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  • Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Elkins Park
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"How do you deal with stress?" Report Response

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

"Please discuss two challenges within the field of optometry." Report Response

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

"How do you plan to contribute to our incoming class?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you know about PCO?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Challenges in optometry, Knowledge about PCO's program" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN all the way! Thank you!!" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The program is extremely patient-focused with extra coursework to teach you about the importance of doctor-patient relationship. Brand new renovations and equipment at their long-standing institute (almost 100 years!). Availability of resource office to help you start a private practice. Note-taking services. Large class = more variety of classmates to practice on. Finish all core coursework in 2.5 years rather than 3." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"While the school's area is quaint, the clinic's site is located in North Philly. It is a rather ghetto area 15 minutes from the school and it seems their patients are predominantly African-American. I am unsure about their exposure to actual patient diversity. I attest, however, that you will likely see plenty of disease with their patient base. Also, even though there is public transportation, you will likely need a car because it's in the suburbs where everything is spaced out." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There was a group interview with a faculty member with 3-4 questions after they gave a presentation. Then you go out and wait for your one-on-one interview with an admissions staff. The second interview is open file, but you will be answering a few more general questions before they open your file." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I walked into this interview expecting to see a run-down clinic in a bad neighborhood. While I originally had negative thoughts, this clinic far exceeded my expectations. It is extremely state-of-the-art with recent renovations. You feel a sense of history learning in the same clinic as all the PCO students before you. It seriously was not as bad a neighborhood as I anticipated and as a girl, that's saying a lot. I feel their reputable program will build me into a strong clinician and it far outweighs the negativity of its clinic's location. And btw, Elkins Park area is so quaint!! :)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of 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?


What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

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?


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?

6 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?

8 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"There was wait time in between meeting new people for the interview and for the tour. It would've been a lot better if there was a transitional announcement to let us know what the wait was for each time." Report Response

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