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  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"How have your parents influenced your academic goals? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None. It was very relaxed and conversational." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up on Columbia and the curriculum. Knew my application very well and why I was interested in Columbia. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"NYC is very impressive, perhaps the most amazing city in the world. The students are very enthusiastic about Columbia. They are full of energy and know how to both play hard and study hard. It's not a good area, but the clinical training is better because of that because of the chance to serve low income populations. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I interviewed at several top schools and Columbia students were by far the most cocky. Harvard, Yale, and UCSF students were humble, warm, and friendly. The Columbia students I met took every chance they had to say why they were the best and to criticize other schools. They didn't seem open-minded. If you look at the facebook they give you, the vast majority of Columbia students are from Harvard, Yale, and other ives. Being from an ivy myself, I do agree my classmates would make great doctors. But the student diversity I saw at Columbia was way behind that of the other schools I saw. I would rather have more classmates from state universities and other non-ivy colleges. More racial diversity would be good too. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Columbia is a great school. It has an impressive tradition and history. Research opporunities are great and the clinical training is top notch. NYC is incredible. The students are very accomplished. I just wish they and the culture of the school were more open-minded and humble. I also don't like how the entire class is basically hand picked by Dean Franz. In my opinion, he cares more about ivy pedigree and an applicant kissing up to Columbia, than about character." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2001

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