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  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary School
  • Manhattan
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


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?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"The dreaded "Tell us about yourself and why vet med?"" Report Response

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

"What was your favorite class?" Report Response

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

"They asked a few related to my experience with low-income spay/neuter - "Are you familiar with/how do you feel about TNR (Trap Neuter Release)?" "What are challenges facing vet med and specifically related to shelter med?" "How do you feel about No Kill movement?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

""How do you feel about No Kill movement?" This is an interesting debate in the field, and I have given it a lot of thought over the years so I feel I was able to give a good, reasonable answer. I think with most of these questions, they were trying to get a feel if given my background/goal in shelter med, I might be too much of a softie or "bleeding heart." They need to see that you can grasp all sides of an issue rationally, and not just be ruled by emotions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None were terribly hard, I don't feel there were any trick or gotcha questions. I was a little surprised by a followup to the TNR question - "What if the local Audobon Society raises a stink about releasing predators in a fragile bird habitat?" Again here I think they were testing to see if I understood that there are often no easy answers - whatever you do is going to upset someone." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Found alot of sample questions on internet, read/practiced all the questions and feedback about KSU on SDN, read my VMCAS, made flashcards. I probably overprepared, because I wasn't asked most of the questions I was expecting. But with all the thought and work I've given this plan over the past few years, I know myself and my goals/motivations/issues pretty well, so I probably could have walked in cold and done fine." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They were all just overall very friendly and conversational. The time went quickly, we actually went about 10 minutes over, and I felt I would have enjoyed staying and chatting with them for another hour. One prof asked me about being a pilot (not my former career, just an expensive hobby). I only mentioned that at one spot in an explanation statement in the VMCAS, so this showed me that he had read it pretty thoroughly." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That they wouldn't really ask most of the "expected" questions. Still, you have to prepare for that, but it felt like most of it just flowed from my application and personal experiences." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was my first vet school interview, and overall I don't feel it could have gone any better. Seems like some adcoms really put you through the wringer, but this was not like that at all. It was good to have a good experience my first time, and I feel that should help improve my confidence for any future interviews. I could be very wrong, nothing is certain in this process, but I feel I improved my chances with this interview and I will be extremely surprised if I don't get an offer." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?

Kansas City

Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Motel 6

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?

7 out of 10

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

7 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?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"They seem to do a great job and I can't think of much they could do better. It would be nice to be able to see more of the hospital "in action." I know interviews are on weekends when most of the hospital is closed, and lots of tours could interfere with operations, but still I don't feel we really got too much out of hospital tour by walking through a mostly empty building and hallways." Report Response

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