Interview

Learn more about interviewing for our program!

Screening for an interview

Applications are reviewed for an interview invitation based primarily on academic achievement, using the following criteria.

Automatic interview invitation

  • Overall PharmCAS GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Overall PharmCAS GPA of 3.0 to 3.29 with 50% or higher PCAT
  • Overall PharmCAS GPA below 3.0 with 70% or higher PCAT

Reviewed for an interview invitation

  • Overall PharmCAS GPA below 3.3 without PCAT scores
  • Overall PharmCAS GPA below 3.3 with PCAT scores lower than listed above

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply; last year, over 90% of applicants were selected to interview! Reviewers will evaluate an applicant's overall GPA, science GPA, prerequisite GPA, GPA trends, and PCAT scores (if submitted), along with challenges the applicant has faced and barriers they have overcome, to identify applicants selected to interview.

Interview Location

Interviews are held on both our Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. The location of your interview has no bearing on your campus assignment if you are offered admission. We are unable to accommodate all location preferences for the interview due to facility and interviewer availability limitations.

Prepare

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ Pre-Health Student Resource Center offers a number of free-to-the-public resources that can help you prepare for an interview. They are:

  • Interview preparation

  • Personal statement preparation

Interview Day

Be sure to dress professionally (ie, suits, ties, no sneakers, etc.) and join the Zoom meeting on time (meaning neither late nor excessively early)! You do not need to bring anything specific to interview day.

Our scheduled interview days:

  • October 2, 2020: Early Decision interviews only
  • October 9, 2020
  • November 6, 2020
  • November 20, 2020
  • December 11, 2020
  • January 8, 2021
  • Remaining spring 2021 interview dates TBA

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants must interview by January 8, 2021. Note that space is limited at each interview day and we reach capacity quickly. If an applicant attempts to RSVP for an interview day on or before the final scholarship-eligible interview day and all dates have reached capacity, the applicant will no longer be eligible for scholarship consideration, even if earlier deadlines have been met. Please keep in mind it is advantageous to applicants to interview as early in the admissions process as possible for reasons beyond scholarship eligibility. We do not schedule interviews before an application is considered complete and an invitation has been extended via PharmCAS.

Sample Schedule

While our precise schedule varies, our general schedule for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle is reflected below. Not only do we interview you, but we also consider it an opportunity for you to “interview” us! You’ll want to get know the programs you’re considering, so we want to be sure your questions are answered and you get a thorough overview of what it’s like to be a student here!

  • Welcome from the deans
  • Interviews (two one-on-one 25-minute interviews with College representatives)
  • Current student panel
  • Faculty panel
  • About the Minnesota PharmD
  • Admissions overview
  • Virtual tour