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  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"Why Howard (several versions of this question, including where it ranked on my list of schools and where else I was applying)?" Report Response

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

"Explain poor grades, and how did you study for the MCAT?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"All the questions were standard. Most interesting part of the interview was when the interviewer described a mural on his wall that was a memorial to folks at Howard who had dedicated their lives to service." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"About my grades - I knew the question was coming, but he asked it in a very indirect way, so it caught me off guard." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my application, mock interview, SDN, read up on Howard, talked to local folks." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"It's been said a thousand times, but it is true - everyone (students, faculty, staff) is friendly and encouraging. Plus, Howard is directly invested in its local community." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My interview time was right before lunch because that was the time my interviewer had free. I ended up missing most of the student's talk during lunch." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That my bus ride to Howard would be so long, but nothing about the school or interview itself." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My day at Howard was great, partly because I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from reading SDN. I got there early enough to get an ''early'' interview (before lunch). We had to fill out additional questions after signing in, which took me about 25 minutes. We were able to see a few minutes of a class, and chat with students. We had a couple of informational sessions with admissions folks and financial aid folks before lunch. Some of the interviews were early, but most were after lunch and the tour. I missed most of lunch because of my interview, but it seemed pretty cafeteria standard. The tour was good - given by someone from admissions. The facilities seem pretty standard, nothing too flashy or outdated, though the library is new and really nice. After the tour I stayed in the admissions office to talk with students who dropped by. Given all of the student interaction I had, I feel like I came away with a really good sense of the school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

BWI

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/17/2007

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?

10 out of 10

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