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  • University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
  • Psychology School
  • Pittsburgh
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 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

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

6

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

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

"Describe your research interests. (I was asked this 6 different times in 6 different interviews)." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Do you have any questions for me?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read some of the faculty's articles, re-read my statement, studied the website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Before my visit, I had lengthy phone ''interviews'' with several faculty & admin staff; they were all very warm and professional. Nice facilities, faculty & students were friendly, students seemed relatively happy (albeit tired & stressed). Students are fully funded for however long they're in the program. Pitt's campus is very convenient, med school & local hospitals are within a couple blocks. Pittsburgh is much nicer than I expected. Living expenses in the area are low enough that students can live off of their stipends." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"NO breaks between interviews - not even time to walk from one to the next. Barely had time to eat lunch. Formal interviews with grad students felt contrived/awkward & I didn't really get to ask them questions. The whole day felt like a cattle-call audition; tons of applicants and a very rushed schedule made me feel like I should have been wearing a number instead of a name tag. Had to share a hotel room with another applicant. (Not Pitt's fault: flight was delayed the night before and I got in so late that I only got about 5 hours of sleep)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The program takes *at least* 6 years on campus, plus the internship. There is a lot more clinical training than I expected (more than other programs where I interviewed)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My experience at Pitt didn't feel nearly as personal or welcoming as my pre-visit communications with faculty/staff. I was disappointed by the all-around impersonal feel. I didn't feel like I got a good feel for the program because we were so rushed all day long. But, everyone was friendly and it seems like a strong program." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

PIT

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/17/2007

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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