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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary School
  • Pomona
Individual Feedback 2 47 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 36
Negatively 4
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.40 42

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 45

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
6.87 45

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 2
25 minutes 5
30 minutes 28
35 minutes 5
40 minutes 3
45 minutes 2
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 0

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 44
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 27
In a group 17

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 0
Closed file 41

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.00 44

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

"Tell us about a time you had to work with a strong willed individual. (Can't remember the exact wording of it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you developed close peer relationships you had not previously had" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had a solve a problem with people who shared different beliefs than you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you were thrown into a workplace and didn't know anything." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you were thrown into a new workplace." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time in which you innovated to solve a problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions I was asked were very very similar (if not identical) to those mentioned on here already. That's really all you need to prepare... come up with some examples of things you have experienced, and be prepared to explain them in detail." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time that you innovated to solve a problem. (Be specific!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time where you had to deal with a difficult person." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me a time when you had to deal with a strong-willed person and how you dealt with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you worked in a group and managed input from multiple people." More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as those listed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation with a difficult coworker, and how you addressed it" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a time when you had competing priorities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give us an example where you had competing priorities." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell us about a time when you were thrown into doing something completely new. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you had to do a new job/task and how you handled it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had competing priorities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a situation in which you innovated to solve the problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time that you had to work with a strong willed peer. How did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a problem you solved with an innovative solution" More from this Member | Report Response

"Behavioral questions similar to those already listed in other feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"A time you were in a novel situation that was different from anything you had experienced before." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you solved a problem creatively" More from this Member | Report Response

"Typical behavioral questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you had a conflict with someone and how you solved it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation when people had to rely on you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't remember but it was a behavioral question." More from this Member | Report Response

"These have been listed by other responders; everyone is asked the same set of standardized questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the outcome of the situation you just described about one of your students confronting you in class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"sorry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time you were unable to meet a deadline." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you attempted something and failed. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when something you were involved in didn't work out." More from this Member | Report Response

"as i stated earlier, all the students get the exact same questions, so in the spirit of fairness, i'll just say that they were all typical behavioral based questions." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"I don't remember the other 3 questions! They only asked me 4 broad questions then continued with a few more leading questions as I talked. It was very much like a conversation than an interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you disappointed yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you started a new job and had to acquire new skills you did not have before." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you worked with a strong-willed person." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe a time when you had differing opinions or values of a coworker. How did you handle that situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a risky decision you made. Are you happy with the outcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your riskiest decision and what happened?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you worked with strong willed peers" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a risky decision you've made" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever worked with someone from a different cultural background? How did you feel about that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as those listed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a tough decision you've made in the past" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a time when you had to use innovation to solve a problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give us an example of a mistake that you made and the outcome, how you fixed it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you had competing priorities." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do when you meet new ppl. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you used an innovative solution to solve a problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had to work with unfamiliar people" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a situation where you had to work with strong willed people." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time where you had to achieve multiple goals and how you accomplished that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation where you had to work with strong willed individuals" More from this Member | Report Response

"A time when you had to manage competing priorities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to deal with a conflict in a group situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when people relied on you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had a conflict with someone and how you resolved it." More from this Member | Report Response

"See above " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a time when you tried to accomplish something and failed/succeeded?" More from this Member | Report Response

"sorry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's an example of when you didn't get along with a group member/co-worker." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you attempted something and succeeded, how did you feel? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about an instance where you had to work in a tense group environment." More from this Member | Report Response

"as i stated earlier, all the students get the exact same questions, so in the spirit of fairness, i'll just say that they were all typical behavioral based questions." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about a time you had to make a tough decision, are you happy with the outcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you formed relationships that did not exist there before." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a situation that you wish you had handled differently" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time where you had to overcome a challenge" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us one thing about yourself that you would like us to know, but it can only be one thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a tough decision you made. Describe the process and the steps you took to come to that decision. Are you happy with the outcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time where you were part of a group and what was your role." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you had conflicting priorities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a decision you regret" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you were not successful at something you tried to do. What did you learn from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as those listed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time where you used innovation to solve a problem" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a situation you regret and how you would have changed it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give us an example of a good learning experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you had to use innovation to complete a task." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you have competing priorities. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you had to work with people with different attitudes/beliefs than you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a situation that did not go as planned, what would you have done differently" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a decision you made that you regret, and how would you change it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you failed at a task and what you did about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure." More from this Member | Report Response

"A time you used innovation to solve a problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time you had to adjust to something new and different." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you either underestimated/overestimated/failed at a situation and how you overcame it. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you experience another group member who disliked you/was angry at you, what action did you take, and what was the result?" More from this Member | Report Response

"sorry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time where you interacted with someone who was angry at you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a time when you missed a deadline and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"as i stated earlier, all the students get the exact same questions, so in the spirit of fairness, i'll just say that they were all typical behavioral based questions." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"When was a time you had to use innovation to solve a problem" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the riskiest decision you've ever made?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you were thrown into a workplace and didn't know anything." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us one thing about yourself that you would like us to know, but it can only be one thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us ONE thing about yourself that you would like us to know." More from this Member | Report Response

"not verbatim: Tell us something you regret" More from this Member | Report Response

"none, really" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of them were very interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as those listed." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you could choose one word to describe yourself, what would that be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mistake made." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. I expected all of what I was asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"they were all the same" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you had competing priorities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had to work with unfamiliar people" More from this Member | Report Response

""Wait, you are from what city? What High School did you go to? WHAT, get out of my office, interview over." My interviewer went to my rival high school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a good learning experience that you had." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was one of your biggest failures and how you were able to overcome it" More from this Member | Report Response

"None in particular" More from this Member | Report Response

"A challenge from the past that you would deal with differently if it happened now." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe one of your strengths... (not necessarily the most interesting question but I was asked more than 3 questions...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation when you had to solve a problem creatively." More from this Member | Report Response

"Sorry, I can't rememeber any specific questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I can't remember but I was only asked three questions and they were all behavioral." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to do with an advanced degree and a DVM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Purdue really lets you into their first-year veterinary classes??" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe a problem or challenge and how you worked through it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you attemped something and failed." More from this Member | Report Response

"When was one time when you missed a deadline and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"THERE ARE TWO INTERVIEWERS PER STUDENT. n/a all typical behavioral based questions." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about a time you had to make a tough decision, are you happy with the outcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had a solve a problem with people who shared different beliefs than you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a situation you wish you had handled differently." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a time where you developed a new relationship you never had before with someone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had differing opinions or values of a coworker. How did you handle that situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to deal with group members who had differing values, ideas, opinions or beliefs? (Be very specific!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"telling my 'riskiest' decision..why would I do that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us something you failed at doing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Riskiest decision I've made" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of them were very difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as those listed." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Name a situation where you had to work with a strong willed individual." More from this Member | Report Response

"Learning experience...they all have been!" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all equal." More from this Member | Report Response

"they were all the same" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a mistake you've made in the past and how you would handle it if you could go back and do it again." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had competing priorities" More from this Member | Report Response

"All about the same" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time that you had to work with a strong willed peer. How did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation where you had to work with strong willed individuals" More from this Member | Report Response

"All about the same difficulty." More from this Member | Report Response

"A time you dealt with people who had different opinions/attitudes/beliefs/values." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you solved a problem creatively.. I couldnt think of any real specific situations to this question .. :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really surprised me, so they weren't really difficult by any means." More from this Member | Report Response

"Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was one of your biggest failures and how you were able to overcome it." More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation where not everything turned out as you had planned and how you responded." More from this Member | Report Response

"Name one time when you were unable to meet a deadline." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an example of a time you set a deadline and didn't make it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time where you had to communicate to someone. " More from this Member | Report Response

"All of them were equal since I had to so many personal experiances that could answer the questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a all the questions (around 4 or 5) are behavioral based. everyone gets the same questions, so in the spirit of fairness, i won't share exactly what questions were asked. none were especially difficult, but all were thought provoking. just make sure you reflect upon group situations you've been a part of prior to your interview." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Past SDN interview questions. Practiced with a friend. Mock interview with 2 professors." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, practiced my answers" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview feedback, googled behavior based interview questions, talked to a vet belonging to Western's charter class, talked to a Western vet student, prepared/mocked interviewed with friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback, going over questions to get a sense of how to answer the questions" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"SDN feed back" More from this Member | Report Response

"I looked here on SDN and I did a mock interview to address any nervous habits I had." More from this Member | Report Response

"Using SDN interview feedback! Many of the question posted on this feedback were asked. It helped so much to have an answer ready." More from this Member | Report Response

"reading over my application, practicing behavior based interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview, reviewing behavioral based questions, talked with a friend that attends the school, SDN interview feedback questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over the interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"None -- I don't believe it's possible to prepare for a behavioral-based interview. Genuine reactions and responses are best." More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as those listed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview feedback, read over Western supplemental questions" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"SDN interview feedback. Looked up sample behavioral questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, brainstorm with fds, flashcards" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over questions posted on this website and other questions posted on other websites dealing with veterinary interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, speaking to a family member that has been trained in administering behavioral-based interviews, practice with a friend" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read sdn a ton. Looked up behavioral based interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about Western, went over behavioral style questions, read over application." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback, googled behavioral based interview questions, read over supplemental app" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked to friends/family, read up on some behavior questions and thought of situations in my life that I could talk about" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, my pre-personal statement freewrite, read a bit about behavioral interviews, brainstormed some anecdotes that might be useful. Still got stuck at a few points though. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I did a mock interview at my school, with my brother (he was an interviewer at his old job), and with friends. I of course made myself quite familiar with this forum and the interview questions posted on here" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked on here and reviewed my supplemental app questions from here and other schools. Also looked over my personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Research problem based interviews. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Practiced behavioral interviews with friends and family. Read SDN and made a mental list of different stories from my experience that could relate to behavioral questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about Problem Based Learning. Read about Behavioral Based Interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed behavioral questions and prepared honest answers." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read their website, SDN's interview feedback, common interview questions. Reviewed my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Studied behavioral-based interview questions and reviewed numerous instances when I was in a group setting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview at my current university and years of experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Searched typical behavioral based questions on the internet. Reviewed my animal and life experiences and tried to pair them up to possible questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews, reading SDN responses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tried to remember interesting experiances from work and read up on the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"googled sample behavioral based interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I really enjoyed the activities throughout the day. It was a little nerve racking to have my interview as the second to last activity, but the other activities/tours kept me fairly distracted until then." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone I met at the school was extremely positive and up beat, I really love the unique curriculum that WesternU offers, and I love how enthusiastic the professors and students were" More from this Member | Report Response

"I love PBL. I also love how everyone is so positive about their experience at Western. The campus and facilities are new. The location is great (Hello, Southern California?). Lots and lots of hands on experience. I really feel like graduates are practice ready." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers were nice; student volunteers were very informative." More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole interview impressed me positively." More from this Member | Report Response

"how modern and nice the facilities are, the friendly staff and students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students all seemed so happy to be there! They loved answering the questions, and they just raved about Western's curriculum and faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very friendly and casual. They wanted you do well. They made the interview feel like it wasn't a test but really a way for them to get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"The DVMs that interviewed me were very friendly and interested in what I said." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendly and collegiate environment. The student volunteers stopped to say "Hi" to everyone, both students and teachers. Students conduct around 60 surgeries before they graduate. According to astudent, 90% of class pass a mock board exam in their second year." More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly everyone was, the facilities and their program!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities at the university are very nice and PBL seems like a good way to learn material." More from this Member | Report Response

"Staff, students, PBL" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is extremely excited about the school and the program. The facilities are new, the problem-based learning is unique, and the reverence for life policy is admirable" More from this Member | Report Response

"Their "right to life" policy - they don't euthanize animals to, e.g., learn gross anatomy, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Technology on campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is really enthusiastic about PBL." More from this Member | Report Response

"They seem to have a very close bond between all the students and faculty. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The people were super friendly and the program they set up for us was awesome and let us see how their curriculum works (PBL)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The PBL practice session, the friendliness of the faculty and the tour guides, vegetarian lunch options provided" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school straight up rocks. The teaching system looks awesome, and their facilities are nice, (even though the outside looks bad)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The problem based learning session. Very unique teaching style." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was SO friendly, all the students seemed really laid back and very helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone seemed genuinely nice and interested in us. The PBL program" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students and faculty all raved about the WUHS experience (then again, they don't show us the dissenters at interview day). PBL sounds like a great way to learn- it's easier to be engaged in a discussion than in a lecture, even if the material is interesting. Lots of real-world experience in many settings starting early. Not having a teaching hospital seems to mean that they focus more on the students than on research or notoriety." More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole interview was incredibly laid back. I heard most situations were good cop bad cop but I was lucky and got good cop good cop... at least IMO. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice everyone was and how they really wanted to impress us and teach us about their PBL style of learning." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people, the faculty, the curriculum, the PBL mock-session" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was great to learn more about the school during the activities before and after the interview. There were snacks everywhere and they served lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"How enthusiastic the Dean, admission counselors, professors, interviewers and students were about their program." More from this Member | Report Response

"The professors seemed really nice, and the PBL curriculum would be perfect for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The sense of humor of the interviewers!! They made the interview completely relaxing and even fun. It was strange! The no-terminal-surgeries aspect of the school and the practice of ''reverence for life.'' (plus their students are practicing at Sea World)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The problem based learning, facilities, and the current students and faculty had extremely positive attitudes towards the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The program really tries to prepare students for the ''real-world'' by emphasizing problem solving and team work through Patient Based Learning modules. (aka PBL's) One of our activities was talking through a PBL case as a group. This gave me a better idea of whether this innovative learning style would work for me. Opportunity to do 4th year rotations anywhere in the world. Close to Cal Poly Pomona, where students work with large animals." More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of clinical experience students get is much more than other schools. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The kindness of the interviewers and laid-back atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

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

What impressed you negatively?

"The last activity I did was so boring! All the adrenaline had left my system, and I just wanted to go to sleep!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really... Pomona has some bad areas in it but over all it does not seem that bad. There seems like there are plenty of nice areas in the surrounding towns to live" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the professors was a bit arrogant. That might be typical of vet school, but I don't want to see it on a preview day. The cost of living in So Cal is expensive. You have to pay for all your travel expenses in your fourth year." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was a little disorganized." More from this Member | Report Response

"location maybe?" More from this Member | Report Response

"behavior interview questions seemed more difficult to me" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cost, but I obviously knew ahead of time - it's not a secret. If you absolutely can't afford it, don't even apply there. Pretty simple." More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't like the behavioral interview questions, especially since they pretty much start with those immediately. I wished they would have asked more about me (what school I went to, where I was from, etc.) before they started the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"the closed file style...doesn't help me convey who I am in 30 min." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lack of real lectures scares me. PBL seems hard, but again very rewarding. The location is not ideal for me (I live on the other side of the country). No large animal hospital on campus (but they do havea contract with a neighboring university where students go to work with food/large animals.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't impressed with the overall experience of the interview. It seemed disorganized." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pomona, PBL, tuition... it is insane." More from this Member | Report Response

"The cost of tuition and living" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not everyone is asked the same questions, which they lied about. (Found this out after speaking with other interviewees.) There are literally no lectures even though they claim there are some and all the learning comes from you reading a textbook, i.e., you teach yourself veterinary medicine (learned from a friend who is a 1st year)." More from this Member | Report Response

"uninterested interviewers, crappy location, unfriendly interviewers, in the ghetto, heavy guard presence due to area crime, NO large animal hospital on facility, limited large animal hospital clinical time, not accredited, PBL seems to waste time and is exclusive learning strategy for two years, practically no lectures," More from this Member | Report Response

"Distance from home" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Pomona itself, LA traffic, campus is very small. If you want to do research, there's not a lot the school can offer. There's very little research going on compared to other bigger university" More from this Member | Report Response

"The surrounding area and the tuition costs." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were very disorganized (the first day of interviews). Also, the student Q&A session - it was 3-4 applicants on 2-3 students. It would have been better to have the entire group ~15 ppl do a Q&A with the students. But it would have also been good if the students used were more knowledgeable and communicative. The ones we had were unenthusiastic and uninformative." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location.....i hate Pomona" More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour guides could have a known a bit more about the program...they were very relaxed but not as knowledgeable as I would have liked." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The tiny campus, however, there is no undergraduate portion of the school which explains the size." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pomona is a drag. It's just charmless, as is the campus. I hear that their are cute areas nearby, though, and I believe it. Many people (even in the vet field) haven't heard of it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing much... Of course Pomona is known for its crime but I had lived in Pomona for about 2 years so it was no shock to me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of people are not happy about the safety just outside of the campus. On campus you are fine, and they said the security officers will even walk you to your car at night." More from this Member | Report Response

"the newness of the program, that they're still working out some issues" More from this Member | Report Response

"The actual school campus is not very impressive - I believe it used to be a strip mall." More from this Member | Report Response

"Limited facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students seemed a little spacey; they don't have a teaching hospital; they're not accredited yet." More from this Member | Report Response

"Accreditation has been put off another year (2008), but this shouldn't affect the graduating students. Facilities were smaller than 40k-plus campus I'm used to, but may not be negative thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cost of attendence along with the cost of living." More from this Member | Report Response

"School is located in an unsafe neighborhood (although there are a few security guards milling around and students say it is not a problem. Eastern LA is very warm and smoggy. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a train that drives by and it is in a strip mall." More from this Member | Report Response

"The security guards constantly walking around." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I felt really prepared." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it would be a bit disorganized." More from this Member | Report Response

"I cannot think of anything I wish I had known ahead of time. Reading all interview feedback has helped me understand what to expect." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm glad I ate at the airport before heading to my hotel because it was easier than trying to find a way to get food without a rental car. I am also glad I knew to fly into ONTARIO and not LAX. Much easier." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. I felt prepared for the interview and the entire orientation process." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was closed file interview. it would have changed my answers" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I shouldn't be so nervous and stressed about the interview...It was sooo laid back!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How low-pressure the interview segment of the day would be. I was pretty nervous and then found the actual interview to be a breeze." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'd be paying this off for the rest of my life." More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed the interview process was" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything I wrote in the impressed negatively section, and that they have no teaching hospital. Instead, they have Banfield (who I hate)." More from this Member | Report Response

"They changed the building due to a health fair and did not let us know." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the city of Pomona isn't the best area to be in." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I was not going to interview until the very end of the session." More from this Member | Report Response

"how nice the folks were." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be early when parking. They want you to park in public parking and it's hard to find your way around." More from this Member | Report Response

"More about the area" More from this Member | Report Response

"That i was going to be interviewed pretty much last in the last group." More from this Member | Report Response

"That jet lag really sucks and not to fly from Florida to California the day before the interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The area AROUND Pomona has some nice towns. Even if Pomona itself is hell's armpit." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Mapped out exactly as in invitational email." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I did a lot of research and knew what the school had to offer, anything new only strenghtened my interest for the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"How warm it would be the day of my interview. (70 degrees plus in winter!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is half a day of different groups doing different things, such as Q and A and looking at powerpoint stuff. They also had a second group come while we were there and we covered financial aid etc.. together. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That they are building a teaching hospital that they say will be finished next year but construction hasn't even started." More from this Member | Report Response

"they fed us lunch!! morning group eats after planned activites are completed, afternoon group eats before..." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The whole experience was great, I really loved the school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Love Western U!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I really enjoyed my weekend there. Pomona was not that bad, in my opinion - certainly not as ghetto as I was thinking it would be. And Claremont was beautiful and full of places to shop, eat, drink... very nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was about 4 and a half hours. You will do an interview, curriculum overview, campus tour, financial planning, and student q&a session in this time period. They provide lunch for you. It's a very laid back process." More from this Member | Report Response

"Definitely a good school with great faculty. I like PBL a lot and think Western students are going to make really great Vets but it is weird that there is not much lecture material. The area of Pomano is not the "ghetto" that many people say in the feedback. Its a city.. every city has it's seedy areas.. the school is perfectly safe and there is a lot of stores, restaurants, theaters and other places to go in the area. The weather is amazing. I can't imagine feeling depressed/ unhappy during the winter when the weather is sunny and warm." More from this Member | Report Response

"Was kind of iffy about the school before visiting but after the interview I just fell in love with the school! The area is definitely not as "ghetto" as people were making it out to be!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Showed up to campus not enthused about Western, but left feeling like I could see myself as a student there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Look elsewhere." More from this Member | Report Response

"Western's interview day was extremely well-organized. Most people I talked to agreed that their interviewers were friendly and genuinely seemed like they wanted to get to know you. The school is great, but does not have a large animal facility on campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would never attend this school. If it was my only choice, I would reapply the next year instead of starting. Almost $300,000 of debt to teach myself is stupid. PBL and absolutely no lectures or structure work for some people, but not for me. There are schools that are AVMA accepted, do case studies, lectures, and physical exams the first year. It may not be called PBL, but the school has similar programs elsewhere in nicer areas and nicer facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"not for large animal people!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I suggest flying into ONT and taking a shuttle to hotel/to the university... this is the best way to avoid driving in LA traffic... this is if you're coming from out-of-state." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was accepted" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great program, the staff is great, and the faculty seem to really enjoy their work. The PBL system seems great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Western is definitely not a traditional vet school. The teaching style for the first two years revolves around problem based learning and laboratories. The great thing is that there does seem to be a great amount of hands on experience, starting from your first year. However, there is no large animal facility (there is a small animal Banfield). They do take tours to nearby schools/farms/facilities, but if you are looking for an on-campus large animal hospital and/or lecture centered learning then Western is probably not ideal for you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus is tiny, but the location is still amazing due to everything that is so close by!" More from this Member | Report Response

"They explained how the interview works at the beginning of it. It's okay to repeat things from our application. It's okay to pause and reflect before answering. Whenever I answered in generalities, they would ask for a specific instance that exemplified what I was saying. Like tell us about one conversation, or one interaction. That was tricky. They take notes and remain pretty inexpressive. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was a very pleasant experience. The suspense leading up to the interview was a lot more stressful than the actual interview itself!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Despite how everyone says the campus is small, the neighborhood is not safe, and there's a train that passes behind the campus ALL the time (yes, our projector was shaking when the train went by and the faculty member was assuring us it was not an earthquake!), I still really LOVED the school. Their unique PBL learning is a wonderful thing (not for everybody, though), and I feel like this school really wants to get to know who you are. They are not out to trick you or make you look stupid. This school is also in a great location because 45 minutes to and hour in any direction will get you to so many different places (deserts, forests, the beach, etc) where you can do large animal, small animal, farm, marine, zoo, wildlife. They have so many resources! Also you get a lot of clinical experience in your first two years, unlike most other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a whole day of activities before and after the interview. We were given a campus tour, time to chat with current students and lunch. The interviewers were really nice and seemed to really care to find out more about me. There was no surprises during the interview -- just the behavioral questions posted on SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are just weird. I couldn't figure out what they wanted to know, what it all meant, or how they interpreted my responses. It was like a Barry Manilow concert for the deaf." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewed by two professors for the CVM, one male, one female. Both were very nice and expressed their desire to make me comfortable. All three questions were behavioral." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was decent overall. There were a couple of student life slideshows that were a waste of time -- they were basically a bunch of photos from orientation, with people doing 3-legged races and other ''team-building'' activities, and didn't tell me anything at all about the school. The tour was really short, because there are only two buildings (and a clinic in a trailer). My interview was definitely the most enjoyable part of the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers was a professor/DVM poultry and the other was a successful ultrasound practitioner. Very positive. I left with a huge smile painted on my face. Interviewers were able to branch their own questions from the stories I was telling. I was comfortable enough to tell them I was nervous, and comfortable enough to tell them that a previous set of interviewers had essentially laughed at me when I mentioned what I wanted to specialize in. I was also comfortable enough to talk to them about my previous rejections. They were interested in what I had to say, rather than just ''doing a job.'' They had great senses of humor and spent a good deal of the interview laughing. They seem like great people to work with." More from this Member | Report Response

"positive, interviewers were extremely friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Well-organized activities, enthusiastic students, many applicants from out of state. Overall, I was more impressed with Western after this experience, although I still have reservations about its location and small size." More from this Member | Report Response

"The environment was very laid back, the students who showed us powerpoints actually had no idea how to work it or what they were supposed to do, the campus tour was very short, obviouslly. And the interviews lasted a short time compared to the amount of time we did other things. They served us lunch at least." More from this Member | Report Response

"great experience overall. those of you who have interviews next week should really try not to be too nervous, because everyone was really really really nice. we weren't thrown any curve balls like they do at some other veterinary schools. " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 41
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 0
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 36
Neutral 4
Discouraging 1

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.78 41

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 19
Out of state 23

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 10
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 8
7+ hours 19

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 28
Automobile 14
Train or subway 0
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 6
$101-$200 3
$201-$300 6
$301-$400 3
$401-$500 5
$501+ 12

What airport did you use?

Ontario (ONT)

Ontario! Much easier than LAX!

Ontario, CA

Ontario

ONT

Los Angeles International Airport

Orange County

LAX

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 1
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 7
Hotel 25
Home 2
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western Chino Hills

Comford Inn

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn Pomona

Diamond Bar Best Western

Don't remember!

Doubletree Hotel Claremont (just a few miles from campus)

Doubletree in Claremont

Hampton Inn

La Quinta Ontario

Marriott

Motel 6

Motel 6 in Chino

Rodeway Inn

Sheraton Suites Fairplex (they have a shuttle to a

Shilo

Shilo Inn

Shilo Inn Hilltop Suites

Shilo Inn Hotel

Shilo Inn Hotels (free shuttle to school and airport)

Shiloh Hotel

Shiloh Inn

Yes

Would you recommend the hotel?

Best Western Chino Hills

Comford Inn

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn Pomona

Diamond Bar Best Western

Don't remember!

Doubletree Hotel Claremont (just a few miles from campus)

Doubletree in Claremont

Hampton Inn

La Quinta Ontario

Marriott

Motel 6

Motel 6 in Chino

Rodeway Inn

Sheraton Suites Fairplex (they have a shuttle to a

Shilo

Shilo Inn

Shilo Inn Hilltop Suites

Shilo Inn Hotel

Shilo Inn Hotels (free shuttle to school and airport)

Shiloh Hotel

Shiloh Inn

Yes

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.55 44

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
4.86 44

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.05 44

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.59 32

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.63 32

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.55 31

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The interview day was a little disorganized, but overall it was great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions folks can't tell your email provider to NOT put their email in the spam folder, so it has to be up to the applicants. CHECK YOUR JUNK FOLDER! Tell your email not to block @westernu emails!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Follow up on interview emails! I did not get mine until three days before I was supposed to be there..and that was after I called twice about it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Use e-mail to communicate acceptances. If the only form of communication between them and students is e-mail, then why snail mail the acceptance/waitlist/rejection letters? Or use the phone!" More from this Member | Report Response

"very disorganized interview process and day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Timely email response." More from this Member | Report Response

"Post signs to help guide interviewee's to appropriate parking area's/lots." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be more responsive to emails during interview weeks. Waiting 2 months for a decision is too long." More from this Member | Report Response

"Let us know sooner! (soon after interview, not 2 months!)" More from this Member | Report Response

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