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  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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?

Closed file

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

"Give me a topic, any topic, within the health care system and tell me what you think of it?" Report Response

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

"Any concerns about USC?" Report Response

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

"So what do you want to do, and what field?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why don't you go to UCLA instead?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How did you handle a situation where in a group setting, certain individuals were not holding up their part of the bargain in workload?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I didn't prepare at all, I knew ahead of time that I didn't want to go to USC. I just went to for the sake of practice through interviews but ended up not getting any questions at all." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Social life as a Trojan, tailgates, parties, etc." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everything else -- literally. My faculty interviewer spent 20 minutes outlining the reasons why I shouldn't go to USC and why I should go to UCLA. It was really awkward but I agreed with him." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I knew that it was expensive. But now I know that it's financially impossible for me to afford USC... literally impossible. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Poor scholarships, vague financial aid session, extremely expensive, poor location and student body since everyone is scattered. Students have to loan at least $50,000 a year to cover tuition and some of the living expenses. There still is a projected $15-20,000 deficiency for personal needs. For me, I simply don't have that kind of money lying around every year. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/05/2008

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

4 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Rushed 13-minute financial aid session for an overpriced school = Bad." Report Response

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