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  • Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Rochester
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Why Mayo?" Report Response

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

"How would your friends describe you?" Report Response

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

"What leadership experiences have you had? What challenges/hardships have you had? Tell me about your research. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What does diversity mean to you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None really. Both of my interviewers had read my entire application (and LORs) very closely, and all the questions pertained to my life and my experiences." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my AMCAS application, and went through the Mayo Medical School website to get an idea of the curriculum and of Mayo's philosophy about patient care" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Mayo is an amazing school, and extremely unique, sometimes in ways that I wish other med schools would follow. The yearly tuition is $30,000 but every student is guaranteed at least a $15,000 scholarship, and most end up with a $25,000 dean's scholarship. So the student debt is extremely low, plus housing around Rochester is very reasonably priced. Their curriculum is set up so that there are interdisciplinary blocks, and between each block is a 2-week selective, which students can design however they want - shadowing, going abroad, doing community service, or just taking a vacation. I think the idea is fantastic, and really prevents the students from getting burned out. The Mayo Clinic is awesome, and probably the most beautiful facility I have seen so far. Its tradition of putting the patient first is not something that is just said, but is tangibly shown. Also, the gym there is ridiculous - tons of machines, two swimming pools, and free personal training and exercise classes." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The location in Rochester. The immediate area around Mayo is very nice, with coffee shops, restaurants, and bookstores, but outside of the clinic, Rochester doesn't offer too much. There are scattered shopping areas, a few bars, and one comedy club...but that's about it. Minneapolis is an hour-and-a-half away. The city can get very cold in the winter, but fortunately, you can get around the medical school and all the clinic buildings through the "subway," which is a system of nice underground hallways." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How great the clinical experiences at Mayo are. Students who have shadowed surgeons as one of their selectives have actually been able to participate in surgeries - from making incisions to performing full surgeries on pigs - and this is just in their first few months of year one. The amount of trust that Mayo puts in its students is wonderful - they really are treated like equals." Report Response

Tour and Travel

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How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 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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Where did you stay?

With students at the school

General Info

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?

5 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

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