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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?

2 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?

50 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)?

"Tell me a little bit about yourself." Report Response

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

"Why did you choose to go to your college? Why did you pick your major?" Report Response

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

"Do you think it would be a difficult transition to come to Syracuse? What do you think would be the most difficult part of medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you do or how would you feel if you discovered that you were just mediocre and not at the head of the class?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think of the healthcare problem? How would you propose we fix that problem in the US?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, reread my AMCAS application, and reviewed the school website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The enthusiastic and amicable personalities of the admissions staff, faculty members, and students that I encountered truly left an impression. Because Upstate Medical School is a state school, I pictured flimsy buildings and run-down facilities. I was pleasantly surprised when my pessimistic expectations were unmet. The facilities are modern and state-of-the-art...especially the library and gross anatomy labs." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Syracuse is very small city with an almost non-existent night life. As a resident of NYC, I think it would be quite an adjustment to live there. The cold, rainy weather also leaves something to be desired." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"When I reviewed entries from other student experiences on SDN, I noticed that many described the amount of downtime each had between their interviews so I thought I was prepared for the freetime. It never crossed my mind that I would actually have hours of downtime." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was actually my first interview so you can imagine my anxiety level before I stepped into Weiskotten Hall. Everyone in the admissions office was so helpful and so nice that it really put me at ease before my interviews. Just be prepared to walk outside to different buildings for your interview because that definitely happened for some of us who were interviewing that day. I scoped the place out the night before and it really paid off when I realized that I would have to walk down the block for my firsst interview. I definitely recommend taking your time to get a feel for the school before the interview day. If I hadn't prepared beforehand, I'm almost positive I would have gotten lost or I would have neen late to my interview, neither of which are good things. After my first interview, Jennifer comes downstairs and gives an admissions information session which is then followed by a student tour of school. The students seemed genuinely happy to be there and I took notice of their enthusiasm. After we returned, I began round 2 of my interviews and ended the day around 2:30. Overall, Upstate left me with a positive experience." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Marx Hotel and Conference Center

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?

7 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?

5 out of 10

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