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  • Illinois College Of Optometry
  • Optometry School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"Why major in biological sciences? So many other students major in this." Report Response

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

"Tell me, what led you to optometry (starting from highschool)?" Report Response

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

"You mentioned that tuition played a role in your decision to choose the undergraduate school that you attended. As you know, ICO is a private school therefore the tuition is much higher. Why ICO?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Is there a specialty you would like to go into?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"(during the file review) explain your bad grades. Do you plan to retake the oats?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Sdn" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Location and public transportation. ico is located next to another college, therefore the surrounding campus environment is somewhat safe. I also liked how downtown chicago is literally a train ride away. Getting around town without a car is very easy" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the residential complex is essentially freshman style undergrad dorms. No sense of privacy. They say that single dorm rooms are available, but those are pretty much for upperclassmen. Incoming class usually get placed in a double" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that the file review is pretty much an interview in itself" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Choose your words carefully during the interview. They feed off of what you say. Say you answer one question, the interviewer's NEXT question will dig deeper into the answer you mentioned before." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

O'hare

Where did you stay?

At school facility

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/08/2010

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

5 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?

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

2 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

5 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?

"notify acceptance by e-mail in addition to sending a hard copy through snail mail. The wait feels like forever" Report Response

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