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  • University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • St. Louis
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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

2

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)?

"Why do you want to be an Optometrist?" Report Response

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

"What was a typical day as an undergraduate while participating in varsity athletics at the Division II level?" Report Response

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

"What is the difference between an Optometrist and Ophthalmologist?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How has Optometry improved in the last 20 years?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How has Optometry improved in the last 20 years? (same as above)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"UMSL's website, mock interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty and third year tour guide were all very enthusiastic and easy-going. I was pretty stressed when I first showed up for my interview but once I met the faculty, they were all very helpful and kind." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities aren't as up-to-date as other Optometry schools. However, they are planning on building a new facility in the next 4-5 years." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The names of the interviewers so I would be familiar with their work. Which, for me were Dr. Edward Bennett and Dr. Alex Harris. Dr. Bennett is well-known for gas permeable contact lenses and has written nationally renowned books." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall I had a very positive experience. They were very helpful and made you feel at home. They made it clear that they were interviewing me for a reason and thought I would be an asset to their institution. The thing I found most interesting was that they had a powerpoint presentation prior to the interview that outlined what questions would be asked in the interview so you knew what to expect." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

?

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/08/2007

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?

7 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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