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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Pomona
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why do you want to be a physician. Why a DO, and why Western?" Report Response

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

"Tell me more about your research activity? Describe your role in this community service activity? " Report Response

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

"Can you explain your lower academic performance in your sophomore year?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why doctor, why DO, why Western? You can expect this question to be asked in every interview. Describe your role in your community service activity?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, went to westernu.edu and read about the school, and talked to some COMP students and alumni." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I actually liked the look and feel of the school. It was small, quiet, very clean and organized in its layout, the buildings looked new and the interior was very nice. The classrooms where you will learn everything are very high tech with internet and power outlets at every chair, several projectors/tv monitors, wi-fi around campus, etc... The interviewers were very friendly and informative! Wonderful admissions staff. They also give you a nice packet of info when you interview." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The lack of restaurants within walking distance of the campus. I think there was a subway, an italian restaurant, a hookah lounge, and a bar next to campus." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The location is NOT THAT BAD! I have lived in the suberbs and in urban environments. By everyone's description, I though I was about to go into some shanty hooverville. The school is very clean and secure while the surrounding area is not bad at all (but its not the Hamptons either). I think Pomona has improved over the last few decades (at least the area that Western is in). The city does have restaurants (although a bit off campus), an art district, farmer's market, etc... You are nearby the Claremont colleges, so if you want to be around many students, that is an option. You have access to all of LA. I went during spring break, so the school was a ghost town. There were not that many faculty or students around to ask questions. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a lovely experience at Western and I hope to start school this August. " 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?

9 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?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/27/2008

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

6 out of 10

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