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  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 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?

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

"What are some adjectives that describe you?" Report Response

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

"What would you do as a vet if an owner brought in a perfectly healthy dog and wanted to put it to sleep because they're going on vacation and couldn't find anyone to watch the dog?" Report Response

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

"Vet school can be very stressful - what do you do to relax?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What don't you like about working in an animal hospital? (I talked about all the decisions based on money, and how I'm not good with conversations about money yet.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you feel about the current state of food animal production in this country? (I said I don't really know that much about it, that my large-animal experience is very limited, but that I think it's important for all vet school students to learn some about food animals in order to be a better resource to their communities.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Re-read my personal statement (they did ask one or two questions about it), read interview feedback, read some articles on Penn's website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students, faculty, and staff were all incredibly friendly and want to help you relax. The boxed lunches were delicious (some kind of thai sesame noodle salad - really good!). The campus has some beautiful parts and the location (in a large, diverse city) is very appealing." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A 40-minute drive, on a good day, to the New Bolton Center (for large animal stuff) could probably get to be a drag after a while. The school needs to start some kind of a shuttle/bus service out there." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Maybe more about how to get around Philadelphia, since I've never been here before. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"As you've read in other feedback, one interviewer is hot and one is cold. They tell you that at the beginning of the interview. The cold interviewer will ask most of the questions at first - general questions about what got you interested in veterinary medicine, etc.. Also, since the students have input, you're basically interviewed for three hours. It gets exhausting but they are a terrific source of information that you need - how to find a place to live, how to study for those anatomy tests, anything. They're very open and approachable. At the beginning of the day you'll write your phone number on a piece of paper. Keep your phone on that night! I got a call around 6:30 letting me know I'd been accepted. One more thing - don't worry if your interview is short. Mine was 20 minutes, some other people were in there for up to 35 minutes. Doesn't really mean anything." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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?

Automobile

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

$401-$500

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?

Sheraton University City

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/30/2009

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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Three hours was a loooong time to sit and talk with students, especially knowing that they have inpu" Report Response

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