At Upstate, they give you two interviews, one with a student and one with faculty. So if you say that you don't agree to a student one, you only have to meet with faculty; its not that you have a choice of either or. But in these applications, optional means mandatory. They don't want to see that you refuse to talk to a studnet that might be ur future classmate. Don't worry, student interviews are nothing. Usually, they're given by first or second years who remember how it felt to be interviewed, and they're very informal. Don't worry, prepare more for the faculty oneyyd said:I was invited to interview at SUNY Upstate in January, and today I received a letter asking me whether I'd give permission to be interviewed by a student (I understand that it is optional). Are interviews with a med student different in any way from interviews with a faculty? Since I am given a choice, should I pick to be interviewed by faculty only or it does not matter? I am an older applicant with a graduate degree in biosciences, not a traditional pre-med.