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  • Illinois College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

15 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"What made you interested in optometry?" Report Response

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

"How did you start pre-optometry club? Was it difficult?" Report Response

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

"What could you bring to ICO?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I believe I asked more questions than they did. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing, all pretty standard. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reading SDN forums, reminding myself of my accomplishments and questions I have for the school. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The amount of support I was able to get from everyone there. Students were all very very helpful. Every single person I've met from when I entered the door of ICO were extremely friendly. I was able to freely ask questions, get honest answers, and be respected for my religion, and my country of origin (Canada). I felt like they actually wanted to know who I am as a person, so that they can determine whether I a fit enough to be a doctor. I was interviewed by Dr. Pihos, and I felt that she was very direct, and honest. It was a very laid back interview. I felt like I asked her certain tough, or personal questions about the school, of which she still answered very honestly. I really respect that about the school. I did not get the feeling that they were trying to "sell" the school to me, but really help me in choosing the right school that will prepare me to be the best optometrist I can be. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The lights in the RC were a little too dim to me. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That they have already sent out 200 acceptances (only 130 or so put in their deposit though) Either way, it was such a great experience, I don't regret flying there at all, no matter what my outcome is. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"They have approximately 1000 applications, 450 interviews, and a class size of only 160 or so. I'm honored to be amongst the 450, and am even more glad to have met such a wonderful bunch of people there. The support the students give each other, the amount of school spirit they each have are incredible! It definitely is contagious. The students there will pretty much determine one's life outside of school, and that is important to me. Everyone will be on the same schedule, most people will live together, the school has an awesome work-study program, and it's just a wonderful place to be. Most importantly, their clinic will allow me to be exposed to a large variety of diseases because of the type of community they are in. The school is all about reaching out to the community, and I truly see the humanitarian side of the school. The staff, the students, the CLINIC**, the fact that they have a residence complex is beyond awesome to me. I had a great experience, and I hope everyone who got invited for their interview will attend, because it will really be worth it! " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

Midway

Where did you stay?

At school facility

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/17/2009

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?

9 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?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Everyone were super nice, even better than I expected. I wish I had more time to talk to the admissi" Report Response

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