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  • SUNY - College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2 optometrists

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"They started off referencing the entrance essay written when you arrive." Report Response

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

"asked about an extracurricular activity - picked one to discuss - What qualified you to give advice on entrance essays? (i thought that was a slightly weird question, so i asked for clarification) What advice did you give?" Report Response

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

"What other fields were you considering besides optometry? Would you consider academia in addition to optometry? (Heh, no, one degree is enough, considering all the complaints I hear about how tough optometry school is as it is.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do people your age feel about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at your university (it was related, but i was surprised)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why were you working part-time? What else were you doing? (when i said i had a baby, they immediately congratulated me and backed off)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, youtube med-school interviews and searched the internet for interview advice for professionals in general." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They were so warm, friendly, and nonjudgmental - very unlike I expected. Basically, much, much much less stressful than anticipated. I was still careful with my responses, but i felt mostly at ease. I think i rambled on one question, but their faces were forgiving. They gave encouragement with their head gestures to clue me into how i was doing and did not seem formidable at all." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"nothing bothered me, but maybe a more developed description of how academic support works would have made me feel less anxious. Also there's no gym in SUNY, but its all in one amazing location, so a very minor complaint." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"i think i was very prepared for this interview. Due to the letter description of interview day and the admission receptionist's version of things ahead of time, I was able to anticipate every detail, down to where they were ordering lunch from. I had a time constraint, and the receptionist was kind enough to schedule the latest appointment so i would only have to be present for 3 hours. One thing though: I didnt know we'd be visiting the cadaver room on the tour; that was interesting/weird." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview flowed like a conversation. I was expecting a cross-examination or interrogation due to comments on this site, but they were approachable and down to earth. At the end of the interview day, the 3 of us interviewees found out that we were in, which supposedly only happens when all interviewees of the day are accepted! also, notice my interview was in February, and i took the oat at the end of December, so there's definitely hope for late applicants despite rolling admission. Also, as far as dress goes, one applicant was dressed very plainly, another was rocking a silk top with her pants suit. In the end, I was happy that my outfit had a few quirks besides the strictly professional dress suit, and I think it was the right decision to go for a balance of interesting yet polished." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


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

< $100

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

February 8 2012

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"none" Report Response

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