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Interview FAQ

Who is offered an interview?

Applicants are selected by the Admissions Committee. All interviews invitations are sent via email.

Does an invitation indicate that my file is complete?

An invitation to interview may be extended before your application file is complete. It is suggested that you check with our office periodically to be certain that all required materials are in your file.

When are interviews held?

Interviews are conducted on weekdays from September through January.

Is there an advantage to interviewing early in the season?

Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Therefore, it is in the applicant’s best interest to schedule their interview as soon as possible after the invitation is received. Submitting all required application materials early will increase the chances of an early interview invitation.

Do I have to come to Iowa for an interview?

On-campus personal interviews are required for admission. Phone interviews are not an option. Regional site interviews are not available.

What happens on interview day?

The day begins with a short orientation session and will include financial aid information. An informal lunch and tour of the Carver College of Medicine are hosted by members of the Medical Student Ambassadors. Your interview will be conducted by two College of Medicine faculty members who will meet together with you for approximately 25 minutes. You will also have the opportunity to meet informally with an admissions officer who can answer any questions.

What is the interview like?

While faculty are free to ask any questions during the 25  minute interview, the Admissions Committee has requested that faculty consider the following issues in a structured format: your interest in a medical career, personal characteristics that will help you in your career, how you deal with difficult situations, and your ability to show compassion for others. An unstructured, less formal time follows the structured portion. Your interviewers will not have seen your academic record or MCAT scores. The interview will occur around the middle of your day.

How do I dress?

Professional dress is encouraged. We also suggest wearing comfortable shoes for the tour. Weather in Iowa can be unpredictable, so come prepared for anything! Applicants interviewing from December through January may need boots and warm coats.

May a friend or relative accompany me?

Because space is limited, we are unable to accommodate additional persons.

Where are the interviews held and how do I get there?

Arrive at the Carver College of Medicine Admissions Office, which is on the first floor of the Medical Education and Research Facility on 375 Newton Road (mapquest). The majority of the day will be spent in this building.

Driving Directions and Parking - From Interstate 80

  • Exit South on First Ave/VA Medical Center (Exit 242)
  • Follow First Avenue to Second Street/Highway 6
  • Left on Second Street/Highway 6
  • Right on Hawkins Drive
  • Left on Elliott Drive
  • Right on Newton Road past the VA Hospital (on the North side)
  • Enter into Ramp main entrance on the North side of Newton Road after the VA Hospital
  • The most convenient parking facility is the Newton Road Ramp (Lot 10) which is located on the North side of Newton Road across the street from the Medical Education and Research Facility (on the South side).
  • Parking Rates at the Newton Road Parking Ramp.

Where can I stay while in Iowa City?

A complete listing of local accommodations may be found on the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Go to individual lodging sites to find rates, amenities, location, availability, and to make reservations.

Many motels and inns in the area offer transportation to the hospital. Look for one that does and save on cab fare or parking fees. Special hospital rates are offered by many lodging facilities. When making reservations, mention that you are here for a medical college interview at the University of Iowa Hospitals and ask for the "hospital rates." Overnight lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the applicant.

The Applicant Housing Program allows you to stay with University of Iowa medical students. Housing is for one night only and is subject to availability of medical students, with a minimum of two-week notice prior to the date of your arrival. The interviewee is responsible for their transportation to and from the place they are staying. Please complete the applicant housing program form.

Where can I park if I drive?

The most convenient parking facility will be Ramp 10 which is located on Newton Road just north of the Medical Education and Research Facility. Four additional parking ramps are available near the entrances to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

What about bus service?

The Megabus travels from Chicago, Des Moines and Omaha to Iowa City.  For more information, call 1-877-462-6342.

Where is the nearest airport?

The nearest airport offering commercial flights is Cedar Rapids Eastern Iowa Airport, 25 miles north of Iowa City. Phone (800) 523-1100 or (319) 362-8336.

What airlines service Eastern Iowa Airport?

Airlines Servicing the Eastern Iowa Airport

Allegiant Air  Las Vegas 
St. Petersburg/Tampa
(702) 505-8888
American  Chicago(800) 433-7300
Delta/ComairCincinnati(800) 221-1212
FrontierDenver    (800) 432-1359
United  Chicago & Denver(800) 241-6522

Is it possible to get less expensive rates at airports further away?

Sometimes better rates are available at other airports, however you would need a vehicle to drive into Iowa City.

What other airports are in the area?

Other Area Airports

CityDistanceDrive time
Moline, IL (QCIA)60 miles east1 hour
Waterloo, IA (ALO)75 miles north1.25 hours
Des Moines, IA (DSM)112 miles west1.7 hours
Peoria, IL (PIA)160 miles east2.7 hours
Bloomington, IL (BMI)200 miles east3.3 hours
Chicago, IL (ORD)220 miles east4 hours
Omaha, NE (OMA)250 miles west4.4 hours
St. Louis, MO (STL)270 miles south4.7 hours
Kansas City, MO (MCI)300 miles south5 hours

What about special flight deals?

Many lower fares are offered on the Internet. Check the following websites: orbitz.com, lowestfare.com, priceline.com, expedia.com, hotwire.com, or travelocity.com.

Is airport shuttle service available?

Private shuttle service is available from the Eastern Iowa Airport to and from Iowa City. Prices are about $75 cash round trip.

Airport Shuttle Services

ServicePhone number
Airport Shuttle Service
Cedar Rapids 
Iowa City
(800) 725-8460
(319) 365-0655
(319) 337-2349
Express Limousine Service (800) 814-8008 
(319) 358-8000
Airport Super Shuttle:(800) 383-2219
(319) 626-5466
Eastern Iowa Shuttle Services: Moline Airport 

Is taxicab shuttle service available?

Taxicab Service

ServicePhone number
Black and Gold Cab(319) 936-4046
Century Cab(319) 365-0505
Redline Cab(319) 631-5146
Yellow Cab of Cedar Rapids(319) 365-1444
Yellow Cab of Iowa City(319) 338-9777

What rental car services are available?

Rental Car Services

ServicePhone number
At the airport:  
Avis(319) 366-6418
Budget(800) 527-7000
Hertz(319) 365-7498
National(319) 363-0249
In Iowa City (may be less expensive)   
Budget(319) 351-4529
Enterprise (319) 358-7000

How does one travel around Iowa City?

Transportation Around Iowa City

Cambus UI Transit Free319-335-8653
Iowa City Transit System$1.00319-356-5151
Coralville Transit System$1.00319-351-7711
Old Capitol Cabvaries319-354-7662
Yellow Cabvaries319-338-9777
Black and Gold Cab varies319-887-1976