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  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • La Jolla
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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

55 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)?

"First interviewer just asked me about random activities from my application, nothing too specific. I think she actually might have talked more than I did." Report Response

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

"Second interviewer asked a lot about my research. Specifically, not what it was about but more about what tasks I did/what responsibilities I had/where I got the idea to test what I did and how I started working in that lab. Asked a lot about my future career and told me how UCSD would be a good fit for that." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So, how did you come to be? (referencing how my parents raised me)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing really" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This website, looked over my application, thought about what questions I got asked at other interviews, thought about what I would want to know if I was looking at my application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Lots of different hospitals with lots of different experiences possible at each one (the rich Thornton, the county Hillcrest, the VA, Scripps, etc), the new curriculum (PF, less lecture time), the collegial atmosphere, the weather (!)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A slight inferiority complex w.r.t. UCLA/UCSF. And I didn't really like the person who was leading our tour." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That my interviews would be really chill. Although some of the other interviewees on my day had some tougher interviewers, so I guess it's sort of random who you get." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great school that clearly cares a lot about its students and is working to jump into the upper echelon of schools (not that it's currently not awesome, but the change to the new curriculum seems to be inspired by the curricula that other top ranked schools have adopted and the view that they're losing some students to those schools because UCSD is viewed as having a traditional, lecture-heavy curriculum)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

La Jolla Village Lodge

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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?

10 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?

9 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?

9 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing really. The tour could have been better organized -- we almost didn't get one" Report Response

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