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Medical Education
Admissions

Interview

If you have received an invitation for an interview at UCSF, congratulations! We hope you will choose to visit the campus and learn more about the medical school. The interview process gives us an excellent opportunity to get to know you better, while it offers you a chance to interview us, ask questions, sit-in on a class or two, and meet current students, staff and faculty.

What to do

  1. If you have been been invited to interview at UCSF, your invitation will include instructions for scheduling your interview. Should you have any questions, please call the Admissions Office at 415-476-4044, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  2. Read the information below to plan the logistics of your visit to UCSF.

Important Information

Travel Information

We have offered a number of suggestions below. You may also visit 511.org for transportation information for the entire Bay Area, including all public transit systems and links to ground transportation to and from San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose airports. You can enter UCSF as your destination on the 511 Trip Planner for a customized transit routing.

If you are arriving by air

The Bay Area has three commercial airports: San Francisco International, Oakland International and Mineta San Jose International. Flying into Oakland is sometimes less expensive than the other airports. There are convenient transportation options from San Francisco International and Oakland International.

Many visitors find that one of the private door-to-door van services is the most convenient transportation option for the price (approximately $14-$79). Vans leave about every 10-15 minutes from each of the airports and drop you off at your exact destination. Note that some van services require advance reservations. Public transportation takes longer, but costs only $5-$15.

Contact information for van services, car rentals and other transportation options are available on each airport's website. Airport public transit information, including point-to-point routing is available at 511.org.

If you are driving

Street parking is very limited near campus. You can park near 25th Avenue and Judah (watch out for street cleaning days/times) and take the N-Judah streetcar inbound to campus ($2.75 - exact change only). Public parking is available on campus and currently costs $32 per day. Please note that UCSF School of Medicine does not validate parking.

If you are taking public transportation

You can use our suggestions below about using public transportation, or consult the 511 Trip Planner:

  • From the East Bay, take BART (SF/Airport or SF/Daly City trains) to the Civic Center station. Go up one level and take the N-Judah Muni Metro outbound ($2.75 - exact change only) to the UC Medical Center stop at 2nd Avenue.
  • From Palo Alto/Stanford areas, take the Caltrain ($6.00 or $14.00 day pass) to the last stop, 4th and King streets in San Francisco. Take the N-Judah Muni Metro outbound ($2.75 - exact change only) to the UC Medical Center stop at 2nd Avenue.
  • From SFO, follow signs to the BART station (International Terminal, Garage G/BART AirTrain Station). Take a Dublin/Pleasanton bound BART train to the Civic Center station ($8.95 each way - cash/coins/ATM/Credit Card). Go up one level and take the N-Judah Muni Metro outbound ($2.75 - exact change only) to the UC Medical Center stop at 2nd Avenue.
  • From Oakland International Airport, take BART at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station. At the BART station, purchase a BART ticket and take a SF Airport, Millbrae, Daly City or Colma bound train to the Civic Center station. Go up one level and take the N-Judah Muni Metro outbound ($2.75 - exact change only) to the UC Medical Center stop at 2nd Avenue.
  • Important: You must have proof of payment on the Muni Metro, so be sure to ask for a transfer from the driver. Transit authorities fine passengers who do not have proof of payment. After exiting the N-Judah at 2nd Avenue, enter the parking garage across the street and take an elevator up to level B1. Walk down the hallway and take the stairs or elevator up one flight to Parnassus Avenue. At Parnassus, cross the street, head right, and look for UC Hall, 533 Parnassus Avenue. The Medical School Admissions Office is on the fourth floor, room U-426.

Where to Stay

Whenever possible, current medical students may host applicants the night before their interviews at UCSF. Once you have selected an interview date, more information about student hosting will be made available on your Application Status page. Applicants who would like information about other accommodations near the campus can visit the Campus Housing website for guest houses and hotels that welcome UCSF visitors.

Interview Day Schedule

Check-in

Please arrive at 8:00 am for your orientation at 533 Parnassus Avenue, room U-420, unless you are notified otherwise. A continental breakfast will be available.

We will give you specific information about your interview times and locations, a class schedule, and other pertinent information about your interview day.

Interviews (Between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm - times vary)

Whenever possible, interviewees are granted two interviews. The average interview lasts 40 minutes but varies according to individual interviewers and applicants. Interviews are conducted without prior review of your file. This means that the interviewers do not have any information about your past performance or activities. At least one interviewer will be a member of our faculty, and the other may or may not be a medical student. Since medical school commitments preclude student interviews for all applicants, other opportunities are provided for you to meet and talk with medical students.

Lunch

We will provide a lunch voucher and direct you to Moffitt Cafe to buy your lunch. If schedules allow, a third or fourth-year medical student will join you to talk about the clinical years.

Campus Tour

All interviewees will meet after lunch for a campus tour conducted by one of our current medical students. This is an excellent opportunity to gain information about UCSF, student life on and off campus, and the community.

Classes

You will receive a course schedule in your interview day folder. If you interview during finals or holidays and are unable to visit classes, we encourage you to come back another time.

Free Time to Explore

You are welcome to explore any areas of special interest on your own with the map included in your materials. We encourage you to visit the Student Lounge in the Medical Sciences Building, Room S-245, where you will find medical students happy to chat with you.

Around San Francisco

If your visit allows you to spend extra time in San Francisco, we encourage you to explore some of San Francisco's wonderful sights and neighborhoods. In particular, Golden Gate Park is a beautiful oasis only a few blocks from UCSF. To learn more about this and other attractions, events, restaurants and more, visit the San Francisco Visitor Center website.

Student Groups

To learn more about student associations and groups at UCSF, please visit the following Web sites:

 

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