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  • University of Colorado Denver Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy School
  • Aurora
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"Student/Faculty member joint interview: Stock questions were pretty common... what made you want to pursue pharmacy?" Report Response

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

"Talk about a challenge/accomplishment you've faced/had, and how did you overcome/achieve it?" Report Response

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

"What questions do you have for us? Have /something/ to say to them here... there are a lot of questions that can be asked for the student about schedules and lifestyle, and lots of questions for the professor about opportunities and the role of pharmacists in the school. Rotations questions, etc..." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is pharmacy's role in healthcare? This opened up a lot of avenues for describing what you like about pharmacy, what you don't, what your experiences in other healthcare fields have been, etc... open ended!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What sticks out in the curriculum for you? (There weren't a lot of class descriptions you could look up in the first place, and the classes were named generally the same thing... so hard to distinguish.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, researched website, prepared answers to questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The campus! The area of town isn't the safest to settle into, but it's not nearly as "bad" as people think! The area is up-and-coming with two brand-new hospitals, five (four?) different health professions campuses, research facilities, and a ton of construction bordering the campus area. The area of town is run down, but it's going to be really nice in a few years. The campus is so new, and gives you ample room and opportunity to study in nice areas. Everything you need is there, and the campus is close to highway access (which they're improving with the new traffic in the area). The Denver area is still close, and has a ton of hospitals and areas to do rotations and experience. The large campus gives room to interact with many other types of health profession students, which is something you'll have to do in your careers!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"How new the program really was. The PharmD has only really been an option for a few years; previously, it was a BS with the opportunity to enhance your education further. Because of that, there isn't much opportunity to specialize or earn anything outside of just a PharmD. The students seemed halfway between study overloaded versus completely casual. The school discourages you from working more than 10 hours a week, and the students on the tour continued to emphasize the amount of study room and time they commit to the degree. I don't know if this is a reflection of the curriculum /being/ difficult, or the campus assuming their students aren't as prepared for higher education as they should be..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How much down time/how casual the interview was going to be! There was so much time to get to know the other candidates that it felt like I was just talking to friends/coworkers while I was interviewing. Everyone just seems to want to enjoy their time; it's not threatening at all." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"There isn't a lot of information given out during the interview, I found out... come in with a lot of questions, but be prepared for the staff to /not/ be prepared to answer them. The campus seems like a really nice place to study for an extended period... not competitive, relaxed, no dress code (except one day a week if that, but Denver dress standards are very lax anyway). Everyone seems to genuinely want everyone to succeed. Lots of hard workers in Denver... hard work, and hard play. There is a lot of interesting culture in Denver once you know where to find it. The day was scheduled with an hour tour with students, break for lunch, brief information session on the campus and financial aid, 1/2-pg-essay/question-answer on an article, a 20-minute interview with a student and faculty member, and an observed group exercise where you have to communicate and compromise values between 4 or so others." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/23/2009

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

6 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

7 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"There was a lot of down time during the day; they didn't seem as prepared as they could have been..." Report Response

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