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  • SUNY - University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Buffalo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

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?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"From the student: he asked questions related to my file (volunteer experiences etc)." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Why Buffalo?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"How many schools did you apply to?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I had no interesting questions. You get interviewed by a student then another interview with a Professor. The student came off arrogant (like he had some other place to be) and had a case of the "short-man" complex. The questions the student asked came from the standardized list. I did not have any of those crazy questions like "how many Mcdonalds are there in the US". It wasn't a conversational interview at all, just question, my answer, then another question etc... My Professor interview was eh. He didnt bring my file or the list of questions (probably the reason for not having the crazy questions). He was one of those "brillant" unorganized people with no social skills. So it was a big waste of time and I knew it wouldnt be good when they came to present me to the committee. I did get in off the wait-list but with my experience decided not to attend." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Shockingly nothing." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"The school's website, practice interview questions from my school, reading SDN's feedback, and just keeping up to date with current events." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I did like the setup of the scheduling for classes. The research opportunities. The anatomy lab had windows but is 8 people to a cadaver. The student lounge was nice. Cheap living expenses. Definitely a college town, which I liked. The students seemed cool. The library was really nice. Impressive residency list." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Besides my interviewers, the weather isnt the greatest, but I expected that. Since it was Jan they had some "flurries" (6 in of snow), but I dont mind snow and they take care of it. The pop quiz was pointless. They dont read it. The decision to waitlist (most likely unless you have super stats)/accept/reject gets made that day. The Dean Severin kinda came off a-holey. He said something to the effect of "I see alot of you smiling, I know some are fake", which kinda erked me. Its like why would we be here? Also, he says that they give everyone a fair chance that spots are open all the way through the interviewing process and noone will be interviewing for the waitlist, however with that LOTS get waitlisted to "preserve" those spots. The lunch was rushed, you get 20 minutes to eat while the students talk to you at the same time." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I prepared way too much for my interviewers, however some of the other interviewees got grilled. The parking lot in 6in of snow isnt fun to get out and it takes forever to get out of the school and off the main street onto the highway. My interviews were done by 3pm. The tour was so boring and since it was before the interviews we all were like "ok enough with the dumb brain lab and lets do the interview already". They should do the interviews first then the tour so we could enjoy it. Also, on their website they say they interview thru Feb, thats a lie. They interview thru April (I know for a fact they interviewed in April last year and thru April 20th of this year), so they should update the website. Also, it says they interview 450-550. In my interview they say they interview around 500, which is another lie. I had 20 total interviewees with me. So if you do the math that they interview every wed (late aug-late april), its more than the number they say (believe me they interview 20 each time)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, it was ok. For those who get waitlisted, if you are in the middle of the list you will most likely get in. Their waitlist moves ALOT. I was in the bottom of the upper third and got in middle of May (the waitlist is split into 9 sections: upper(upper, middle, bottom), middle (upper, middle, bottom), and bottom (upper, middle, bottom). From my experience Mr Rosso can be a bit deceiving in terms of letting you know where you are on the list. Basically, the reason I chose not to attend was I got into my state school (not NY resident), so it was much cheaper than Buffalo (120k in debt as opposed to 180k thats all without interest). Also, I got a better vibe from my state school. Overall, I wanted to like Buffalo and I did to a point, it was just some of the ways they represented themselves to me that was a turn off. I hope others have a better experience and I am sure they will. Its a good school, just not for me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Red Roof Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/12/0005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

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