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  • Purdue University College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • West Lafayette
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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 type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Basic questions: Why Pharmacy? Why the midwest? Strenghs and weaknesses? " Report Response

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

"Do you prefer studying on your own or in a group? Are you an applications person or memorizer? " Report Response

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

"I didn't know what to expect for the Oral Exam, don't worry too much. You read an excerpt and answer a question. The question doesn't pertain to anything you just had to read. It's basic questions like: What is your favorite TV show and why? What is your favorite movie and why? What do you like to do on the weekends? etc." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing really, they were all pretty basic." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"They were all pretty expected." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"The Purdue Website (know why you want to go to the school), SDN (know what to expect), 5 interviews before that (practice). " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The people in the area are really REALLY nice! I flew in from Chicago, drove over to Indiana, not expecting a time difference! But, there sure was one! Purdue is on eastern standard time! Luckily, I had 10 minutes to spare. But, I got lost trying to find the building, a very nice student, walked me over and talked to me about the surrounding area! Insider information is always great! =)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The area, there is no diversity at all! It's a very small college town with not much to do. The town is surrounded by pretty much nothing! Everything is about a 100mile radius outside, Chicago and Indianapolis. During the interview day, they had Pre-Pharmacy students at the check in table, taking you from one place to another, in charge of the written and oral part. How do they put so much trust in a Pre-Pharm student? Actually, during my interview, the person in charge of the Oral Exam was a pre-pharm student that was also apply at the same time as I. =(" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Time difference. Also, because the class size at Purdue is so big and there are a lot of pre-pharmacy students, you bet you'll have to move out of the area to find rotations spots. There is no big, main hospital in the area, so you're very limited to what you can do as a student! =(" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I had a good experience. The people are nice. The immediate area is good; the surrounding areas not so appealing. I didn't really learn much about the school and the program while there though, because the hosts were pre-pharmers! So, make sure to ask during the interview! To clarify what I wanted to know as an out-of-state applicant: During my interview, I asked the faculty about rumor of out-of-state students being accepted at a lower percentage than others. He claims that the percentage that they have is for the initial cut of...meaning that is the numbers game for interviewees. Once you get the interview invite, everyone is on the same playing field. I got in! In the end, that's all that matters! =)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

6 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?


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


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General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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