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 Karen Hutton-Lopez at (909) 469-5650 or Michael Haverkamp at (909) 469-5571 and they will 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 want 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 hear from faculty and administration about the curriculum, admissions process, financial aid, and student services as well as chat with students and take a tour of the campus.

The Interview

The interview consists of two 15-minute stations where you will be asked two behavioral-based questions. There is no right or wrong answer when responding to these types of questions. The interview does not permit the candidate to share why he or she wishes to become a veterinarian. This was provided in the candidate’s VMCAS essay. Instead, the interview is intended to determine whether or not the candidate is a good fit for our rigorous, problem-based learning curriculum. To learn more about what the program seeks in an ideal DVM student please visit the Competitive Candidate profile.

The Interview Team

You can expect to be interviewed by two teams of two, comprised of faculty, alumni and/or clinicians. The interview will serve as an opportunity for you to demonstrate qualities that could not be fully assessed by your application alone. The intent of the interviewers will be to determine your compatibility with our program. To learn more about our faculty please visit the college’s faculty and staff page.

Multiple Mini-Interview

During the two 15-minute interviews the interview team will ask you two behavioral-based questions. You will be asked to draw from personal experiences to formulate your answers. Questions will not focus on your prior academic record or your desire to become a veterinarian since these were already demonstrated in your application. We understand that applicants would like an opportunity to share why they would like to become a veterinarian and/or attend WesternU. Due to time constraints, the opportunity unfortunately does not exist as the information is often gleaned during file review. We recommend that you review our Competitive Candidate profile prior to the interview to learn what the program seeks in an ideal DVM student.

Interview Day Agenda

The agenda will depend on whether you are scheduled for a morning or afternoon session. Because of the length of time you are required to be on campus, we recommend that candidates eat something prior to their arrival on campus. Snacks, water, and coffee will be provided throughout the day. Candidates may not select which session and will be assigned in the order in which their interview date preference was received.

Check-in

Please report to the lobby of the Veterinary Clinical Center (VCC), see map below. We encourage you to arrive to campus 15 minutes before your scheduled check-in time so that you have ample time to park and walk to the Veterinary Clinical Center. If you are being dropped off, we recommend that you ask the driver to drop you off at the corner of Palomares Street and Second Street. Proceed east to the VCC lobby to check in.

Morning Session

Interviewee Check-in7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Welcome7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Interviews, Student Panel, Tour8:10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Financial Aid Presentation (optional)11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Admissions Overview (optional)11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Curriculum Overview (optional)11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Problem-Based Learning Activity with

Boxed Lunch (optional)

11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Afternoon Session

Interviewee Check-in12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Welcome12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Interviews, Student Panel, Tour1:10 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Financial Aid Presentation (optional)4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Admissions Overview (optional)4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Curriculum Overview (optional)4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Problem-Based Learning Activity with

Boxed Lunch (optional)

4:50 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Preparing For Your Interview Day

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

  • Make sure your best business professional attire is ready to wear
  • Review the prospective student website, particularly the competitive class stats page
  • Review the Interview Orientation Booklet
  • Print directions and plan to arrive early
  • Bring a pen and notepad in case you need to take notes
  • Get a good nights’ sleep so your body and mind are refreshed
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/.

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 are an out of town guest, you may also wish to reference some conveniently located hotels.

A few of the hotels listed at the link provided will provide a shuttle to and from the airport. A few may provide a shuttle to and from our campus as well. Please contact the specific hotels for more information on their shuttle service.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, and are currently residing in the U.S., you should be prepared to provide proof of legal US residency at the time of interview. Proof of legal U.S. residency is required prior to any offer of acceptance.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, we will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with a disability who may need assistance during their visit to campus. If you require any reasonable accommodations while on campus, please contact Brenda Premo at (909) 469-5385.

Directions & 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