2 out of 10
8 out of 10
At the school
"Tell me about your Crohn's Disease. How long did it take for you to be diagnosed? What medicine did you/do you have to take?"
"Who's your favorite composer? What's your favorite time period of music to sing?"
"Tell me about X, Y, Z experience."
"Given your different medical experiences, are you more interested in surgery or medicine - why?"
"None - all very conversational, thought-provoking, insightful questions."
"Read SDN, interviewfeedback, read up on Columbia, talked with current students (friends)"
"Contrary to other opinions, I thought the day (for the most part) was very organized. I really liked how the admissions office made an effort to make me feel at ease - that was nice. I also thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Dr. Frantz. He was just so engaged and interested in me (not my numbers or scores), and that was really refreshing. Conversation flowed and I was really excited to learn that Columbia prides itself on accepting students who are passionate about things OTHER than medicine, and that they want to craft a well-rounded physician. I was also impressed with the student - they seemed very happy across teh boards - and with the number of different medical clubs! Jeez! Oh, lastly, I was able to sit in on a class (a clinical correlative class relating anatomy to actual practice) and it was very, very interesting."
"Although the students all seemed very happy, at times this seemed a bit forced. Also, looking through the student handbook, it seemed as though 85%+ of the students went to an Ivy. That's fine, I guess, but for a school that prides itself on diversity, they don't seem to be practicing what they preach! Also, our tour guide was extraordinarily ditzy; not a great representation of the school. Lunch was edible, but nothing to write home about."
"Nothing - felt pretty well informed about the school."
"My interviewer was Dr. Frantz. He's a sweet old man who just wanted to get to know me. He was very kind, knew my file in and out (had a knack for memorizing details; very impressive), and just wanted to hear all about me and my musical/theatrical pursuits, family, early experiences (I have Crohn's Disease, so we talked about that at length). He is so proud of Columbia - and it's obvious that he puts a lot of stock in the students he selects to join the class."