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  • University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Duluth
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?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

A single professor

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)?

"What changes have you seen, personally, within the field of pharmacy over the years you've been a technician?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about a mistake you've made and what was the result?" Report Response

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

"Why Minnesota? The professor actually went so far as to ask why I would want to go to Minnesota over the good pharmacy school in my own state. Be prepared with multiple reasons because they may push back on this question (I gave him one reason and he sat there and asked "uh huh, what else?")" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"He asked me about my volunteer experience. Although the interview was closed file the professor did have access to my supplemental application answers. Possibly he had the PharmCAS essay in front of him too but I'm not sure since he didn't ask me about it." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Suppose one of your family members is terminally ill and the rest of your family is looking to you (a pharmacist) for guidance. The rest of the family is pushing for a lengthy treatment to try and cure the ill family member. What do you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"The admissions office recommends that you buy an interview prep lesson for a "nominal fee." The lesson is on UM's blackboard site and is only $20. I wasn't going to buy it initially but in the end I did even though I'd already been to a couple of interviews. The lesson is pretty basic but does give you even more concepts/questions to practice with and helps soothe nerves." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Many of the students there were clearly big fans of their school and had turned down offers from other schools in order to attend UM. They also mentioned that it is a top three school... a lot." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I didn't particularly like Duluth. I wish I could have interviewed at the Twin Cities campus which is the one I selected at the end of the interview." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known that Minnesota does not allow you to gain residency unless you live there for a year without attending school of any kind. I find this a bit unhelpful especially for older applicants who would necessarily move their entire households to Minnesota in order to attend the SOP. Every single other applicant in my interviewing group was very young and planned to go home for summer breaks." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Be prepared for inclement weather in either Duluth or Minneapolis. My airline called to tell me my flight was canceled while I was still interviewing. I ended up having to stay an extra night even though Duluth really didn't get any snow. Minneapolis did, however, and pretty much every flight to/from Duluth comes from or routes out of Minneapolis." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 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?

$501+

What airport did you use?

Minneapolis to Duluth international(fyi duluth airport has no bathrooms after security screening)

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Sheraton Duluth- nice but pretty expensive. They were nice enough to let me extend my stay another night at the same discounted rate of $100 per night. Also free shuttle to/from airport and university although you do need cash to tip the drivers.

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

No Response

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?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 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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