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  • University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Iowa City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

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

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Please talk about any interactions that you have had with a patient(which was weird, because I told them in the beginning that I worked at an inpatient hospital pharmacy and didn't have much patient contact)." Report Response

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

"Have you read any books lately? What kind of books are you interested in reading?" Report Response

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

"How would you handle a situation where one of your co-workers wasn't very cooperative? (or something like that...it was definitely a question dealing with teamwork and professionalism)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you were the hiring manager of a pharmacy, then what kind of pharmacist would you hire? Give examples of the qualities that you would look for in a pharmacist." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None of the questions were particularly difficult." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Practiced mock interviews with the questions that I got from SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"You don't really need a car to get to places, because almost everything seems like it's within walking distance. However, if you're planning on attending this school, bringing a car would still be a good idea. The program is excellent because it has been polished over the last 125 years. The people are really nice and approachable. There's no other school that I've personally been to that has a medical museum that showcases the history of not only their pharmacy school, but their other health schools as well (dentistry, medicine, nursing), so make sure to go visit -- it's on the 8th floor of the on-campus hospital." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The writing portion took up too much time and was too long (2 essay questions), but it wasn't difficult. There was no formal presentation of some sort that introduced the candidates to the pharmacy school, although I did like the fact that the dean made a huge effort to talk to every single candidate. Facilities are a bit worn-down. Also, there's a lot of bars and pubs next to the main campus -- I don't know if drinking is your thing (and, if it is, then that's great), but it was a turn-off for me. The tuition is also pretty high, especially if you're out of state, when compared to other pharmacy programs outside of CA. Although scholarships are available, they're extremely hard to attain if you're out of state and have a GPA lower than a 3.5." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the weather is so cold to the point where you don't need a separate refrigerator, especially if you're staying at a hotel and happen to have leftovers. Just put your leftovers in your car (if it's parked outside, or parked inside an open garage). Your food/drinks will be cold in just a few hours." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, Iowa is a great school. I do have to add, though, that if you're gonna be staying at the Sheraton Hotel, then to get a room that's not on the 2nd or 3rd floor. I stayed on the 2nd floor, and my entire stay was uncomfortable because the pool was right next to my room and it was way too loud all day long." 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

Cedar Rapids

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

3 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Sheraton

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/27/2010

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?

4 out of 10

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

3 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?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No Response

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