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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why are you taking a year off?" Report Response

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

"Why _____ major?" Report Response

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

"What do your parents think of your career choice?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you tell other pre-meds about research? Would you recommend it?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"No very difficult questions. He asked where else I was applying--I wasn't so sure this was a "legal" question, but I answered anyway." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my application, read over interview feedback, tried to read up on healthcare issues, and thought about answers to commonly asked questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The friendliness of everyone I encountered, including the first year student tour guides, admissions staff, and students walking past the interview suite. All the students seem quite happy and proud to be at Columbia. The curriculum is well designed." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Some of the facilities (lecture hall) seem a bit outdated. The first year dorm and dining facilities leave a lot to be desired. The neighborhood is not that great." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Interview was pretty relaxed, though my interviewer did not smile very much, which sort of threw me off. I had an afternoon interview, so my day started at 11:45am with a tour and lunch. My interview was pushed back and my interviewer was late and read my file right when he arrived. Afterwards I met with a member from the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)--they offer to meet with all female interviewees. She was nice and very helpful/informative. It was nice to have a more in-depth conversation with a student." Report Response

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