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  • SUNY - Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Syracuse
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 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?

45 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)?

"How did you come to the decision to apply for medical school? (I am somewhat of a non-traditional applicant)" Report Response

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

"What brings a Westerner like you to Upstate NY? (Also: Why didn't you apply to your state school?)" Report Response

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

"How will you fit in here?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"In one sentence, what would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What will be your biggest challenge in medical school?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read about Upstate on web site, talked to current SUNY students, SDN, read AMCAS and app materials" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Up-to-date facilities; kind and enthusiastic students and staff" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One interview was in a fairly remote part of campus; one interview " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Clinical emphasis, not research. (That's a good thing for me, though)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I stayed with a current med student, and would highly recommend doing so. Interview day consists of orientation, two interviews, a tour, lunch, about an hour of "free time", and a brief rundown of admissions procedure and financial aid. Jennifer and Jim in admissions were so kind and helpful--a good representation of most of the staff, faculty, and students at Upstate. My first interview was with a 3rd-year student and I felt it went very well. We discussed my application in detail and she was very professional. My second interview was with a psychiatrist and was quite difficult, as it seemed he was fishing for excuses for the weaknesses of my application. Still, I feel the interview went all right and he seemed like a nice guy, although perhaps a little out of place at Upstate. A tour of the facilities revealed a new or recently remodeled library and anatomy lab. Classrooms were also very nice. On the whole, the school is one that is friendly and will provide a great medical education for future clinicians. I spent two full days looking at Upstate and the town of Syracuse because I'm really interested in coming here. The city is what I would call mid-sized to small, and there are plenty of options for affordable housing--apartments near the school or apartments and homes farther away. There is a large shopping mall on the way to the airport, and many national stores within a short radius, although none too close to the medical university. A great mix of country and city, with many unique options for those interested in community or rural medicine. Great school!" 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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


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?

9 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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