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University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Year founded: 1884
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University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School
Philadelphia
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 4 86 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS N/A 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $49,456
  • Non - Resident Tuition $59,456
  • Application Fee $75
  • AVG GRE 318
  • AVG GPA 3.6

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • 3800 Spruce Street
  • Philadelphia 19104-6044
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Curriculum

Facilities

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 75
Negatively 3
No change 4

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.18 84

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.54 85

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing - everything flowed well and everyone was extremely welcoming and excited to have the interviewees there!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be wonderful if interviewees could sit in on a class!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide updated admissions metrics (i.e. GPA breakdown and GRE scores, as well as average experience hours and types) each year. On the fence about this, though, because while convenient, I know that a lot of prospective applicants obsess over the numbers and lose sight of the big picture." More from this Member | Report Response

"Longer/more extensive tours, more time spent with interviewer, multiple interviewers, more students available for the tours" More from this Member | Report Response

"Try to improve the student:interviewee ratio! It makes for awkward dynamics when 5 interviewees have to compete for the attention of a single first year student to make a good impression." More from this Member | Report Response

"I love how much time we have to talk to the students. They should tell us about the happy hour before we come, though, because a lot of people had to leave to catch trains straight after that they might not have if they'd known." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I loved that they provided snacks while we were waiting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't let students have a say in who gets into veterinary school. It is, quite frankly, ridiculous that our PEERS can influence one of the most important decisions in our lives. Years of hard work should not be circumvented by a popularity contest." More from this Member | Report Response

"To provide application tracking, so students may determine if all transcripts, scores, and prerequisites are complete." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"to try to be a bit more responsive and friendly towards the interviewees" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have an online portal and communicate with applicants in this manner. It saves time and paper and is extremely useful for applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish more of the application had been elctronic - such as having a "status page" for checking if a" More from this Member | Report Response

"For the students interviewing at the Penn campus, maybe consider showing a video of New Bolton." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have both interviewers read the file. It will be more work, but I think it will be a more rewarding" More from this Member | Report Response

"You may want to screen a New Bolton video for those students who only interview at the Philadelphia." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep doing what you're doing. It's the best interview process out there!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It might be nice to have access to the curriculum online before applying." More from this Member | Report Response

"Three hours was a loooong time to sit and talk with students, especially knowing that they have inpu" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What do you like to do outside of school or work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you explain your experience working for Merck Animal Health Canada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your thoughts on animal welfare and rights? (We discussed my fear free certification which lead to this question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could not be a veterinarian, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are several doctors in my family, so my interviewer asked me why I chose veterinary medicine over human medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"No specific questions. Anything they wanted to know was worked out of me via casual conversation. The direction of the interview focused on my interests and what sort of education I was hoping to obtain." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a veterinarian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I had decided to do a variety of experiences with many veterinarians instead of sticking with one person (which is apparently the norm)." More from this Member | Report Response

"why i did not ask a veterinarian i wrote about in my personal statement for a letter of recommendation." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think you will add to the Class of 2017?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experience at the summer VETS program (at Penn)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about you research experience? What have you learned from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you decided upon vet medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there such a thing as a routine surgery?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (One interviewer has not seen your file and the other has.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you come to be here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your research experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not just pursue a PhD (I was interested in research)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get to be here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where have you applied and gotten in, and why would you choose UPenn over any of those other schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why veterinary medicine, if I was accepted everywhere where would I go and what would I do if I wasn't accepted anywhere" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if someone wants to put down a healthy animal? What's your experience with euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Penn vs. other vet schools? Where else have you applied?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about where you grew up, where you went to school, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you been doing the last 6 months since you've been out of school? (I've been doing research) How do you feel about killing rats? what if they were cats?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us a little about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (not really a question, but it's the first thing they asked me)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were me, what questions should I be asking in order to get to know who you are. One of the interviewers had read my file, while the other had not. The closed file interviewer asked all the questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting thing you've encountered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a vet? Where do you see yourself in 4 years after you graduate from vet school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you deserve to be here? Why should you get in when that means somebody else doesn't?" More from this Member | Report Response

"1.) Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me your GPA, GRE scores, and percentiles." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get into vet school? I really didn't appreciate how one of the interviewers told me I should try to be a vet tech assistant to gain experience for a year if I didn't get in because lab jobs were too competitive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a vet? What will you do if you don't get into vet school this year? Do you have any questions for us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a vet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did it feel to be rejected by Penn last year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Cold Interviewer: Tell me about yourself, and most importantly, why you want to be a veterinarian." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get accepted to any of the schools you applied to this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some adjectives that describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the path you took to get to where you are right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers is open file and the other is closed file. The majority of the questions are asked by the closed file interviewer, so the first quesion I got was: "I know nothing about you. Tell me a little about your background and interests."" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the lowest grade you have ever received in a class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself? Why Vet Med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and how you came to be sitting in that chair today." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose the undergrad institution you did?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What animal are you most like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me where you grew up, went to school, and about you. the cold interviewer wanted to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"something along the lines of ''why are you worthy of being one of the 15% to get invited to an interview?''" More from this Member | Report Response

"You put in your application that you want to pursue lab animal medicine. Have you seen enough in this field to solidfy this track? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your equine experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"I have not read your application, so please summarize how you got to this point." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why equine vet med? ''Cold'' inteviewer asked most questions...about my background, research, experiences, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun? Sports?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain the discrepancy between your GPA and your GRE scores...ie the GPA is not so great but the GRE scores are very high." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself and why vet-med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan to stay in Pennsylvania once you're finished school? (I've moved around a lot and went to college out of state.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself.." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you relieve stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a vet? Don't say ''Because I love animals!''...they'll throw you out the door." More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your favorite and least favorite PreRequisite Classes and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relax?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the biggest challenge facing veterinary medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There wasn't one question in particular that really intrigued me. The entire interview was interesting and conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some memorable cases that you saw while working at (vet hospital I work at)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"She wanted to know more about my basketball officiating." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer gave me a lot of industry advice, which I hadn't expected. It made the whole experience more relaxing because it felt like a genuine conversation rather than constant questions and prodding." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think can be done to decrease the excess of Thoroughbreds in the industry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if we were to give you a degree right now what would you do with it" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about using mice in your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I mentioned where one of my experiences was, and one of my interviewers was from the same area so we talked about that for a bit." More from this Member | Report Response

"Has there ever been a time when you were shadowing where someone asked for a healthy animal to be put to sleep?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you reading right now" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you got accepted to all of the schools you applied to, what would be your top choice and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your 3 strengths and 1 weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to do to change the world?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be interested in placing pacemakers in dogs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"After reading your PS, you mentioned that you wanted to use sociology to try to understand the problem of animal abuse. How would you do this and how can you start to affect change? (also a hard question in general)" More from this Member | Report Response

"They noted my research interests and concern for food animal welfare. How would I interact with food vets in my class who might have differing opinions about the issue?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Animal welfare vs. animal rights" More from this Member | Report Response

"(From the cold interviewer after he had asked me most of the questions) When I read your file what will I wished we had talked about that we haven't yet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about puppy mills." More from this Member | Report Response

"none were really interesting... it was pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"5 adjectives to describe myself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like milk?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is an interesting case that you have seen in your experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you say to a client who refuses to pay the money to save their pet and just wants you to perform the euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else did you apply and what have you heard so far? (this question just seemed odd, and I naturally answered, but wasn't prepared to answer it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most interesting veterinary experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The one interviewer asked about what I did in a club in high school, French Honor Society. The interviewer was French." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will rural vs. city life enter into your decision on which veterinary school to attend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were interesting, all basic get-to-know-you questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most difficult thing you did?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I told them I want to be on the IACUC committee and they asked "if you were on the committee, what would your goal be?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you can accomplish the goals you set out in your PS in regards to helping people and animals, and research, without getting a DVM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is it ethical to breed mice strains that have a perinatal lethal mutation (such as the one in my lab)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. They were pretty run of the mill. I was really not impressed with my interviewers. They were old and didn't seem to be with the times." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does your husband, as a human physician, take veterinary medicine seriously?" More from this Member | Report Response

"After talking about my study abroad in Belize: Did you go snorkeling while you were there?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there any specific thing you encountered at <experience> that you would like to see a solution for? Ex. cure for a disease, better way to treat something, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there any part of veterinary medicine you don't like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if handed a degree today, where do you see yourself in 5 yrs" More from this Member | Report Response

"What don't you like about working in an animal hospital? (I talked about all the decisions based on money, and how I'm not good with conversations about money yet.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What position did you play in rugby? (one of the interviewers had played when he was younger)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sometimes the admittance comes down to a numbers game. How do you think you'll handle it if you don't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What happened so far in your life that has led to you sitting in the chair before me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a clinical experience you've had that has left an impression on you? I began describing the doctor/client relationship, how the vet I shadow is very good at putting people at ease and has a very high rate of people who come back to him because they trust him and his work...They pressed me for a specific case that I had seen. Luckily I had thought about this before hand so I was then able to come up with an interesting case I could briefly talk about. They also asked me where I shadowed and who owned the hospital (one of my interviewers seemed to know one of the owners)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Of all the pieces of music you have performed, which is your favorite and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Using specific cases, tell us about the best and worst parts of clinical medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who played the Supreme Being in Time Bandits? (This related to my application, lol)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What gets you pumped up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the gender imbalance at veterinary school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Several detailed questions about the research that I have been doing for the last year. Both interviewers were intrigued by the type of research." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I handed you a VMD today, where would you want to be in 5 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What animal am I most like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"do you do laboratory work? (referring to the AH i work at)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think everyone else has on their application that you don't?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you seen any shocking cases during you preparation to applying?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What animal, if your friends saw it, would make them say, ''That's Emily!''? And why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was it like going to my undergrad school the year it was voted one of the best party schools in the country?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About the reality of veterinary medicine in my country (I'm an international student). The interviewer had worked over there and wanted to discuss some issues with me... I just wasn't expecting it...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were an animal, which would you be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about one exiting/memorable moment during your past internship experience " More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you really screwed up in the past?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your LEAST favorite thing about veterinary medical clinical work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was really that interesting. The cold interviewer asked me a lot about my research, and that was pretty much it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your personal faults?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you're not accepted this year, what will you be doing for the next twelve months?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the last book that you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun? (NOT HARD -- just caught me off guard, didn't expect it!!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you shaking? We all had a good laugh at that one. I think they asked it first to help calm me down." More from this Member | Report Response

"I mentioned how I want to go into public health. I accidentally brought up SARS and Avian Flu. One of my interviewers (who specializes in public health) asked me the difficulties of detection between the two. If you're going to bring something up during the interview, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!" More from this Member | Report Response

"For me the most intersting question was about my large animal experience since it was very nontraditional and this led into a conversation about wildlife and zoo stuff." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself, your life, and how you got to be sitting here today. " More from this Member | Report Response

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