Interview

All applicants with a complete and eligible application will be reviewed for an interview invitation. 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 an online 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 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 fall 2019 interview days:

  • September 28, 2019: Early Decision interviews only
  • October 25, 2019
  • November 15, 2019
  • December 6, 2019
  • January 10, 2020: final interview opportunity for scholarship eligibility
  • January 24, 2020
  • February 7, 2020
  • February 21, 2020
  • March 6, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants must interview by January 10, 2020. 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 2020 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)
  • Lunch with current students
  • College of Pharmacy tour
  • About the Minnesota PharmD
  • Admissions overview