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

How did the interview impress you?


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


How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


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?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

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?

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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