. It was very unprofessional. The questions were fair, but many of the follow-up questions made me feel like they were attacking me (i.e. well, why didn't you do this? or that?). Sometimes I would give an answer only to be shot down with a "Yea, but..." I basically did not get much positive feedback and being naturally nervous did not help either. However, even though I felt like my interview went horribly, I ended up getting accepted soon after (and I have a relatively low GPA). So I'm pretty sure the interviewers just want to see how you react to tough situations and that you can keep your composure. Have confidence in your answers despite what reactions you get from your interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"very nervous even though I know I shouldn't have been, especially when it was almost my turn for the interview. But I gradually felt better as the interview progressed because the interviewers weren't that scary...hehe...also, i got to talk to some of the faculty and students after the interview...very nice people" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the interview was pretty easy going. Everyone was friendly and the structure of the interview was very organized. Make sure you are just summarizing the paragraph for the written part and not commenting on it." More from this Member | Report Response

"The process was nice and quick. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the interview so you can talk to current students 1-on-1. There is a brief history of the school which is relaxing because it is explained that the interview is to see if you fit with USC and if USC fits with you. There were only 4 guys in our group of around 30-40. The student walks you to the room where a faculty member is waiting. The interview is supposed to be 20 minutes but we got to chatting and ended up talking for 40! oops! It was extremely casual, they just wanted to know about me and were enthusiastic about their program. After the interview we went and waited to write our summary paragraph, I was a little nervous at first but found it to be pretty easy. Then some of the student leaders stuck around to ask questions...all in all it took about 2 hours and was a pleasant experience!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview itself wasnt as nerve wrecking as I had thought it would be. As long as you totally dont make up the answers, then you'll be fine...cos then they might just backfire on you and ask about that specific sentence you just mentioned. Just be yourself, be honest, be confident. The interviewers were just cool about everything. They're there to get to know you, since its closed file and everything. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a good day at USC. I had gotten there fairly early, so it gave me some time to chat with USC students. This was very helpful in calming me down because they kept repeating how the interview is a very laidback process. 25 of us were then taken into a small auditorium where the head of admissions gave us a pep talk and explained the admissions process. Basically, only about 40 people from our interview pool of 150 will get accepted. Everyone else is either waitlisted until the end of the interview process in March or rejected. This was followed by a brief interview with a faculty member and a current student. Like I said before, they asked basic questions to get to know you. I was extremely surprised by how relaxed the interview process was, although it may depend on the faculty member who interviews you. The interview was followed by a 20-minute essay portion, in which you summarize a paragraph in your own words. After that, students answered your questions about the school. Then you were free to go. It was a very brief process." More from this Member | Report Response

"The head of admission gives you a brief pep talk to try and make you relax. Then you interview for about 20 minutes with a student and faculty member. The last part is the writing portion. It asks you to summarize a short reading. Overall, it was an okay experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"They first give you an orientation, then they have an interview (20min) and then they let you write the essay. The essay was really easy- you just basically summarize a paragraph. The students and the faculty really try to calm you down." More from this Member | Report Response

"All in all it was good. I wish they had optional activities like a tour and financial aid information." More from this Member | Report Response

"awesome. the interview's really supposed to be 20 minutes long but it was mainly just a chitchat that we lost track of time and ended up being 35-40 minutes and then the professor gave me a tour. i just got my acceptance letter so I'm going there for fall 2005 unless other schools want me (it's still early in the application process). " More from this Member | Report Response

"First, there was an intro session that explained what was expected to happen during the interview process. Then, there was a 20 minute interview with a faculty member and student. The writing portion was next, followed by a question and answer session led by students." More from this Member | Report Response

"I learned a great deal about the program. It is a great school. I don't know about their interview process though. They could make some improvement. The interview was too short!! I felt like they were rushing me. I wish I have more time to response to their questions. I wished they asked me more questions. I feel like I didn't have enuff time to sell myself. Be prepare to sell yourself in less than 10 minutes!! don't leave out anything! " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a really great experience, all of the faculty and students were really open about their experiences and helpful in answering all of my questions!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall a very positive experience. One thing that struck me was that they accept 15 to 20 applicants from each interview pool right off the back based on their interviews. That's awesome. If you're a great interviewer then its good for you. USC also goes by a point system. And if you get a later interview date, it doesn't mean you less qualified. Every pool gets the same opportunity. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The people are very nice and friendly. They really try to make the students relaxed and create a warm environment. In the beginning of the process, they tell you everything about the process so that there are no surprises. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I get very stressed out so it was stressful for ME, but overall it was not difficult. I was lucky to have very nice interviewers. We basically had a conversation (at one point I was referring her to a place her kids might like to go to in their spare time). Remember, the professor AND the student are grading you so pay attention to the student too! I was told to ask questions beforehand so I made sure to ask them a few. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The actual interview with the professor and the 1st year pharmacy student was not too bad. They were nice and I just had to talk about myself. What I was not happy with was how the students seemed very unhappy and very overworked. No one really seemed to know each other and they just seemed distant. The school had a lot of pride that got a bit old after a while as they kept trying to say how better USC was than UCLA when frankly I didn't really care." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great time. The whole ordeal didn't feel like an interview. Just a casual conversation you would have with a new friend." More from this Member | Report Response

"USC would be the ideal school if: 1. it was about 25,000/yr cheaper 2. it was in a better neighborhood with more things to do (witout feeling scared) 3. it was a lot cheaper! Overall though, the interview went okay. not great not bad. at the end of the interview, my friends said they were complimented on having a good interview and i was scared because i wasn't complimented. but in the end, i got in, they didnt. so dont worry. be yourself (or at least be cheerful) and know more than the general and obvious about pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very good experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"A great school overall. A good place to study and also grow in other ways. Friendly atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"It wasn't bad at all. Get in as much as you can, you are just a name to the interviewees. they know nothing about you. Be very outgoing and cheerful." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a 20 minute orientation, quick interview, a 20 minute writing sample which is very straightforward, then 20 minutes to ask questions of current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, this was a great experience! Everyone was really nice and I felt a genuine love for the school. The interview was short but very relaxing." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is a blind interview so the interviewer does not know anything about you. Make sure to state the obvious-what school you attended, what's your major, why you want to be a pharmacist, what attracts you to USC. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not really get much of an impression about the school because the day was so short. I saw nothing that really sold me on it though and given the price I probably would not go there if I got into a UC school. If you want to be in L.A. it is a great place to be and they have good combined degree program offerings." More from this Member | Report Response

"very relax but like i mentioned but a bit of a rush... so i don't really know how i did on the interview. the essay was okay because i just summarized one short paragraph about a syndrome. great school and very very friends people... " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

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Student 17
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 3
Other 7

How did the tourguide seem?

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Enthusiastic 10
Neutral 5
Discouraging 1

How do you rank the facilities?

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6.82 78

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

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In state 73
Out of state 7

What was your total time spent traveling?

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0-1 hour 50
2-3 hours 14
4-6 hours 3
7+ hours 7

What was your primary mode of travel?

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Airplane 11
Automobile 63
Train or subway 5
Other 0

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

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< $100 34
$101-$200 6
$201-$300 2
$301-$400 0
$401-$500 3
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

SNA

lax

LGB

Where did you stay?

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At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 13
Hotel 10
Home 4
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western Dragon Gate Inn

Custom Hotel

Dragongate Inn - Chinatown

Hilton

Marengo Inn

Stay

The one USC recommended

Would you recommend the hotel?

Best Western Dragon Gate Inn

Custom Hotel

Dragongate Inn - Chinatown

Hilton

Marengo Inn

Stay

The one USC recommended

General Info

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

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8.28 87

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

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5.54 87

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

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7.00 85

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How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

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7.66 38

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How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

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7.85 39

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

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7.14 37

0 = low, 10 = high

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

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