Preparing For Your Interview

Congratulations on making it to the next step in the admissions process! By now you should have received an electronic confirmation of your interview day and time – should you have any questions or need to change your appointment, please contact Martha Huizar at (909) 469-5332 and she’ll be happy to assist you.

Please carefully review the information below to get a sense of what to expect on the day, tips on how to prepare, directions and parking information as well as some additional resources. We look forward to getting to know you better at the interview!

Your WesternU Support Team

About the Interview & Interviewers

To help ease the stress of the interview, we wanted to give you a brief overview of what to expect for the day and specifically share with you the structure and composition of the interview team.

While on campus you will learn about the curriculum, admissions process, financial aid offerings, and student services from faculty, administration, and staff. You will also have some time to chat with students over lunch and take a tour of the campus.

We interview using a hybrid of the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and the traditional panel interview. You will participate in two MMI stations. At each station you will have two minutes to read the question or scenario. You will then be instructed to enter the interview room and participate in the scenario for eight minutes.

In the panel interview you can expect to be interviewed by a team of three, comprised of basic science and clinical faculty, staff and students. The interview will serve as an opportunity for you to demonstrate qualities that could not be fully assessed by your application alone. Your interviewers wish to learn more about you and to determine your compatibility with our program.

During the 30 minute interview you will be asked behavioral-based questions, meaning that you will be asked to draw from personal experience to formulate your answers. You may also be asked to discuss the factors you considered to arrive at your answer.

Check-in

Please plan on checking-in with Admissions Staff in the lobby of the Health Education Center (HEC), see map below, at 7:30 a.m. You may check your luggage if you do not have a vehicle. We can provide a secure location until the end of the day. You should plan on being on campus until approximately 2:00 p.m.

We have included an Interview Day Agenda for your convenience.

Accommodation

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is our policy to provide you with reasonable accommodation during your visit to our campus should you require it. Please contact Ms. Sandra Lawler at 909 469-5297 as soon as your interview date is confirmed.
If you have special dietary needs you will be able to indicate this on the interview day selection form.

Identity Verification Policy

Proper identification of individuals allows WesternU to provide a safe and secure campus environment. In addition, the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315, requires that University confirm that a person enrolling in the University is the person who is completing the enrollment form, and that the student taking an examination is the student who participates in, completes, and receives credit for the course.

It is the policy of Western University of Health Sciences that applicants to the University are required to provide a government issued ID when checking in for an Admissions interview. Applicants who are unable to provide an acceptable form of identification may reschedule their interview if space is available. For more information on acceptable forms of identification and the University’s Identity Verification policy, please visit: https://www.westernu.edu/registrar/id-verification/.

Admissions Policy

It is the policy of Western University of Health Sciences/COMP that we do not offer interview do overs. Once the interview is over, we do not offer the opportunity to provide interviewers with additional information for consideration.

All decisions made by the Admissions Committee are final. We do not offer an appeal process.

Our interview day is meant to be informative and enjoyable; we hope that you will take advantage of your time on campus to talk with faculty, staff, and students to get a sense of our values and the principles we live by. The interview is meant to be an informal exchange of information; questions can be challenging and thought provoking. The MMI is an opportunity demonstrate qualities other than grades and MCAT scores.

Preparing For Your Interview Day

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your time with us:

  • Dress comfortably and professionally, plan to spend the entire day with us
  • Review the prospective student website and the DO interview facts sheet
  • Print directions to campus and find your parking location, City Pay Parking Lot 12. Please refer to your interview invitation for up to date information on the parking fee.
  • Bring a pen and notepad to take notes
  • Review your application materials to refresh your memory on content
  • International students should bring proof of legal US residency at the time of interview
Airports & Hotels

When scheduling flights, we recommend flying in and out of Ontario International Airport (ONT), which is approximately 10 miles east of our campus. Additional options include Santa Ana/John Wayne Airport (SNA), which is approximately 30 miles south of our campus or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is approximately 40 miles west of campus. If you’re an out of town guest, you may also wish to reference some conveniently located hotels.

Parking

All guest parking on campus is public metered parking, and spaces are available in Daily Permit Lot 12 (located at First and Gibbs St.)

Instructions for Public Metered Parking: (7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Weekends)

  1. There are payment machines located in Paid Permit Lots at First Street & Gibbs Street and Third Street & Gibbs Street. When parking you must note the space number and enter it in the machine.
  2. Enter the number of hours you expect to park there (plan for six hours).
  3. The machine will give you your cost and ask for payment. It accepts coins, bills, Visa and MasterCard
  4. You will receive a receipt but it is not necessary to put it in your vehicle.

Campus Student Parking Map

All interviewees must park in city parking lot 12 on the west end of campus, please see campus maps. There are two parking meters at the lot, one on Gibbs St. the other near the center of the lot. If the meters are out of order, place a note on the car dashboard with the date, time, and message that the meters are out of order. There is also a third meter on campus located behind the bookstore, you can also purchase a parking ticket at that location; remember your parking space number!