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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Did they ask questions? I guess the only one I can think of that was a direct question was asking me to clarify something in my academic record." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing out of the ordinary" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Explain your MCAT scores being lower than one might expect based on your academic performance (had good GPA, including graduate study)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read website, school viewbook, SDN, applciations" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facility was MUCH better than I expected, and is expanding rapidly. The faculty I spoke with were real people, brilliant and kind. The day itself was very laid back." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The students who ate lunch with us and gave us the tour seemed kind of "frat-boy" and joked a lot about how nobody felt like they worked too hard. Now, granted, they were 1st-years." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That Penn St was so much better than I thought. They have a great commitment to education and seem to listen to their students." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day itself was good. I chose the early shift (8:30-2) and I'm glad I did. That way, the interviews were out of the way in the morning and I could relax and enjoy the lunch and tour. The faculty interviews are nothing to be scared of-- they are very nice and interested in knowing you better and clarifying things in your application. The tour was a little longer and slower than it needed to be (done by a volunteer) but it was a good chance to see highlights of non-patient areas. Oh, and if you have the third morning interview slot and miss the beginning of the admissions presentation (which starts around 11), don't stress too much. Everything they talk about is on the website." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

Where did you stay?

At school facility

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2005

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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