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  • University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Psychology School
  • Charlottesville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

4

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 are your specific research interests and how do they fit with our current work?" Report Response

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

"If I gave you a blank check right now and no stipulations whatsoever, what kind of research would you do using the money?" Report Response

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

"Really I can't remember too many specific questions. Just went over my background, what interests me, what I envision doing in the future. BE PREPARED TO ASK QUESTIONS!!! They're main goal was to really see what YOU ask them." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"To explain my family dynamics and give background in how I grew up, what my parents do, etc." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The dreaded "so tell me about yourself" (why is this so hard?!?!)... but I expected it so it wasn't bad. Basically none of the questions were hard... just really trying to see if you were a good fit (this program is small and seemingly very bonded, fit was a MAJOR priority)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over POI's research and previous work. Found out the direction that each of their labs were headed in the coming years. Went over questions to ask that weren't answered online or during the orientation presentation earlier in the morning. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Surprisingly a lot. It was apparent how tight-knit the entire team was (professors and students). The current students genuinely loved the program and spoke highly of it. Also, they are a TRUE blend of research and practice that firmly believes in finishing the program in 5 years flat. The program also teaches a great breadth of information - to include all assessments (including Rorschach), across all populations (incarcerated, adult, juvenile, etc), and experience in various settings (clinical, school, correctional, etc). To top it off, you only take 3 additional classes and you will get licensed in school psychology (which you can't beat in this hard economic time)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The lack of funding. They do give you a full tuition waiver, but the stipend is around 1/3 of other competitive programs. Many students said that the cost was minimal in exchange for the superior teaching they received (i.e. when they went for internship interviews they commented on how OVER qualified they were in comparison to the competition). " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The low stipend amount." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You had a "social" the night before at a current students home - VERY beneficial to go! On the day of the interview, you had an opening presentation and then met with 2 POIs (that you mentioned in your statement) and 2 of their current students from their lab staggered through the day. When you weren't in interviews, you all sat in one room pretty much chit-chatting with the other nervous interviewees. You also had lunch provided in a group and with a professor that wasn't in your interest section (just to cross check). I have to say that after visiting the program, it moved significantly higher on my "I-REALLY-Want-to-Get-In" list!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

< $100

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/20/2009

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?

5 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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