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"Multiple mini interview"
"Tell me about your family."
"Tell me about experience X."
"What are you up to this year (I'm in a gap year)"
"Do you have any siblings?"
"Random question about activity"
"I don't even remember. No tough questions. Very, very conversational and relaxed."
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"When did you first become interested in medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself "
"no specific questions. It was just a conversation."
"Coming from the south, do you think you would be comfortable here in NYC? "
"Specifically about my undergraduate thesis...this is interesting, what inspired you, after doing this why do you want to still go into medicine? "
"Tell me about yourself. After this, we basically went through my application and discussed things in more detail. It was extremely laid back and conversational."
"Is NYU one of your top choices?"
"What do you think is unique about NYU?"
"Mostly just a review of my AMCAS activites: very informal conversation."
"So... what do you want to talk about (very laid back)"
"So why not a 4.0? (i couldnt tell if he was serious or not at first, but i think he was...)"
"The interview was almost entirely conversational, with not a single actual question asked of me. It was basically me talking about myself unprompted. Very nice interviewer though, and very informative."
"I see that you're of religion X, Y, Z. Where is your family originally from? (a bit strange but ok - I went with it)"
"no real questions other than if i had any questions for him, very relaxed, almost too informal"
"Tell me about your volunteering expirience."
"What do you bring to the diversity of the class?"
"You said you never had a eureka moment, so how do you know medicine is right for you?"
"What are you most proud of?"
"What made you decide to be a physician?"
"What would you contribute to our school?"
"Do you have any concerns about living in New York City?"
"Do you have any questions about NYU that you haven't had answered?"
"Why would I choose you over someone else applying to the program?"
"Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ So youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re at XXX school, how do you like it? Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ What was your major? When did you know you wanted to do XXX? "
"What's the last book you read?"
"Why medicine? Would you like to address your grades?"
"Why New York City?"
"just the normal stuff...."tell me about this in your application""
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"Where is your school?"
"Tell me about Nigeria socioeconomic status"
"How did having a parent in the medical profession shape your decision to go into medicine?"
"how would your best friend describe you"
"just went through amcas"
"Mostly stuff about my personal experiences..."
"Tell me about your sibling."
"What's the best quality your childhood instilled in you?"
"tell me about x "
"Tell me about school x. (Where I went for my first year, before transferring)."
"What do you look for in a medical school?"
"Describe yourself, where you've been in life, and where you want to go"
"tell me about ur life."
"tell me about yourself..."
"What languages do I speak and how would I rate my proficiency?"
"How will you deal with the stresses of med school and residency?"
"All questions were about myself"
"Do you have questions for me. Do you have more questions?"
"What would i do if a patient only spoke spanish?"
"Tell me about your life from the day you were born."
"all relevant to my file"
"Tell me about your clinical volunteer experience"
"asked about my experiences growing up"
"What factors did you consider when you applied to medical school?"
"What do you want to know about NYU?"
"How did you like your tour this morning? What was your impression of NYU?"
"Do you have any siblings? What do they do?"
"tell me about utah"
"Why Medicine? "
"What were your SAT scores? Okay, so you're capable of doing well on a standardized test..."
"tell me what you've been doing since graduating (this got pretty detailed)..."
"Tell me about your extracurricular activities."
"Most were just questions regarding my application; very specific and not stressful"
"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your life. Tell me about your family."
"What are you doing now and why?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Why do you want to go into medicine and not english? (I wrote about how I like to write in my application.)"
"Why NYU over the other NYC schools?"
"See above. Mostly me asking questions about NYU. Come prepared with questions!"
"Are there any specialties you don't see yourself doing?"
"tell me about yourself. I couldn't help but answer I was born..."
"tell me about yourself. your personality. are you a big picture or detail type? "
"Why did you choose to go to _____ for your undergraduate?"
"Specifics about my secondary application."
"what do i see myself doing in the future?"
"why do you want to come to NYU"
"Why do you want to study medicine specifically?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why do want to go straight to medical school rather than take off a year?"
"So, tell me about yourself."
"How do you like New York?"
"Explain your research"
"Tell me about your major. (I'm a Biopsychology major)"
"Why did you chose to go to an undergraduate school that was so far from home?"
"Where exactly is the town of Shirley on Long Island?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"they were all related to my amcas."
"Do you have any questions for me about NYU?"
"Why are you interested in [x] specialty?"
"I just want to note again that I would be hard pressed to think of 3 questions that were asked of me that did not have answers already in my file. I hope this is a good sign that my file said it all and they were just checking to make sure I wasn't a freak as opposed to a bad sign that they were just not interested? ;)"
"so you are planning on teaching in your time off?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"what motivated you to become a doctor."
"tell me about yourself."
"staying with a host student helps to get a good idea of what NYU is like considering you will probably be living in the dorm if you go there..."
"Please describe the conflicts you had with your parents as a child."
"Where do you see yourself in ten years (specialty, location, etc)?"
"who do you turn to for support?"
"Your reason for being a doctor your father? (my father is a doctor). "
"what inspired your desire to enter medicine?"
"So what do you like to do for fun?"
"What field of medicine do you want to be in?"
"tell me about _?( some extracurricular that i did)"
"What qualities do you have that will make you a good doctor?"
"Do you know how much you the little "bodega" on 10th avenue pays per employee for health insurance? Do you know how much I pay to provide my secretary with health insurance?"
"How are you doing?"
"Did you dress warm enough?"
"questions about research"
"How did you get here today?"
"general med school interview questions"
"Tell me about ____ from your file."
"How do you feel about death?"
"Tell me about the Scholars program you are in. "
"Most of the questions were random. Questions came up as the conversation progressed. "
"how did you decide to be a dentist (specific volunteer experiences etc). "
"What other schools are your top choices and why? (I think the question that should have been asked is "what are you looking for in a medical school and why?")"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about your research"
"Why did you choose NYU? "
"Who are your heroes? "
"What 3 books would you want to read if you were isolated from the outside world?"
"Why did you take a year off? Since it takes so long to earn a medical degree, why have you just added another year to it?"
"what things do you do for fun?"
"Why are you taking a year off? Why did you study your undergraduate major? Why NYU? Why New York?"
"Why did you major in biochemistry?"
"Why do you want to be a dentis?"
"Multiple mini interview"
"Why did you choose to attend your undergrad school?"
"What's the hardest thing you've dealt with?"
"What was one of your greatest challenges and how did you overcome it?"
"What's your favorite restaurant in washington sq. area?"
"Did your parents influence you?"
"What do you expect to be one of the greatest challenges of being a doctor?"
"Tell me about XX in your personal statement."
"Why medicine? "
"What is the most exciting thing you've ever done?"
"Tell me about __ research project"
"What else you do you like to do outside of academia?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Have you heard of ______ (the interviewer's discovery)?"
"Did your school have a pre-med society?"
"Tell me about your family."
""tell me about this, tell me about that...""
"Tell me about this EC."
"I am going to ask you a difficult question now. I need to tell the admissions committee about you, so tell me something remarkable about yourself."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What other schools are you interviewing at?"
"What do you think about your application?"
"What do your parents/siblings do? Are any of them doctors?"
"What do you think is weak about your application?"
"How do you like your undergrad college?"
"Why New York?"
"Tell me a bit about your research experiences."
"Why would you leave Colorado for NYC?"
"Aren't there medical schools in Canada you could have applied to? (I'm Canadian)"
"Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Do you come from a medical family? "
"What would you do if you didn't get into medical school? Why do you think you didn't get in last time?"
"Do you like New York?"
"What area of medicine do you want to go into?"
"Specific question about my research"
"What does your mom think about you coming to NYU."
"Why NYU over Columbia?"
"what are strengths and weaknesses"
"Why did you choose your undergrad college?"
"What do you want me to tell the committee?"
"How did you like school y? (Where I transferred to)."
"what will you do if you don't get into med school"
"Why do you want to go into pediatrics as opposed to another field?"
"why did you go to ur undergrad institution?"
"Why did you apply here?"
"about your family..."
"Why did I choose to apply to NYU?"
"do you have any questions"
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"Lots of questions about my personal experience."
"Why do you want to be a dr.?"
"Why are you special?"
"Tell me about your major with lots of follow up questions"
"Tell me about anthropology (my undergrad major)"
"asked about my family"
"Which factors are most important to you?"
"What problems do you think doctors will be facing in the future?"
"What humanities courses did you take?"
"Why NYU in comparison to all other schools in the area?"
"Did you have pre-medical advisors at your school? (b/c you're grades and MCATs are too low for you to really think you can go to school here)"
"Explain your major (I came from a 7-yr program, so explain why I dropped it)"
"tell me how you feel the diversity of your experiences has helped or hurt you. general strengths/weaknesses."
"What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?"
"What made you decide to go into medicine?"
"Why NYU? Why NYC?"
"Why MD? "
"Do you have any questions about NYU?"
"What do you do at Bellevue?"
"anything I haven't asked you yet that you wish I did?"
"Can I adopt you?-( I'm not sure how you are supposed to answer that one)"
"Summary of my life."
"clarify your work experience."
"tell me about your research"
"What is your ethnicity?"
"What kind of digital camera do you recommend for me?"
"Is this your first time in the city?... How do you like it?"
"How do you feel you would adapt to nyc?"
"What did you do in your free time in college?"
"How did you hear about NYU and why did you apply here?"
"Where are you from? "
"What role did your parents play in your decision to practice medicine? (None) "
"Tell me about X volunteering activity."
"Are you a techie?"
"Why do you want to go to NYU Med?"
"How did you discover that NYU is excelling in [x] research area?"
"What if you don't get into medical school ever, what will you do?"
"what do your parents and siblings do for a living. "
"tell me about a difficult experience and how you overcame it?"
"How did you manage to put yourself through school without familial financial support."
"What do you do for fun?"
"so you travel alot?"
"how do you deal with stress, and what do you do to relax?"
"You came a long way here. Why NYU?"
"Is there anything you would like to know about NYU?"
"You wrote a research paper on "X", can you tell me about it? What is your opinion of this? "
"What do your parents do?"
"Where will the government get the money to pay for national health care? By cutting back on spending where? Iraq? "
"So, why New York?"
"Questions about the winding road that lead to where I am today. "
"questions about classes other than science classes"
"What other schools are you applying to?"
"questions about my research"
"What do you do to relax?"
"How do you perform with lack of sleep?"
"Had you been to New York before coming out here for school?"
"What are my hobbies?"
"What do you think you will specialize in?"
"why did you choose NYU"
"What did you learn about yourself from your volunteer experiences?"
"If you don't get into medical school, what will you do? (I know this is a standard question, but for some reason, once asked, I felt offended.)"
"Why did you choose your undergrad. school?"
"How do you think your research can be connected to clinical medicine"
"Tell me about all your back groud? "
"Why did you go to graduate school?"
"Tell me about _____ from your application."
"What do you think of doctors who hardly spend 5 minutes with their patients, and are always running in and out of the door before the patient gets to ask any questions?"
"What would you do if you had a completely free weekend? What would you do if you had a completely free Tuesday night? "
"What would you do career-wise if there was no way you could get into medical school?"
"Why did you take a class in ______? (something non-science, not in my major) How do you think that would help you later in life?"
"If you were accepted, would you attend NYU?"
"why did you go to your undergrad institution?"
"Have you thought about PPOs, HMOs, and how they would influence the professional environment when you become a doctor?"
"Why do you want to come to NYU?"
"Multiple mini interview"
"Tell me about [extracurricular activity]. We went through my activities."
"Can you tell me more about your research?"
"What did you think of the facilities?"
"If you didn't get into medical school, what would you do?"
"Do you play any sports?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Do you know what specialty you want to go into?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"Tell me about your music."
"How can you be sure?"
"Tell me about the progression of your decision to enter medicine"
"Why did you pick your undergraduate institution?"
"Why not MD/PHD?"
"That was seriously it. The interview was very conversational, none of the standards."
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"No ethical questions"
"Which EC was most meaningful?"
"the rest was pretty conversational. I was also sick and not exactly 100% on my game."
"What research experience have you done?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"How will you judge your success as a doctor?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"Those were the only two questions I had. My interview was like 5 minutes."
"How did you like [your undergraduate college]?"
"Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ When did you know you wanted to be a doctor? Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Do you know what field you want to go into? Why do you want to go into that field of medicine? "
"What will you bring to NYU?"
"He asked about where I am from and the different cities in my homestate. Asked me if I could see myself living in NYC."
"What does your sibling do?"
"what do your siblings do."
"Describe your hometown. What do you do to relax? "
"Have you ever seen a Broadway show? You really should."
"What do you know about NYU?"
"what do you like to do for fun?"
"What about you will make a good doctor?"
"What was my favorite undergrad class?"
"Tell how you ended up choosing medicine."
"Where else did you apply and what do you like to do for fun"
"Why NYC and also what I had been asked at other interviews that I wanted to talk about"
"Something I regret."
"Tell me about your volunteer/extracurricular activity experiences"
"How do you learn best?"
"what do you do for fun"
"What role models/people inspired you to go to medical school?"
"Where else did you apply? Honestly, if you got into ___, ___, ___, and NYU, where would you? (and this was followed by him saying, "You know, if you're interested in emergency medicine, California or Michigan is the place to be. New York City...not so much." Even though he's an emergency medicine physician working in NYC...go figure.)"
"What medical schools did you apply to?"
"how did you study for the mcat (her daughter is taking it next year and she wanted to know if recommend kaplan or exam crackers0"
"What experiences reaffirmed your decision to pursue medicine?"
"Other schools you applied to."
"tell me about which other schools youre intersted in, and why. and also tell me what each and every member of your family does and what their education is. "
"Other questions from my AMCAS. Disappointingly, not conversational at all."
"What is your strongest quality?"
"How did you enjoy your undergrad experience? what did you like the most about the school? what did you study?"
"How do you think medicine will be different in the future?"
"What experiences as an EMT have changed your outlook on life?"
"Do you have family/relatives in the city?"
"what's your research about?"
"How do you know so and so..."
"What is your biggest fault?"
"Why do you want to come to NYU?"
"tell me about your family background."
"what do you think of your undergraduate institution"
"How do you feel about the bad rap Muslims have gotten recently?"
"other random talking..."
"What else did you do in college?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"Tell me about your research. "
"How do you feel about your college experience (relative to my high school experience)?"
"Tell me about your thesis project."
"Did you enjoy your postbacc experience? What about it didn't you like?"
"Speak about extracurriculars: tutoring, volunteering, research...etc."
"Tell me about your family (I have a spouse and child)."
"what was your experience living in manhattan during 9/11"
"what other schools in ny have you applied to interviewed at."
"how did you choose your second major?"
"Describe why you are a "different" kind of non-traditional student rather than the cookie cutter type: the kind that graduates from UG and works for a few years then decides that medicine is their calling."
"What brings you to New York?"
"what do you think nyu can offer you? (why nyu?)"
"Do you have any questions for me? What Can I tell you about NYU Med?"
"what do you think about your mcat score?"
"What do you like about New York?"
"What do you do outside of work?"
"Have you heard back from any other schools? (This was towards the end of a thoroughly awful interview experience and I told him flat out that I had already been accepted at a higher ranked school, thank you very much.)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What I plan to do and how NYU will help me get there? This one question was not asked but summerizes several easier questions actually asked. "
"Where have you been accepted so far?"
"questions about my research"
"How do you like your undergrad?"
"What kind of doctor would you like to be?"
"Has the article you worked on been published yet? Tell me why you reached the conclusions you did in your research."
"The origin of my name?"
"Coming from a small town in the midwest, are you intimidated by the possibility of living in NYC?"
"explain a stressful situation in your life and how you dealt with it"
"Questions specific to my application."
"Tell me about your previous school curriculum and clinical experiences"
"What do you like to do for fun? "
"What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"Where do you live?"
"What qualities of your parents do you want to emulate/not want to emulate?"
"Have you been accepted anywhere yet? How do you know what school you want to go to (i.e. what criteria do you use in deciding which school you ultimately will attend) Which school would you actually go to if you got into all the ones you applied to? Well, certainly NOT NYU if she's there. "
"What are your hobbies? What are you currently reading?"
"what about the health care at your undergrad instution would you want changed? (this was a weird question...)"
"What's the most interesting class that you've taken at your undergraduate institution?"
"How do you plan on managing your school requirements and your social life?"
"Multiple mini interview"
"Nothing was really interesting, just standard med school interview stuff."
"Nothing was really that interesting"
"Would you be interested in MD/MPH"
"Why do you want to remain in NYC ?"
"No interesting questions"
"Do normal batteries have liquid inside? (relevant to my research)"
"What is the data on those students at your old school that get into alternative medical fields?"
"just general questions"
"What other schools did you apply to and where would you really like to attend medical school?"
"What is the most exciting thing you've ever done?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Asked about a specific quote I had in my PS from a conversation between my Dad and I. "
"About my thesis - we were able to discuss issues of physicians in American medical culture..."
"Tell me something about yourself that is not on the application already?"
"What do they do at other interviews that's stressful?"
"What do you think you will like most about medicine? Dislike?"
"The one about my family and being a member of religion X, Y, Z (non-christian) at a christian school for undergrad."
"What is one thing about you that most people perceive incorrectly?"
"What do you think about US polotics?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"What do you think you would contribute to the school?"
"How have your views grown/evolved since submitting your AMCAS application (in relation to my personal statement)?"
"So you put down that you are [insert applicable ethnicity]. Where does that come from? "
"Why did you go to India?"
"What was your favourite non-science college course?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"Not really a question the interviewer asked -- when I was talking about my particular career goal, the observer in my interview piped up with ''that's my field!'' and we then had a very engaging conversation about our mutual interest."
"What specialty have you thought about?"
"Whats new in autism these days? (i work in autism research)"
"Why didn't you go to Rutgers?"
"She mentioned that she was a mother of to sons and asked me what my mother thought about me coming all the way to NY for school."
"Tell me a little about yourself."
"what do you think about the academic environment that most premeds are subjected to?"
"Do you think you can handle living in New York? "
"What would you change about your high school?"
"How do you think the physicians in your family have influenced your decision to go into medicine?"
"none, really conversational"
"How is your brother doing? (I had written about his childhood health problem in my personal statement)."
"What is one thing you would change about your high school?"
"If you were in charge of a medical school, what would you change?"
"What do you look for in a medical school?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"How will you cope with the stresses of med school and residency?"
"tell me about yourself"
"Nothing interesting really..."
"none- was ony asked what i've done since graduation"
"If I could stand in front of congress and argue that one thing should be funded..."
"What type of music do I like."
"What has been the happiest moment of your life?"
"What sets you apart from the other candidates?"
"Should the interviewer be worried about his daughter's frog laying eggs if she is one month old. This question was pertinent because I did frog research."
"Tell me about your role in your family"
"My thoughts on the intelligent design debate"
"What factors did you consider when applying to medical schools?"
"Nothing really stands out. The interviewer mostly spent the time trying to answer any questions I had. Didn't really ask me any particular questions."
"What were some positive and negative aspects of your clinical experience?"
"tell me about utah (where i am from) and how i studied for the mcat"
"Pick a person from the past that you would like to meet (some form of this was asked)."
"tell me something else about yourself that you think is a good thing..."
"Can you think of a patient who stood out to you in particular over the summer you spent in X's practice? Why did they stand out, and how did your experience with them reinforce your desire to be a doctor?"
"What do you think med school will be like?"
"How do you deal with forming and maintaining interpersonal relationships?"
"None particularly interesting, it was very conversational"
"i wasnt asked a single question. the interviewer came in and immediately started talking to me as though i was an old friend and just basically brought up different parts of my application that we then discussed for total of ~10 mins. after that, the conversation diverged (spawned by her interest in my travel experiences) and we discussed a ton of things with virtually no immediate/direct connection to med school whatsoever. we discussed skiing and where our favorite mountains were for ~15 mins at least and then talked about her kids and my family and discussed random childhood stories. we talked about cooking and cleaning and how i was raised with/without "traditional" gender roles etc etc etc. all in all, i dont think there was a single moment in the "interview" that i felt like i was being interviewed. it was entirely a conversation, and an extremely extremely friendly one at that. not sure if this is legal, but my interviewers name was Dr. Hieldegard K. Toth, and she is the director of the NYU Breast Imaging Center (a radiologist)....she's amazing. "
"How do you see yourself as involved in the healthcare (was kinda confusing)?"
"I wasn't really asked anything particularly interesting. In fact I wasn't really asked anything at all except "why do you want to go into medicine?" and "do you have any questions about NYU?""
"I was only asked one question, "I read your file, but tell me in your own words why you have chosen to go into medicine." I then spent 10 minutes talking. The rest of the interview, the interviewer wanted me to ask him questions about NYU -- It was very conversational. "
"what's the most unusual/interesting experience you've had?"
"what's going to be the hardest part about medical school for you?"
"Do you plan on returning to Canada after you do a degree in the US?"
"Tell me about the research you are working on?"
"Are you a big picture person or a detail oriented person?"
"Why don't you want to go to the school in the mid-west(I am from there and he asked where I was applying to)"
"none, just a conversation. the interviewer was strange and wouldn't ask questions or bring up topics himself. he seemed very bored/detached with me, but apparently he acted that way with all the people he interviewed."
"Questions about my travels abroad."
"nothing too interesting"
"What kind of digital camera do you recommend for me? (I like to think that I'm an amateur photographer)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"How did you decide to go into medicine despite the fact that no one from your family is a doctor? "
"What mountain range is in West Virginia? (That's where I'm from)"
"How do you like New York?"
"They usually match prospective students with faculty members whom they have something in common with. Why do you think I am the one interviewing you? (She did tell me a little about her background). "
"There was nothing too provocative that stands out. Pretty standard stuff."
"it was basically a conversation with few questions asked of me."
"If you could change one thing about the health care system, what would it be?"
"Really nothing out of the ordinary -- probably how I would compare New Haven and New York and which one I liked better and why -- but it was even less direct than this...my interview was chiiiiillllll..."
"Describe your experience coming to this country."
"Questions about appalachia..i go on spring break work trips there."
"Nothing really - I don't think i was asked a single question! The interviewer basically just talked with me about the school - it was more of an info session than an interview. Very low stress...a little too laid back."
"Why are you interested in [x] specialty?"
"no question impressed me as being interesting..."
"I actually was not asked many questions about myself at all. Perhaps "So, what do you do when you aren't studying?" or "Are you really as good as they say you are?" (I sure hope that I am but highly doubt it ;))"
"nothing too out of the ordinary--he asked what I would do if I didn't get in to medical school ever"
"Because I am a non-traditional student, the interview was mostly a series of questions on how I made my decisions all along my career path. We also got into a huge discussion about health insurance and economics of delivering care."
"How do you feel about affirmative action? Don't you think that people should earn their way in life? "
"all questions were pretty easy, basically just asking me to elaborate on my application."
"what is your favorite discipline in dance?"
"One of the questions asked me to do a Fruedian analysis on my own familial situation. It was quite interesting since my interviewer was a psychiatrist. "
"I've never heard of this restaurant (that I worked at)--what is it? (yeah, this was as interesting as it got.)"
"If you went before congress now, what would you tell them about the state of medicine and how would you advise them to correct their mistakes?"
"so, i've never heard of anyone majoring in...biblical anthropology? (turns out she meant biological anthropology...we laughed, and I told her about my major.)"
"So your dad does x and your mom does y.(it was a pretty open-ended lead. It wasn't really a question but a way to prompt me to talk about my family)"
"What field of medicine do you want to be in?"
"He asked me about a specific research paper I had written and engaged me in a conversation about it."
"I really wasn't asked that many questions. Seriously. It was a chore to stretch this sucker to twenty minutes, and even then I was waiting for my interviewer to start hitting me with some questions, so imagine my surprise when he started to send me on my way. "
"About future specialization."
"None, I spent most of my time telling him about myself."
"Tell me what you did in your free time growing up. Being a lifelong New Yorker, I can't imagine how boring it must be to grow up anywhere else. "
"What is your favorite Greek Myth?"
"Nothing really. 90% of the interview was about either my past, present, and future. 10% was small talk. "
"what kind of medicine do you see yourself practicing and where? (academic, private prac., etc...)"
"(Some question about my research)"
"My interviewer was interested mainly in questions about my file, so nothing out of the blue really. Just stuff like, "Tell me about your path into medicine," etc."
"What is my opinion on face creams that contain Vitamin C? (I did research on Ascorbic acid deficiency so it wasn't as off the wall as it sounds.)"
"None, they were all pretty straight forward. We just discussed my application, and even talked about some things not on the file."
"How a specific stressful event was handled"
"How do you feel about faith-healing?"
"What would you tell an animal rights activist?"
"Nothing particularly interesting. I was trying to figure out the research facility and so forth, and the faculty was enthusiastic in presenting their own research projects"
"Tell me how you distribute your time?"
"None too interesting; Dental school interview"
"nothing all typical"
"pretty standard questions"
"Do you think it is possible that America, which is a prosperous and wealthy world superpower, will fall like the Roman empire to a group of spear-wielding people who come out of the woods?"
"Which of your parents are you more similar to? "
"Are you interviewing for NYU Med or the U.N.?"
"If you were accepted to NYU college of dentistry, would you come?`"
"what was the most difficult decision you had to make?"
"[I work at Penn] So, you want to go to Penn huh?"
"Why did you take Latin?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary. Basic questions like - why do you want to be a dentist? Why do you want to come to NYU? What are you strengths and weaknesses? Etc."
""If I were in the interviewer's shoes and had to assess my application, what would be my conclusion?""
"Multiple mini interview"
"The setup was an mini-MMI so each interviewee was given two ethics questions. One of them was a little hard to answer. Can't give more specifics but brushing up on ethics would be a good idea."
"There was no question that stuck out as really difficult"
"What makes you stand out from the rest of the applicants? Why should you be admitted?"
"No difficult questions"
"I think the only difficult part (not a question) was trying to say everything I wanted to."
"just general questions"
"Why should we want you in the class of 2010?"
"How can you be sure? "
"None really, very conversational and friendly"
"None - very conversational"
"Is NYU one of your top choices? (difficult question because it isn't)"
"What was your biggest failure?"
"it was so laid back that I felt a little awkward, almost like he didn't really care"
"It was difficult that there weren't any real questions."
"There was no hard question. The interview was pretty much conversational."
"Why New York?"
"Really nothing. It was very conversational. "
"What kind of medicine do you want to do?"
"Is there anything else you would like to say to defend your application? (I was rather startled by the tone of the question, so I said ''no''.)"
"Would you like to comment on your grades?"
"So it seems that you havent always been interested in medicine..."
"She asked about the socioeconomic state of Nigeria."
"Specific questions about my research."
"You've already been accepted XX, what do you think NYU could offer you that XX can't?"
"Tell me about your research. This was only difficult because I got nervous and tripped myself up. Practice this one ahead of time!"
"What is your best/worst characteristic?"
"Tell me why you think you can handle living in New York"
"If you had to choose between NYU and Columbia, what factors would you most consider"
"So how's your mom doing now? (Um, she's still dead...did you not pay attention when we discussed this in depth five minutes ago?)"
"Nothing too difficult"
"Why did you apply here? (with loads of follow up questions)"
"most questions were just about my background and motivations. Pretty straight forward."
"If I could stand in front of congress and argue that one thing should be funded..."
"What is one thing you regret?"
"What sets you apart from the other candidates?"
"None, it was more of a conversation"
"How would your friends describe you"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"Honestly, if you got into ____, ____, ____, or NYU, where would you go? And you don't have to say NYU. "
"nothing hard. the interviewer was incredibly nice and seemed most interested in getting to me as a person (hobbies, etc)"
"1.Why Medicine 2.Why NYU in comparison to all other schools in NYC?"
"nothing really. What other schools did you apply to?"
"explain to me how you feel you're committed enough and/or able to handle the workload when you got a B- in orgo2"
"No objectively difficult questions, but the way in which they were asked made them very difficult to answer. Everyone reports having a conversational interview here, so I was knocked a little off balance by my interviewer's style. She spent the interview shuffling through my AMCAS, asking me a direct question, then shuffling through the AMCAS more with no eye contact or change of expresssion while I answered. Repeat many times. AWKward!"
"No difficult questions."
"If you want to go to school in NY, why NYU and not Cornell, Columbia, or Sinai?"
"See above. "
"what frustrates you?"
"What is it about New York you like so much? (too many options!!! :) )"
"What is the dosage for the medication used inthe research?"
"Tell me about your personality."
"Why do you think that the mid-west has such a large teenage pregnancy problem? "
"A specific question regarding a 'C' I got in chemistry freshman year."
"nothing too hard"
"Nothing... this interview was the most laid-back ever."
"Why were you a history major rather than a science major?"
"Nothing difficult at all!"
"If I gave you three adjectives to describe your high school experience: integrated, isolated, and neutral, which would you choose and why? (I took the easy way and chose all three)"
"Tell me about yourself? That pretty much was all I was directly asked...which is harder than it seems"
"What was the hardest decision that you have had to make in your life?"
"None of the questions were particularly difficult. It was just important to know oneself well and be able to speak specifically and clearly about academic and extracurricular experiences."
"How is the school system for the children in appalachia. (I had no clue, but it wasnt a big deal, she was just curious)"
"Nothing special - I honestly don't think i was asked ANYTHING, except if I had any questions about the place."
"Nothing too stressful. I enjoyed this interview."
"to explain my "career hoping""
"nothing too hard--mostly tried to get to know how I grew up and where, my family, what I like to do for fun"
"You have an audience in front of Congress to discuss a medical issue. Pretend you are presenting to me."
"A bunch of questions about decisions I made and motivations I had from about 14-16 years ago. "
"Why the year off? Does this mean that your interest in medicine is uncertain? "
"what do you look for in a medical school?"
"if you were on the floor of congress and had to advocate for medicine, what would you say?"
"There were absolutely no difficult questions."
"we serve a large spanish population here. How would you communicate with a patient when the translator is out having coffee?"
"I didn't find any difficult"
"nothing really...everything was pretty standard...lots of laughing and converstaion about doing clinical rotations abroad, and deciding what specialty to go into"
"Since you have this background(my major) would you like to pursue this area later on in the context of medicine?"
"same as above"
"Why New York? It wasn't particularly hard, but out of the four or so questions, it was the hardest..."
"How did you test your decision to become a doctor?"
"Where is medicine headed? And tons of follow up questions--the guy would not drop the subject, even though it was clear that I had said all I wanted to say. He seemed to enjoy torturing me with questions I had no answer to."
"See above.........not a difficult one, but it caught me off guard!"
"there wasn't a single difficult question."
"(Some question about my research)"
"Again, nothing that I hadn't already gone over concerning the contents of my file."
"How do you feel about death?"
"The current political climate of the country where I was born. Granted, it's something I should know well but it was unexpected."
"None, again, all very straight forward."
"So... tell me about yourself. "
"My interviewer put me on the spot a few times, challenging some parts of my application, which was fine, but it was done with a bit on a confrontational tone."
"Are you religious (I thought this was an inappropriate question considering that I did not mention religion anywhere in my application and NYU is not a religious school)."
"Can't remember anything in specific"
"Same as above."
"stressy - "So who is this XX guy?" XX is a recommender of mine who is very nationally high profile/powerful in the medical community; almost as if he was spiteing me/testing my sincerity for having such a recommendation I was kind of caught off guard by that"
"once again, nothing too tough"
"Tell me about your best friend. "
"Pretty much standard stuff...why medicine? would you choose NYU?"
"What do you think about the fact that there are so many disadvantaged people in the U.S.? (Actually, the question was phrased even more vaguely than this!) Is the U.S. doing a good enough job of dealing with this problem? What can we do to improve the situation?"
"how would you reform the current healthcare system..which you can't ever do, soo my answer bombed. But I at least made a stab at it"
"What do you think the future of medicine will be?"
"if you had to sit down with someone on the committee of health reforms, what would be the one agenda you want to make sure gets heard and changed?"
"Why did you attend Barnard?"
"Practiced MMI with someone who has been through the process, read my application materials"
"Just re-read my application and tried to relax. I also read up a little on the school."
"SDN, Interview feedback, school's website"
"Read over app and read SDN"
"Talked to a family friend who is a physician about myself and my motivations"
"Didn't really have to because the interview at nyu is more a method to see how personable you are, but read over my secondary and AMCAS just in case"
"Read up a bit on NYU. It was near the end of my interview season, and I felt like I'd had enough interviews that I didn't need to prepare too much."
"Read website, re-read AMCAS application, spoke with friends at the school."
"Read my personal statement, essays, etc."
"I re read my personal statement and my additional info that I turned into the school. I also read their applicant information view book."
"SDN, looking at AAMCAS, staying up to date with current events, etc. "
"SDN, primary, secondary"
"SDN interview feedback, read school website."
"Reread my personal statement, secondary"
"Read all of my secondary essays, school website, student handbook, interview feedback, sdn, etc"
"Reviewed interview feedback, spoke with students who had previously interviewed, NYU website, mock interview, studied AMCAS, reviewed published papers and thesis"
"SDN, went over the school's website, looked up some information on Bellevue, reviewed my AMCAS"
"read over all my application material"
"Read my application, school's website."
"Re-read application, researched NYU's program"
"read my app, school's website, SDN"
"SDN, reviewed my AMCAS activities (very important to know yourself well), read school website, talked with med students there."
"sdn, read amcas"
"Looked at school website that morning."
"SDN, Read schools website - it was my 5th interview so I didnt really prep toooooooooo much."
"read over ap / sdn"
"SDN, NYU website, AMCAS application"
"sdn, spoke to my sister, a third year student at NYU"
"SDN, read the news, read my application, read about NYU, talked to NYU students, read about bioethics"
"SDN interview feedbacks. School's website."
"SDN, AMCAS, school website"
"Went over my file, reread my secondaries, read the school website, talked with my friends who live in New York City"
"Reviewed AMCAS, SDN, NYU website"
"SDN, talked with student host, AMCAS, website"
"SDN, NYU website, AMCAS"
"Read about the school, sdn"
"SDN, reviewed AMCAS, NYU website"
"Reading my application, SDN, NYU website."
"SDN and my AMCAS"
"Read SDN, visited NYU website"
"SDN, read app"
"read NYU website, SDN, "
"Reread amcas, read NYU website, MSAR, SDN"
"Read my amcas, questions from SDN"
"This was my fifth interview, so nothing really."
"this website, nyu's website, news, health care info, my amcas"
"sdn, went over website"
"studentdoctor.net, AAMCAS, website, and MSAR"
"Went on the tour first"
"med schools website, sdn feedback"
"SDN, mock interview, school website"
"sdn, read amcas, about school; read up on some standard interview questions"
"Browsed NYU's website...this was my 7th interview so I didn't really do much general prep."
"Read website and google search"
"SDN and MSAR, NYU website and reviewed AMCAS"
"read feedback forum, nyu website.."
"SDN, school website"
"App, SND, website"
"SDN, website, reread application"
"sdn, school website, talked to current/former students"
"read NYU web-pages, SDN, Interview feedback"
"SDN, read 1 and 2 app, school website"
"read up on current events, school website, talked to med students at NYU"
"SDN, school website and review possible questions"
"NYU website, SDN, AMCAS, MSAR."
"SDN, MSAR, NYU website, reread AMCAS"
"AMCAS application, school website, SDN"
"SDN Interview Feedback"
"Read SDN and talked to those who had already interviewed there."
"Their website, my AMCAS, SDN"
"SDN, MSAR, website, NYU catalog, ethica lissues website"
"SDN, website, mock-interview, glass of wine"
"SDN Interview feedback, reviewed primary and secondary apps, website"
"Web site, sdn interview feedback, looked over my application."
"Read about the school, looked over application"
"NYU website, secondary, AMCAS, etc"
"Read about the program, SDN"
"SDN, researchers, website."
"reading SDN feedback, reading NYU's website"
"Read the newspaper, read AMCAS application, took notes during the tour"
"Read SDN, read the school's website, and reviewed my AMCAS application."
"SDN, a few practice questions, school website, read AMCAS"
"SDN, Mock Interview, read over the school's website"
"studentdoctor.net, school website"
"sdn interview feedback, read over my amcas beforehand"
"read AMCAS application, SDN, school website"
"This site, NYU website. "
"this website, NYU site, practice questions"
"mock interviews, read NYU website and interview feedback"
"This site, their website, read up on health policy (unnecessary)"
"I got my new suit altered."
"This websight, AMCAS app."
"sdn, website, advisor"
"read SDN, read AMCAS app and secondary for NYU"
"Watched "Sideways" and went to bed early."
"website, past interviews"
"read their website"
"this site, their site, read over my AMCAS, tried to memorize my answers to typical questions (mistake). "
"read this website, went over amcas, slept"
"I way over-prepared. I read feedback, went over my AMCAS application, and went over the school's website."
"read web site and this site"
"Read SDN, looked at NYU's website"
"SDN, AMCAS, reviewed NYU website, etc. "
"Read interview feedback"
"Looked at the website the night before. "
"This website, the school's website, AMCAS application."
"SDN, website, amcas"
"SDN, NYU website"
"Went online, read about NYU, spoke with students who are currently enrolled at NYU, studentdoctor.net interview feedback..."
"SDN, reread my personal statement and other essays I've written as secondaries, practiced answering interview-style questions, asked my current boss to play out a mock interview with me and for feedback regarding my actual interview for that job, did research on NYU Med"
"chatted with my host and other students i met along the way, read this website "
"Read the website, looked at the viewbook, the usual stuff."
"Read my AMCAS, secondary, looked at their website, SDN, interview feedback, etc."
"read SDN, read my application, read NYU website, and a good night's sleep"
"Read SDN...Was hosted overnight by a great student...Talked about the school with that student"
"Read this website, went over the school's website, mock interview, looked at interview questions, used Uts.cc.utexas.edu/~knauft/resources/interviewing.html"
"Reviewed commonly asked interview questions and my application."
"read SDN, my application, the website."
"looked over the NYU website"
"I read the website, was prepared to answer and ask questions about the school, looked over all of my research, and my application. Was prepared to answer questions about anything on my application."
"this site, read nyu site"
"SDN, Pre-med office at school"
"sdn, NYU website, re-read my app (most of this was not at all necessary)"
"just read the site, SDN, and previous interview questions... mostly relaxed"
"read SDN and NYU's webpage"
"read through nyu's website, reviewed my application and personal statement, my friend and i went through some mock questions the night before -- the harder ethical stuff, none of which came up."
"Other interviews, worked a lot to pay for the trip to NYC. If you have a chance to stay with a student host do it...otherwise be ready to shell out some mullah for a hotel. "
"studentdoctor.net, reviewed my application, read through NYU's website, asked friends who interviewed there"
"SDN, reread my application, looked into ethical issues, NYU website"
"SDN, read my app, read up on the new Medicare bill"
"NYU website, this site, re-read my app."
"Looked over my application, read through all previous publications."
"read nyu website, interview feedback"
"Read my app, school website, and SDN"
"reviewed my application and read NYU's brochure"
"sdn, talked to friend at NYU, NYU website..."
"Reviewed my AMCAS and MSTP personal statements; read articles published by my interviewers; reviewed some of the information about NYU on its website"
"Read over this website, the NYU website, and my NYU application."
"School catalog and online materials. Read over my application."
"NYU Website, this website, pre-med office resources."
"Reviewing my application, school website and SDN feedback"
"Read my essays; read up on the school."
"general questions from websites and prep books"
"Read NYU SOM's website, Studentdoctor.net"
"Read SDN, went over my application, talked to students at the school."
"Nothing in particular, I kinda cruised that one"
"This site and reviewed by appc"
"Reading about it online"
"school website, sdn, read over my app; thought about why I'd want to go there"
"Read the website, reviewed my application"
"school's website, practice with common questions, etc."
"Looked at NYU's website, this website."
"Read NYU's website, read interview feedback, studied my AMCAS."
"Re-read my application, read the NYU website, read this website, reviewed my research notes, thought of answers to commonly asked questions."
"researched the school, looked at responses from studentdoctor.net"
"read the website, interview feedback."
"Read NYU website"
"Read over school's web page"
"Looked up info about the school, and practiced some standard interview questions before hand."
"I read some of the school literature."
"Dean Rivera - he's hilarious!"
"Pretty much everything. I was especially impressed by the dorms (and how low-cost they were considering the amount of space you get and the crazy rent costs of the area) and Bellevue Hospital. The medical students who spoke with us seemed really confident and independent and attributed that to the training they received at NYU."
"great location, down to earth student body, nice facilities"
"The 1.5 preclinical curriculum"
"Strong, collaborative, spirited, family-style student community. The students just glowed about NYU, and you could tell that really excited to be there. The clinical education is supposedly top notch too."
"How much everyone - faculty and students - loves NYU. Felt very genuine"
"The opportunities available to students here, patient population, degree of autonomy in clinicals at Bellevue"
"Lunch, Location, Transportation, NYU facilities available"
"My fellow interviewees, the clinical opportunities (both Bellevue and Langone seemed AMAZING), the global health opportunities. The students there seemed genuinely very happy."
"Bellevue Hospital is fantastic. Good tour and student tour guide was receptive to any questions."
"The curriculum changes are making everything more integrated which I think will make learning a lot easier. For example, you learn about the organ when you dissect it. Also, the pre-clinical part is only 1.5 years and the clinical part is 2.5 with pre-clinical info mixed in. This way, we have a better idea of fields when we apply for residencies."
"The students there seemed happy with the school and not stressed. We were taken though a patient floor, through the anatomy lab, and lunch was good."
"This school is so catered toward students! The housing is upstairs and connected to both the classrooms and the hospital, is guaranteed for four years, and is cheap for NYC($600/month). There are a ton of clubs and low cost services(movie tickets, parking) to students. The administration is known to change things in reponse to student feedback(i.e. curriculum,ways of testing, water coolers in the library-apparantly was is a big deal?). The school is really social ( friendly atmosphere, school rents out bars after big exams, students help each other). The neighborhood is safe and full of things to do(well I guess in Manhattan that is a given). Bellvue hospital, an affiliate, is one ofthe best hospitals in the world. "
"Students seemed incredibly happy. They seemed like a really tight knit group. They all seemed to have a really actuve social life on and off campus. Students get discounted tickets to broadway shows and movie tickets. Bellevue hospital is amazing and beautiful. It's the largest public hospital in the country. It's also a safety net hospital which makes for great clinical prep."
"EVERYTHING! Bellevue hospital is unbelievable! The students were also very nice. My interviewer was super chill. And it's new york city!"
"Location, Bellevue Hospital"
"Happy students, nice hospital, new curriculum. "
"Bellevue! NYC! The great feel of the school. The friendly/relaxed/enthusiastic feel of the students. "
"Hospitals - Bellevue, NYU MC; Early clinical experience; Flexibility in student scheduling; Stress-free cooperative environment; Pass-Fail grading"
"The students were extremely nice and helpful and genuinely seemed happy to be there. Bellevue is really amazing"
"very relaxed and allowed me to get across the points i wanted to. "
"Bellevue is beautiful, tour went through the ED. "
"Bellevue hospital provides great clinical training, location."
"Location, Location, Location. Curriculum, friendliness of the staff, the mentor program, and the student lounges. Also, the different programs of study. And of course, Bellevue."
"EVERYTHING! Belleview especially, everyone was welcoming, solid curriculum...etc."
"location, the facilities are beautiful, students were very nice, commitment to public service, involved student body, a lot of research opportunities, international health opportunities"
"everything!! i loved it!!"
"Bellevue is an amazing hospital."
"Its NYU! It's in NYC, the hospital is huge and according to the MS1 tourguide, you can see the rarest diseases in the world there. Did I mention that it's in NYC?"
"Everyone at NYU seems very down to earth and very proud to be there."
"wasn't overly impressed, though students seemed happy"
"the students were fun and friendly, and I got to talk to many of them through the student host program. the lunch was really good! (esp. the desserts) I also really liked Bellevue, it's so beautiful, esp the part designed my IM Pei."
"location, students seemed happy, bellevue has a diverse patient population"
"The school's location is awsome. Also Bellveue is the largest public hospital in US and it was great."
"The student tour guides are truly enthusiastic about their school and many other students just came by to talk to us during the lunch. "
"The energy of the area around the hospital."
"Bellevue, enthusiasm and friendliness of students and faculty members, pass/fail system in first two years, patient load for third and fourth year students"
"The diversity of clinical exposure from the three very different hospitals on campus-- Tisch, Bellevue and the VA. The dorms are that bad. "
"The school's location in midtown is great and the Bellevue hospital. The medical center is all very compact and you're in one of the greatest cities in the world. "
"Bellevue, students seemed quite happy"
"Bellevue sound very cool, though we didn't see much. The anatomy lab was in session though, so we walked through that which was cool."
"The students who gave the tour were in LOVE with NYU. They feel hugely supported by the administration, and feel that the administration is there to catch them when they stumble, and that the administration is working to keep them from getting too stressed out. They are really happy and enthusiastic. Also, Bellevue is a nice hospital (although they maybe only showed us the nice parts)."
"Bellevue is the best hospital ever. Your clinical years at this school will be awesome. The students are really friendly here. The medical school is at the bottom of the Rubin hall; you do not even have to go outside during bad weather."
"The students all seemed very happy and glad to be there. Medical students at NYU are exposed to the most diverse patient population on the planet"
"i had a great student host. overall, people really seem to enjoy their time at NYU. cool anatomy lab..."
"The location of the school. It is right downtown and close to several major hospitals."
"Bellevue hospital is incredible, the opportunities 3 and 4 yr students have there, the students"
"Bellvue, the students, except the tourguide, all seemed very friendly"
"The hospitality was incredible. I stayed 2 nights with a med student who was more than happy to have me follow her everywhere I went. I also had the opportunity to speak with the dean and assistant dean of diversity."
"the students all seemed really happy, the size of the dorm, Bellevue"
"the students (except the tour guide) seemed really friendly"
"how laid back everyone was, how great bellevue is"
"NYC, bellevue, the facilities, everything"
"NYU students seem like they have so much fun!"
"Students seemed to genuinely like the school. Affiliation with Bellevue hospital. Anatomy lab. Opportunities to go abroad. Interview and tour were well-organized."
"Bellevue Hospital, some real smart med students"
"pretty much everything, I came out feeling like i would really fit in at this school. the opportunities for students are endless, location is second to none, and while it isnt the ''best'' medical school ive interviewed at if i got in here and say, cornell, i would choose this over because of the feeling i got versus the one i got at cornell (should i be lucky enough to get into both!)"
"Bellevue is amazing, so is the area, students seemed enthusiastic, P/F first two years."
"new research center, new york city"
"Most of the students were happy, and Bellvue is...well...Bellvue."
"Pass/Fail for 1st 2 years!!! The students are very happy at NYU and when pressed to find a fault couldn't think of anything significant. The students seemed to get along with each other very well and their comraderie was apparent. The location beats Columbia, Cornell, and Einstein. Bellevue hospital is AMAZING for clinical experience and all the doctors in there are affiliated with NYU one way or another."
"Bellevue ICU is amazing, so is the new Smilow Center, students are happy and friendly, the part of town is great, the dorms are nicer than those of other NYC med schools"
"the dorms aren't the biggest but very cheap (for manhattan) and everything is nearby since it is connected to the medical school and hospital. strong sense of family amongst the students. students seem very happy."
"Bellevue, Social life, Students outlook"
"Diverse patient population (the rich, the uninsured, veterans -- everything), the Master Scholars program"
"Bellevue (public hospital), Tisch (university hospital), dorms (old, but great deal for manhattan), admissions committee presentation (the speaker was hilarious), students were all very happy"
"everything is as i wished, i don't know what else a medical school could have really"
"Bellevue is a great hospital, the lecture hall is nice, and that part of Manhattan is amazing."
"proximity of hospitals to student dorms and school, also resources for students."
"Manhattan! Bellvue is great. everything is linked together so you can go from the dorm to the classroom to the hospital without going outside. pass, no pass only. students seem to be very happy there. "
"The students loved it there and seemed really relaxed and happy. Also I like the cooperative atmosphere because of the pass/fail system"
"Students were HAPPY and NYU wants the students to be HAPPY!"
"international opportunities, bellevue, community outreach opportunities"
"The enthusiastic students, the location of the school, Bellevue"
"BELLVUE - I absolutely loved it, the diverse patient population you see here is amazing, Manhattan is a great place to live, the scrub machine, everyone seemed very laid back and relaxed, pass/fail system is great, lots of opportunity for extracurricular activities, the school seems very receptive to it's student's complaints"
"The area around the campus is full of activities and cheap places to eat. "
"Bellevue's newly renovated atrium"
"Bellevue, location in Lower Manhatten"
"the dorm rooms are actually bigger than I had imagined, lots to do around the area"
"The area is beautiful and safe, noncompetitive atmosphere, PF grading, collegiality, admissions genuinely tried to sell the school"
"Faculty/student interaction seems great. The school seems very responsive to students' needs. The students and faculty I met all were very enthusiastic about the school. Also, Bellevue Hospital is pretty much mecca if public health is your thing."
"The students are nice and friendly. New York City is awesome. "
"I liked how every building was connected, and the students seemed very relaxed."
"how friendly everyone was-the admissions office, interviewer, students. the anatomy lab has windows! i was interviewed by the anatomy professor and she seemed incredibly enthusiastic about teaching and that she truly cares about her students and their success in medical school and beyond-seems like a person to learn from"
"Tisch and Bellevue. Having the two as part of your clinical experience. Students were extremely nice. "
"The city is great and the housing was really convenient."
"Infectious Disease dept. on MD end; Parasitology dept. on PhD end; The semming amount of $$ they have;"
"the school was really great. students were happier and more enthusiastic than most other places. wonderful patient opportunities, great hospitals. tons of clubs to get involved in doing a lot of really cool things. "
"NYU is in an amazing location. The school also seems to be very active in making sure the students are enjoying their time there: they have discounted movie, sports and theater tickets, and the school sponsers parties after every test! The pass-fail system is great for fostering a cooperative atmosphere among the students. The buildings are all very well-connected: you could wear flip flops to class in the middle of winter since you wouldn't need to go outside! Housing is way cheap for midtown Manhattan. Great transcript service. They have Bellevue."
"The enthusiasm of the students"
"how much the students enjoyed the school, the affiliation with the hospitals in lower Manhattan, the location"
"everything about the school. especially the fact taht they provide housing for all four years within walking distance of the school/hospital."
"The facilities were very new and up-to-date. "
"Everything! I loved it--facilities were great, students were extremely enthusiastic, professors were sweet, hospitals were beautiful, and of course you can never go wrong with midtown Manhattan!"
"Curriculum (Pass/Fail 1st two years and everyone tells me clinical years are graded really easy). Laid back, happy student body. Great, diverse clinical experience. Students match very well for residency. Great location in NYC."
"The enthusiasm of my interviewer for the school; the hospitals; the location; the school also seems to help students to find ways to cheaply enjoy NYC; the many school organizations. "
"everything! the people, faculty, the informal interview. Even the dorms were way better than i'd imagined."
"NYC is the perfect place for those who want to be in a big east coast city. NYU has great hospitals with diverse patient populations."
"the facilities and great location"
"The people at the school are wonderful. Faculty and staff are very real and down to earth, encouraging and simply nice people."
"The students have well rounded lives. They study, of course, but they go out and party, theres LOTS of student organizations (dance club with a breakdancing teacher that week), and they seemed to have alot of time to live and enjoy NYC. Also, NYU likes NYU grads. so if you go there, you have a good (better?) shot at getting into thier residency programs. Also, easy access to M15 bus line. "
"the school, the hospital, the opportunities for med-students at Bellvue, the funding, the amount of clubs, the transcript service, mp3 of every class online, students there seemed to do more than just study, dorms were small but normal for NYC, study abroad"
"the students i met were VERY enthusiastic. the school does a lot to subsidize taking advantage of the city(sponsoring parties after each exam, discount on theater tickets, etc). the students are very involved in outside activities - they seem to have a life outside of school. the school is in a great area of new york. i came in not knowing much about the school, but i left being very impressed and excited about it."
"International opportunities, NYC location, how NYU students did in "the Match" and my interviewer was AMAZING. "
"the faulty were all really proud to be part of the institution. they also gave the impression that they were looking for students who wanted to be leaders in health care in addition to practicing physicians. "
"the city, the diverse patient and student population"
"The students were very happy with the school. It seems that the P/NP system is their favorite."
"the location, the resources, and the students"
"How all the medical school's buildings are close to one another... Also, the location in Manhattan is great."
"The students ALL seemed so HAPPY. I like how the anatomy lab was upbeat and everyone praised how hard the faculty worked to help all the students. Location was perfect. Bellevue is a great asset. Pass/fail system. Much nicer area then all the other schools in NY I have been too plus much cooler people. Work hard Play hard attitude."
"Students seemed friendly. Having both Bellevue and Tisch gives a very diverse clinical experience."
"My interviewer was very friendly and really just wanted to have a conversation with me. Zero stress! A million students came up to us throughout the day and answered our questions and were all very nice. The school and patient population is very diverse. Bellevue is a great public hospital with diverse patients because of the urban location. NYU is the best located of all the med schools in NY!!! "
"The location is fantastic, and the pass/fail system is a huge plus. my interviewer was also great, she was alum, and only had good things to say about the school."
"The tour guide was very informative and welcoming. "
"The student experience; everyone seems really happy, the pass/fail system takes off a lot of pressure, and 1st and 2nd years have tons of free time (even if the dorms are closets). The experience at Bellevue would be incredible, there are plenty of research and clinical experiences available, and NYU pumps a lot of money into extracurricular organizations."
"How social and friendly the students are, good area, Pass/fail system"
"The tour--it was significantly more extensive than any other tour I have been on. We went to the anatomy labs (and saw the cadavers up close and personal), talked to professors in many of the rooms we passed, toured the ER, and got a good look at dorm life, the classrooms, and Bellevue Hospital."
"How happy the students are; even my interviewer kept repeatedly saying this -- and it's true! When the tour guide took us into the anatomy labs there was a lot of laughing and just a really warm, congenial atmosphere. You can tell the students are happy. Bellevue is amazing too, of course..."
"The interviewer was very relaxed and friendly. He was trying to get to know me rather than intimidate and challenge me. The students loved the school. They were very enthusiastic about their classes and social interaction."
"the students have a blast there and love their school."
"Really excited student body, some nice parts of the facility, bellevue seemed like a great opportunity. Also, I liked how you had bellevue (public) and tisch (private) all in the same place...so you get both types of experiences."
"The facilities are really impressive. I also liked the students and my interviewer."
"friendliness of the staff, students, and even fellow applicants"
"The students. They all had such great things to say about the school. The city. What a great place to be for medical school. The building going on...They are in the process of improvement--what a great thing to be a part of! And I'm not going to lie...I really like the neck lanyard that they gave out because it was purple. Also, all of the people that interviewed on the same day as me seemed really really nice. I'd love to be in a class with them!"
"The relaxed and friendly attitude of the interviewer, the staff seemed very nice and professional, but this was an early decision interview so it may have been different from regular decision"
"Students were really cool."
"The enthusiasm of the students."
"the student tour - the students were friendly and helpful"
"one of my student tour guides seemed nice, everything else was crap."
"The admissions people were SO friendly, and knew who I was when I got there. We had a tour and a lunch, and the student tour guides were very very friendly and funny, and willing to answer anything about the school."
"the students seem really happy to be there, and not just the ones they recruited to help with the interviews. The students i met were just as interested in their extracurricular activities as their academic ones. dorms aren't the nicest but they are like 575 a mo., over look the east river, and you live in midtown. guys-- the girls are cute here!!! the courses are pass/ fail the first 2 years , bellevue is amazing for clinical opportunities, the school has tons of money and is willing to give it to the students."
"the students, very friendly and approachable"
"school has money, willing to spend it on students. whole atmosphere seems very teaching and student centered. plus, you get lots of patient contact. students seem to have a good perspective, aren't just blindly focused on studying, probably due to the location of the school they seem to be happier and more satisifed than any other students i've met. the whole class, being that they all live together, seem pretty close; everyone knows everyone."
"EVERYTHING! Students, faculty, attendings, residents, everyone was there during the luncheon. We had the privilage to eat with many of the faces of NYU and all had great things to say about NYU. Def a top choice for me."
"The staff and students were all very nice and friendly--they raved about the school. I also felt like NYU is really involved with the community--not the typical medical school bubble."
"most everything... i think nyu is a great school. Their facilities are not that old, and they are getting newer. You don't have to leave the building... ever... I went when it was pretty cold so this is relevent. Also the students were realy happy with the school and talked about how much fun they have as well. Location wise, its a good as can be expected. Dorms are not horrible... if you have ever lived on campus it will seem like freshman year and you move into appartments as you go up."
"Students seem happy. Subsidized housing in an expensive city. The dorms are linked to the school so there is no need to go outside on a cold day. "
"the students love their school! that's about the best thing you can hear, right? additionally, the superb clinical training nyu som is supposed to offer its students because of its hospitals, and all of the clinical programs they have, both in nyc and abroad."
"Cohesiveness of the student body--the folks there really seem to gel and competition among the students seems hard to find. The facilities are pretty nice and new(nicer than all the other schools I've been at). There is a study alcove reserved for just students. The admissions staff were very friendly and helpful. Cheap, on campus housing. Sure, dorms may not be what you're hoping for but at $650/month in midtown Manhattan(six blocks from empire state, you have a view of East River and the UN building) it's a steal. Bellevue hospital is a great place to do clinical rotations. If you have time after your interview I'd recommend walking through the hospital. When you enter the hospital ask for the House officer(his name, at least when I was there, is Alfred) so that he can give you some info. "
"On-campus dorm-style housing is guaranteed for all 4 years ($575 a month for a single room, there is a communal coed bathroom per floor - I'm not saying that's a highlight, btw) and the dorm is connected to the medical school. Also, NYC is a great location because of the wide population diversity, convenient public transportation, and great hospitals in the area. "
"nyu is great place in the middle of a great city. the enthusiasm and pride that the students and faculty have says a lot about the school. everything is connected, even the housing, so you dont have to go out in the cold."
"The students tour guides. They emphasized how happy and non-competitive their classmates were. The friendliness of the student body seems to be a big plus, a doctor/interviewer who stopped to talk with us also said how highly she thinks of the students. The students make time for fun and NYU encourages them to enjoy the city around them. I like that the dorms are so close to the school and guarenteed all four years."
"I got the sense that the students really do work together and help each other out. Hey, Pass/Fail...why shouldn't they? Alot of people on here seem to feel the facilities weren't quite shiny enough, but I didn't have a problem. "
"Location, happy people, wonderful interviewer."
"How much the students enjoyed the school and all the opportunities available to them."
"students seem pretty happy and stress-free, but we only met first and second years, I couldn't tell what 3rd and 4th years would be like"
"How every student I met seemed to really like it there, and how supportive the school was toward the students"
"Just about everything. I know that most post having something negative to say about the dorms. I think they are okay. On top of that, the view is freakin' amazing. From the room we say the view was the UN bldg, the hospital heliport (yes the chopper was in action when we looked), FDR, East River, and much more. "
"location, STUDENTS, housing, the hospitals...."
"I loved everything about the school, with the exception of my interviewer. Students were enthusiastic, facilities rocked, etc."
"The neighborhood is awesome and the hospitals seemed like a great place for clinical training. Also, there was a lot of relatively new lab space in the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicince and a new 13-story research building is currently under construction. The students seemed enthusiastic about the school and were, on the whole, positive about their experiences there."
"New York city! The library is clean, the students are nice, the hospitals give the best clinical experience anywhere in the country, and the curriculum is under revision to reduce lecture time and increase PBL/small group learning. Students were young and diverse."
"Location is tough to beat. "
"Although we didn't get to see it due to security issues Bellevue sums it up - the amount and diversity of clinical exposure is superb."
"My interviewer - laid back and down to earth. Location! Diversity of students, physicians and patients. The atmosphere seems to be always busy, crowded and filled with a good representation of people from NYC - a stimulating and great learning environment. "
"The student's enthusiasm - their school pride is amazing. New York City and the clerkship experiences at Bellevue and Tisch Hospital are also a plus!"
"the diversity of the student body and applicant pool"
"Great clinical teaching at Bellevue, the neighborhood (a few train stops from downtown Manhattan), the student/faculty-operated free clinic at Union Square, the overall happiness of the students"
"Bellevue. New York City. The students seemed to really like NYU, and the school throws a lot of money at them to do just about anything, from research to travel to throwing open bar parties after tests. I was impressed by the interviewer's knowledge of a high level of detail in my file."
"The dorms, hospital, and school are interconnected so you can go to classes without braving NY weather."
"The faculty were better prepared than I thought, the school is in a REALLY cool place in midtown Manhattan. Nice hospital"
"Apparently all interviewers (I had a chance to talk to other students that day)were very friendly"
"Their great facilities!!! NYU has very nice new buildings"
"bellvue is amazing; location; the fact that when it gets cold you don't have to walk outside b/c dorms, med school, etc. all connected undergound :)"
"My interviewer was incredibly nice and personable, the students were friendly and seemed happy"
"the polite interviewer, the relaxed atmosphere, the positive attitudes of the students toward their school"
"Interviewer was VERY enthusiastic about the program/associated hospital, and said several times that he considered the training to be "the best in the world". Students seem happy. Great neighborhood. School provides fairly affordable housing. "
"Students were friendly and good-looking."
"That the free lunch ticket had no limit. Most schools have a $6 limit. I only got a sandwich and soda, but I should have gotten ice cream, chips, fruit, maybe even a hot entree on top of everything else. "
"How happy the students are--random students would approach us just to tell us how much they liked NYU. They said the faculty really cared about the students doing well, they were learning a lot, yet having a lot of fun."
"nice medical center, the first-year dorms are in the medical center itself, do you can just roll off bed and go to class downstairs."
"How friendly the students and faculty are. The facilities at the school were fairly new but some areas needed remodeling. "
"Bellevue hospital. it's awesome. our tour guides, and the students who stopped to chat with us. everyone seemed so content."
"The students, the faculty"
"The happiness of the student and the easygoing environment. I was also very impressed by Bellvue hospital. My tour guide was pleasant and informative and the day just went great."
"The school's in a good neighborhood, with lots of things to do that appeal to students. Because the two main hospitals are so different (NYU Med Center is a well-known tertiary care center, while Bellevue is a famous [infamous?] public hospital), students can get all different sorts of experiences. "
"The friendly and welcome atmosphere of everyone we met at the school. The entire faculty and students were nice, friendly, easy to get along with, and a great group of people."
"The interview was absolutely amazing! Dr. Rosenfeld was my interviewer and he put so much effort into knowing me as an applicant. Never once did he look at any notes, and he was able to ask me personal questions ranging from my high school experience to individual grades on my college transcript. It really made me feel that the faculty cares about the students and made me inclined to give NYU a second look. The interview was very personal and laid back. It was a great atmosphere considering it was my first interview."
"The vast majority of my fellow interviewees were from the ivies (lots of Harvard peeps) hmm"
"Almost nothing. The price tag on the school is definitely hefty but I think that's mostly unavoidable if you're planning to go to medical school anyway, and the tuition cost is lower than some of the other schools in the city with equal or better financial aid. The students seemed to have a work-hard-play-hard type of attitude which was really impressive but also a little scary for me since my life policy is mostly work-hard-play-rarely. :P"
"Some of the facilities were a bit older"
"They said they were still fixing some bugs with the transition to the new curriculum."
"Facilities are a little run down and basement-like"
"Expensive, Far from subway"
"The curriculum is in flux and nobody seemed to be able to provide definitive answers for next year's class. The main med school building is kinda old and the attached dormitory is just so depressing (although inexpensive rent in that area is obviously a huge plus). All the students I met were young white fratboy types. My faculty interviewer hit on me like whoa, which made me feel kind of weird."
"Lunch host read off of slide presentation, no students available to meet and talk to other than the student tour guide."
"The only thing that I thought was negative was the old residence hall, but GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!! They are purchasing a building a few blocks away and opening a new dorm for the Class of 2014!"
"My shuttle drivers from and to the airport but that had nothing to do with the interview. The day seemed poorly planned and not very informative."
"? This school is the best I have seen hands down, in every aspect. "
"They dorms are smaller and more dingy than expected. They're also in the middle of possible major curriculum changes. The changes sounds great but it wont be decided whether they'll go into effect until 3/3010. "
"the first-year dorms are pretty shabby. the co-ed showers are scary. But it's just for the first year, so I think it's manageable."
"The fact that most students live in undergraduate-style dorms"
"Junky dorms. "
"Cost, but you definitley know that going in. "
"Housing situation - looks like all students were satisfied with dorms, but it doesn't appeal as much to non-traditional students who have been out of college for 4+ years"
"The dorms weren't great but the location makes up for it. Also, there was a bit of confusion over the curriculum as one dean told us that they used the integrated module system (learning each organ system at a time) while the students told us that the courses were taught in the traditional style (anatomy, biochemistry, histology, etc. of the whole body). I never really got an answer as to which it was."
"Not a cheap place to live, student housing is singles with shared (coed? +/-?) bathrooms."
"The dorms (ick), the lack of enthusiasm of the faculty we met, no simulation."
"Facilities seemed a bit run-down"
"The dorms, obviously. Current students will tell you they aren't terrible, and they're really not, especially if you consider you're living at 30th st for $600/month. But they are not in any way impressive."
"communal bathrooms & showers in the dorm, not very high diversity (although they are trying)"
"hah the dorms are terrible. although for the price (~$600/month) and location (30's and 1st ave) its pretty good."
"The staff was disorganized, the students had no idea what was going on (and some of them were MS2s, so that didn't make much sense), and the other interviewees were very weird (with one or two exceptions). Also, they're revamping the curriculum so it's going to be a transition year, and they're building a new hospital because they're facilities are getting run down."
"THe Dorms...........Shared bathrooms for both men and women? Are we back in undergrad all of a sudden? Rent is 600 a month tho. Cant beat that in the city."
"lack of organizations, terse"
"The first year dorms have communal bathroom. It was great during undergrad but i dont know if i want to go back to those days as a med student."
"my interview because i didn't get to say everything that i wanted to - because the interviewer would cut me off and talk about himself. he talked more than i did."
"The dorms were small."
"The tour through Bellevue was not that long. I didn't like that they only showed the nicest floor, but I guess they want to impress you with a good sell."
"Dorms, the faculty member who was supposed to give a presentation at lunch never showed up"
"The bodies are prosected for anatomy. "
"Living facilities and general grungy appearance of many of the buildings. "
"Extreme expense of being in Manhattan."
"Some parts of tour were a little disorganized"
"Lunch was strange. There were a bunch of M1s around with us, but we weren't allowed to socialize with them casually and get to know them. Instead, we all listened to a professor ramble about random projects and research grants for the entire hour. He struck me as the kind that liked to hear himself talk, and it was kind of a turn off for me in terms of what the faculty might be like. It was kind of a bummer that we didn't get to just chill and get to know the med students eating lunch with us, they seemed really nice."
"1) Student housing is cheap for Manhattan, but the quality of the dorm is lower than the quality of my freshman dorm in college. Teensy crappy room, single bed, no carpet, one desk, no pets. 2) my interviewer was very stern and unfriendly."
"Rubin hall dorms are not that nice, but it is midtown Manhattan so... Also there is very little study space."
"The tourguide. Using the ''f'' word every other sentence and telling dirty (really dirty) jokes just isn't very professional. Also, the way he talked about the school made it sound like NYU med is just a party school."
"i felt the students were less mature at NYU than most other schools i visited"
"The student dorms."
"the dorms, while cheap for NYC ($500/month), are tiny and have one communal mens/womens bathroom per floor"
"Dorms, old building"
"Absolutely nothing! The dorms are not nearly as bad as people would have you think!"
"not much...if i had to pick something it would be the lack of technology in the anatomy lab"
"The tour guide was unenthusiastic so the tours seemed more useless than usual, the day was so short that we didn't really get a chance to interact much with fellow applicants or med students, no orientation or information about the school from the admissions staff and seems like a bit of a party school which I'm not into. If I didn't live in NYC I would have really felt like I had just wasted my time flying out for such a short day."
"small dorms. 'campus' was really small, but that's just NY."
"The Masters Scholar thing is not worth the hype. The 1st two years are P/F, but they still keep track of the top 25% in each class so that they can determine AOA. The dorms have co-ed bathrooms."
"Rain in NYC"
"Not an abundance of clinical research opportunities, no couples housing for first-years (I'm married)."
"nothing too much"
"The facilities seemed run down, 6 people to a body in anatomy lab, the one faculty member we met during lunch was just bizarre and didn't really talk much about NYU and didn't seem to know any of the actual students eating with us. The dorms are super-tiny even for Manhattan standards (I went to school in NYC). The ''tour'' of Bellvue consisted of parading us through the CCU to gawk at patients, which I found a little tasteless. Students are in class *a lot* and there seemed to be less audio/web support than at other schools. I guess all in all, nothing was horrible, but I've just seen everything done better at other places. "
"The dorms are old, but at $600 a month, its a steal for midtown manhattan"
"dorms are still dorms, although students tend not to live in them 3rd or 4th year...all the lecture halls are kind of old and the library isn't huge, but there was study space elsewhere"
"nothing too negative.. supposedly, cafeteria food isn't too good."
"People who go there simply because its in New York"
"The adherence to the standard lecture based format"
"Dorms were old and tiny."
"not really a negative thing, but the students almost seem to be having too much fun. Is that really possible in med school?"
"The anatomy lab, and many other facilities are run-down, cafeteria food is supposedly horrible, the dorms to me would be unlivable..."
"dorm style living. no student host"
"nothing really, the dorms are a small downside but they make it cheaper and the location is awesome"
"dorms and the interviews "looked like homeless people" as my interviewer told me. Yes he said they look like homeless people!"
"all the students kept saying the chose to go there because it's in a great part of manhattan- not to promising when that is all you can say for your med school"
"The dorms, the communal bathrooms "
"The housing wasn't great but it was liveable"
"Cold as hell."
"The dorm facilities, the Dean's comments at lunch, a tour guide was 15 minutes late, my interviewer was 30 minutes late. "
"facilites were quite dissapointing given that the school has a good reputation"
"Facilities kind of run down"
"student seemed to be more into that part of NYC than the school's programs"
"Older buildings and atmosphere"
"Facilities are indeed a bit old, but they're not terrible. The living area in Rubin Hall (med student dorm) is a bit cramped. Communal bathrooms. Also, the student population seems a little young."
"The facilities are pretty crummy, and the dorms aren't so nice either. My interviewer didn't seem all that interested in me. He actually gave me the impression that he didn't know why the heck I was even applying there, which is strange because I thought they were supposed to try and sell the school to you?"
"I wasn't too impressed by the facilities. A few of us ran out of time to see Bellevue."
"nothing really....maybe communal bathrooms for first year students"
"Students and faculty didn't seem to have anything really positive to say except that "it's in NY." The interviewer was almost verbally abusive, and I was expecting a conversational interview after reading feedback online at SDN."
"That they asked what other schools I applied to. "
"facilities are notably not the newest... my interview was awful. this really surprised me as i had spoken to or read about numerous other interviews, and almost all of those were very relaxed and easygoing. mine however was given by a rather aloof, cocky, and not-so-nice guy who spent most of the interview focusing on my b-. admittedly a b- in orgo2 isnt a great thing to have on your transcript, but knowing my gpa and MCATs (both at and above NYU averages), extensive international and domestic clinical experience, and other strong parts on the app, i felt he was very much out of line and more just fucking with me. he seemed to get kicks out of brushing off anything good about myself i brought up and going right back to the b-. continually for the entire interview. on the positive side, i inquired at the admissions office, and they were disappointed to hear my account. they encouraged me to submit a written complaint which would be entirely confidential, and upon review, may offer me a second interview. if granted, the first interview would be entirely struck from my record and the interviewer would not be notified. "
"I didn't meet a TON of students, but the ones who I did meet weren't very impressive. Both tour guides had BIG issues with the word "like." The students were all dressed VERY trendy (think miniskirts, cowboy boots, and popped collars); trendy to the point of seeming immature. I just didn't really feel a great spark with anyone I talked to. Also, almost no students actually showed up to have lunch with us, which was disappointing compared to the enthusiasm I've seen at other schools."
"The surrounding area is awfully crowded; could get old."
"The living arrangements and the fact that it's really hard to get a position at the student-run clinic."
"Dorms didn't seem that great, but that was a secondary consideration."
"their facilities are a little old and not quite as high-tech as other schools ive visited"
"It's expensive to take the train nowadays"
"The library was a bit of a joke and the dorms were pretty nasty. If I go there I'm living off-campus."
"Dorms weren't particularly exciting. Not as many dual degree options (MBA,MPH) as other schools. Some parts of the school seemed old (in the basement of hospital)"
"the size of the dorms, the fact that NYers are really rude"
"Everything seems to be in one building (including the dorm). You almost don't have to go outside. The dorms are small too, but super cheap for that neighborhood. "
"living conditions. NYC is super expensive and the dorms reminded me of summer camp(communal bathrooms and kitchens)."
"it was a bit grimy and definitely not 'glamorous.' It was also freezing and they forgot to provide us lunch!"
"Interview day felt sorta bare bones. No financial aid presentation, no dean of admissions speech. It was: interview at this time, tours at this and that time, lunch at noon. So you didn't get the feeling administration was accessible. Students say they are very easy to talk to however."
"the school is in the basement of the Hospital"
"the facilities aren't the best. the exams come in stressful blocks."
"Dorm rooms, far from subway line, mostly Manhattan hospitals in their network (there is more racial diversity in Queens) and the students didn't seem all that interesting (I think this is because most of them went to med school fresh out of college)."
"the size of the dorms"
"Dorm size (okay tho I would be able to handle it), no traditional campus."
"the lack of housing and general space"
"Hard to find the admissions office."
"My interviewer kept asking me if I had any questions for him, but he couldn't answer any of the questions I had. I can't imagine moving back into dorms at this point in my life. "
"Facilites (classrooms and lab) are not so great. Student housing isn't so great because it is dorm style. But most people can't afford an apartment in that area, so it makes sense. Sooo many people apply to NYU, seems REALLY hard to get in. Other interviewees seemed a bit stuck on themselves because they all came from Ivies. Hmmmm."
"I'm not keen on the way they do anatomy at NYU, 6 to a cadaver that is predissected. Also, the students guiding the tour seemed disinterested and un-excited about the school. In general I got a VERY aloof vibe about the students that just didnt sit well with me."
"Some of the facilities seem on the small side, but that fact pales in comparison to all of the good stuff. This is what you get in Manhattan I guess."
"although the dorms make living much cheaper, they are very small with coed bathrooms and a shared kitchen. Also my interviewer didnt know much about the first 2 years, so she wasn't able to answer many of my questions"
"The interview length--they are supposed to take 30 minutes, which doesn't seem like enough time to make yourself and your opinions know. Furthermore, the two people who also interviewed with my interviewer (a dean) only took about 30 minutes whereas some other students with different interviewers took up to an hour.. Doesn't seem quite fair.. Also the tour guides seemed to think the way to recruit was to talk about all the "pimped out" parties as opposed to the academic life. While I completely love the fact the NYU students have good social lives, I came because I wanted to learn about the school."
"I wasn't all too impressed with the amount of study space and just the layout of the campus -- there were a lot of new parts and old parts that sort of randomly came together...that and the dorms...teeny, but doable. Oh, and the students seemed fun, but perhaps a little TOO fun...apparently a lot of parties are had."
"some of the other interviewees were kinda stuck up."
"HORRIBLE DORMS. THE WORST. At our age, the dorm situation was ridiculous, dirty, and very small. Also, some of the facilities were really run down. I imagined myself being put to sleep in those lecture halls."
"Nothing. It seems like a school pushing to get to the top 15, and doing all the right things to get there."
"the facilities are not the best, but seem to be adequate"
"I'm afraid of getting lost in the city...Also the coffee is very expensive for me in the lobby but I know there are cheaper places to get it ;)"
"Nothing, loved it"
"Interviewer (the dean of admissions) seemed tired of interviewing and wasn't really paying attention to me. Constant distractions in the office (phones ringing and fax machines whirring) increased my stress."
"The aggressiveness of the interviewer. I understand the need to push me on my decisions but the tone in which it was done was a bit more aggressive than other interviews. However, given what was written on this site, I kinda expected it."
"the interview - it was very confrontational, which i did not expect"
"crapulous facilities, joke of a library, loudass neighborhood, expensive everything... antagonistic interview didn't help the situation. she set a record for the number of times an interviewer has asked an interviewee about where else the interviewee has applied. no means no!"
"its not the best looking place but if your going to go to school in NYC you need to realize nothing looks good from the outside there"
"the facilities aren't the best"
"old dorms-single rooms with a sink, you share crappy bathrooms and kitchen with the rest of the floor. construction going on outside them."
"The facilities seem a bit old. The lecture halls were downstairs in a basement with the anatomy labs. But this is trivial. I've seen worse at other schools. One has to remember that NYU has a long history and tradition behind it."
"Yes, dorms aren't my first choice, but you can't complain about affordable rent in Manhattan."
"just the cost... not alot of financial aid going around... i guess this is the same of all med schools though."
"The waiting room is rather dreary. They need to remodel it. "
"the actual admissions office and seating areas were a bit drab, but that's the least of it. everything important seemed pretty good to go; the dorms were kinda small, but they're excellent for what you're paying for living in that area of new york -- murray hill is close to everything, and no doubt about it, it's the best located of all nyc medschools."
"Lack of wireless capabilities in some parts of the school. My student host said that they are changing that so that wireless will be throughout within a couple of years. Currently there is wireless only in the hospital. I'm not some sort of tech nerd but I like being able to access the net to check on my ebay bids wherever and whenever :) "
"The tour was disorganized and our first-year student guide, although very friendly, often didn't elaborate on the places he showed us. We were left to ask him for all the details instead, and I tried to but it felt a little odd because no one else spoke during the entire 1-hour tour. This might have been because it was Saturday morning, but there was no welcome given by the dean of admissions, nor was there any talk about financial aid. All information it seemed was to be read on our own in the pamphlets we were handed."
"there are some nice parts and some not so nice parts of the buildings, but nothing too bad. the dorm-style housing may be a turn off for some."
"The dorms aren't too hot, but not that bad - everyone seems to be doing fine in them."
"Rubin Hall - Dormitory style housing with co-ed bathrooms."
"Facilities are old and tour only consisted of the lecture hall, pbl rooms, anatomy lab and dorms--no hospitals--didn't even get to see the "awesome" Bellevue hospital; my interviewer did not do a very good job selling me on the school, he was very antagonistic--if that's what the faculty at NYU is like, I have no desire to learn from them; although the students were nice, I felt like the interview overall was a waste of time. I didn't learn anything that wasn't already on the NYU website. Definitely not worth getting up early on a Saturday morning in the middle of a snowstorm for."
"The rundown facilities, the dorms/bathrooms, the huge amount of construction, and the entire interview day. Even though I knew that I'd only get a tour,lunch, and then the interview, I never realized how bad it is to travel so far to get nothing from the NYU staff. We weren't given any presentations (financial aid, etc) or even greetings from any admissions faculty. Just a tour, and that was it. Also, my interviewer was 1 hour late, and they had apparently not read my application very well at all.....they seemed to only know where I was from (from what I read here on SDN, I was expecting them to know my app quite well). Despite the friendliness of my interviewer, I didn't feel very 'welcomed' at NYU at all."
"Including wind chill, the temp droped into the single digits that morning. But at least the entire school and res halls are accessable in doors "
"INTERVIEWER. He was unfriendly, not interested, argumentative, and sour. He didn't smile, had a lousy handshake, and didn't seem to want to be there."
"Some of the dorm buildings and education facilities were pretty old; the school is 4 "long" city blocks from the subway"
"The NY med center is a little old, but there's currently a lot of construction being done on it. There was no official dean's welcome or anything of that sort either."
"The dorms-- two co-ed showers for thirty people?! Library and study facilities are small. Little chance to see hospital facilities. My interviewer."
"The facilities - having the feeling of being in a basement even when you know you're on the seventh floor. Shabby appearance overall. Dorms are terrible - for anyone who did NYU undergrad - it's like Weinstein singles but with communal bathrooms. "
"(1) Facilities are sort of rundown - Rubin Hall. Maybe it would be better to show Skirball or Tisch where facilities are more modern. (2) That students come right out of college. "
"The condition of some of the facilities, and the limited technology."
"Their reluctance to show us the anatomy lab. The dorm bathrooms."
"I really did not like NYU. I won't rant on about it, because I think it was just a gut feeling about the school all around. When asked why the students like NYU, almost all of them talked about how unstressed they are and how much they get to party, which is nice, but it gave me the impression that the students use the P/F system to party it up. I was not impressed by the facilities or the dorm, or the somewhat confrontational attitude of my interviewer."
"My interviewer, the smell of formaldehyde permeating the hallways near the first year dorms, the idea of living in dorms again (though, contrary to previous reports I would not compare it to living in the gutter). "
"i wanted to collaborate with the faculty at the Washington Square Park campus, but there seems to be very little interaction going on. Disappointing particularly for neuro people as the WSP program is much stronger in neuroscience."
"During the tour I overheard two current NYU students say "go away, you don't want to come to this school""
"The large class size, how cluttered the elevators were"
"dorms were kinda small; co-ed bathrooms are kinda scary"
"The dorms are horrible. The day seemed short and a bit disorganized-- we just had an interview and then a tour. It may have been different because it was a Saturday."
"the student housing - it's gross."
"Curriculum seems to be in transition, although, on the positive side, students said that the school was very willing to make changes, even in the middle of a class. "
"NYU, for the most part, is a dump. Facilities are terrible. Administration seems a bit harsh. Med student dorm is worse than living in the gutter. The disparate nature of student groups -- there are just way too many."
"The interviewer's disprespectful attitude. I flew 1,000s of miles to visit NYU, and she made me feel the trip was a waste of time and $$ with her attitude. This wasn't an "intimidating act." I strongly feel that my interviewer needs a vacation and some lessons in communication. Maybe she should consider another career if she's so unhappy in life. "
"The nasty attitude of my interviewer--she was so antagonistic and challenged everything in my application, as well as my answers. It definitely left a bitter impression of NYU, though I know it shouldn't because everything else about the school, the students especially, seemed great. Actually, the facilities seem only mediocre."
"the tour...it was given by a first year med student who did not know alot about the school. She was also too intent on telling about the free time she gets to go party. Made the school sound like a party school."
"The interviewer was a little rude and really seemed to not care about the interview."
"How expensive living was at the dorms considering how small they are. "
"that the closest subway stop is at least 5 blocks away in any direction."
"The condition of the dorm bathrooms."
"Nothing at the school stuck out as being very bad. My interviewer mentioned that NYU is known for turning out specialists, not primary care, which may be a disadvantage to someone like me, who's really unsure about what she wants to do."
"Some parts of the school needed some remodelling."
"My interview cycle assignment lol"
"I wish I had known to bring an umbrella! It was raining that day and I got soaked."
"The interviews vary. I had a more formal, list of questions type interview. Some other applicants just chatted with their interviewers--so it just depends on who you get."
"People are actually telling the truth when they say, "we didn't even talk about anything medicine related""
"NYC is so expensive!"
"Nothing, I pretty much knew alot about the school since I had been there before. But if you can't get a host, think twice about arriving the night before because I heard the hotel go for at least $250 a night. That's a plane ticket."
"Going to school at NYU is a lot more financially feasible than I thought!"
"that my friend who I stayed with in New Jersy and who was supposed to escort me to NYU (since I had never been to NYC) would have to leave me on the train with spotty directions because his wife got into a car accident! "
"If you are staying on the west side of the city, it isn't the easiest place to get to via the subway (I had to take 3 different lines to get there)."
"I had a lot of downtime."
"just know a lot about belleview, its their baby."
"how laid back the day would be"
"How short my 25 minute interview was gonna be. I flew back from a country half way across the world for less than 30 minutes worth of interview time. My interviewer also didnt even read my file so there were awkward silences while he read things off the file and then asked about them. But hey, I got in so it must have gone well."
"Make sure to take a picture with you. I didn't read the amil and hence I forgot!"
"Nothing really surprised me."
"How ''hidden'' the entrance to the admissions building is!"
"That the interview day is extremely short. "
"That the dorms (Rubin) have communal co-ed bathrooms and every room in a single, and kind of small. So bring flip flops for the shower! I can't decide if I like or dislike the dorms yet, haha."
"I suspected that NYU had a young class (I'm a non-trad) when they though it was ''odd'' that I asked them ahead of time for the name of an older student I could meet with (they were unable to supply a name). Sure enough, my tourguides confirmed that there are only a handful of people in their 30's, but they also said that age doesn't seem to be an issue for those who are older, and everyone is very supportive and full of cameraderie."
"That I probably wouldn't want to live in New York."
"how important bellevue is to nyu's mission"
"Some New Yorkers are nice! Ask them for direction help if you need it."
"That New Yorkers really do believe NYC is the center of the universe"
"it only takes 10 minutes to ge tthere from where i was when i gave it 45 (so i was extremely early)"
"It would be pouring rain and my shoes and stocking got soaked when we walked to Bellevue!"
"That the vast majority of students come straight from college. I'm a nontrad, and this was actually the first school I've interviewed at where the majority of students hadn't taken at least a year off between college and med school."
"manhattan's traffic (i had heard about it but it was shocking nonetheless)."
"the master scholars program seems interesting"
"Social life of students seems to revolve around bar-hopping. That's not really my thing, but I guess there is enough to do in Manhattan that I wouldn't feel pressured to binge every Friday."
"take FDR, not ave.s"
"That you HAVE to live in crummy dorms unless you want to drive a long way or pay a lot"
"schedule the tour or the lunch before the interview"
"How relaxed it was."
"How relaxed everything is"
"students have a srub machine t oget you new scrubs"
"Campus housing is sort of subsidized, cheap compared to the surrounding area"
"There is no financial aid advice"
"According to my interviewer, even though the school is P/F, there is still an informal system of ranking and that everyone knows about it. I asked him how that could be determined since there weren't grades, and he shrugged and said, "People meet behind closed curtains." I have no idea if he was just messing with me though...he was a bit strange."
"That the faculty basically just want to know if you want to go to NYU by asking indirect questions."
"its a bit of a maze to get to the admissions office"
"That my interviewer would start the interview by asking what questions I had about the school. That was pretty much my whole interview. He only asked to questions at the end."
"That most people took 8 yrs instead of 7 to finish. (Not much really. It was very laid back.)"
"facilites are a bit dated..."
"Other people on this site said admissions was hard to find, so I arrived super early. And it was EASY to find; basically just one turn from the entrance. So, don't worry about that. Also, I took a cab from Grand Central on my way in, but on my way out I took the subway (the 6 from 28th and Lexington) which was really easy and pretty close, so the cab really wasn't necessary. "
"The students seem really into Manhattan, but I'm not sure how they really felt about the school."
"that they are starting an MD/MPH program in september 2006....check out: http://www.nyu.edu/mph/"
"That NYU is amazing. I wasn't expecting anything and I hope that didn't show during my interview."
"THe medical school is not that close to the undergrad (some people might not realize this). It's still in a great area though."
"NYU is proud of their emphasis on professionalism. apparently they have some sort of class or club adressing this topic that my interviewer thought was valuable."
"NYU is quirky in that alot of the people there (deans, profs, etc.) are NYU grads (med school AND residency, and now working there)"
"the opportunites to study abroad...supposedly they pay for 90% of the costs...and there are tons of opportunites"
"that the interview would be conversational"
"That the staff is phenominal!"
"that the admissions office is hard to find! get there early!"
"manhattan traffic is killer. take a cab if you don't understand the subway, otherwise it's a much more efficient mode of transportation."
"Students at NYU are very very young...as in most seem straight out of college or one year out."
"I wish I had applied to Columbia"
"That most students at NYU are from the tri-state area. I am from the West Coast...not too many west coasters at NYU but this may change next year because now NYU is on AMCAS. "
"The pass/fail system for 1st and 2nd year. "
"I did not have to know anything in advance. "
"That it was so easy to get there and that the cab ride would be so expensive."
"how relaxed the interview was"
"Bellevue is really amazing. Plus, NYU is affiliated with the VA hospital and a private hospital (Tish). Thus, you really see three walks of life and three different systems. I think this opportunity is missed at some of the other NYC schools."
"I wish I would have known that I truly do have a horrible sense of direction. after i got out of the subway, I went west instead of east for 3 avenues. And I'm a native New Yorker. So, I was about 1 minute late for my interview -- which is, of course, a complete no-no -- but I was taken in right away, so I don't think my actual interviewer had any clue about my tardiness. That and I wish I had done a bit more research about NYU's class size -- 160. Big!"
"i should have brought my halloween costume cause I went out partying the night before..and it was halloween!"
"Nothing really that I didn't expect."
"The area around NYU is really nice. I had not been to that part of Manhattan before, and I liked it. Also, the NYC forensics dept is affiliated with NYU/Bellevue, which could provide some interesting opportunities, if you are into that sort of thing."
"not to be 3 minutes late for the tour beacause they leave without you. it was no big deal i just went on the next available tour."
"That NYU is so great! What on earth is everyone talking about on these other interview feedbacks!?!?"
"That the interviewer would know ask stuff about something my school's committee recommender had written about me (something that I am planning on doing in my time off)"
"The facilities are pretty old and catacomb-like... but overall not bad."
"I wish i went to other interviews before this one (this was my first) because after coming to nyu i'm going to find it hard to beat."
"you actually never need to leave the complex, as in step outside, as a med student...everything is connected--dorms to library/lecturehalls/labs + 1hospital. also, even though the class size is large (160ish) this gets broken down to smaller groups a lot."
"A trip to Bellevue after lunch was not really worth it--the patient population is very diverse, but, aside from that, it looks just like any other hospital. "
"that the school is not on the main campus... wondering around new york is fun only if you know where you are going."
"no ethics question"
"that i was going to love this school as much as i did! i hope i get accepted!"
"No current event/moral/ethical questions. "
"I wouldn't have prepared for my interview at all, had I known what it would be like. But I'm sure not all the interviewers are the same way."
"That my interviewer didn't read through my application ahead of time."
"That the interviewer would be such an asshole and that I would have been better off canceling the interview."
"That there was going to be a frickin' blizzard when I was there!!! Thank god I made it out of LaGuardia. "
"Even subsidized living in NY will still be much more expensive than most are used to. "
"its windy and cold in the winter... bring coats and scarves!"
"People dont want to come in to interview on saturdays!"
"The construction of the new research building"
"How much fun it is!"
"How many current students would randomly approach you to answer any questions. That my interviewer didn't read my application. "
"How much NYU does to actively sell NYU to/recruit interviewees, it was an incredible experience."
"That I don't want to go there. It's a good school, but not for me. If you want to live in NYC, get a good education, and party it up while you're in med school, this is your place. "
"Most of the students come to NYU straight out of college."
"Such easy access to all the cool NYC stuff. I explored time square and down town just by take the subway and on foot."
"When you move from floor to floor on the tour you go up and down the stairs alot! (wear confortable shoes and go to the bathroom before going on the tour). I sugest you go one day before the interview and talk one on one with students that you might find in the cafeteria or library."
"That Saturday interviews don't have lunch"
"i wish i had known i would love it so much!"
"How dilapited NYU is...I wouldn't have bothered interviewing there."
"The tour was not going to show me very much. Everyone kept boasting about how great Bellvue Hospital is, but we never got to see it, nor did we get to see the dorms. "
"that the saturday tour was horrible and there is no presentation by the dean or any admininstration officer"
"that the interviews preceded the tours. i think my interviewing experience would have been a lot better if i'd chatted with the students and gone on the tour before i interviewed."
"That I would like NYU so much. Had I known, I think I would have spent a little more time on their application."
"There was no introduction to the school. Interviewees just breezed in, had an interview, a tour, then left. That may have been because it was a Saturday."
"The reputation of Bellevue, the affiliated teaching hospital. "
"The MMI went better than I thought it would, but it was absolutely a stressful process going from room to room. By the end of the MMI, you'll notice everyone's super red lol"
"I was so impressed by this school. Everyone was super friendly. I came in with a huge lack of interest in this school having applied a little half-heartedly, but when I saw the school, was told about the curriculum and clinical training, and received feedback from med students, I realized this school is a gem in the NYC med school scene and anyone would be lucky to attend."
"NYU is a great school. I interviewed on the first day and will be attending NYU in August!"
"Great school! The interview day bumped NYU way up my list."
"Very relaxed interview, no I'm not just saying that. Seriously will be your easiest interview if you have social skills."
"15 Minute interview with almost no questions Stayed at dorm"
"Overall, I really liked NYU and felt like I clicked there. The clinical training has got to be amazing, and of its location in Manhattan is a huge plus. At the same time, I felt a little unimpressed by the students I met, who seemed pretty young and privileged, and my faculty interviewer, who verged on inappropriate. Also not too impressed with Rubin Hall, one of the main MI dorms."
"Relaxed interview day. Wish that the lunch brought students or a professor to sit with the interviewees so that we could talk to them about the school."
"I really loved NYU. The city is alright, but the curriculum changes are what really drew me in."
"It was uneventful and low stress. One more thing I will like to add is that I did not see a diversity in the type of students at NYU. Almost everyone (except a few here and there) seemed to be from the NorthEast and young, and European American."
"No worries, this is a laid back day. The tour is comprehensive- they show you everything from the ER of Bellvue, to a dorm room in Reuben hall, the gross anatomy lab, study areas, etc. The lunch was basic sandwiches, but was a great opportunity to talk to the many med students that decided to sit an join. Throughout the day, students stopped by and were more than willing to talk about NYU. My interviewer was a very genuine, sweet pediatrician who was happy to listen and very enthusiastic/helpful/easy to talk to. "
"The interview day is really laid-back. I think they use this interview to let you get to know the school better rather than to stress you out with an intensive interview. Also this is a school where the chance of being accepted after getting an interview is pretty high so nothing to worry about. "
"I didn't realize how badly I want to attend NYU until I interviewed. With Bellevue, the NYU Hospital, and the VA, you're bound to see anything. I also like how NYU has a completely student-run free clinic and international opportunities. My interviewer was great...he was the first to express interest in my music. He also told me my personal statement really touched him. I was told interviews would not go over 30 minutes, but mine lasted 50...not sure what that means...we just got caught up in conversation!"
"The interviewer seemed to have prejudged me, and was basically just going through the motions without any real interest. It was somewhat confrontational. This, together with stressing out the whole day until interview time, did not make for an environment conducive to a good interview experience. "
"Awesome school, clinical training at bellevue is second to none. The students were very happy and satisfied, an amazing program, but NYC is expensive. But all around, a chance to live in NYC for 4 years and get an awesome medical education and life experience? Yes please! "
"Incredible institution, great students, faculty seemed genuinely interested in students/applicants"
"The interview was extremely conversational and laid back, so it was relatively stress-free. Also, it was very quick so make sure you say what you want to say before it ends!"
"Not a school to worry about your interview. 49% of interviewing students are accepted."
"Not the right school for me. The students who were there did seem happy with their choice."
"I had heard that most of the interviews are conversational. Happened to be that mine wasn't particularly conversational, but it wasn't rapid-fire-out-to-get-you style either... I lived to tell the tale."
"Wonderful school, highly recommended and slightly under-rated."
"NYU is a great school"
"NYU is very laid back. Just relax, be yourself, and you'll do fine."
"my interviewer asked me if i had any questions & then told me he was going to try to sell my NYU & went on to say how it was just as good if not better than cornell / columbia (where i also applied)"
"My interviewer was really personable and had read my file before the interview. He started asking questions right away, but very soon it became more of a conversation than an interview. May be because the time alloted for the interview is only 30 mins, interviewers tend to break out in questions right away. Many of the other interviewees had the same expirience. However, it is very laid back and you shouldnt worry."
"tour was good but I work at NYU so it wasnt very enlightening. interview was conversational and the interviewer wanted me to ask a lot of things about the school and when I ran out of things he suggested things I might want to know. no formal questions"
"NYU is awesome!!!!"
"It was a very positive experience. I liked it that there was only one interview. The facilities were nice and New York was great."
"I actually arrived a couple of minutes late, so I was a little stressed from that. However, my interviewer didn't call me in until 20 minutes later. It was very conversational with the bulk of the actual interview during the first 10 minutes."
"The interview day is short and sweet. They hit you with all the points you need to do and send you out the door. I thought this was very nice because I was very excited to go see the city."
"Very positive - it made me want to go to NYU!"
"Short and sweet. "
"The admissions office was very organized and was in general great. They only scheduled one half hour interview, which I found to be ridiculous since I flew all the way to New York. "
"The interviewer was extremely nice, encouraging and allowed the conversation to flow rather than asking very many predictable ''interview questions.''"
"Very laid back and relaxed. Conversational and enjoyable. "
"Relaxing. My interviewer didn't read anything about me at first, but opened the file and browsed through it after about 20 minutes. It made sense since he wanted to get his own impression of me first before seeing my essays, letters, and stats. REALLY sweet interviewer, not at all stressful."
"There was one interviewer (stern, unfriendly, young woman doctor) and one observer (40's, male, warm and friendly). The observer wasn't supposed to be involved, apparently, but he did ask several friendly questions and engaged with me in a conversation about my career goal, which was also his field. I was extremely nervous because this was not only my very first interview, but it was also a school I'm very interested in -- I would have preferred that my first interview was a throwaway. So my stress level was very high, and the sternness of the interviewer didn't help. I found the interview slightly more confrontational than conversational, although it was blessedly brief."
"It was a really cool interview day, although none of the presentations touched on Financial Aid. My interview was in the afternoon and was really short and conversational. "
"My interview was okay. The interview at NYU is very low stress. I guess that they just want to meet you in person in order to find out if you're some kind of weirdo. My interview was brief. It basically consisted of introductions and the interviewer telling me why I should want to come to NYU. The tour of the school and meeting the students there was a valuable experience. I guess that I feel like I just wouldn't fit into the student culture there. The students I met all seemed like 22 year old singles who liked to party. If you don't feel out of place with that kind of people, then you'll probably like NYU."
"i didn't do much talking in this interview. i can't remember how many questions i was asked, but not many...she did the talking for me"
"The day started with a tour of the school (including the dorms). I am not a fan. The rooms were very small and the bathrooms are co-ed. There is a shared kitchen on each floor. Almost all of the students live in the dorms. The students were relatively young and seemed to like partying. Then we had lunch and a brief (uninformative) presentation by someone who did not even know what was on the slides. Then I had a quick tour of the hospital. We went on one floor and then left. Then I had the interview. We just talked about the different schools in NYC. He asked what I thought about NYC (many times). He asked if I could see myself living there. We pretty much just chatted. He basically said that I am going to have to decide where I want to go to school, since I will have a lot of options. I asked him what he looks for in an applicant. He said someone that is unique and can bring something new to the school. He also asked what I see myself doing in 10 years. I hate those questions."
"I had a really great experience. The facilities, students, and opportunities available to students were all outstanding. My interviewer was a little curt but very nice. He ended the interview after only about 25 mins. The interview was much shorter than others I have had at other schools, but i was accepted so I guess it went fine."
"The interview felt very short, but my interviewer was very nice, even though he had never heard of my school. He only asked me questions for the first 15 minutes and the rest was me asking questions about the school. I was not impressed with the school overall, though."
"It was incredible and I really hope I get in!"
"i overstressed about it. the interview was really more about the interviewer getting to know you and things that are meaningful to you. "
"Very short day, as I've already said. As soon as I got to the admissions office, my interviewer came and got me. The interview was very short and very conversational. After that, there was about 30 minutes downtime until the first tour, which wasn't that interesting, since it felt we were being led from place to place really quickly with little explanation. Then lunch with some med students and the mini-tour of Bellevue(really mini, we literally walked by a few patients in the ICU, which I felt was sort of random). The End."
"My interviewer was REALLY nice - he kept saying how great my application was and how proud I should be. But he didn't seem to be convinced that I should attend NYU over another school that I have been accepted to. This is unfortunate, because I was sort of lukewarm about NYU, but upon visiting, I would reallllly love to go there! :("
"totally laid back. not stressful at all. just talked about stuff on my amcas"
"My interviewer mostly asked me questions about my file. We had a lot in common, but our conversation was still kind of awkward. I dont think that is necessarily reflective of other people's experiences, though."
"Very laid-back interview, perhaps mostly to see if you are a total freak or not. The interviewer was very nice and wanted to answer my questions, especially about the curriculum. The tour was pretty good and the integration of the various facilities is appealing. The tour guides gave me the impression that NYU holds your hand a lot more than some other schools in the City. "
"Tour of SOM, lunch, tour of Bellevue, interview"
"had the first interview of the day, it was with the asst dean of admissions who seemed nice, didnt really have much to ask me, basically said im a strong candidate, couldnt really get much of a read off of her but she seemed happy with my presence. While waiting for the tour i ran into a friend from college who is an M2 so she took me up to her room and we talked a bit which was nice, the tour was great, got to see anatomy lab in session, a dorm room, etc. lunch was good, and as posted before the guy doing the presentation let us know hes never seen the slides before, which was worth a laugh. took us to bellevue and onto the ICU ward which was really cool, basically seems like an amazing hospital where students get to a lot "
"My interview was scheduled for 10:45, but started a bit after 11 (which was okay, because the interviewer spent that time familiarizing himself with my file). The interview was low-key, basic questions, no curve balls. Then we had lunch at 12 (the room we ate in was freezing!), while the dean of the international program talked at us (not very interesting). Next was a tour of Bellevue, and an abbreviated tour of the medical school (we were running late and the tourguides had to get to class)."
"standard fare interview, no difficult questions, although it wasn't conversational at all...i think my interviewer just went down a list (which caught me off guard for some things) and then asked me if i had any questions"
"The worst impression, however, was the interviewer...it's one thing to have just given a cursory glance at someone's file, but it's another thing to, say, after spending a fair amount of time talking about my mom's serious illness and death, he later asked how my mom was doing these days. He also attacked me for my ''mediocre'' undergrad gpa...which was a 3.6 (and last time I checked, an A- average wasn't that bad). At one point he commented on how he had assumed I'm Catholic based on my surname (I'm not)...and that seemed to afront him somehow. He seemed to think that ''dual degree'' meant people who go to NYU for their MD and then someday down the road might get another degree, and he similarly couldn't really answer my other questions. Who knows, maybe it was a stress interview, but even if it was and I am accepted, it left a really bad impression about NYU if this was an example of the kind of people on their faculty."
"Got there at 10 and took the morning tour. Went to lunch and listened to a presentaton about Bellevue. Went on a tour of Bellevue. Interviewed at 1:30. Left"
"This was by far the most laid-back interview I've had yet (this was number 8), she asked me to describe myself and what i wanted to do in life, then we went back and forth talking about medicine, NYU, NYC, etc. No intimidation at all and a friendly lady who seemed to care about students. "
"my interview was very comfortable and laid back. it seems like nyu tries to make the interview experience stress free, which is great."
"At every point during which you are not actively engaged in the interview day (before it starts, during lunch, any waiting times) the schools sends a huge number of students to answer any questions. It seemed off-the-cuff and non-corporate. NYU seems confidant in the satisfaction of their own students with the school that they will send any of them to speak with prospective students. Even students I bumped into accidently, who had nothing to do with interview day, said the same positive things. And all had to really think hard to find something negative to say when pushed for it."
"My tour was amazing. The interveiw was very straight foward. Just about my application"
"It felt a little like College Redux. Live in dorms, a whole host of random extracurriculars to join... The students seemed really happy to be there, and the faculty seemed ok, approachable, but a little absent-minded in that stereotypical professor way. All in all, a decent interview."
"My interviewer was very laid back. She mainly asked me about my background and motivations for wanting to do medicine. She also asked about why I was interested in NYU. We basically had a conversation that often deviated from medicine."
"conversation pretty much"
"Day is only about 4 hours long. My interview was at 9-9:30, then the Dean came out and acted really weird for a few minutes (this was worth it...). Then at 10-1:30 lunch and tour...no tour of Bellevue which kind of sucked. It was ok...made me realize I really couldn't go here though."
"great- nice people, great location, interview was super relaxed and only had me ask questions to find out what I thought was important in a school. very nice guy."
"the person seemed more interested in me asking questions and telling me about the city and the school than in asking me questions. the interview started with what questions I had, and ended with what questions I had. "
"Great, i really liked the school a lot! The students seem really happy and relaxed and the dorms are connected to the school which is connected to the hospitals, how convenient. Also, great location and Bellevue gives a lot of opportunity for early exposure."
"Entered the waiting room and there were no signs on what to do. Fianly I found the receptionist and I sat with students. Got interviewed, had the tour then lunch with some guy giving us a ppt of how great NYU is. Then we toured Bel. and went home."
"I like the idea of rotations at Bellevue but was really discouraged by student's lack of anything positive to say about school."
"Very positive, very relaxing"
"I took the subway 6 train and walked from there to the school it's about a 10 minute walk. Got there early at 10 and I was supposed to get there at 11, so they scheduled my interview early which actually was nice cause I got it out of the way. Tour at 11 wasn't very exciting just saw the anatomy labs, lecture halls, small group rooms, and sat down and asked questions. Lunch at 12 with a talk about NYU followed by a tour of bellvue. I stayed for the afternoon tour to see the dorms (because our 11am tour didn't get to it) we got to see a lot of stuff during that tour so it was worth the wait. A pretty short day and a good experience overall. The interview was really laid back very conversational, I actually learned a lot about the school from my interviewer and she was extremely nice and friendly."
"Everyone I met was super friendly, including students and admissions staff."
"We had a few comments from a doctor (and he explicitly said "We don't talk about financial aid until you're accepted" which seemed kind of strange). We went on a tour ot the medical school and dorms - one of our tour guides was 15 mninutes late and "didn't know he had to give a tour today." They were really really informal/laid-back, even swearing on the tour. They took us to the anatomy lab, which was cool, and I appreciated visiting their dorm rooms: the rooms themselves are okay, but the building and walkways are really decrepit looking. At lunch, a dean gave us a rather uninspiring talk about why they aren't ranked so highly on US News, then we took a short (5-10 minute) tour of Bellevue, which consisted of standing in the new, gorgeous atrium and talking, then walking back. My interview went well, but the interviewer was kind of crude, yet funny... Two of us went to tour the Bellevue ER (no one else wanted to / was able to come), and the 2nd year didn't even know where it was, but Bellevue seems like a really nice hospital. Overall, negative impressions about organization, attractiveness of the facilities, and lax/party-school atmosphere."
"Relaxed. My interviewer was very pleasant."
"Was overall extremely positive. The people all seemed genuinely nice and haooy. They love the P/F system and seem like a very cohesive group."
"stayed with a student in the dorm, but there was construction going on, so I couldn't sleep very well. There were a ton of students interviewing that day. Saw anatomy lab on the tour. Facilities quite old. "
"Stayed with a great student host who showed me where to go for my interview; Showed up at interview time--- very relaxed interview with a ped emergency medicine faculty member. Nice tour--- great surroundings. Be SURE to ask lots of questions: the students love to share."
"Very laid back. Fairly well organized."
"Overall, I didn't leave with a great impression of NYU. The facilities are pretty old, the dorms where the first years live aren't that nice, and my interview was a little strange. The students are pretty cool, and they seem really relaxed with the P/F system, but my interviewer told me they still get ranked informally...who knows if that's actually true. The faculty also seem very friendly and accessible. I'd love to go to school in NYC for 4 years at a P/F school, but probably not at NYU. They also seem to really push to find out what other schools you've applied to...it made me feel a bit uncomfortable."
"The faculty interviewer was extremely pleasant. He started the interview by saying that he'd read over my file, and that he was impressed. Then he basically said, "I'm going to spend this time trying to convince you why you should come to NYU", especially since I'm from the west coast. There were no questions about why I wanted to become a doctor, although he did ask about some of my relevant experiences. I was thrown off since my other interviews had been more standard, but it was definitely relaxing."
"it was great! see positive impression question"
"My interviewer barely asked any questions, during the whole time he wanted to know what questions I had. I wasn't exactly prepared for that, but thankfully I had thought of some questions ahead of time. "
"The interviewer told me that with my grades and MCAT scores (3.6 and 30R) I should take a Kaplan course and prepare to retake the MCAT and reapply next year. He seemed to think it unlikely that I would get in at any school that I've applied to. I was confused because I thought they screened applications before offering interviews. I didn't feel that I really had the opportunity to make a case for myself in spite of his obvious concerns about me, because he got paged <10min into the interview and had to leave. After the interview, I talked to the admissions people about my experience, and they were very helpful and accomodating. They arranged a second interview for me with anothter faculty member, and it was much better. Still my overall impression of the program fell way below my expectations."
"Four interviews one on one. All were nice, except I got into a 'dispute' with one. Very laid back, stress free. No typical questions like why Md-Phd, why not either one, how u foresee using it."
"this is an addendum to the entry i posted on 10/4/2005 @ 9:24:29 (read that one first otherwise this wont make a whole lot of sense). i wanted to let everyone know that after filing an appeal given my rather awful interview, nyu granted me a new one and were very cordial about the entire thing. this is much more in line with the type of school they seemed to be excluding that one interviewer. "
"in general the guy was an asshole, asked irrelevant questions, and shot down any attempt i made at making a better case for myself (always using the b- as the reason why i obviously wasnt committed to being a med student). even still, the school was really great and i dont think he was representative of the faculty or the school as a whole. "
"Overall, NYU has a lot of nice qualities, but I just didn't feel a "spark." Although I'd love to go to school in the city, I don't think this is the place for me."
"It seemed that the students were most enthusiastic about Bellevue Hospital. The lecture hall was kind of crummy with hard seats, but that doesn't matter much. We were shown the anatomy lab (right before lunch, no less). The interview was very laid back and the fellow interviewees were very nice and interesting."
"The interview was pretty easy and conversational, but my interviewer showed absolutely no emotion, so it was hard to tell what he was thinking."
"I thought the admissions people and the interviewer were really nice, and were very accommodating and apologetic as my interviewer had to cancel. The interview was not stressful, and we mostly talked about some of my interests. I liked the school (especially the affiliation with the hospitals in the area) and the students seemed to love their time there. The school seemed really interested in ensuring that the students were happy. Overall a very positive experience."
"wonderful. absolutely wonderful."
"It was great, the school is new, the students love it, it's affiliated with Bellvue Hospital which does lots of chari0ty care, I loved it."
"It was very laid back and very nice. My interviewer was really sweet. We just had a conversation about NYU and she really didn't pressure me at all."
"Interview was conversational. They seemed very interested in why I liked NYU over other schools."
"weird. The interview lasted about 20 minutes. She said that she liked my personal statement.All she really asked was why did I want to come to NY or NYU"
"It was great. I drove in and was stuck in so much traffic on the FDR and then "accidentally" went over the 59th street bridge and was in Queens. I was 30 min late to my interview but they were so nice about it. My interviewer didn't care and he put me at ease right away and at the end told me he enjoyed our conversation and would write me a positive review. "
"my interviewer was very nice and all the students i met were friendly and informative. the day began with a morning interview followed by lunch and a tour."
"Overall, great school and absolutely fine interview. Everyone said that their interviews were very relaxed and conversational. There was no stress, apart from your own nervousness and the staff just wanted to pick your brain a bit."
"Interview was slightly stressful in that the guy interviewing me asked a question like "describe yourself" and looked at me without any change of expression. Even when I stopped talking. He was nice enough, but I felt like my answers sounded wishy washy as I was trying to gauge his reaction, and I wasn't getting anything from him. My interview was early too. I'm not a morning person. Other than that, I absolutlet LOVE the school. Since they are now part of the AMCAS system, they will rise in classification quickly. Now they are sorta like the bottom rung of the Ivy League. "
"It was overall a great experience. The interviewer was really nice and we talked about the world, life and was not like any other interview I have ever had"
"interviewed first, sat in a room for a while talking to students that dropped by, went on a student-run tour of the dorms, classrooms, and bellevue hospital"
"The school seems like a nice place to study medicine."
"loved this school! dr. oppenheim was so warm and welcoming. it was a casual interview in which he asked me to clarify experiences on my application."
"The interviewer tried to convince me to apply to UCSF, which was a bit aqward seeing as I was trying to get into nyu. Overall, I enjoyed my visit there. If you are a minority student, beware that the director of minority affairs mumbles, and it's hard to sustain attention to someone mumbling after a long day."
"Well, I was too nervous (my first interview). Of course, being a little nervous is okay. I had a bit of jet-lag and didnt sleep much the night before. However, the school did impress me."
"I had a good experience overall. My interviewer kept insisting that I was a genius. Felt better about the school after I visited. I wasn't really considering this school at all until I came to visit."
"There were no questions at this interview. It was extremely laid-back and conversational. After about 10 minutes of her talking to me she asked me if I had any questions, so most of the interview was up to me."
"Very positive. If I actually get in...heard it is practically impossible to get in unless your ivy league....I will for sure go."
"The interview was very laid back and conversational. The interviewer didn't have any specific questions for me, just asked me to tell him about myself. At the end he told me that the interview was "just to make sure that you're a real person who can laugh and smile.""
"I had a great time at NYU. Although there really is no formal welcome (just interview, tour, lunch) I got all the information I needed to from all the students who drop by and talk to you. Everyone was very nice there, and students seemed down-to-earth and normal work-hard play-hard kind of people. Interview is totally conversational so don't even worry about that! I don't know what they can gather from the interview, but it is not stressful at all which is good. This is a great school in a GREAT area...only major negative is the housing (see below). But that is not such a big deal given everything else the school has going for it. "
"Overall, just not the school for me, despite my desire to attend school in NYC. The only interview that really just left me wanting more."
"I was extremely impressed with NYU. The current students were very happy there. The other interviewees were friendly. The interviewer couldn't have been nicer. "
"My experience was kind of hectic, because the day of my interview the school cancelled their 1:00 tours because of some kind of conference. So everything had to be squeezed into a smaller time frame, and that cut into my interview time. The interview was great though, so it wasn't too bad. Give yourself some extra time to get there, because getting to the Admissions Office from the main entrance for the first time can be an interesting experience."
"I arrived for an interview at 10. Don't let the interview information email fool you-- there are no signs posted directing you to the dean's office for the interview, and the place is quite a maze. Basically you will have to ask police officers or custodians along the way. The interview took 30 minutes (very low stress and conversational), then there was a tour at 11-12 of the school, then lunch 12-1, and then a tour of Bellevue from 1-2. This schedule is a bit different for afternoon interviews."
"The interview was really, really chill. My interviewer was basically selling me the school the entire time and encouraged me to find out if I clicked with it. As I'm not the most competitive applicant, this made me feel really good! The other students also interviewing were really nice and conversation flowed. Lunch was fine: sandwiches, nothing special (and nothing vegetarian -- so be forewarned!). Tour was informative and the vibe was great. I really like NYU!!!"
"My interviewer was one of the doctors in the medical school. He went to my high school and began our conversation by discussing some of the teachers there and the neighborhood...since he grew up several blocks from where I live. The conversation flowed naturally from there and I hardly realized that almost an hour had passed. After the interview, we had lunch with several medical students. Lunch was followed by a tour of the NYU and Bellevue Hospital facilities."
"GREAT! That school rulez."
"For the money, I really felt that NYU was a big rip off. Bad dorms, some not so great facilities, and the fact that some students hadn't gone outside in 5 days because everything is so well connected. Sure, it's manhattan, but I was kind of disappointed with the atmosphere there. As for the interview, it went great except for the fact that we just talked about NYU and not about my application at all. I just didn't think that I got a chance to show who I was."
"I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked NYU, even compared to other, "better" NYC schools. The program is well thought out, the facilities are nice, the students were down-to-earth, and the clinical exposure is amazing."
"even though this was my first interview, the stress level was pretty low, especially after a lunch, tour, and some friendly chatting with current students."
"It was so relaxed. I spent most of the time asking my interviewer questions!"
"It was a great experience overall considering everything, and it was my first interview experience, so I was really nervous the night before. Although I don't know if I did well or not, the interviewer was very nice and professional. The biggest piece of advice I can give is prepare as early as possible--keep up to date with news, ethics, insurance and policies etc. and then forget it all the night before and relax. I wish that I had trusted the fact that I knew my stuff, especially since it turned out that I didn't need to know anything about medical issues. "
"Interview wasn't great but lunch and the tour were. Some students really took advantage of NYU's "free lunch" and bought over $12 worth of food... I don't recommend the kosher meal, haha. The blizzard that day was interesting, as well."
"Aggressive at first in the interview and then as we migrated to economics of delivering care and insurance issues it became a bit more collegial."
"terrible. the funny thing is that i got admitted a week after my interview. the sad thing is that i'd never go here unless i don't get other acceptances. i'm waiting for columbia, sinai, and cornell to come through. nyu miserably failed to live up to its "big" private name in any way. oh well. you'll see when you interview here. have fun!"
"It was like a casual conversation with a friend. She just wanted to get to know who I was and what my personality was like. No pressure!!"
"the interview was pretty standard. everyone was extremely nice and helpful from the administrators to the students"
"This interview was my third interview and probably the best. I heard mixed reviews from other interviewees that day. I, personally had an excellent interviewer. Others, claim that they did not have as pleasant of an experience. I guess it all depends on who you get. The big picture: NYU's positives balance out all the very trivial negatives I mentioned. Oh, Btw, It's located in the capital of the world: NYC!"
"Horrendous weather, but everything (the med school, the dorms, and the admissions office) is connected, so I wasn't outside much. The interview was really relaxed. I was only asked the three questions below, and my interviewer spoke (about assorted topics, including medical school and NYU) for the rest of the interview. I would have liked more of a chance to talk about my application. The students were all very friendly and seemed to like the school and their experience there. It was a short day, but I really didn't miss the usual financial aid presentation or speech from the dean."
"NYU jumps to my top three choices. The only thing that will keep me from going here if i get accepted is cost. I think the students basically sum it up. If you interviewed there you know they are some of the best in terms of balancing fun and work. The school gives quite a bit of money to see them have fun and enjoy New York."
"There is free breakfast when you arrive. As you are waiting for tours or interviews, 3rd and 4th years will drop by to talk about their experience. There are multiple tours led by 1st and 2nd years throughout the day. Obviously, pick the one that will not conflict with your interview time. At the end of my interview, my interviewer told me that the interviews at NYU are done to screen out the few individuals who shouldn't be in medicine. Most people will pass so I don't think anyone should stress out preparing for NYU's interview. "
"the whole experience was great! the interview was actually kinda long since i noticed most people in the waiting area were gone and back in 25 minutes. i took this as a good sign. the interviewer and i just had a regular conversation -- very informal. she asked me the basic questions; i answered. i asked her some questions and she answered. she told me all about this new abroad program they have started in kenya after receiving all this grant money. we spoke about how she also went to nyu, stayed for her residency and now works there. we spoke about the city and what it has to offer. basically: very low stress and congenial. the lunch and the tour that followed were similarly pleasant. the students i met (a 2nd, 3rd and 4th years for lunch) and the two 1st years on the tour talked about how great the student support was, how no one is left behind, how they *do* have free time to enjoy the city, and how everyone who can come to this school should go to this school. i hope not to let them down."
"This school really sucks. I go here and I wish I never did. The facilities are crap, and the administration does not give a damn about the students. A few professors try to make a difference, but they are helpless against the overwhelming majority of people here who don't care and are too busy to worry about your education. We get no advising, no guidance, and we get killed in the match for competitive residencies. Oh, and the students here ARE competitive. Don't let anyone lie to you. Students are competitive everywhere. There's nothing special about a school that makes it really warm and fuzzy. And though our school is pass-fail, it's a lie. Grades are retained in secret, and our ranking system is shrouded in mystery. The Dean's letter from our dean is crap and the residency directors around the country know it. If you don't get into a better school, then come here. But if you get into Columbia or Cornell, do not be fooled into coming to NYU!"
"I love the school. It's definitely at the top of my list because of the great clinical opportunities at Bellevue, the cheap on campus housing, chill students, location in NYC, and friendly admissions staff/faculty. My interviewer was a very nice gentleman who just wanted to turn the experience into a conversation. I don't know if I truly made a favorable impression but I'll just let the chips fall as they may. Another curious thing that I noticed was that most of my fellow interviewees were either from Ivy League schools or private schools...nothing against that at all but I'd be curious to find out how many students from state schools get interviews or get in. "
"Since my interview was on a Saturday morning, no lunch was served but there was coffee and tea provided with a nice selection of breakfast pastries for us. The tour happened to be before my interview and that lasted 1 hour with much up-and-down stair climbing. Great exercise but not fun in heels. I interviewed on Satruday the day after all first-years finished their exams, so the atmosphere was very quiet and probably not typical. My interviewer was 10 minutes late but was smiling and friendly - until I sat down for the actual interview. He turned stone-faced and asked the first question before I even settled down in my chair. What made this interview a little stressful was he didn't ask me any followup questions even though I asked him twice if there was anything else he would like to know. I talked for 99% of the interview and then asked him 5 questions about the school. At the end, though, he finally cracked a smile and said that there's no guaranteeing anything but I have a good shot of being accepted to NYU and should seriously consider this as my school of choice. That was the best way I've ever ended an interview."
"very laid back. nothing difficult or confrontational for the most part. just be sure to go over amcas info and be able to elaborate on it. the interviewer was extremely nice and made me feel at home."
"When I left I felt that my interviewer hadn't gotten a good sense of who I was, not because it went badly, just that it was very short and he didn't ask further into the things I said. "
"I really wasn't asked that many questions. Seriously. It was a chore to stretch this sucker to twenty minutes, and even then I was waiting for my interviewer to start hitting me with some questions, so imagine my surprise when he started to send me on my way. It seemed like my interviewer had more or less come to a decision before I even met him. Whatever that decision ultimately is, I don't think anything happened during this interview that will sway his mind. We talked a little bit about the school, but I didn't really have that many questions that needed answering, so once that bit was over, it was basically time to go. This isn't to say that he was antagonistic or anything. He was hard to read, though. The tour was pretty good. Run by a couple of nice first-years, who both seemed very happy with their experience thus far. Of course, that's how these things usually go. But I got a good vibe from the place, and could definitely see myself going there."
"Had a great time. It is a great school. I am definitely considering it."
"My interviewer was 30 min late and so the interview was fairly rushed."
"There was no Dean welcoming the students, no financial aid session, no "Life in NYC" presentation, no student Q&A panel, no lunch (cuz it was a Saturday); basically, it was an interview and a tour. That was it. This was my 9th interview and I was expecting a lot more from NYU, especially since I know several people who go to school here and they all rave about the school. My interviewer was very arrogant and condescending. He challenged or dismissed every statement I made, I felt like I was defending myself from the very beginning, even in my choice of extracurriculars. This was definitely the most stressful interview I've had. Even if this was one of those interviews that test how you react under pressure, the entire day left such a bad taste in my mouth that I am 100% sure I will turn down NYU if I am offered an acceptance. Also, there was only one interviewer so I don't think that I will be getting a fair shot in front of the admissions committee. Overall, very poorly done. I was very disappointed with the experience."
"I applied to NYU as an early decision applicant. I was very disappointed and happy that I got deferred. NYU is now my last choice based on this experience. No tour, just had to wander on my own a little bit. Interviewer did not ask me anything really I felt I could answer from my application, the questions were so random, like about stuff I did in high school, and about my research project, which I had only been doing for a few weeks at the time. Even when I came up with satisfactory answers, the interviewer did not seem to care for them. I didn't really feel wanted; I felt like the interviewer got nothing out of our interview, which is really bad for a more competitive early decision application. I am genuinely happy I can try other schools. Thank you NYU for opening my eyes."
"My negative impressions pretty much sum up what I thought of my experience at NYU....I didn't feel welcomed at all. However, every student I talked to seemed very happy to be there, and it seemed like the faculty readily support their students. I just got the vibe that NYU wasn't for me."
"This school really is something else. I had a lot of fun and the students were a big part of that. If life is really all about developing relationships, you will have no problems here. Everyone seems to get along great with each other. The interview was extremely relaxed. I've had job interviews much more greuling. All the other details are great and I can definately see myself happy there. "
"great school... jumps to top 2 of my list!"
"There's a dinner with current students at a cool sushi restaurant the night before. There are four interviews during the interview day -- one med school and three md/phd -- which are all about 45 minutes long. All the interviews are really relaxed, especially the med school one. The students take you out for lunch at a nice restaurant as a break from the interviews. Then, at the end of the day, there is a graduate school happy hour where you can hang out and chat some more with the students."
"My interview day started early around 9 am. My interviewer was amazing-- she knew my file very well and was also receptive and articulate to all my questions about NYU. There was some down time until the tour and lunch, so be prepared!"
"As my first impression of NYU was of my interviewer, I was seriously disappointed. Several questions were asked more than once during my interview, suggesting my answers were not listened to. My interviewer took more notice of (and insulted) my parents' occupations than my own experiences/accolades on my application and used them as an indicator of my own personality or aspirations. I left feeling both insulted and discouraged. I think NYU has some great assets. I had a hard time seeing them after this experience. "
"My interviewer was very pleasant and the interview was relaxed and comfortable. I got the sense that she really understood what I wanted to emphasize in my application and we agreed on a number of points regarding education and medicine in general - it felt very much like a conversation. I have to say that while the interview itself went very well I wasn't impressed with the tour - one of the students who led it kept talking about how she does not enjoy doing a number of things (such as dissecting, studying with other people and living in the dorms... to the point that I wondered why she came to NYU or med school in general) Other than that, the facilities left me unimpressed. Bottom line is I wasn't sold on the school. "
"Interview was not what I expected. It was laid back and it seemed like they were there to just get to know you. Now, let me see in a month if I will get accepted or not."
"Overall a very positive experience. Relaxed and straight forward, and during the down time there were tons of enthusiastic NYU students there to answer any questions."
"Besides the open-ended question (tell me about yourself), my interview was pretty low-stress. NYU is a great med school. lots of exposure to clinical work and many research opportunities. Apparently, there's also a good balance of work and fun."
"We went on a tour, which included the anatomy lab, classrooms, and study areas, but not the dorm or hospital. Lunch followed and then a one-on-one interview."
"I got a strange vibe from my interviewer from the very beginning. He seemed to be trying to test me by asking off the wall questions. He also made a completely inappropriate joke about some of the students I had worked with which I did not appreciate AT ALL. "
"The students were a bit insecure and they all felt like Columbia rejects (I'm sure not everyone, but I get that feeling from a few people) The school is in a VERY noisy part of New York, expensive and I don't know if I'd be able to sit down and study at all! It balanced out however when the faculty seemed to be very nice. "
"It was a very relaxed interview, interviewer seemed interested in my answers. "
"It went really well! I was impressed and pleased :)"
"don't stress about interview length; I was accopted in december and very thrilled despite a 15 min interview. I may not be going.. It was a really short day - they really should have thrown in an information session, and financial aid presentation so that we feel like we're getting a thorough experience for coming all the way out there. "
"It was pretty laid back. We sat on the couch waiting for our interview and a few students talked with us. After the interview, we took a quick tour, and then we went home."
"my interview was more like a conversation - in fact the doctor who interviewed me really enjoyed talking, so i did more listening than anything! just make sure, if you get this guy, that you get a few words in, so he'll remember you from the crowd! i went to NYU with the idea that i wouldn't want to go there - many negative stories. now, from what i've heard from students and faculty, it's one of my top choices."
"Interview was fairly relaxed. My interviewer did not ask any questions about my motivation to go into medicine, and did not ask anything about my activities or about what was on my application. I don't know if my interview was typical, though. "
"Most people know NYU for its name. After interviewing, I think NYU is very over-rated. Columbia, Cornell, and Mt. Sinai are all so much better than NYU. It was quite telling when a student leading our tour mentioned "here is our dorm...here is our gym...here is our anatomy lab" and the interviewees just looked at each other with a dumbfounded look saying, "No way, this can't be NYU." But it is. You will see for yourself when you interview there. I don't know how anyone would choose this school over any other school in NYC or for that matter, anywhere in the US."
"First, to the other person who posted their interview experience on 12/11/02, I think I got the exact same interviewer that you did, because everything you said, I totally agree with (it happened to me too). Just to be sure, the interviewer's initials are "Z-F," am I right? Here's an example of her negativity. When I met her, I said "Nice to meet you. How are you today?" her response: "Why do you care? You don't know who I am." She challeneged all of my responses too, which should be okay in an interview situation. Except she did NOT give me the opportunity to explain my point of view. She struck me as an overall negative, unhappy person. I tried to ask her what her specialty was, but she said "no Personal questions!" Also, I asked her if she felt the faculty enjoyed working with students. Her answer,"No not all of them. How can you expect them to be happy when they teach the same thing over and over?" I hope her view is not shared by the rest of the NYU faculty. Judging from the majority of positive posts about NYU, I'd say that I got the one lemon interviewer. This was truly the most difficult person to talk to of ALL my interviews thus far. If you get Dr. ZF, be warned! she didn't seem to care if I picked NYU or not. She didn't sell the school at all. Maybe she just doesn't want me there. "
"The lunch and tour were positive experiences, though my interview experience at NYU has been my worst one yet. Lunch is at noon for everyone, but tour and interview times vary. Lunch was in the hospital cafeteria because the faculty lounge, where interviewees are usually taken, was closed. The cafeteria, like most cafeterias, was not impressive. However, a few students stopped to talk to us, and they seemed very happy with NYU. The tour was given by two first year students. We didn't get to see much unfortunately, though again, the students were really nice, very happy, and eager to answer our questions. My interview, on the other hand, did not go as well. My interviewer was an hour late to our appointment, and did not apologize for it. Actually, she was sitting in one of the individual rooms in the interview suite the whole time, so I don't really know why I was kept waiting for so long. She was very antagonistic, and even made a few nasty comments that I felt were unnecessary. She challenged much of what was in my application, and challenged my answers to her questions. I think it is valid for an interviewer to challenge an applicant, but my interviewer had somewhat of a nasty, condescending tone to her comments/questions, along with an at-times sour look on her face. She ended the interview by asking if I had already been accepted to any medical school, which other NY schools I was applying to, and which "safety" schools I was applying to. (All illegal questions I believe.) Overall it was a very negative interview experience, and I was quite shocked at how negative my interviewer was. However, I must say that everyone else who interviewed at the same time said they had good experiences with nice interviewers--I think I had an unusual experience. Most everyone else's interview was 20-35 minutes, so they were all done before my interviewer even came to meet me! I'm not sure whether her interview style was to be antagonistic, or whether she really just didn't like my application. But I really should stress that I think I had an unusual experience."
"Overall I enjoyed the student interaction. However, the interviewer was a big turn-off."
"Overall, it was a very relaxed interview. All of the interviewees that I spoke with had a good experience and enjoyed their interviews. The dental school is huge, you need ID to be in the building, and New York itself is beautiful. "
"i didn't like that i interviewed right off the bat, before the tour and lunch. seeing the school definitely would have helped the question "why NYU." honestly, the students were great and very cool. aside from bellevue, i'd say that the students are the school's biggest asset."
"Awesome students (I actually could see myself hanging out with these kids), cool down-to-business interview, great hospital system. Interviewer was frank and honest and we talked about books and authors we liked before he pitched the school to me."
"First of all, any school with Saturday interviews gets a plus from me! I think my interviewer talked about twice as much as I did. We attended the same undergrad school, so we chatted about that for a while. I also talked about my research. The rest of the interview was pretty much him selling the school to me. The tour was good. The dorms seem pretty standard, but anything to avoid paying NYC rents is fine by me. The day seemed rushed, but that may have been because there wasn't as much waiting as at other schools, where you have 2 hours between the interview and tour with nothing to do. All of the students seemed nice and enthusiastic. Overall, good experience."
"Overall - I'd rate this a 9. The interviewer I had was awesome, nothing difficult or out of the ordinary. Very relaxed, yet professional attitude."
"Overall, very wonderful experience. "
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"Respond to all emails."
"Great work. They were really friendly and welcoming to the applicants. They even had a welcome sign."
"Give personalized schedules with the time of interview and name of interviewer"
"Thanks for a nice, low-key day."
"With varied schedules - some students missed tours and had to ask later to be shown around."
"It'd be helpful to get an interview date/time confirmation email."
"The first years giving the tour were kind of clueless."
"I would just like to have been sent an email confirming the exact time of my interview and an itiner"
"have a more coordinated tour"
"i know that early in the interview season, things are a bit disorganized but getting first yr studen"
"The lunch presentation was read directly off of the power-point slides, and it didn't seem like the"
"I recieved an interview invite 2 weeks before the deadline of January 31st. I had to book a flight f"
"The interview process was very spare, as I just showed up, talked to my interviewer, took a quick to"