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  • University of California San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy School
  • La Jolla
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Describe your previous pharmacy experience." Report Response

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

"You've been out of school for a while now--how do you think you will adjust to our rigorous courseload?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any questions for us?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The essay question: If you could be any animal (other than a human), what would you be and why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"This is going to sound ridiculous, but refer to "most interesting question."" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read and re-read school website, looked over application, formulated answers to questions frequently asked at UC interviews in the past, previous interview at another school, podcasts about medical/pharmacy news, subscribed to Drug Topics, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was extremely enthusiastic and the program incorporates all that UCSD has to offer, including SIO (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and UCSD's medical school. Also, the facilities are brand new and gorgeous. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If your interview time is at the beginning and then you have to write your essay, take it to the Biomedical Library and write it in there. By the time you return to the room to write your essay, students who are still waiting for their interview and have finished their essays will be chatting. It is incredibly distracting!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This school is amazing. I had a very difficult time deciding between it and UCSF. You really can't go wrong, though! Also, I did terribly on the essay but did really well on the interview (that's why I gave myself 5/10), but they still accepted me, so don't stress out too much over the essay! Also, a vast majority of my questions came from my essays, so be sure to look over those!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?


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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

9 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

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