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General Admissions & OTCAS OT Midwestern univeristy interview

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  1. OTquestions

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    Hi!

    I was wondering if anyone has insight on the interview process at Midwestern Univeristy. Potential questions? Timeline on a decision following the interview?

    Thank you!
     
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  3. MamabearOT

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    Bump! Same

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  4. FutureOTofSunnyCA

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    Hi,

    I had an interview for MWU on January 25th and was not accepted, unfortunately. They sent the letter out on Feb 5th. They did mention that they would notify you by email first if you were to be accepted into the program. I kind of knew I was rejected when I got a letter in the mail.

    First, you meet with the director. She makes sure that all your material is in place before you have your interview with two faculty members.

    I interviewed with a small group of 7 people. I assumed it was a group interview at first but it was just one-on-one.

    I spoke with another interviewee and she believes that they have filled up half their spots already.

    Good luck!
     
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  5. OTquestions

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    I’m sorry to here that. Did you think the interview went well? Where else did you apply? Hopefully better luck with those schools.
     
  6. MamabearOT

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    I'm sorry to hear that, SunnyCA. I agree with the poster below, you will find your perfect fit.

    Did you really like the program? Did you get to talk to any current students during your interview day? I'm trying to figure out what we are going to do for 5 hours if it's just one interview session. Was it lengthy? I would think they would check to make sure all candidate materials were in place prior to inviting us for an interview. What did they check for? It would be very frustrating if they over looked a requirement that you or I didn't meet AFTER we booked flights to come for an interview haha. Please share more about these "materials."

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  7. OTquestions

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    If you had any outstanding prerequisites at the time of application they would ask you to update them on that. They also discuss any Cs you may have. Super quick 2-3 min meeting. It is a LOT of waiting around. Waiting to get called for a 30 min tour or 30 min interview. Once all interviews are complete You have lunch with current students, have an info session with the director, and Q&A with financial aid. It began at 8 am and ended at around 2 pm.
     
  8. MamabearOT

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    It is nice that you had a 30min interview. I had 2 10 min interviews at another school and they were both timed. I didn't have any time to ask them any of the questions that I had prepared and they had a set of questions they had to ask me that didn't really seem personalized at all. One of the faculty that interviewed me questioned why I had been shadowing for so long. It was kind of wierd having to defend myself for being interested for so long in the field.

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  9. FutureOTofSunnyCA

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    I did like the program. I feel like it would’ve prepared me for the workforce. I was told by the tour guide that MWU is only a graduate school. There is only one undergrad program for biology, but that’s it. It seems like the program would give me the attention and support I need from faculty since it is a small student to faculty ratio.

    My interview was about 30 mins. There was a lot of waiting around. We took a tour of the whole school and was able to have lunch with the current OT students (1 current student at each table/there was only 2 tables).

    I was asked to be on campus at 7:45AM and I was done around 1:30PM.
     
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  10. MamabearOT

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    That is interesting. I interviewed at another school that was similar--it had only one undergrad program for nursing.

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  11. COtoVA

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    I was accepted to MidWestern. Please know that their tuition is $110k and their Master’s program is 132.5 credit hours (which is equivalent to doctorate degrees but you’re still getting a Master’s). Most Master’s programs are around 80 credit hours. Best of luck on the interview!
     
  12. MamabearOT

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    I wonder why that is. Seems ridiculous.

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  13. COtoVA

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    That’s why I chose to accept a seat at another school. They were half the price and had 50 less credit hours! At the end of the day, the school’s job is to help you pass the boards. What school you went to doesn’t really matter much, in my opinion. Hard to justify MidWestern when I could two degrees for the price of one!
     
  14. MamabearOT

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    Amen to that. Where did you decide to go instead?

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  15. missalyss55

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    Hello! I had my interview at Midwestern in January 5th and was accepted on January 8th.

    There were two different faculty members that you could have interviewed with, and I happened to get along really well with mine! My advice would be to talk about some ideas you have for your capstone project. Felt like they really liked that.

    After the long interview with the faculty member, I had a shorter one with the director of admissions who is also an OT. It was kind of nice having the two different OTs to talk to, as both of them had different personalities and interests. I think the reason why the interview was so long was just a lot of waiting for people to be interviewed. I had a great chat with the people in my group!

    The director of the program came in to talk to us. She was really cool and has done a lot of breakthrough work on sensory processing. I really liked her, and we got to ask her questions. Then, some students took us to lunch and we asked them questions about the program.

    All in all, I really liked the program! They have some great resources and the professors are all crazy smart. I did decline my acceptance, just as I fell in love with a different program.

    I hope this helps!
     
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    Thank you so much for sharing about your experience. Do you remember the names of the faculty you interviewed with? Did they bring up the capstone project or did you?

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  17. ZachMXafOT

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    Thank you for this thread, great insight. Is this for the AZ or IL campus? I know same program/school, just curious. Thanks, this will be my one and only school I apply to for the next cycle.
     
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  18. ZachMXafOT

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    Would you mind sharing your stats, even if just through a message here instead of post, this is my one and only school for next cycle. I met with admissions before I left for my deployment and they gave me a sense of my chances of acceptance just trying to get an idea.
     
  19. MamabearOT

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    Zach which campus are you interested in?

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  20. ZachMXafOT

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    IL, I'm from the area.
     
  21. missalyss55

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    Undergraduate University: University of Maryland - College Park
    Degree: Psychology/Human Development Minor
    Cumulative GPA: 3.6
    Last 60: 3.8
    Prerequisite GPA ~3.62
    GRE
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    152 Q, 154 V, 5.0 W

    Applying to: UIC, Rush, Midwestern in IL, Belmont, Pitt, Elmhurst College, Temple, Thomas Jefferson, Nova Southeastern

    Work:
    - rehab clinical assistant at Lurie Children's Hospital
    - student organization resource specialist at UMD
    - recreation assistant at a special recreation association
    Volunteer/Extracurriculars:
    - Volunteered in old age homes in Jerusalem, Israel for 1 month
    - Volunteer at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC
    - Worked in a psychology lab for two semesters
    - Tour guide at UMD
    - Started anti-bullying program at my sorority's local chapter and brought it to Girls Inc of Maryland
    - student intern in a private pediatric clinic in Washington, DC for an intensive OT camp


    Observation experience:
    - 19 hours in school setting, 112 in private peds clinic, 24 in inpatient rehab hospital (brain injury), 20 in OP hand clinic, 85 in OP peds hospital
    Total: 260 hours

    Misc: CPR/AED certified, made Deans List for 6 out of 8 semesters, member of Psi Chi national honors society, partook in an intensive Spanish immersion program in Madrid, Spain for one semester
    References:
    - Head OT at peds clinic
    - professor that I was a research assistant for/took cognitive development class with
    - manager at special recreation association
     
  22. missalyss55

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    No, I can't remember! I integrated my ideas into the questions that they asked me. (and this is for the IL campus)
     
  23. ZachMXafOT

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    Thank you. Well now I feel like poop. Congrats.
     

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