2 out of 10
At the school
"Tell me more about your thesis research...what have you been finding?"
"What is your hometown like?"
"Why medicine? Why [my major]?"
"Nothing toooo out of the blue"
"Again--nothing really sticks out. He mainly wanted to know more about my thesis research (which I had written about in my extra essay), and other stuff in my application--he had my application file right out in front of me and was flipping through it as we spoke (but was making positive comments, thankfully :) "
"Read Columbia's website, read feedback, read my secondary and AMCAS"
"Interviewer was really, really nice, amazing city, great curricilum, students seem really nice--two of them came up to me when I was sitting alone in a not-so-popular class to tell me not to judge their school based on how boring that one class session was and that it was an anomaly. I thought it was pretty cool that they didn't want to let me form a bad impression of the school. Oh, and the student dorm has amaaaaaazing views of the river!"
"No formal talk or really any guidance about the day from anyone in the admissions office....they just sit you in this room and it's up to you to talk to the other interviewees (luckily we got along well). Also, while many students seeemed nice and ready to promote Columbia, I did get a whiff of pretentiousness, particularly from one of my tour guides. I also got sick of how the tour guides felt the need to continuously bash other med schools--particularly Cornell and Yale--on the tour (although Cornell is not innocent of that charge either). It seemed unprofessional and unecessary as none of us had asked them their opinion of Cornell or even told them that we were interviewing at or choosing between the two. Oh, and lunch BLEW...I would stash an energy bar or something in case your "selection" is as bad as ours was."
"Great school and decent interview day"