Questions, Questions, Questions!
The application process can be quite intimidating, at least on the surface. Though careful reading of the material included in the University viewbook as well as a careful review of the material presented on this website will help to keep the process manageable, you may have a question that has not been addressed. When needed, we invite you to email your questions to Ms. Jacqueline Harte (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will respond to those questions as soon as possible.
Interview Day Essay
All candidates who interview for the College of Pharmacy will be required to compose an essay as part of the interview day. Candidates will be asked to read a specific passage, then define a word used within the passage and respond to a prompt related to the passage. Because topics are never released prior to the interview, the Admissions and Standards Committee has offered the following suggestions for those wishing to prepare:
- Passages may not be specific to pharmacy.
- A few minor grammatical and/or spelling errors will be overlooked.
- Comprehension and critical thinking are important. You must be able to show that you know both the meaning of the passage and how it relates to specific, current situations.
- Make sure you answer the question that is being asked and that your position is adequately defended.
- Make sure to complete your essay in the time allotted (45 minutes).
The Admissions Committee has determined that writing ability (substance and form) is a key indicator for likelihood of success in the college of pharmacy. Candidates for whom writing is a difficult task are strongly encouraged to practice their writing skills, either by taking additional English courses or by seeking directed tutoring, prior to their interview.
Interview Day Calculations Assessment
All candidates who interview will be required to complete a short, 10 question calculations assessment based on formulas that will be provided.
- Politely follow up with your letter writers to insure letters are sent in a timely manner.
- It can take several weeks for a school to provide transcripts. Ask for them early and follow up to make sure they are sent. Missing transcripts are the number one reason for delays with the PharmCAS system.
- No news may not be good news. Check your junk mail folder to make sure you are not missing important emails.
- Considerable screening occurs prior to an interview. Those invited to interview should feel encouraged that, on paper, the Committee feels they are competitive.
- We do not interview solely for wait-list spots. If we are still interviewing, candidates are still being accepted.
- Among other things, the panel looks for 1) ability to articulate in front of colleagues, 2) critical thinking skills, 3) listening skills, 4) sensitivity to others, 5) knowledge of current events in pharmacy.
- Verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills are important to your success as an applicant and, ultimately, as a pharmacist. All three skill areas are actively assessed during the admissions process. If you have difficulties with one or more of these areas, seek assistance from tutors or other specialists.
- Chances of getting accepted are often proportional to the number of seats available at the time of the interview. The earlier one interviews, the better the chances.
- Remember that getting into graduate school is a journey. Keep the ruts and potholes in perspective.
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