Midwestern, CCP (c/o 2020)

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New application cycle, so I figured I'd start a thread for the class of 2020.
Good luck everyone! Feel free to ask any questions you have.

I'm currently going into my PS-2 year, and I know there's a lot of other current students on SDN.

Here's links to the past few threads, in case you get bored and want to see what other people have asked. :p
Class of 2019 thread: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/midwestern-ccp-c-o-2019.1095625/
Class of 2018 thread: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/midwestern-ccp-c-o-2018.1012465/
Class of 2017 thread: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/midwestern-ccp-c-o-2017.947581/

Again, good luck! :luck:

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Hey lunesta,


I should start off by saying that I am in my current position because I was not very smart about choosing classes or a career path throughout most of undergrad. I was originally a Biology (Pre-Med) major for 2 years at Elmhurst College before transferring as a Chemistry major (Pre-Pharm) to UIC last year. My cGPA is ~3.2 (sGPA is ~2.7) and that's after 4 W's (however, the pharm school that I am applying to isn't concerned unless it's 8+ W's). I have approximately 150 hours of volunteer work at a local hospital (~50 hours being in an outpatient pharmacy as a volunteer pharm tech). In addition, I worked for UIC’s campus housing as a summer housing assistant this summer (only for a month, ended up resigning due to summer classes).

I am going to be a regular senior at UIC this coming semester and I am working on a BA Chemistry degree. I am hoping to start pharmacy school at Midwestern University CCP in fall 2016, if I get accepted. Here is my dilemma:


1. I am registered to take the PCAT on Friday, September 18th, 2015. I have been studying on and off for the past week but am hoping to study more intensively for the remaining days leading up to the test date.


2. There is a very good chance that I will not be able to graduate on time if I do not take 5 classes/semester. This may not sound so bad but I have to study for the PCAT concurrently and the classes are as follows (note: ALL of these are required for the degree EXCEPT for Intro to Communications, which is a Midwestern CCP prereq):


Fall 2015

PChem I (I hear it’s easier at UIC but still a tough subject)
Intro to Communications (easy)
Anatomy & Phys I w/ lab (moderate-hard)
Music History (easy)
Italian 3 (probably easy)


Spring 2016

PChem II (different professor than PChem I, probably a great deal more difficult overall)
PChem I Lab (can't be taken concurrently with PChem I, unfortunately)
**Analytical Chem w/lab (only 1 professor, 2.0 average on RateMyProfessors.com based on 19 reviews)
Chem Elective (it’s a toss-up)
Italian 4 (probably alright)


Summer 2016 (MAYBE)

**Inorganic Chem w/ lab (it’s a toss-up)

** denotes substituting one course for another

With all of that being said, would it be worth it for me to continue on and get my BA Chemistry degree or should I just complete the pre-reqs for Midwestern CCP and take additional, somewhat easier classes to boost my cGPA/sGPA (cGPA to ~3.3, sGPA to ~3.0 by the end of this semester, at most), so that I don’t kill myself with the tentative schedule that I listed above? My parents would definitely not be happy if I stayed an extra semester, and I really do not want to make them pay more for my own stupidity. They have been fully supporting me financially throughout college, so I already feel terrible for all of the mishaps that I have had. I should mention that the only semester that I took four classes was first semester of freshman year. Ever since then, it’s been three classes per semester (one semester was two classes >_<). I offset this a little bit by taking a summer course each year (but two this year, actually). Like I said, I was not very smart about choosing classes… Anyway, please let me know. Thank you!
 
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My opinion would be that it depends on how your PCAT goes. I know MANY people who have gotten in with GPAs similar to yours, so I wouldn't be too worried about that. I would stay on track for your BA (at least for this semester) and take the PCAT. Then, apply to Midwestern stating that you are expecting to earn your degree in Spring/Summer. After interviews/acceptances go out, you can then decide if you really want to continue for your degree. After Midwestern accepts you, you can decide to opt out of your bachelors. You just need to let the admissions office know, and they won't take back your acceptance offer. But really, I'd try to finish up your BA before coming here. If it gets too crazy, you can always drop the degree and just finish your prereqs. So I guess my advice would be to try and do as well as you can on the PCAT, and apply as early as possible. With the rolling admissions here, the earlier you apply, the more spots available. Hope this helps.
 
Did anyone get interview dates for Midwestern CCP yet?
 
Ya I heard on 8/28 for an interview on 10/7.
 
Ivi,

How long did it take you to receive an interview invitation after submitting your app?
 
For those who interviewed on 10/7, have you heard any news yet? I'm impatiently waiting :nailbiting:!!
 
Does anyone know how Midwestern CCP and GCP look at multiple PCAT scores? For example, do they take the highest composite score, the most recent score, or mix and match best subject scores (chem, math, etc)?

Good luck to everyone!! :)
 
I was just accepted, check your portal!!! :)

I interviewed on 10/7
 
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Do you remember any questions they asked? Also what did you say as to why Midwestern?

Thanks All!!
 
Do you remember any questions they asked? Also what did you say as to why Midwestern?

Thanks All!!

They asked the typical questions during my interview:
Introductions
Why Midwestern?
What are qualities that a pharmacist should have? How have you displayed these attributes?
What is a problem facing pharmacy and how would you solve it?
I think some questions may be escaping my memory at the moment, but there is a link on SDN to see more of the questions that are asked during interviews.
I was most surprised at what they told us prior to the interview starting, the interviewers told us they did not have/or seen our applications at that point and were only going off of the interview questions and responses.
Although I was nervous, they were very nice! And make sure to have some questions prepared to ask the interviewers.
 
i was accepted too :) - i dont know if i will be depositing though - kinda expensive, but its always a back up - GREAT campus though - questions were, why pharmacy, qualities of pharmacist and so on
 
I got accepted too! However I will be giving up my seat.
 
do yall mind sharing your stats? im applying this year and midwestern is my top 1 choice. i have a 3.5 overall gpa, 3.4 science gpa, 1.5 yrs as retail pharm tech, currently volunteering as pharm tech in a hospital pharmacy, 3 years working retail, and worked at an outpatient rehab as a receptionist for 8 months. im taking the pcat this thursday and i think ill score maybe on the 50-70 range. my major concern is that i dont have a bachelors degree and not a lot of extracurricular since i've been working while going to school. idk. just really nervous!
 
No need to be nervous!
Your stats and your experience will be a great and positive help. Also not very difficult to get admitted if you have the true passion, experience/extracurriculars, great letters of recommendation and great personal statement. Just make everything else high as possible. I applied to 5 schools and have interviews for 4 already. Don't listen to the people that tell you it's hard, it's only hard if you believe it's hard but if you do it you will find out that it's not really that hard at all. Just BELIEVE my friend!!
 
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3.57 Cum. GPA
3.53 Science GPA
61 Composite PCAT (only took it once, but I figured I would see how interviews went before I decided to retest or not)
I do have extracurcullars and pharmacy technician experience. Also, I will be completing my bachelor's in the spring in biological science.
I was accepted to Midwestern CCP earlier this month and Rosalind Franklin last month.

Looking forward to seeing my fellow Midwestern CCP classmates soon!!
 
Hi all just got accepted at mwu
interviewed in October and just got accepted.
My stats 3.58 c 3.55 s
85th percentile pcat
Loved the campus it was graduate students only, looking forward to starting in the fall here.
Message me with questions if you got any ill try to be around to help! see ya in the fall for those who got accepted!!
 
Hey all,

I have an interview on 12/9 I was wondering if you all had suggestions about:
1.) what hotel to stay at
2.) which airport to fly in
3.) when I should fly in/out (considering I am working as a pharm tech right now, with a boss who SHOULD be cool with me leaving since he knows I'm applying)
4.) any other tips on the interview? I heard it was a group interview from my boss (who applied 2007)

Thanks in advance for the help!!
 
1. Any hotel close by and there are a ****ton around(, it's all great neighborhoods around here). Also doesn't MW give some hotel suggestions or discounts?? Call and ask them??

2. Fly O'Hare and take a taxi or rent a car....campus is just down highway 294

3. Fly in the day before, 12/8 and leave 12/9 as interview will be done by 2 so have a flight after 4....unless you want to go downtown and parteee ;)

4. Pointless interview, waste of time and nothing to worry about....just know why Midwestern(tell them something about team learning/taking classes with other med students and interdisciplinary stuff :) and know how to BS if something comes up but no tricky questions really.
 
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How many days do you have to respond back once you get accepted and what's the deposit amount???
 
Hi everyone! congrats to those who recently got accepted. I just got an email from Midwestern this morning that my application is complete and they would contact me with their decision to interview or not. How long did it take for you guys to hear anything back after this?
 
Hi everyone! congrats to those who recently got accepted. I just got an email from Midwestern this morning that my application is complete and they would contact me with their decision to interview or not. How long did it take for you guys to hear anything back after this?


How long did you wait for the information from Midwestern since you filled the PharmCAS application ?
 
How long did you wait for the information from Midwestern since you filled the PharmCAS application ?
my pharmcas was verified late Friday, they emailed me yesterday to complete the application portal which I did, and I received another email from them this morning that the application was complete.
 
my pharmcas was verified late Friday, they emailed me yesterday to complete the application portal which I did, and I received another email from them this morning that the application was complete.

And when did YOU send your application to PharmCAS ?
 
I attended interviews at two different type of schools, semester and quarters. I am trying to decide whether quarter system is a good or not? I never went through the quarter system and have always used the standard 16 weeks semester system. How is quarter system different in Pharmacy school like Midwestern? I know it's fast paced since it's 10 weeks but what else is different? I'm thinking semester would be better since I would get little bit more time to absorb materials, review, memorize, and study materials. What do you guys think?
 
Pretty much exams every week and quizzes and fast pace.....**** ain't fun but 1000s of kids do it so its doable but just not fun....I'm also choosing semester over quarter but 3 of my interviews are quarter and only 1 semester so the odds are in my favor....I think ?!?
 
Is there a train from o'hare to the school? And a train from school to downtown? I got an interview for dec 11 and flying in from out of state. Just wondering what's the cheapest and easiest way to get around.
 
No train from O'Hare to Midwestern so taxi or rent a car. There is a train to downtown but it's not close by so a car is still needed. But it's all straight highway driving from O'Hare to Midwestern to downtown.
 
Hey!! I submitted my app on 11/07/15! Still waiting on confirmation that they have received my app. Anyone else wait this long?
 
Hey all,

I have an interview on 12/9 I was wondering if you all had suggestions about:
1.) what hotel to stay at
2.) which airport to fly in
3.) when I should fly in/out (considering I am working as a pharm tech right now, with a boss who SHOULD be cool with me leaving since he knows I'm applying)
4.) any other tips on the interview? I heard it was a group interview from my boss (who applied 2007)

Thanks in advance for the help!!
message me if you still need help with these
 
Hey!! I submitted my app on 11/07/15! Still waiting on confirmation that they have received my app. Anyone else wait this long?
I would call them or email them for a friendly update. I don't believe mine took that long.
 
Hey guys! silly question...Is it recommended to wear a winter coat on top of our professional business suits for the campus tour? ...I dont want to be stuck holding my coat all day either : /
 
Hey guys! silly question...Is it recommended to wear a winter coat on top of our professional business suits for the campus tour? ...I dont want to be stuck holding my coat all day either : /
I dont think you'd like to freeze during the campus tour :laugh:
 
Hi all! I interviewed in October and received an acceptance email after 3 weeks. I'm so excited!!!! Can't wait to start:) Any suggestions for housing? I will be moving there from Arizona.
 
There are no bad neighborhoods around the school so any surrounding cities if you can drive and find a great deal is worth looking at:)
 
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There are no bad neighborhoods around the school so any surrounding cities if you can drive and find a great deal is worth looking at. Or you can say with me, I live just down the road :)
Hey! are you a guy or a girl? A friend and I will be attending the school next year and we are looking for a place to stay if you have room.
 
Hey fellow future classmates! Congrats on your acceptances! Does anyone know if they are going to make a Facebook page for our class of 2020?
 
So I finally did my interview on the 9th and they only asked my group 3 questions :wtf: after that we just asked them questions for about 15-18 minutes. Nervous wondering if we all did bad:slap:
 
So I finally did my interview on the 9th and they only asked my group 3 questions :wtf: after that we just asked them questions for about 15-18 minutes. Nervous wondering if we all did bad:slap:
Did you hear back from the school yet?
For the group interview, did you guys answer the questions in the order or what because I never have a group interview before? and what kind of questions did you have?
Thanks
 
Did you hear back from the school yet?
For the group interview, did you guys answer the questions in the order or what because I never have a group interview before? and what kind of questions did you have?
Thanks

I got accepted here in November and I really like the school. The questions were very basic like why pharmacy, where do you see the future of pharmacy heading, etc. And for the group interview I always made sure I went first so no one can copy my answers, but I heard some groups go in order. Hope this helps and good luck!
 
I got accepted here in November and I really like the school. The questions were very basic like why pharmacy, where do you see the future of pharmacy heading, etc. And for the group interview I always made sure I went first so no one can copy my answers, but I heard some groups go in order. Hope this helps and good luck!
Thanks for your info
 
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Hey guys, i have my interview this weekend. would anyone be so kind to lend me any tips from their experiences with the interview? I would GREATLY appreciate it. =) Also, what did everyone do all day at the interview? great tips above thanks
 
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Hey guys, i have my interview this weekend. would anyone be so kind to lend me any tips from their experiences with the interview? I would GREATLY appreciate it. =) Also, what did everyone do all day at the interview? great tips above thanks
Answer early, but don't always go first it looks overanxious. Read the interview questions on this website. Thats what I used and I'm going to be attending this school next year so it was definitely helpful.
 
Had my interview on 12/11. Heard back from them a couple weeks later by mail -- was put on the alternate list. Anybody else on the alternate list??

They asked my group 2 questions:
1. Describe a time you demonstrated leadership.
2. What is a problem you see pharmacy facing?

For the writing portion they give you 30 mins to answer 2 prompts. Mine was somewhere along the lines of:
1. What would you do if a classmate was constantly in class?
2. What volunteer work was most memorable to you and why?

Whether you do the interview or writing portion first depends on what group you're in. They give you a folder at the beginning with your group #.

In my group interview of 5, it was not like a discussion format. People took turns answering in nonspecific order. We kind of switched orders for each question. The remaining time was used to ask them any questions we had.

The interview was concluded with an optional tour and lunch given by students so it will not affect your chances of getting in.
 
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