I had my SUNY interview yesterday -- my first one. Everything went well, and I was much more impressed with the school than the first time I toured it (though that was over the summer a year ago, and there weren't any students around). There were 3 people (including me) in my interview group for the morning. The first thing we were asked to do was write a short essay answering a question -- it took me about 10 minutes, but I think we had 20 to do it in so it wasn't rushed. (I hope they don't use it for a handwriting analysis -- my handwriting is pretty psycho.) The personal interview was next. They took us in the order we arrived that morning for an individual half-hour interview with a 3-person panel. The panel was all teaching faculty, with one guy that seemed to be the senior (and crabby) guy while the other two were younger and more friendly. I was impressed at how well they knew my file -- they had clearly gone over my transcript, application and personal essay and asked me many detailed questions about each one. They each asked questions to show my interest and knowledge in the profession, and some opinion questions -- the usual. It is a very formal old-school interview, they even did the good-cop-bad-cop style thing with me -- asking me to explain my (not so stellar) organic lecture grade, and to defend some of my opinions beyond just stating them. I didn't get a lot of "non-verbal" feedback from the interviewers -- they were pleasant, but I didn't leave feeling like I aced it, and neither did the other two in my group. That isn't bad (I felt like I did fine), it's just the way formal interviews feel. Next we had a financial aid/housing overview from financial aid, and then a tour with a faculty member from the panel. Their facilities are nice, class sizes are very small, *lots* of specialized faculty. Everything is in the one building in midtown (great location) -- the "vertical campus" they call it. The Clinic is right there, too. Finally we had lunch with a student (we had ordered from a menu when we first got in that morning). That was very nice. The student was a 2nd-year who was very involved in student organizations. She gave us a short tour of the couple places we'd missed when we ran out of time with the faculty member (really nice of her), and then we ate lunch and asked her questions. That part of it was really nice -- she gave me a great impression of the school through her enthusiasm for it. Overall, a nice interview experience. If anyone is going there for an interview later and has any questions, let me know!