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  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Richmond
Individual Feedback 3 46 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 43
Negatively 0
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.59 46

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.89 37

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 36

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 30
25 minutes 2
30 minutes 2
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 7
45 minutes 1
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 4

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 45
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 35
In a group 9

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 3
Closed file 40

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.71 45

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

"Who knows you best and what three things would they say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest decision you have had to make?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why VCU? What influenced you to pursue pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Define critical thinking and give an example." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest thing you have ever done in your life and how did it affect you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the same stuff on here already, pretty much." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a difficult situation that you've had to handle and how did you go about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is something you have recently done that has made you proud?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why VCU/Pharmacy? Why healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest class you have taken and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharmacy? Why VCU? What is a typical day in your life like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If someone came into the pharmacy crying and informed you they had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why VCU" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about an ethical dilemma you've faced and how you dealt with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pharm? Why VCU?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Define success." More from this Member | Report Response

"MY ESSAY QUESION: If you had heard that an employee had told your supervisor that they couldn't work with you, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you choose pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If we called your old professors, what would they say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All interview questions are on this website. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do when you are unsuccessful?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions that I was asked are already on this site. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself. What are your strengths and weakness." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe your typical day. How will being from Baltimore help you from being a pharmacist? What do you expect to get out of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your volunteer work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you handle this situation? You are working in a pharmacy and a women comes up to you crying hysterically and won't calm down." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are some challenges that a pharmacist may face?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a leader in a group, how would you handle a confrontation between other members of the group?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What does it mean to be a professional?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is your definition of excellence?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define success" More from this Member | Report Response

"If someone came into your pharmacy and complained that they wanted their prescription filled immediately, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the change from present career to pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"ESSAY: You have a co-worker that a customer is upset with. You have personally had several problems with this co-worker acting unprofessionally throughout the past week. You see your Manager but they tell you that they need written documentation for any incidents that occur. What would you tell this upset customer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"3 words your co-workers would use to describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My questions all came from the SDN list." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What was your worst class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you define a good leader? Are you a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an ethical situation you have come across and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were working on a team and a team member did not pull their weight?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Name three weaknesses/three strengths. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a leader, and if so why?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Name a situation where had to be in two places at once/had to do two things at once, and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If not pharmacy then what career would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What was the most difficult class you took and how did you handle it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest class you have taken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest class that you have taken and how did you manage it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What will you do once you're out of school to continue 'life-long learning'?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If somebody in ur team were not putting their weight in, how would u deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"As someone with a lot of extracurricular activities (including work), how did you manage your time effectively?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you contribute to pharmacy? Are you a leader or a follower? Why not medicine? Why didn't you apply to pharmacy school last year? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Lots of decision questions: What are the hardest decisions to make? Give an example of a time you faced an ethical dilemma, how did you handle it? Have you ever had to make an unpopular decision, if so, then what was it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Is there a conflict you have dealt with that couldn't be solved?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of volunteer experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would you handle a customer complaining that their prescription is taking too long?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a time that you had to defend someone who couldn't speak for themselves." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think your biggest accomplishment is outside of school or work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some current problems facing healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Essay: Your friend borrowed something valuable of yours and won't return it. How would you approach this situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"recent issue in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you describe a leader, what qualities should they possess?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whats the worst thing about being a Pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if someone came running into your pharmacy crying?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If a professor gave you a bad grade on something you knew was correct, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What class have you found the hardest and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are some challenges pharmacists face?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If a co-worker tells your supervisor that he cannot stand working with you, how would you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about a time you resolved a conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a pharmacists? Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your typical day like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as challenges in the field of pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you resolved a conflict." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an ethical dilemma you have faced and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the negative aspects of pharmacy? Who influenced your decision to be a pharmacist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an ethical situation you have been faced with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you balance your time? What was the hardest class you have taken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A friend of yours has borrowed a very expensive and valuable item of yours. You have repeatedly asked to have it returned, but your friend has not done so. How would you go about resolving the matter? <---MY ESSAY QUESTION!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What got you interested in a career in pharmacy? (obvious question)" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was the most difficult subject in college for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a class everyone should take?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not most interesting but this was my Essay Question: If you were being interviewed for your dream job at a pharmacy and the interviewer started asking inappropriate/irrelevant questions (about your race, what religion you practice, boyfriend/girlfriend), how would you handle this situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some current problems facing healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one that you would change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think pharmacy will be changing with healthcare reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a summer experience and what you took away from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some issues in the pharmaceutical world?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you resolve a conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have an elderly neighbor who you notice is declining in health. You help them with shopping, doctor appointments, etc. They have told you many times not to tell their family. What do you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most creative thing you've ever done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were all pretty basic -- none of them jumped out at me as being particularly interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Whats the hardest class you've had to take and how did you deal w/ it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a co-worker came to you crying, how would you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you receive a test with an answer marked wrong, and you are absolutely positive that the answer is correct, yet the teacher refuses to change the grade (even after meeting with you), what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think your reasons for going into pharmacy will impact you throughout your career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What fears do you have about going into pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from being a teacher's assistant and how will it benefit you in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define success." More from this Member | Report Response

"What accomplishment are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If we called your former employer, what whould they say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever had to make unpopular decidsions in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a creative thing you have done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"As a pharmacist, what would be something you didnt like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field of pharmacy do you see yourself in? If we could contact one of your teachers, what would they say about you? What characteristics would you classify a leader as having?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of a time in which you were under extremem pressure to meet a deadline. How did you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the leader of a group, and two members of the group had a conflict, how would you resolve it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you knew as a freshman in college that you wanted to be a pharmacist would you have changed your major?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you define a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is critical thinking?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a time you interacted with someone and regret the way you did? What would you change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's something you've done that you regret. How would you have acted differently." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a difficult decision you have dealt with and how did you make that decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why you have no work experience in pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Introduce yourself (wasn't phrased exactly that way)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Meh, none were too difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a conflict that you've encountered, and how did you resolve it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a situation you wished you had handled differently and what would you change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell us about a time you dealt with a conflict at work with people. (blanked)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you suspected somebody was cheating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What aspects of pharmacy do feel will be challenging for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"worst thing about pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you made any unpopular decisions? " More from this Member | Report Response

"As a leader of your club, how would your members describe you? What is something you initiated as president? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you fear most about pharmacy school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your career-planning goals? (my mind suddenly blanked on this one)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name an ethical situation you have been in and what you did. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Name an ethical situation you have been in, and what you did." More from this Member | Report Response

"How well do you adapt to change?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were too difficult- all of the questions I was asked were on here in some form. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one unpopular decision that you have made?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A woman walks up to you at work crying hysterically. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Were you ever faced with an ethical situation and if so how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been in an ethical situation? How did u deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was an ethical dilemma you faced and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What was an ethical situation you have been in? How did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What characteristics do you admire in a leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What concerns do you have about pharmacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If we were to call a former employer, what would they have to say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been faced with an ethical situation where you had to make a decision? If so, how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"3 Mock Interviews, researched the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Look at school info online, and look at questions from SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN. Internet. Mock Interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read this website and talked to others who go to VCU and my pharmacist who interviews for VCU sometimes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at questions on SDN. I was only asked a few questions in each interview and they were all on this site. Practiced responding to questions out loud or to a friend. Used good hand gestures/eye contact/spoke loud enough." More from this Member | Report Response

"Took inventory of self and what I thought were qualities that would make a good clinical pharmacist." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looking on this website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over these questions, read up about the school and city." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, prepared answers to obvious questions, spoke with practicing pharmacists" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read over the interview questions, practiced some mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN and VCU website. They recycle questions from a pool, so everyone gets fair interviews. Basically all of the questions asked were on SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looking at the questions on this website and going through my responses with other people" More from this Member | Report Response

"Video recorded myself answering all SDN questions to check mannerisms, and drove the routes from where I was staying to the school and back the night before." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read all the questions on this site -- almost all of the questions I was asked appeared on here from past interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read all the questions listed in the Interview Feedback section!" More from this Member | Report Response

"browsed SDN and looked at school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Review SDN, prepared my own questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Used this database and video recorded myself answering the various questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read questions on SDN, prepare all attire and needed articles the night before, and go the night before (as opposed to the day of)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read feedback on this website and practiced questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reading SDN Interview feedbacks" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read feedback. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Worked in a pharmacy for 5 years and that really helped with questions (ethical, etc) and read the questions on here" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reading news and articles, practicing." More from this Member | Report Response

"read SDN feedback, research school " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN feedback and read their website." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read interview feedback, read up on the school a little" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, read up on the VCU website." More from this Member | Report Response

"Went to VCU website and read about their school and talked to some people with interview experiences and got myself ready to the questiions I might be asked and this WEBSITE helped big tim." More from this Member | Report Response

"Got a good night's sleep...I didn't really practice so my answers wouldn't seem rehearsed; I wanted my responses to seem more natural. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN questions and practiced answers orally, read up on school and curriculum, made a list of questions to ask" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, read about the field" More from this Member | Report Response

"practiced with professor on questions, read a lot about the school and the general fields of pharmacy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN questions. Many of them came up un the interview. Learned alot about the school from the website. Got a good nights sleep." More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school, talked to current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Review facts about the school and the research they are involved in. Read other interviews online. Prepare questions that I wanted to ask." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"This interview was by far the best one. The atmosphere, the amount of time we had to communicate with our fellow interviewees and current students, and the amount of snacks they prepared for us." More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly and helpful everyone was" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed, some downtime in the interview for snacking and chatting with other applicants or current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they work closely with the other professional students. That it is a healthcare center complex." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and students were very friendly and tried their best to turn a high-stress situation into a welcoming, relaxed experience. They gave us an itinerary that was organized and descriptive and great info about the Richmond area." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. Everyone was so nice and wanted you to do well and the school has a great atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"As everyone else has said, it was very relaxed which was nice. When on the tour, they definitely seemed like a technologically advanced school(a lot of neat gadgets to take advantage of in the class rooms or study lounges)." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very impressed with how responsive the interviewers were to questions that I asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"Seems like a good program, students are glad to be there, close proximity to other health schools. The people who interviewed me were friendly, intelligent, and didn't try to stress me out." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities, the friendliness of the students and staff, how it seemed like they wanted you to do well" More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour was great and also showed the local downtown area;" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was very well organized! All the interviewees had schedules provided. They provided food and even a shoulder bag! Inside the shoulder bag they included information about apartments and the city. The interviewers were very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were down to earth and very honest about answering questions. You got to meet students from different classes who are experiencing different aspects of pharmacy. The school has fairly new technology that is beneficial for learning in the classroom/labs." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews are over the course of four hours with breaks, a tour, and an essay in between. You are suppose to interview with a student and an alumni and then a student and a teacher. I never met with an alumni, i met with both teachers and students. Campus is great. Good resources because the MD, DDS kids are there too. Students were really helpful in touring and providing details to student life." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students seemed to like it. They have established dual degree programs. They give you a free VCU bag." More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed 1 interview was (2 interviewers each for 2 interviews)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I can't wait to take advantage of all the awesome technology they have!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly and relaxed everyone one was, as well as how thoroughly they were able to answer my questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How welcoming the students and faculty were" More from this Member | Report Response

"the friendliness of the faculty/staff/students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and students are very amicable. The campus was nice. Gave us a goodie bag =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The overall friendliness of the students and the faculty. They really want you to do your best in the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was extremely nice and enthusiastic. The campus atmosphere was nice, with everyone studying all the time (which prevents distractions), but also leaving time to hang out." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very friendly and relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness, the focus on research, and technology" More from this Member | Report Response

"The way VCU is embracing technology in the education; the excellent medical system that the college is associated; everybody was very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything" More from this Member | Report Response

"Comfort level. Smiles on everyone's faces." More from this Member | Report Response

"they had an amazing selection of snacks in the lounge for downtime. the tour guides and students there seemed so happy and friendly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"VCU hasreally advanced technology for their classrooms and the whole program. The entire building is wireless, with wireless printing anywhere. They have a room where the teacher can email everyone in the class a picture of what is on the whiteboard. They seem by far the most technologically oriented school I have visited. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students that we talked to really seemed to enjoy it there, and were very happy to answer questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"The enthusiasm of everyone affiliated with the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of students and stafff. Very pleasant atmosphere they have there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews were low-key and very relaxed; more like a conversation rather than a straight interview, particularly with the student and alumni." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Asst. Dean was super friendly, the campus was quaint, I liked the pharmacy building, the hospital next door has mcdonald's, chic-fil-a, blimpie, yum yum, and they give you a fun little package in a VCU Pharmacy bag! Oh, and they had a lounge with snacks and drinks." More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone (including interviewers) were always nice and ready to answer questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Their friendliness of the interviewers. They weren't there to grill you, they made it more of a open conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and faculty there were all pleasant and knowledgable. The atmosphere was relaxed. Also one of only 7 or 8 colleges with schools in every field of healthcare. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of oppurtunities available at the school for research and helping the sommunity. Also, there are a lot of oppurtunites once you graduate as far as jobs go." More from this Member | Report Response

"The warmth of the faculty and students and their willingness to answer all questions enthusiastically." More from this Member | Report Response

"VCU School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Virginia is one of 18 schools in the country which has all schools of medicine (ie, medical school, pharmacy school, dental school, etc.) Pharmacy students take classes with all the different schools of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Pretty much the best interview atmosphere I have ever had." More from this Member | Report Response

"Absolutely nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too bad. I'm not a fan of traffic, so driving around Richmond wasn't a blast. Parking was a little hectic, but overall nothing major stood out to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The only thing I would say is sitting at school desks for interview, but only because I wasn't expecting that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Dean and some of the students were a bit arrogant, though perhaps it's warranted. Classes during P1 are 8:00 to 5:00, kind of intense. Not many elective slots." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview process was amazing! They are a little bit full of themselves but the quality of the program and interview process supports this. It is just surprising when they said "Do not call to find out if you are accepted or not. We understand some people accept the first program they get into, but we are not worried. If you don't want the spot, somebody else will." A bit ballsy, especially since they tell you an answer will be provided within 3-4 weeks when it can take much longer." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers was extremely distant..It was hard to keep constant connection with her..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Richmond... kind of stuck in a time warp, not much of a city, more like a spread out small town" More from this Member | Report Response

"One set of interviewers were not as relaxed, seemed tense, not as friendly " More from this Member | Report Response

"The parking situation and prices." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"No free t-shirts." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area seemed like there wasn't much to do, but I was there on a Saturday morning lol, so yea." More from this Member | Report Response

"I liked everything." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothin" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was snowing and we didnt actually get to see most of the campus, but thats not their fault" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the students told us that when you take the microbiology course, the professors are dentist professors, so they mainly focus on oral biology. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Some parts of Richmond. I'm used to living in the suburbs, that's probably why." More from this Member | Report Response

"While I was familiar with the school and area, the students rushed through the tour and didn't seem to have a lot of information to provide." More from this Member | Report Response

"No model pharmacy, in the student-alumna interview, the alumna was looking me up and down and they seemed...well, i just didn't get good vibes from them" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a long day, the tour was pretty long but you got to see the building and all around campus and through the hospital." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of the nearby areas of Richmond. Not that I did not expect it considering it is a city." More from this Member | Report Response

"I loved it!" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That they provide you with a bag, so don't bring a purse!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I didn't need to bring my purse to the interview because they give out complementary VCU Pharmacy bags." More from this Member | Report Response

"That my shoes would be very uncomfortable to walk in and they wouldn't stay on right!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt pretty prepared. I knew what to expect after looking at this site." More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish I would have known how relaxed an interview it was because I was so nervous my teeth were chattering." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area can be a little confusing, parking situation is not good. Give yourself plenty of time to find parking as the deck was full. Also, how easy and short the essay would be." More from this Member | Report Response

"how non-stressful the essay was" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where to find parking!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That it is not stressful! This interview was very laid back and there is no need to overwork yourself into becoming a stress ball." More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking was easy, practice the route the night before..because its downtown Richmond, watch out for random saturday events" More from this Member | Report Response

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"There would be a lot of break time" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers have a list of your extracurriculars and experience. I wish I could've gotten the tour first so I would've had more to talk about when they asked me why VCU." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was so focused on preparing for the interview questions themselves that I almost forgot to print off a map. Do that well ahead of time unless you're familiar with the MCV campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"the amount of walking" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"To not be pretentious and bring a brief case, like I did. (DOH!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was pretty prepared so I felt comfortable with the things i knew ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wear comfortable shoes! By the time you walk around all day your feet will hurt, trust me!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How comfortable the whole interview process was." More from this Member | Report Response

"i wish i had thought of more questions to ask them. review your file before hand because they asked me about this random scholarship i was given that i had completely forgotten about." More from this Member | Report Response

"They say the entire interview process is from 1-4:30 but really it goes from like 1-5. They have a little wrap-up session at the end in the student lounge from 4:30-5pm." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a lot of down time" More from this Member | Report Response

"That we would just be corraled into the lobby of the school if we got there early." More from this Member | Report Response

"I have visited that area before so nothing new really." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that interviewers would allow time for me to ask them questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"That you need to do 300 hrs of pharmacy work on your OWN time. blech." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone wears a black coat with dress slacks. Be different, wear a different color or a skirt." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of a nearby McDonalds so I could eat before my experienece started. At least they provided snacks." More from this Member | Report Response

"Definitely wear a suit to these interviews and be prepared for a long day. Wear appropriate shoes for walking during the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"That there was actually two interviews...one with an alumni and a student, and then another with a faculty member and a student. Each interview was 20 minutes long." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This school is by far the one that impressed me the most." More from this Member | Report Response

"I think VCU School of Pharmacy has much to recommend it and it remains my school of choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't sweat the interview, read the feedback questions, relax, and good luck." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very impressive. Just don't try to interact with the admissions office." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a saturday interview. Very flexible and relaxing atmosphere. Only about 20 kids. They made it seem as if you had a reallly strong chance of getting in, just by being there at the interview. Got an acceptance letter for the school about one month later. VCU only gives you about a one week window to reply back with a 500 dollar deposit. So keep that in consideration when applying to other schools, as your spot could be given up if you are too late in responding." More from this Member | Report Response

"Good school, boring location" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone there genuinely tries their best to help you do well and relax. Expecting to come out tense and anxious, I ended up having a really good time (thats right, I had fun at an interview!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't overstress -- the interviewers know that everyone is anxious, but they try to make things as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Be yourself!" More from this Member | Report Response

"VCU is a very good school and the staff is super friendly and enthusiastic. There are a lot of resources available to interact w/ the faculty and its located in an area that has good food and travel friendly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"As stated, I believe the interviewers and others really wanted to make the process as natural and as comfortable as possible. It was very organized and well presented." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was nervous but everyone was very friendly and relaxed and that made the situation much easier." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was great. I think I did well and will get in. As long as you prepare, you should do fine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very impressed with the school. It is in an urban setting, which might turn off some people. It is located in the downtown, so it's not a sleepy environment. This is my first choice and I like that it's in a urban setting with lots opportunities and not isolated in a suburb. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a really good experience. The interviewers talked to you and were very nice. The essay wasn't bad either." More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt like I had fun during my interview. Most of the questions were pretty basic and they are not out there to trick you." More from this Member | Report Response

"this was the school that i really wanted to go to so i was extremely nervouse. however, i really lucked out with my schedule, since i had the interviews first, then the tour, then the essay. maybe if i had the tour first i would have had more questions to ask but i can't complain! some of the other interviewees thought their facult/student interview was pretty stressful but my faculty interviewer was so laid back! the alumni/student interview was more of a conversation where they asked me questions about me and i asked them questions about themselves. i was worried about the essay but it is just a general situational type prompt. i had a great time!" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you arrive at the school, they give you a bag with your schedule for the 3.5 hours inside. Everyone attends an orientation with the Dean of Admissions for 40 minutes. Then you break up into different rotation groups. Some will go write a brief one page essay, others will go to their faculty/student interview, others their alumni/student interview, or you will go on the tour of the campus. The alumni/student interview is basically all of the questions off of this website asked in a 15 mintue period. Make sure you have questions to ask them for the last 5 minutes. The faculty/student interview is more relaxed and gives you more of a chance to show them who you really are." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a totally amazing experience. I will deffinately attend if I am accepted. The previous posts about VCU's procedures are still accurate. Also, I noticed on one post that there was no mock pharmacy at VCU. Well now there is a brand new one." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very relaxed. It went from 1 to 4:30. We had to write an essay, there was campus tour and 2 interviews with 2 interviewrs each; each lasting about 20 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a very positive experience and the staff and students were all extremely friendly. It was also nice to have time in between sessions to socialize with the other applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was so pleasantly surprised with VCU. I'd never been to Richmond, but the campus was so quaint and it's tucked in the corner of downtown so it's kinda in it's own little area. The asst. dean met me at the front door and then we had a brief intro to the school with a power-point. First was my student-faculty interview for 20 mins, 10 min break, student-alumni interview for 20 mins, 10 min break, 1 hr tour, break, and then 40 min to write the essay (If you were given undesirable hours b/c your coworker has kids, how would you handle the situation?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was really nice the whole time. There was a snack room where you could grab a snack anytime during the day. There were two seperate 20 min interviews with 2 interviewers each. Thet had some information from Pharmcas such as activites, and work but that was about it. The interviews themselves was just like having a conversation. No one was taking notes and it flowed well. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be a great school to go to. Be prepared to ask them some questions back at the end of the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were two 2 on 1 interviews of 20 minutes each and an essay. One is with a faculty and student and the other is an alumni and student, although my faculty and student was really with two faculty. I felt the alumni-student interview was very low stress (1) and the two faculty interview was a bit higher (5), but that was probably because I was nervous around the faculty. Also, the interviews were semi-closed file...the interviewers could see neither grades nor PCAT scores. The experience definately confirmed this school as my top choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were 2 interviews of 20 minutes and an essay. There was also a campus tour led by a student. The faculty is down to earth and the Dean of admissions seems like he is there for the students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very pleasantly surprised by VCU and Richmond area. The interviewers put me at ease and made an effort to respond to my questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview was a great experience. It confirmed that the school of pharmacy at MCV was my first choice." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 42
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 0
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 28
Neutral 7
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.51 35

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 26
Out of state 9

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 10
2-3 hours 13
4-6 hours 7
7+ hours 4

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 3
Automobile 30
Train or subway 1
Other 1

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

Response # Responders
< $100 19
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 1
$401-$500 1
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

Richmond

Richmond International Airport

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 11
Hotel 7
Home 2
Other 1

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Conference Inn

Days End West Broad Street

Holiday Inn

Omni

VIP Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

Comfort Conference Inn

Days End West Broad Street

Holiday Inn

Omni

VIP Inn

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.71 34

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.43 37

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.92 36

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.92 25

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.96 26

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.65 23

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep up whatever you guys are doing because you guys are doing it right." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work! The woman I spoke with to set up my interview was very friendly and cheerful." More from this Member | Report Response

"I think their staff did a wonderful job. I was provided all of the information that I needed and more." More from this Member | Report Response

"Please by more prompt in responses. Other universities replied very quickly to questions. VCU was the slowest and required multiple calls and emails to get any sort of response." More from this Member | Report Response

"None -- keep up the good work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the great work!" More from this Member | Report Response

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