Interview

All applicants who submit a complete and eligible application are invited to interview in-person.  Below you’ll find information about the interview locations, suggestions to prepare for your interview, and details about our interview days. If you face logistical or financial barriers to attending an in-person interview, you will have the opportunity to request a Skype 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

In the 2018-2019 admissions cycle we are offering an optional opportunity to practice the interview via asynchronous video software. The practice interview will not be seen by any admissions interviewers or any member of the admissions committee - it is truly for practice purposes only. We will ask for applicants’ feedback if they opt for the practice interview as we consider its use in future admissions cycles.

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 arrive on time (meaning neither late nor excessively early)! You do not need to bring anything specific to interview day. If you have luggage and bulky coats, you are welcome to store them in the interview day room in Duluth or, in the Twin Cities, stop by the Office of Student Services in 3-160 Weaver-Densford Hall prior to the start of Interview Day to store it.

Our 2018-2019 interview days are as follows:

  • October 5

  • October 26

  • November 2

  • November 16

  • November 30

  • December 7

  • January 11

  • Additional dates between January and April will be announced as soon as they are scheduled

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants must interview by January 11, 2019. 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 January 11, 2019 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.

While our schedule varies, below is an example of our typical interview day, with breaks scheduled throughout the day. 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 admissions staff (10 minutes)

  • Welcome from faculty (30 minutes)

  • Interview (45 minutes)

  • Tour of college with current students (45 minutes - indoors only, no need for coats)

  • Minnesota PharmD program overview (30 minutes)

  • Current student panel (30 minutes - opportunity for applicants to ask questions directly of our students)

  • Minnesota admissions overview (30 minutes)