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  • Howard University College of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

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

"You are from Baltimore so why Howard? Why DC?" Report Response

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

"Why pharmacy? Have you done any community service?" Report Response

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

"If there is only one seat left why should we pick you over any other student. Question 4: How will you handle a case where you work in a team/ group and some individuals are not "performing"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If there is only one seat left why should we choose you over anybody else." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You are from Baltimore so why DC? Why Howard? But i was prepared for this question." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I prepared for this interview by reviewing this forum closely. I also reviewed various pharmacy programs to see what Schhols generally look for. I also spoke at length on several occasions to various pharmacists including those who graduated several years (17 yrs ) ago and even recent graduates. My brother-in-law is a recent graduate from the University of MD Pahrmacy Program. He used to interview for the program and his knowledge was very helpful. MAke sure you know exactly why you want to do PHARMACY. Make sure you know why you applied to HOWARD. Make sure you highlight your leadership ability abd community service." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"-The rich history of the school. -The enthusiasm of the tour guide and the students that we came across -The individuals who work in the admissions office and the Professors we came across were very , very, very friendly. They seemed to want you to succeed. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"-The interview process / protocol was EXTREMELY disorganized. - What should have been a very smooth process must have been a very stressful process for the admissins office to coordinate." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. This forum proved to be very informative and helpful. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview went pretty well! I found out on Friday night (3 days before the interview) by researching the AACP website that the probation status was lifted on February 22nd so that was great to know. The office of admissions explained that they were placed on probation because they didn’t have enough classroom and lab space to handle the 80 to 100+ students that they typically admit. So during this period they had to reduce their class size. The program was able to get some classrooms from the Med school program and sp the probation status was lifted. The accreditation that is currently in effect should be good for about 5 more years. All the reviews prior to this one on this forum advised to expect disorganization. THEY WERE CORRECT. They admissions office personel were very pleasant but the process was EXTREMELY disorganized!!!! It didn’t bother me much since I knew to expect that. I got there very early and was able to walk the halls of the program. I walked roughly a block to get some beakfast at the cafeteria. The program is rich in history. One thing I noticed from the pictures of the graduating classes dating as far back as 1967 is that almost the whole class is Black with very few “minorities” of other races. This is definitely in tune with the Mission statement on the Programs website (MAKE SURE YOU STUDY THE WEBSITE) That is very different for me but interesting nonetheless. We got a tour by a second year student who was very bright and personable. He is actually involved in student leadership as he is a leader of one of the academic fraternities/ societies. There were 2 timed tests/ quizzes (an essay to test grammar and writing skills under pressure and math which was pretty much a joke). we were given 4 topics to choose from like: ( What qualities are needed to be a good pharmacy student, What qualities are needed to make a good pharmacist, What challenges does the practice currently face and may face in the future ). For the math it is really basic (easier than PCAT math. Just be sure to know basic logarithm, conversiions of Kg to g, milligram and microgram, Roman numerals, basic algebra, basic derivatives and integration) Afterwards we interviewed and I think I did well. I was interviewed by one of the Associate Professors and he seemed to like what I had to say about my work experience, background and community service. The interview seemed pretty short but effective. We should expect to hear something by the end of April. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

3 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/13/2007

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?

5 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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