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If you've applied to let's say 7 programs and an interviewer asks you how many schools you've applied to, does applying to more than a few programs leave a negative impression? Of course, I believe honesty is the best policy.  I know everyone will have a different opinion.  Just curious to know other perspectives. Thanks!

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22 minutes ago, JuliaC said:

If you've applied to let's say 7 programs and an interviewer asks you how many schools you've applied to, does applying to more than a few programs leave a negative impression? Of course, I believe honesty is the best policy.  I know everyone will have a different opinion.  Just curious to know other perspectives. Thanks!

I got asked this question for several interviews. My answer was always the same, I applied to several schools that I knew I’d be competitive for. Gaining acceptance to PA school is difficult, somewhat unpredictable too if you’re accepted or waitlisted. Every year it gets more competitive and most programs factor in diversity of the cohort along with stats. You’re just ensuring you don’t put all your eggs in one basket I don’t think it’s necessarily a negative impression. Adcoms turn down highly qualified applicants every year. But tying back to the question I would go into details what I looked for in programs and how this program I’m interviewing fulfills that checklist, talk about the unique things about this program and why you’d attend this program over others if given a seat. 

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26 minutes ago, Guest5798 said:

I got asked this question for several interviews. My answer was always the same, I applied to several schools that I knew I’d be competitive for. Gaining acceptance to PA school is difficult, somewhat unpredictable too if you’re accepted or waitlisted. Every year it gets more competitive and most programs factor in diversity of the cohort along with stats. You’re just ensuring you don’t put all your eggs in one basket I don’t think it’s necessarily a negative impression. Adcoms turn down highly qualified applicants every year. But tying back to the question I would go into details what I looked for in programs and how this program I’m interviewing fulfills that checklist, talk about the unique things about this program and why you’d attend this program over others if given a seat. 

Thank you for the insightful response!  Much appreciated. 🙂

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