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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"What do you expect medical school to be like?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How did you come to want to be a doctor?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What other schools have you applied to? Why are you interested in Upstate?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Practiced interviewing with advisor, SDN website, Upstate website, read feedback from other alums from my undergrad who went there. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The friendly faculty interviewers, the enthusiastic student guides, that we received a substantial list of student email addresses to contact if we wanted any more info/feedback on the school from current students, the flexibility they allowed us with what to do between/before interviews (especially in contrast with my Georgetown interview experience, where we were told to sit in the fishbowl for hours on end without refreshments, internet access, or the ability to simply walk the halls and drop in on classes), and that the lectures at Upstate are videotaped. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Some of the labs could have used a little more space and renovation, but everything was serviceable. The cheerful talk about keggers by the tour guides kind of turned me off." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I knew from SDN that post-interview we had to submit our prefencence for a clinical campus within two weeks, but a lot of folks that day did not. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I drove to Upstate, arrived a half-hour early, and was taken to a comfortable room a floor below admissions which had internet access, a selection of beverages, folders of information for our perusal, and a large conference table. When our whole group of 11 or 12 arrived, an admissions staff member came to talk with us about the grand plan for the day, which gave us the choice of what to do with our time outside of interviews, a talk by the admissions director, and a student-led tour. We could look up info on our interviewers online, we could sit in on 1st or 2nd year classes, walk around the school, or relax in the conference room and do whatever we wanted to prep for our interviews (including figure out where the heck to go for them - they don't bring your interviewers to you). My interviews were very conversational, and my interviewers seemed very open and honest on their thoughts about the school. After the tour, talk, and interviews, I choose to go home rather than sit in on more classes, chiefly due to the impending snow storm. It was a good day. Not breathtakingly amazing, but good. Ah, and I've since been accepted there. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

5 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

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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