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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?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

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

"Why do you want to be a vet? What will you do if you don't get into vet school this year? Do you have any questions for us?" Report Response

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

"Starting from the beginning of college, tell us how you got to where you are today?" Report Response

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

"What is an important research project you have been a part of?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you do in your spare time?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"For some reason I froze for a split second on the why you want to be a vet question. Luckily, the moment of panic passed." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I interviewed there last year and had just come off of a positive interview at another school, so I didn't prepare much except for reading the recently asked questions. I think it's a fine line between sounding thoughtful and rehearsed. I reread the syllabus and made sure I had questions to ask them. I think that's important." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Malcolm Keiter, the dean of admissions gave a different speech than he gave the year before, so I felt better about interviewing a second time. The students were nice and I was really positively impressed by my fellow interviewees! I thought of how awesome it would be to have some of them as class mates! Food was great, everyone was so enthusiastic. You can really feel this cutting edge energy around bc of the awesome equipment, case load etc. You really feel at the forefront of veterinary medicine. I know this sounds cheesy. The students were so friendly! They invited us to happy hour afterwards, which was awesome. I hadn’t had the guts to go the year before. There are dogs running around, beer, and pizza in the vet school! Also, they also do a big little sibling program and pass on tests from one “generation” to the next. Good social scene with other grad students around etc. Also, call me old fashioned, but I don’t mind the lack of computerization. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The day is long and I had the last slot. Because you are talking and smiling at people all day, you get tired. My face got tired and I think the side of my mouth may have twitched mildly at the end of my interview. Oh god. Luckily I was asking my interviewer some questions and just kept nodding. Also, West Philly is West Philly. Or Filthy as some call it. Then again, Hill is beautiful. From what I hear, some of the lecturers are boring and there isn't much in class live animal exposure your first two years. Also, I wanted to visit New Bolton, and they weren't very accommodating. Tuition high. I asked about alternative treatments in my interview and they basically ridiculed it even though Penn has an alternative elective second year. Anatomy lab gets crowded and practically every seat taken in lecture hall. I don’t know how this compares to other schools. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"not much. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I freaked out bc I heard of lots of acceptance calls on friday and had a HORRIBLE weekend. I felt as though I had been rejected again. and I thought my interview had gone well! I got an acceptance call on monday. Don't despair if this happens to you! Although for your sake, I hope it doesn't. It was miserable. " 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/06/2009

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

1 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 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?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

6 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?

"You may want to screen a New Bolton video for those students who only interview at the Philadelphia." Report Response

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