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  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center School of Dental and Oral Surgery
  • Dental School
  • New York
Individual Feedback 5 109 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 83
Negatively 6
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.55 109

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.68 71

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.82 71

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 6
15 minutes 11
20 minutes 15
25 minutes 16
30 minutes 28
35 minutes 8
40 minutes 10
45 minutes 8
50 minutes 1
55 minutes 1
60+ minutes 4

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 106
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 105
In a group 1

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 100
Closed file 4

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.05 106

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about your dental school in your home country" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sparked your interest in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I tell the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee? (Wrote my answer down word for word)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you been up to lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the DAT" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was your first year at your undergrad institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do we know you are 100% set on dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your extracurricular activities: clarinet and ceramics. Who's your favorite music writer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this activity that you've done." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you couldn't get into dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done to ensure you can handle to course load?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry, Why Columbia" More from this Member | Report Response

"?Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So tell me about these schools here (I had gone to more than one college)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry? (I had been working since graduation)" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you went to these schools? Tell me about them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think your school is better than others?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is Columbia your first choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"just general questions about why dentistry. Very laid back interview" More from this Member | Report Response

""Do you have any questions about what Dr. Davis talked about during Orientation?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"about the dental school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan to specialize?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why columbia? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Your science GPA and DAT scores are very high. So, what do you want me to ask? So, I could suggest some questions:)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are many dentists in your family, tell me about your dental experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do now? (I am currently not in school)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"went over a lot of activities i'd mentioned in my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do beside school work" More from this Member | Report Response

"How well do you feel your undergraduate school prepared you for your graduate studies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was the drive here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your top choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to marry yourself, would you do it, why or why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your outreach activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was your flight here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your extracurricular experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like about Columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your grades. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do outside of school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 5 years? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your hobbies." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why app so late" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, nothing academicly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Columbia" More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions about Columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you doing this year? Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see your self in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you want to specialize?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your major." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry and not medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you want to be remembered? (yes, when you die. that was a cheerful question, esp given the neighbourhood. I guess it they were being realistic.)" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Which branch of dentistry excites you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about living/working here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you have overcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you expect to pay for dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any lab research experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you considered the financial aspect of dental school? (E.g. loans, grants)" More from this Member | Report Response

"You're a musician, tell me more about instruments you've played." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your admission's process going?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your study habits." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to Columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you like to come to New York?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about past activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other career paths did you explore?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest achievement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"conversation about my job and..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do on your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, what did you do at ___? (My undergrad)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a volunteer activity you are involved with." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies? , Do you play any instruments? Asked about one of my volunteer works. " More from this Member | Report Response

"why not medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your QR reasoning score was a bit low, explain." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about [X] (several times while looking at my app)." More from this Member | Report Response

""Do you have other questions?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"work experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you have interviews with other schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good rep" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide to go to your undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What happened in genetics? (I got a C+)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your first choice for dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a drastic upward trend in your grades during undergrad - what happened?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me just one sentence about yourself that you would want me to deliver to the comittee." More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentistry? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of dental experiences do you have" More from this Member | Report Response

"[discussion of my grades/performance in school]" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths/weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do? Any siblings?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Parents occupations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your greatest strength/weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your manual dexterity activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get a C+ in Women Studies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"why Columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have two brothers? Younger/older?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So what else should I know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you like the city?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to remember about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you interested in Specializing? (Trick question! Just say that u're not sure as of now, but want to keep the option open.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we choose you over all of the other applicants here today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as above in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why change from engineering to Dantal" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hobbies?, Extracurricular? (sp?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Among all other dental students, what's your most shining characteristic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you sit in front of the class" More from this Member | Report Response

"why columbia" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe your extracurricular activities in school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about this experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What happened in organic chemistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything you want me to tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Next question was about my research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You could have been accepted to medical school. Why not medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your dog" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan on specializing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain certain aspects of file (research, grades, experiences, etc)." More from this Member | Report Response

"(While reviewing my application) I see you were in the pre-dental club and did volunteering in the hospital but not in the dental ER. Why did you do that?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What's your favorite class that you've taken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Were your engineering classes that difficult, or were you unprepared?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia is your top choice, right?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you choose Columbia over (another dental school I had a lot of research experience with)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about the sports you're involved with." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you retake the DATs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee when I meet them next week?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Anything you want me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you became interested in dentistry/why dentistry." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you most disappointed in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe yourself in one statement for the admissions!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you enjoy doing? " More from this Member | Report Response

"General questions about my file and myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play any musical instruments?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like your experience at ______? (undergraduate university)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the Committee on your behalf? Also my interviewer asked me if I have any questions about the school. I was not asked "Why dentistry?" or "Why not medical school?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry and not medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Family legacy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"career plans" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to report to the committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"have you ever considered the armed forces as means to fund your education?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Any questions?" More from this Member | Report Response

""I see you got a few awards.." Then I explained them." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about cosmetic dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your activities during univerisity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your extra~ activities during college? Do you have any pre-dent exp?" More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone has a role in each class. one could be a class clown, another can be the class president. what role do you think you will fill?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you want me to tell the admission committee about you" More from this Member | Report Response

"You said [such and such] to an earlier question, but that would lead me to believe that your response to [another question] should be [such and such] (subtle discrepancy in the answers). Please explain." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun in your down time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any question for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your application looks good. Anything else you would like to add that you might have forgot?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How well can you adjust to moving to New York?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how should i convince the committee to accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do outside of school, on your own time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your dental internship experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want us to say to the committe when asked why you should come here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I get a bad grade in Organic and on the carving portion of the Canadian DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would I move from Cali to NYC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem facing dentistry today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Any questions about Columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle conflicts with another person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like the other schools you interviewed at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you do any community service? (after answering it by explaining one of the projects I was involved with, I was asked "Is that it or did u do anything else?" Make sure u have atleast two activities to talk about lol. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you major in French?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the committee." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"do you like hand-on work" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you mind living in New York?" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe your work" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can your bring to this school? & Can you think of anything you would like me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your trip to Honduras." More from this Member | Report Response

"What extrac's did you participate in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you concerned about your daughter being relocated if you come to Columbia? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions about Columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your trip to haiti for volunteer work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"explain your......... grades, research, extra curriculars...)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you want me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get interested in dentistry? (there were MANY other questions, but all were mentioned already and they were very straight forward fun questions. Nothing to try and trip you up.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you apply here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you were studying for your exams what would you do to reward yourself? What did you do while you took study breaks?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Are you ready to move to New York?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who are your favorite composers? Who are your LEAST favorite composers? (classical music)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why was organic chemistry your favorite course when you took "life and death"?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to? -- We actually discussed the schools and their pros and cons. My interviewer was pushing Columbia over the other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm thirsty, would you like anything to drink?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why am i changing careers" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you stand out from other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your study habits." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite artist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for your DATs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"So how often do you swim now? (I'm a former collegiate swimmer) He was interested in how I handle my free time now." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you most disappointed in? How is ________ (my research professor!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"cant recall" More from this Member | Report Response

"None in particular." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play any musical instruments?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Anything else you would like me to tell the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lol, It was so laid back. Not stressful at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"You had a lot of leadership. You think you had time for that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Family tradition?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to ask?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good reputation? what does it mean to have a good rep?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No particularly interesting questions really." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your style of bowling? Do you hold it in your palms or do you stick your fingers in the ball?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions are all pretty standard. They are not out to get you, they just want to get to know you as a person." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, all were pretty basic." More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite football team?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else do you want the admissions committee to know about you.... (about 10x)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am your representative to the admissions committee. What would you like me to tell them on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Everyt question was standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your views regarding smoking?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite artist? (related to my undergrad major)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were particularly interesting or difficult; the interviewers are volunteers who advocate for you at a meeting of the admissions committee. My interviewer had gone through my application thoroughly and had very specific, but easy to answer questions about things he wanted to be prepared for." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to marry yourself, would you do it, why or why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was it like to be the daughter of dentists?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the campus?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked very little questions, he just kept asking me if I had any questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, really. My interviewer asked me general questions. I think he already knew what kind of person I am from the file." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the committee on your behalf? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do outside of school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, too stressful" More from this Member | Report Response

"not many questions, the guy just asked me why dentistry? he said my file was great, and he basically went on about how great columbia would be for me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really too interesting. My interviewer wasn't too conversational which gave the interview a drab overtone I felt. Probably not to my advantage." More from this Member | Report Response

"Among all other dental students, what's your most shining characteristic? How's Las Vegas?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you sit in the front of the class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really interesting...mostly asked questions regarding my personal essay...asked more in detail of the experiences i had written" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you want to open your practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is not concerned with grilling you. They just wanna get to know you better- put a personality to the paper. " More from this Member | Report Response

"We have a very hard curriculum, are you up for the challenge?" More from this Member | Report Response

"any questions about Columbia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can your bring to this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your trip to Honduras." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan on specializing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what would you do if you couldn't be a dentist" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you concerned about your daughter being relocated if you come to Columbia? (I have a kid, and we live in another city)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I used to work for Gendex/Midwest (a factory that makes dental equipment) and I wrote about it in my application. The interviewer asked me what it was like to work for Gendex. I was excited they asked about it, b/c it showed that they took the time to notice the details of my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"why columbia dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"just asked about life expereinces, why i wanted to become a dentists, the usual. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do with your hands? (sorry I'm not a woodcarver)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you apply to McGill? " More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were very typical. (not to say that they were boring, rather, they were questions that most people already listed in the other interview ratings)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your major to me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you couldn't be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like to say about you when I'm presenting your case to the committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"can you make chili?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you go get me a glass of oreange juice?...I'm too old to walk over there." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing terribly interesting......it was pretty dull" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why would you ask me about student culture when you've been surrounded by current students all day?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I tell the admissions committee that would help me advocate for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you struggle with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific dental questions (which teeth gather the most calculus), but I was asked these questions because of my extensive dental experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not the most difficult, but rather a more interview type question: What would you like me to tell the admissions committee for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In response to an answer. That was in your application, tell me something that was not in your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"What other career paths have you considered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your study habits." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your favorite music writer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, really." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry (for me it was the most difficult but it still wasn't very difficult to answer)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"u've got anything planned while in NY?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The same question being asked in 3 different ways... ????" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing difficult - more of a conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"So, what did you do at ___? (My undergrad)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most pressing issue in dentistry today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No difficult questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. I always hate that one." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions? Already mastered!" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good reputation? what does it mean to have a good rep?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It wasn't a grilling. Much more of a conversation, very nice, few actual questions. To be fair, not all the other applicants got such relaxed interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Personal question about a family struggle. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about cosmetic dentistry? (I shadowed a cosmetic dentist). " More from this Member | Report Response

"-" More from this Member | Report Response

"no question was difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me just one sentence about yourself that you would want me to deliver to the comittee." More from this Member | Report Response

"if there is anything you would like to tell us, now is your chance. " More from this Member | Report Response

"And your grades were less than stellar... [why?]" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your first choice dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. It was a very laid-back interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I say to the committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything you would like me to tell the committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as above" More from this Member | Report Response

"why should i tell the committee to accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? Where do I start?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to marry yourself, would you do it, why or why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think happened during the DAT quantitative section? (I didn't do too good)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I did badly in Organic chemistry and on the carving portion of the Canadian DAT." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest challenge in dentistry today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please explain your PAT score. (I did significantly worse on this section than on the rest of the DAT)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? (wasn't really hard, but I hate that question because it's so open ended)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your Science GPA is REALLY low for our school (it is a 3.2 in case u were wondering). Why should we accept you? (basically, explain ur grades)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we choose you over all of the applicants here today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you apply so late? Why don't you retake the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing is really hard. I already knew that I would be asked about my graduation date, and I was being honest and brave about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Columbis, since you've already been accepted to ___ and __?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you mind living in New York?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your name?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How should I present your case to the comittee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"NA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry? Lets be honest, it is really hard to accurately describe why we want to pursue this profession. This should always be the most difficult part of a dental school interview (regardless of it is asked or not!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What happened in organic chemistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see here that you have applied to medical school in the past . . . Why Dentistry now??" More from this Member | Report Response

"none.....relaxing overall." More from this Member | Report Response

"not really" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were difficult, it seemed to be very conversational in nature and I didn't feel as if I needed to say a right answer. So the most difficult question..why dentistry? :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the admissions committe on your behalf? (they will most likely as you this)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you want me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We reviewed some of the entries on my application, no questions were surprising or difficult. I was given time to ask questions that I had." More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were hard. It was a really laid-back, fun, and friendly interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where does Columbia rank in the schools you are applying to? (I hadn't even been on the tour yet)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was super laid back so I didn't have any really hard questions. He kept on asking me to ask him questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain why your grade in a certain class was low - but that area of the DAT was really high." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were accepted to Columbia, would you go here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"again nothing " More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN threads, School’s website, YouTube videos" More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice interview questions and reviewed facts about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked current CDM students about their experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice questions, know application very well!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the information packet upon arrival for the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"website, interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Digging through Columbia's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read previous interview feedbacks" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview feedback, talked to current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia website, reviewed my application, thought about answers to questions that were likely to be asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, went over some questions, reviewed the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"arriving to the hotel at 2am, waking up at 6am in freezing cold weather!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Spoke from the heart.." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN and their website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, tried to get plenty of sleep, got there early." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the SDN feedback, read up on the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school website and brochures, read over my application/personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read their website. Checked SDN out. " More from this Member | Report Response

"studentdoctor.net, school's website, reviewed my application and research" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, CDM website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Website, SDN, Websearch" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read information about the school and research opportunities" More from this Member | Report Response

"having completed other interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"other interviews I went to, SDN site, mock interview..." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn forums" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Columbia website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, AADSAS application, friends who were admitted to the school, shcool's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Thought about my pre-dental experiences. Looked at application and essay. SDN. Thought about answers to standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, web site, reviewed AADSAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"CUDM website, student doctor, practice." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback, my application, the CU SODM website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, website, my file" More from this Member | Report Response

"Review the application. SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"read over application material; looked over school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia Website, My application, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN. School website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedbacks." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback, doctors I work with, employer, fellow pre-dent students." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over AADSAS, rehearsed answers to standard interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"CU website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my application and the CDM Bulliten (on The Columbia University CDM website)" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback, AADSAS app." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't prepare much, I just read my personal statement and secondaries to keep my conversations natural." More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia website, SDN, other secondary applications, previous interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"I actually really over-prepared... I read a book on dental ethics, a book on interview preparation, looked over SDN feedback, read their websites in excessive detail and stressed for extensive periods of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Website, friend who interviewed @ Columbia last year" More from this Member | Report Response

"studentdoctor.net" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Doctor Network, Mock interviews by dental faculty / friends, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, the school website, and other interviews I had so far." More from this Member | Report Response

"website. SDN. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Interview feedback, Columbia website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Previous Interviews ( it was nothing like my other interview, much more grilling, and I had to think on my feet much more frequently)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Had a friend give me a mock interview. Tried to be myself" More from this Member | Report Response

"CUWebsite, feedbacks here. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, columbia website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Columbia Web Site, Friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"I worried a lot because I really wanted to attend the school, so I did a bunch of preparation for the interview; however, it turned out that I could have done better without having pressure. I guess for me it normally works backwards:( I wish I hadn't thought too much about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"online and sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"read this website" More from this Member | Report Response

"read feedbacks on SDN read Columbia's website (especially their outline of their post-dental programs)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN reviews, school website, talked to friends who have graduated from Columbia." More from this Member | Report Response

"uh, nothing. tried to paraphrase my research into a two minute speech but that was just mentally." More from this Member | Report Response

"I read these interview feedbacks so that I knew what students' concerns were." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school website, connections." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and school web " More from this Member | Report Response

"I worried a lot and took a shower and shaved." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, previous students account of the school's interview, dental guide book, school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, read up pn the school, tried to contaxt some students before hand." More from this Member | Report Response

"read over this website. most of the questions i was asked were mentioned here before" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview with my friends, read over my aadsas stuff" More from this Member | Report Response

"reading SDN site reviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over my AADSAS application and tried to just calm down." More from this Member | Report Response

"Went through Columbia's information booklet, talked to a few students on SDN, and looked at interview experiences on SDN. " More from this Member | Report Response

"read the website." More from this Member | Report Response

"website, friend." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on the schools offerings and programs." More from this Member | Report Response

"chilled. Columbia is a mixed bag" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Precision dental medicine clinic" More from this Member | Report Response

"How much everyone there seems to love it" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers were all alumni of the school and my interviewer was so nice. I felt like I really connected with my interviewer!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were so genuine and sweet" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students, how happy and inviting everyone is at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

""Family" environment" More from this Member | Report Response

"Biomedical curriculum, H/P/F grading system, class size, faculty, and of course the lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"location" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities were overall good. The medical school curriculum, and a very strong research program. It is a very different type of dental school. The lunch they provided was awesome (5 stars). Prepare dentists as future leaders of the field." More from this Member | Report Response

"Incredibly strong curriculum and very strongly based in the medical sciences." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendly and family-like atmosphere. The various avenues of dentistry. Everyone is well-prepared and they are committed to a thorough and great dental education. P/F/Honors makes taking classes with medical students OK." More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice people were, the emphasis on specializing, the emphasis on "doing more with your dental degree than just pulling teeth." Delicious lunch" More from this Member | Report Response

"Support system available to the students as students and alumns." More from this Member | Report Response

"Biomedical intergration" More from this Member | Report Response

"The range of paths you could take at Columbia: research, specialize, general dentistry. It puts you in a great position to do all of that." More from this Member | Report Response

"World class institution, tons of patients, Dr. McManus and Dr. Davis were AWESOME!!!! Very funny and Dr. McManus was extremely direct about our chances of getting in next cycle, which I greatly appreciated. Beautiful faculty club, awesome food. My interviewer was really nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"faculty are the best in the world. staff are wonderful people. best hospitality compared to all the other dental schools that i visited." More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum + faculty + specialty rate" More from this Member | Report Response

"Newly renovated facilities. Enthusiastic students. Very friendly (and funny!) admissions stuff. High specialization rate. NYC location. Pass/fail grading." More from this Member | Report Response

"Though older, the equipment and labs are all very nice, and there are many planned remodels. ALso, the high rate of specialization was really nice. The best thing was that the faculty were so friendly, Dr. Davis and Dr. Macmanus were totally awesome and joked the entire time, while still doing their best to make the school seem like a family environment. Also, the Pass/Honors/Fail system I like better than grades." More from this Member | Report Response

"Take classes with med students, high specialization rates, a ton of diversity in the class " More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty seemed to genuinely care about the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"96% of the Columbia students are accepted in a specialty program. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The holistic view of the program and the emphasis on learning alongside the med students." More from this Member | Report Response

"high competitive specialization rate, strong biosciences curriculum, several opportunities for research and community service, international externships, FRIENDLY staff (Dr. D and Dr. M were downright hilarious!), friendly students, nongunner atmosphere, the neighborhood seemed nice, cheap on-campus housing, state-of-the-art facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Academically focused Curriculum (a lot more medical science courses), philosophy in regrad with dentistry, IVY atmosphere reflected in the curriculum, great 4 seasons" More from this Member | Report Response

"interviewer was dentist from nj that spent one day a week at the clinic. " More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly and welcoming attitude of the faculty members" More from this Member | Report Response

"the curriculum and faculty" More from this Member | Report Response

"The lunch was great." More from this Member | Report Response

"They definitely have their act together. Great reputation. D4's got the specialty program of their choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"They treated us very well. The interview place(the faculty dining hall)was luxurious like a nice restaurant. I felt relaxed and comfortable thanks to the welcoming atmostphere. " More from this Member | Report Response

"# of students who specialize" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and students seem very glad to be there. Dr. McManus and Dr. Davis are great, very kind and sincere. The clinic was quite nice. Tons of students specialize." More from this Member | Report Response

"The focus of both oral and systemic medicine, their holistic approach to clinical requirements (points on complexity of cases instead of per crow/bridge/etc), the resources to do basically whatever I wanted with my dental education" More from this Member | Report Response

"The location and facilities are not bad at all. The campus is in Washington Heights and during the day it is a very nice and safe area. The facilities are old, sure, but what do you expect - the school has been there forever! It’s certainly not a dungeon – there are windows - and the clinics all looked high-tech and up-to-date." More from this Member | Report Response

"The positive environment - I thought Columbia would have a cutthroat environment, but it's actually quite the opposite. Classes are H/P/F, plus 97% of their class goes on to post-doctoral programs." More from this Member | Report Response

"strong science foundation, high specialty matching" More from this Member | Report Response

"students seem to be happy" More from this Member | Report Response

"The women were gorgeous." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school mission.... you will be a doctor of the mouth.... can also get a specialization easily after school)" More from this Member | Report Response

"It's very "ivy". Beautiful and old with an impressive history. The curriculum is focused on a thorough understanding of the biological sciences which I like. Everyone does post-grad work (not nec specialization -- a lot of GPR and AEGD). 12 applied to OMFS last year and 10 were accepted. It's NYC and dorm living makes it affordable. Financial aid director was very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ultra nice faculty members, and every student seemed very happy.The specialty matching rate is amazingly high, especially many students got in competitive specialties such as OMFS and ortho." More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty lounge where we interviewed looks like a high class country club. Unfortunately, the rest of the hospital does not!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Working with med students, the clinics, NYC!!!, the curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"High specialization rates, medically based curriculum, Dr. Davis and Dr. McManus as both deans were beyond cool! Cheap housing with basketball courts!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff and faculty (partic. Dean Davis and McManus) emphasize the importance of choosing the right school for yourself. They are very open & honest about the curriculum, acknowledging that it's biomedically/ academically oriented which may not be for you. They encourage you to talk to the students to see whether you'd be happy there. They were SO FRIENDLY & Dean Davis was HILARIOUS. They seem to genuinely want to see you at Columbia in the fall." More from this Member | Report Response

"atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"Every single student there had a smile on their face and was very happy to be there. I also really like the way they emphasize Dentistry as a part of medicine (no use in denying the link). The students are like a big family that I would love to be a part of. Also, the pass/non pass is pretty sweet." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything! First of all, every single person I talked to throughout the interview, be they student, professor, whatever, seemed VERY happy to be at Columbia. Even my interviewer was selling me on how the school is more of a family then a student body. Facilities are not as old as I had heard, and were nicer then some others I have seen. They will get you into your specialty of choice. You take classes with med students, but you're graded on separate curves. Also, you have a chance during your 3rd and 4th year to take an elective "group" with lets you specialize your pre-doc education. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and students were all very enthusiastic which I really liked. The specialty match rates were spectacular the last two years that not many other schools can boast." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and faculty were very nice. Dr. McManus is very funny. The dentists I spoke to at the clinics were actually volunteers. I think this is cool because they actually want to be there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are first-rate and they have some really new and cool stuff there. Also the students and staff are very enthusiastic about Columbia and especially about it being in New York. Dr. MacManus spent a lot of time with us and his presence really emphasized the importance he places on the incoming students - he was also very kind." More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYONE was extremelly friendly, faculty, students, Dr. McManus, my interviewer, our tour guide was really cool also (she graduated from columbia w/D.D.S. and is now an instructor in Pediatric Dentistry). New York is really interesting! Take the subway to times square and check out the city for a few hours! " More from this Member | Report Response

"They get their students into post-doctorate programs. They have also shifted to a pass fail grading system which reduces competition and have mentoring and tutoring programs for struggling students. The Columbia name is also very impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and pride everyone takes in their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer was very personable..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Dr. McManus, Dr. Davis, and other faculty member who gave us the tour. People are nice and down to earth. They also have a solid program which may seem to be too much but it definitely helps you if you plan to specialize." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. The staff is very friendly and the students are awesome. In fact, there were two freshman twins that took the time to talk to us after their midterms that day and they did a GREAT job selling the school - the school should seriously be paying them to be tour guides or something. They were awesome. You could tell they genuinely loved being there and having them there made the whole day better. It's a real family atmosphere over there and everyone looks out for each other. I loved it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The entire admissions committee impressed me as well as the mutual warm and friendly attitude among students, faculty and administration. I'm also impressed by the extensive scientific/medical training. They definitely have one of the best programs medically speaking. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It is an Ivy League school. It has high standards as far as academics are concerned, insofar as Dental and Medical students take the same classes and are graded on the same curve. Students were nice and willing to answer our questions. Dr. McManus and Dr. Davis went through the presentations were witty and intersting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty is top-notch. Dr. McMannus knows EVERY student in the school by name and knows all about them. Very involved. Very enthusiastic, yet professional and knowledgable. You really could ask him anything and he wouldn't hold it against you. All of the resources you'll ever need as far as research, specialties, other people with whom you should network are there at the hospital. Also, all of the students are extremely happy to be there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The enthusiasm of the faculty and pride they have in their school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were so positive about the school and their experiences. They said it was a lot of work but that they were happy with their decision to go there. I liked the idea of a strong medical and basic sciences background." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice people, except the interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Their specialization rate, the fact that we were treated so well, given breakfast and lunch in their nice dining room. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Great Reputation, Focus on specialization, Dr. Davis and McManus seemed like great guys along with the rest of the staff. Also the diversity that the school strives for." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty Dr. Davis and Dr. McManus are two very honest and dynamic people, and they both happened to be pediatric dentists. I always dreamed about becoming a pedo because I love kids, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to have an education in Columbia. When they talk I feel they set an example to me because I like to teach as well. Maybe I will end up being an educator just like them later on who knows:). The clinics are actually pretty good, spacious and much better than expected. I’m the only one from Las Vegas and everyone is like hey that’s a fun place to stay! " More from this Member | Report Response

"The intensive biomed curriculum, many of the staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"the faculty seemed genuine and friendly" More from this Member | Report Response

"reputation, good faculty, nyc" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"curriculum is tough, but rewarding. facilities are nice and faculty are friendly. its name will go far after graduation. apartments are close by the school, with affordable rent." More from this Member | Report Response

"faculty " More from this Member | Report Response

"98% specilization rate. Pretty girls." More from this Member | Report Response

"very laid back and very friendly the community is laid out well--the dental school and medical centers are integrated together, and the dorms are 1 block away--very convenient the community/area also seems very safe--nothing shady at all students all seem happy, satisfied with their choice of going to Columbia (talked to a few)" More from this Member | Report Response

"They have a VERY strong biomedical component to their curriculum. The students seemed happy with that they chose Columbia. The school has an impressive history of placed its students into specialty programs. New York City (the area is not as bad as some people think it is. Drs. McManus and Davis were very friendly, and made a good case for their school. You get a rather comprehensive guide to the schools financial aid materials." More from this Member | Report Response

"the school facilities are awesome, there are a lot of patients, tons of funded student research, the deans rock, the students seem happy, you cosit with the medical students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very gracious faculty, everyone was really nice and strived to make us feel comfortable. They let us talk to other students as much as we wanted. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That everyone specializes" More from this Member | Report Response

"1) a LOT of very beautiful girls, especially the Korean girls in my group. (why are there so many Koreans there at Columbia??) 2) Dr.McManus and Dr.Davis are 2 very interesting people....very good salesmen....very loveable. 3) the students...their intelligence are way above mine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"People are very friendly. Dr. McManus and Dr. Davies(sp?) were very fun and informative. Ther building is old, but their facilities did not seem very outdated. They looked fairly new to me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone at the school seemed happy to be at Columbia. They also seemed very honest and open in discussing the facets of the school; stressing that it is academically challenging, but also strong in biomedical science." More from this Member | Report Response

"good curicullum" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is AMAZING. I really liked the school when I went on the tour and when I got accpted off the waitlist Dr. McManus was beyond accomodating in letting me come back and visit the school. Definatly one of my favorite, if not the most favorite school I visited." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students were very relaxed and easy going. I was surprised that they didn't seem stressed at all. Unlike the kids in my undergrad! They stressed the importance and the difficulties of a good biomedical education during the first 2 years. They did stress that they encourage research. I liked that they were really upfront about these things and didn't give a sales pitch. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent school, very very nice facilities, the students are very friendly. Beautiful school. THey have many opportunities for financial aid and the interview was first! Very friendly faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"people who came there for their studies and have liked it so much to stay there as faculty" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dr. Martin was incredible and dynamic. The 2 faculty that interviewed me were amazingly friendly and put me at ease right away. The students were exceptionally friendly and honest (gave me a real sense of what they liked and did not like about the school. I didn't feel as if they were trying to hide the bad or only talk about the good.) I went to Columbia being very open to going their for the program, and I left thinking "wow! i REALLY want to come here!"" More from this Member | Report Response

"The willingness of the students to talk frankly about the school. I felt like I walked away with ALL my questions answered. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It's Ivy League, and there is a lot of focus on specialties. The lunch was good too." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"urban setting. the students seem very pleased, most of them have a goal to specialize, they seem to be very proud of the school name. the facility is nice but i've seen better. overall solid education, good reputation, can't go wrong." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty was stupendous. Maybe it was just the interview day I happened to be there, but there were students and faculty stopping by the interview room in droves to answer any and all questions and let us know how tough, but rewarding the program was. Also, all the other interviewees I was with were awesome people. One faculty member in particular (was not interviewing anyone) sat down to reminiss about his time at columbia and to let us know how great the student/faculty relations are." More from this Member | Report Response

"a lot of pretty girls. " More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Tuition" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer was not personable or nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The area, lack of housing for in-state students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tuition cost, living expenses, clinic was closed due to flooding." More from this Member | Report Response

"a bit rude during the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"The Dual Degrees require an extra year or two." More from this Member | Report Response

"Deans and admission staff were very cocky." More from this Member | Report Response

"Getting lost in the building, but this isn't a big deal at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"bad weather that day" More from this Member | Report Response

"Im more of a sandwich for lunch person, the catered meal was a little too much for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"They think they are the best in the country." More from this Member | Report Response

"Living in washington heights/ greater harlem area." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's NYC, the building is cramped. The hallways are really narrow and there doesn't seem to be a lot of space to move around. Also the tourguide didn't want to take us out to the library in a separate building b/c it was cold, but I would have liked to see more of the campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facility was not impressive AT ALL. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Location is way, way uptown - though that could be a good thing for housing. Hospital feel and combined classes with med students may not appeal to some. The NY law requiring residencies seems to lower the clinical emphasis. " More from this Member | Report Response

"They kept stressing that there is a TON of extra science classes - though after talking with students, it seems do-able... just harder than other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"expensive, not enough clinical experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Uncertainty associated with the new curriculum starting with the class of 2013" More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the school was not appealing, although I don't care that much. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The dental school is pretty far away from downtown and any fun city nightlife." More from this Member | Report Response

"obv the most common critique is the lack of clinical in the first two years, but that is changing slightly for next year. there are virtually NO merit scholarships available, which surprised me because Columbia probably has oodles of rich alumni donating. so expect to take out 70k in loans per year. and there are no externships in germany :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"High cost of living, no advantage(need) of personal ride, I was not in my best condition when speaking English so fast, but it seemed ok (Disappointed myself)" More from this Member | Report Response

"inadequate clinical practice, the fact that all of the 2004 graduating class are doing residency." More from this Member | Report Response

"location" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the faculty was in the lunch room the whole time, so the dental students couldn't be as honest as they could." More from this Member | Report Response

"We didnt visit the lecture hall. We got thrown into the clinics for way too long. I know the adcoms are reading this so -- please make the visit to the sim lab a bit shorter. " More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"have to take classes with med students the first two years" More from this Member | Report Response

"I guess the area could be better, but I haven't been to any dental school with an outstanding neighborhood around it. Also it seems like it's hard to get on campus housing if you're from the area." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the lecture halls had "stadium" seating (although not as big as a stadium of course) that was really steep and there were sections of the room where you could definitely not see the projector screen...The fact your chances of getting housing decreases the closer your permanent residence is to the city. I kind of don't want to get stuck living with my parents." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got the impression from one of my interviewers that my being married when I entered school was going to negatively affect my chance for admission. Then, when I went to meet first years, I found about five of them who were married. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular." More from this Member | Report Response

"clinic seemed a bit chaotic, clinical work is not a big focus, neighborhood is one of the least attractive in NYC, tour was not well organized at all" More from this Member | Report Response

"you take classes with med students and you will not have time to go out. but i guess that's how it'll be anywhere you go" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing significant" More from this Member | Report Response

"that you will pretty much be unable to practice dentistry... you will need to do a GPR (required by law in NYS anways)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not the best part of town. Still not sure if the med school component and hospital rounds are all relevent. Leaves a lot to be desired in technology." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the school. Washington Heights is way uptown and away from all the fun in Manhattan." More from this Member | Report Response

"Being told that as a student we will never get to see downtown NY (which really doesn't matter because it's actually about an hour away from the dental school). Also, students who want to pass will get only 5 hours of sleep per night." More from this Member | Report Response

"No set requirements so the amount of each type of procedure you end up doing may vary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not being able to step into a clinic until 3rd year." More from this Member | Report Response

"interviewer told me they usually only accept people with better scores/grades than I have." More from this Member | Report Response

"I absolutely loved the school! However, I'm not sure how I feel about taking classes with medical school students since this might put more emphasis on what they need to know and not be completely pertinent to our learning needs. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much! Maybe that I didn't get to the tray of sandwiches until it had already been picked over and had to settle for vegetarian :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the lecture halls was so old, it was deadly." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really...great school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cab drivers ;)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Realllly cold weather, everything else was great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are cramped and old. Clinical experience does not begin until pretty late. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the location" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the students who we had lunch with said that they are treated differently (not in a good way) from the med school students. The students also told us they spend nights of studying A LOT and that eventually made this guy drop out of school in a week. The students admitted they learn unnecessary things too much." More from this Member | Report Response

"A 4th year told me flat out that they do not get enough clinical experience there and felt he needed to do a GPR/AEGD. Also there is no cafeteria and just a tiny community kitchen in the dorm (Bard). " More from this Member | Report Response

"The clinical training isn't so hot: 3rd and 4th year students told us they are in the clinic 2-3 days per week and that they don't have a specific number of certain procedures they have to complete before graduation so in theory, students could graduate without ever having done a certain procedure. Students did mention that they can sometimes trade patients in order to get more experience in an area they are lacking, so that is good. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that Dental and Med students are clubbed together for the first two years seems more like a cop-out than anything else. I mean, you can choose to buy into their spiel about how Dentistry is a specialty of medicine, but really, it seems like they have not the resources to have separate academic classes solely for dental students (Like other schools do). Although I would like to say that the grilling experience I had at the interview is a bad thing, that would be unfair. If anything, it helped me rise to the occasion and tackle the toughies one after the other as they were being thrown at me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The student I had sat next to at lunch. It wasn't a big deal, and I don't want this to look bad for the school, because it's just one person. It's hard to explain, but he wasn't necessarily cocky about Columbia itself (all of the faculty are very accomadating and nice and not arrogant at all), but he was kind of cocky about himself having gotten into Columbia, and that was kind of a turn-off. I wasn't turned off to the school, but I he was just one of those guys that you don't really want to hang out with. Again, all of the other students were way cool and not like that, so it's nothing that will keep me from going there." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The buildings were kind of old looking but it's nyc so it's old." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer" More from this Member | Report Response

"the fact that the dental school is squeeshed in the medical school... the facilities arent great. Also the director of admissions made a lot of sexist comments, yeah he was joking, but i didnt find them amusing. He was a cocky, ignorant person, and I had absolutely no respect for him. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"Couldn't think of anything... wait, there are only 2 women in our 12 people group. Also I didn't see any mysterious "Korean hot chick":) Forget it, if you come here, there's no time for dating, at least the first two years." More from this Member | Report Response

"The clinics (extremely crowded), the buildings (very small and cramped), my interviewer (spent the whole time lecturing me on one of his pet peeves)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the hard cirriculum...the first two years at columbia are the same as the medical students and top of that you have extra dental ciriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"old buildings" More from this Member | Report Response

"run down facilities, bad neighborhood" More from this Member | Report Response

"tension between the medical and dental students. at times, bashed other schools about dent sim labs even though the other school's had equivlent facilites. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the fact that the first years were not there that day and we had little to no interaction with them. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Old facility, dirty city, super expensive living cost, and taking classes with med students (some dental students told me that they feel like 2nd-class citizens)." More from this Member | Report Response

"the administration really emphasizes how HARD the first two years are, how you would have virtually no life (but in talking to the first-years, all seems swell so far--"yes you're busy during the week but you get time off during the weekend) it's expensive and they expect family contribution...then again, so are all the other dental schools as well I would have liked to talk to more older students (only had the chance to talk to 1st years) complaints from the students: the first few classes are really big (med+dental students)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The price. This school is very expensive, and that CAN NOT denied. That we don't get to use all the facilites they showed us. The post-graduate clinics were AMAZING, but as predoctoral students we will never be their. I don't think that should have been on the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview was a waste of time. they didn't really learn anything about me and i was prepared to go in and impress but fell flat because there just wasn't the dialogue i had hoped for." More from this Member | Report Response

"They say that if you want to practice primary care, you should either go somewhere else, or plan on doing a residency." More from this Member | Report Response

"really nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"1) campus is filthy. 2) city is filthy. 3) lecture rooms are horrible....tiny desks, cramped conditions....makes cheating simple though =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"At lunch with current students, only one student came to have lunch with fifteen of us. I had expected there would be more students coming.. Well, but we did not have a lot of questions to ask anyways -- we already knew about the school quite well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Bad weather!" More from this Member | Report Response

"med and dental students take same course together; very small working cubicles; pretty odl equipments" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing, the place is wonderful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area and all of the security guards; everything felt crowded to me; also compared to other schools I thought we interviewees were treated more like kids applying to school than adults." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was COLD when I went there (but I guess that's not really something about COLUMBIA that negatively impressed me). Columbia's facilities aren't as nice as other places that I've seen, but they were still fine. I heard from a few of the students that the chairs etc. are going to be replaced soon. The building itself is not as new as other places I've seen. " More from this Member | Report Response

"People weren't very enthusiastic about the school. When I asked students if they were happy at Columbia, they would say yes, but there was a lot of hesitation. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Students mentioned how difficult it is, and how everyone ends up specializing at the school. The area is kind of sketchy, but not really. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The location (Washington Heights), several staff members who constantly reminded us how sketchy the area is. The overall atmosphere at the school was cold (not unfriendly, but just a bit stiff and distant)." More from this Member | Report Response

"dormitory style housing. shady area but hella better than dumpy area of philly." More from this Member | Report Response

"To be honest, the area the school was in was a little scary for me. Growing up in suberbia oregon, NYC/washington heights is a little much for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasnt too thrilled with the fact many students were 2nd class citizens when compared to med students. Washington height=scary. but the program is good. saw a lot of unhappy students, esp one who said he wished he NEVER came......." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Just because you think you "bombed" the interview doesn't mean you still won't get accepted" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviewer was going to offer to help me in anyway possible" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview would be so relaxed. Not stressful one bit." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was going to rain that day." More from this Member | Report Response

"a 4th year told me not to go there for GP during the tour" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cost of parking: $30. Very close to NJ: George Washington Bridge, You need your photo ID to get pass security." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing - the interview feedback will adequately prepare you." More from this Member | Report Response

"How awesome Columbia is. Also, the area wasn't bad at all in my opinion." More from this Member | Report Response

"Wear flats, not heels! the tour is like 90 minutes long" More from this Member | Report Response

"Eat breakfast before coming to the interview- the continential breakfast is LIMITED! Coffee, water, and some pastries. :/" More from this Member | Report Response

"To not be so nervous." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much. I was pretty prepared for the interview, and I wore flats which was useful." More from this Member | Report Response

"that i needed more time to enjoy NY city." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the continental breakfast = danish + coffee .... though lunch was much better =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview is low stress and relaxed, so just be yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. " More from this Member | Report Response

"To bring an umbrella." More from this Member | Report Response

"that they would feed us breakfast AND lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"Superfast interview, 9+ topics in 30 minitues, and the interviewer spoke too fast --> I did, too! AH~" More from this Member | Report Response

"if u are a vegetarian bring something to eat with u" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just how darn great the school is. They don't make research a must. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Having a light breakfast before the interview is a good idea because students usually don't touch the continental breakfast and don't have enough time to eat." More from this Member | Report Response

"That my interview would be soooo nice and laid back and friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they'd let us walk into a classroom full of D1's on the tour. It was a pretty cool gesture to get to talk to random students there." More from this Member | Report Response

"New York really isn’t that scary, and it will not take you two hours to arrive at the campus from your hotel 70 blocks away. Only 15 minutes. (Arrived at the school at 7am …)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular." More from this Member | Report Response

"not too much" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I had no reason to be stressed... everyone was very laid back and personable." More from this Member | Report Response

"D students take classe with med students, but they are graded on different curves. (GOOD NEWS). This school is also relatively inexpensive compared to many other private schools. Also, 97% of specialization rate is amazing (50% specialization and the rest are GPR + AEGD). " More from this Member | Report Response

"Dental school is in a very questionable neighborhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"Taxis are hard to come by during rush hour" More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"That my interviewe would ask..."Tell me about yourself." I wasn't completely prepared for this question. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That interviewees were being seated about an hour or more before we were supposed to arrive. Clinical situation at this school has been blown out of proportion; you'll get just as much exposure as you will at most schools, Columbia just doesn't have a "list" of procedures you have to get done. It's more integrative, dare I say holistic, and a much more well thought out program. The reason many students go on to GPR/AEGD is because the school really pushes for it, and there rationale makes sense, both educationally and fiscally. You're too slow right out of school to make any progress in private practice anyway, so you may as well defer your loans another year and build up speed in an educational environment." More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia is not that expensive and is one of the cheaper private institutions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is in the hospital and it took me about 30 min. to find the admissions office (I wasn't the only one who had this problem). The dental clinics are in a different building than the admissions office. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the cab drivers are unreliable." More from this Member | Report Response

"I feel like I overprepared for the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school was a little difficult to find. Definitely leave about 2 hours ahead of time if you are taking public transportation. Rush hour is awful. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt the tour was really long, compared to what we actually toured. We toured D3 lab for 30 min, D4 lab for 30 min, and the dorm roof for another 30 min. Wear comfy shoes." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the community around the school was primarily Spanish speaking. That could have helped me out during the interview, but I didn't learn that until after. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that there is little or no Financial aid available for dental students because Alumni do not give back to their alma mater. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a lot easier driving in NYC than I thought it would be. However, plan everything with a margin of error for time in NYC. I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the admissions staff would be so friendly and welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"I should not read those feedbacks, they made me no preparation to the stressful interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew that they foccused on specialization, but 97% of the graduating class went on to spec. I personally want to go into pedo, but if you dont care to spec. look somewhere else" More from this Member | Report Response

"That we would be taking a walking tour of the "campus" (ie, going to Bard et al.) in the freezing cold." More from this Member | Report Response

"taxi is expensive from laguardia airport to school" More from this Member | Report Response

"run down facilities, everything is very expensive" More from this Member | Report Response

"area around the school isn't as bad as people perceive it to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"It cost so much $$$ for taxi/food/hotel." More from this Member | Report Response

"a pretty good part of the neighborhood--uptown NYC is nicer than downtown, IMO Bring quarters for the metro, or buy a card! I had difficulty going from the airport to my hotel b/c I forgot to stack up on quarters. Luckily, there was a change machine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How to use the subway. I really need to get on that if I am going to go to Columbia." More from this Member | Report Response

"the A train is an express train from midtown so you don't have to stop everywhere like I did on the C train!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I forgot a pen. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That everyone is so damn NICE!!!! I do not know if that is just for the interview days or is it always like that. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the school is actually kind a poor. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would have a lot of fun and that I did not need to worry so much about details. ie what I should wear or what I should or shouldn't say." More from this Member | Report Response

"that during the 1st two years, med and dental students take courses together" More from this Member | Report Response

"The neighborhood really isn't that bad. I'm a New Yorker and I know the ghetto when I see it. This is NOT a Ghetto! Although some kids from Cali freaked out because they thought everyone is out to kill them. I've seen neighborhoods much worst than this one and this one doesn't even scare a coward like me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That most students live in student residence." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would like to consider the living accomodations in my selection of a dental school, and I was not going to have a chance to check out the dorms that I would actually live in. The current students said that they were good size, but I wish I had planned time in my itinerary to see them for myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview was going to be really fun! I went into this interview thinking that the people would be stuffy and ask difficult question to try and trip me up. It was completely the opposite! My interviewers were so friendly and open. The other interviewees were also people that I would like to go to school with (nobody struck me as a "gunner" or "one of THOSE" students). The dental students I met there were fun people and struck me as really genuine!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia is not really more expensive than any other private school. Tuition is actually somewhat lower. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That Columbia is a school in which most of their students go on to pursue specialties. Also, that the first two years of classes are heavily with medical students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"its not as happy as the disney ride "Its a Small world"" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great school, great lunch food. The school's clinic looked amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Many dental students involved in the interview process. Use them for advice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall fun experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"A great school if you like to specialize and like to be challenged. It attracts the smartest students, so it is a competitive atmosphere. This school is not for everyone, but for those who are talents and like to go beyond the requirements." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Loved it. I appreciate how they handled their financial situation by sacrificing the scholarships to keep the cost of attendance low for everyone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty nice facilities, really friendly student body, you get to talk to D1s at the end of the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"good school, great lunch!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia would be a great choice for someone who is considering specializing but isn't sure because the school will definitely put you in the position to be able to do so upon graduating. If you know you only want to be a general dentist, you can probably find a cheaper school or one in a cheaper area. But I LOVE new york." More from this Member | Report Response

"From Penn Station, the A express train takes you right to the subway stop at 168th - don't take the C! It will take FOREVER - more stops, even though it also takes you to 168th. Be prepared for a lot of really standard interview questions. Excellent school, excellent food, not sure if it's for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school, enthusiastic students, would go there in a heartbeat." More from this Member | Report Response

"Really amazing school, friendly staff and students. The neighborhood isn't quite as bad as people make it out to be, since most hte the area directly around the dental school is the medical center, but out side of that it's not too great. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very good school, pretty high on my list" More from this Member | Report Response

"Many pre-dents complain about the lack of clinical exposure, older facilities and taking classes with medical students. These MAY be important if you plan on being a general dentist. If that's the case, Columbia may not be for you. However, if you want to be a specialist, it's hard to find a better school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was so laid back. All interviewers seemed like cool and inviting people. The atmosphere in the univeristy was cool too. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions Director and Assistant were really friendly and welcoming. Both had a great sense of humor. The interview was very low-stress, more of a conversation than an interview. No one is trying to sell the school to you or make you convince them why you deserve to be there. They stress the fact that you were offered an interview, so you deserve to be there. They also say that the program is intense and its a great program, but it isn't for everyone. I was really impressed by the overall atmosphere of the interview. It was all about exposing us to Columbia, telling us about the program, getting to know us, and letting us decide if this is the right fit for us. They kept thanking us for coming out and spending our time and money interviewing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia is a great school and I think I would be very happy there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very huge hospital!, NYC life, a Great Italian restaurant (seriously), lots of patients, modular system, area of concentration track" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you interview here and aren't from the area make sure you stick around for the weekend." More from this Member | Report Response

"cool,not stressful, friendly environment, competitive " More from this Member | Report Response

"I've heard so much about Columbia from my friends who graduated from the school or still in the school. So, Columbia was my first choice, and going thru the interview process didn't make any difference to me. Overall, I felt like they didn't try as hard as other schools I've been to in order to attract us. They didn't make a big sales pitch to sell them. Well, I guess they don't have to..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall great experience. I was very impressed with everything Columbia has to offer. The adcom people were very nice and extremely helpful. I didn't notice anything that pointed to the dental students being treated like 2nd class citizens. Spoke with students and they all seemed to be content. Their only complaint was the block exams and learning a bit too much with the med school curriculum. Columbia went from a thought in my mind to the school I want to attend!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was more of a conversation about the school itself and dentistry in general. The interviewer knew my whole file almost from memory." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got to understand why Columbia is regarded as one of the best dental schools after the interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This is my alma mater, so i knew CDM inside and out. Dr. D and Dr. M are SOOO chill. For an ivy league school, they were very laid back. feel free to stop by and say hello to anyone you may already know" More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was pretty long but it was great. Columbia seems like a fantastic school. I'll sure go there if I get in. It was the best interview experience I've had. It's a great school if you want to specialize, or go into research or teaching. If you're into general dentistry, it seems like it's probably best to go somewhere that's more geared in that direction. The deans freely admit that." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer was flipping back and forth through my AADSAS printouts and was making comments throughout. I chimed in when I thought I needed to explain something or wanted to highlight something. He asked me a few direct questions right off my application, too. He wasn't trying to grill me, just trying to get to know me. We had a few common points, which definitely helped." More from this Member | Report Response

"We arrived at the school and were directed to a room with a long table where the 15 of us sat. Dr. McManus and Dr. Davis (both amazing!) gave a presentation about the school and then we went to meet the faculty interviewers who took us off to corners of the Faculty Dining Hall or to their offices. The interviewers were very kind and pleasant, both Columbia grads and super enthusiastic about their school. They really helped me work through my financial worries about attending and I realized I would be crazy not to attend if I get in, because the program is phenomenal. Next we came back to the room with the long table for a FinAid presentation and then we ate lunch with three students. We then were taken on a tour of the school and we visited one of the dorms. It was a very pleasant experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day started off with breakfast and I talk from Drs. Davis and McManus about the school's mission. We then met with the admissions committee and broke off into separate corners to be interviewed . After the interview, we had a financial aid presentation followed by lunch with 2 D3s and an ortho resident, who gave us the tour in and around the school. It was surprising to see that the area of the school isn't the slum everyone makes it out to be. The school is in Washington Heights, not Harlem, and the area seems pretty safe during the daytime." More from this Member | Report Response

"All interviewees began the day seated at a long table. Presentation was given on the school and its curriculum. Various faculty members came in to call out applicants and interview them. My interviewer was very warm and friendly. Interview was not stressful, very conversational. We returned to the long table, listened to a presentation on financial aid, ate lunch at same long table with students, received tour of school (not well organized, basically it was like "here's the such and such room, go walk around"), and then had breif closing remarks from the dean of admissions." More from this Member | Report Response

"was laid back. everyone was really nice - the dean, the interviewers... etc. they really just want to get to know you better. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the person who interviewed me was a general dentist. She was very nice and warm. The entire interview was very relaxing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"This was not the relaxed interview people talked about. I was definately grilled throughout. The interviewer was a very clever man, and he definately tried to push me to my limits by asking a series of trick questions. He even used answers I'd given prior to evaluate the quality/nature/truthfullness of the answers I'd given him on later questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Stayed with a friend in midtown and cabbed it up to the D-school. Got lost by going into the vanderbilt clinic instead of P&S but eventually found everyone. Good continental breakfast and GREAT lunch. Presentation by Dr. Davis (Dr. Mcmanus was out of town) and spoke with some students who all love the school. The tour was pretty quick and we left at about 2." More from this Member | Report Response

"I loved the people there! and I could tell that people there (both students and faculty) love the school. I heard the curriculum is very hard because it's heavily didatic, but all students looked happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"I heard rumors beforehand that Columbia has a difficult program but didn't expect that students and faculty members would admit that I won't enjoy my time here. The interview itself went smoothly " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very welcoming. Dr. Davis was great as were all the other faculty and staff members throughout the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Had to arrive by 9 at the Faculty Club. Dr. Davis first welcomed us and the man is FUNNY (such as the random slides of dental students partying and profs being surrounded by women mixed in with his presentation). Dr. McManus followed and he was definitely interesting to talk to. Then came the interviews as we were picked up one by one. The interview itself wasn't stressful at all as we talked about my interests, family background and NYC in general. Financial presentation followed by lunch. Then the tour of the facilities; unfortunately me and a couple other interviewees got separated from our guide after spending too much time walking around the clinics. Dr. Davis then came in and gave us his closing remarks and by 2pm we were dismissed." More from this Member | Report Response

"1- arrive at the faculty club where there's a long table you will be sitting at with the other interviewees. continental breakfast available. 2- Dean Davis has everyone introduce themselves then gives a slideshow presentation on the school. The presentation is very thorough & gives many good reasons to go to Columbia! 3- Interviewers (members of the admissions committee) arrive one by one. They will take you to a certain part of the room (the room has many dining tables and is very roomy) to speak with you. Very casual, almost like talking over a fancy lunch without the food. 4- Return to the original room with the long table for lunch (sandwiches, cookies, yum). 3-4 1st or 2nd year students show up to talk to you about the school. Opportunities to talk with other interviewees as well. 5- Tour. Given by a student. Many opportunities to talk to teachers and students. All were so friendly. 6- Day ends at ~3pm. Very positive, pleasant experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was a good experience. I just wish my interviewer hadnt said that to me... although they did invite me to have an interview, so.... The school really seems like a family, faculty truly seems to care about students. Students seemed really happy there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia University is amazing. If I had to design "my perfect dental school curriculum," it would closely resemble that of Columbia CDM. I love NYC and I would really like to spend the next four years of my life in New York. It's nice that Columbia isn't in the complete center, so you aren't completely distracted. I wish it was Dec. 1st already. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview was great! Started out with a very informative information session, moved on to the personal interviews then lunch with some fourth years, including the class president. Afterwards a tour of the facilities and a quick word by Dr. McManus. All-in-all lasted about 5 hours. Couple of things, the administration seems to really care about the students, Dr. McManus was with us throughout the whole interview, telling jokes and rubbing shoulders. The student body also has a very friendly, low competition atmosphere (H/P/F grading, no class ranks). One thing to note: very good looking student bodies ;) All-in-all, a great school. You will get a top notch clinical and scientific education here, and it's not as stressful as it's been made out to be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Great. Very relaxed and conversational. Nothing tricky was asked because my grades were not a cause for concern. I was questioned about why I took Women Studies 50 but everyone I know asks me why I took it. So I had an answer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty and students were very nice. The interview was very relaxed and conversation like. We had the typical school information session and financial aid session." More from this Member | Report Response

"I stayed at a hotel in New Jersey - so heading over to Columbia was a huge issue with morning traffic and unheard of amounts of rain. The interviewees were seated in the faculty club at a long table - there were quite a few of us - and we had "breakfast" that no one really touched ;). Next, we were given a talk about Columbia and our interviews followed thereafter. It was a bit odd because we were called from the room into the biger room of the faculty club and were seated at dinning room tables with our interviewer. Next we had lunch and met with some current students. After the tour (for which my interviewer was our tour guide) we were free to leave. It actually passed by quite quickly and the other interviewees were really great." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really enjoyed the campus. The teaching facilities are top notch. I only was able to check out one of the labs, but it looked like a 7/10 as far as my previous experiences. The other students on the interview were really cool and not as quiet and stressed as I had thought. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was really long. It begins with a presentation about the school which is very informative. The tour showed us the school and the dorms which are both old and crowded. My interviewer was a very, very old man who at the time, I didnt think could hear me, and was difficult to interact with, but I got in, so he must've heard ok!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was wonderful. Overall an excellent school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed and conversational. I asked most of the questions~" More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a great place. The only negative I can think of is the clinical experience. But even that doesnt seem like a big deal because what they lack in clincal experience can be made up with a GPR. And I think having to go through that extra year is worth it to get the level of education Columbia give you. Besides, its NYC. What's not to like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole day was planned to be very laid back. The two doctors who led the day were amazing people who tried very hard to set us at ease, no matter how impossible that may have been for nervous interviewees! We listened to a great presentation on the curriculum before heading out to our interviews. The interviewer was another amazing person who immediately made me feel relaxed and comfortable to discuss my background. He really didn't ask any specific questions other than the one I posted below. We then had a presentation on financial aid and a lunch with some current students followed by a tour of the facilities including one of the housing buildings. The assistant dean of admissions was even nice enough to walk us out to the street and help us each find our way to the subway, cabs or busses! " More from this Member | Report Response

"I walk into the office of admissions at roughly 8:30 am for the 9:00 am interview. We were escorted to the faculty dining conference room where other interviewees were seated. We waited there for a good 15 -20 minutes after 9:00 am before Dr. Davis showed up and started with the introductions followed by the presentations. Dr. McManus joined in afterward and randomly started massaging some of the interviewees' shoulders (he's a good, chearful guy, i just thought this was funny). Refreshments were available throughout the presentations. Then came the eve of interviews. One by one, we were taken by our interviewers for the interview. My interviewer, surprisingly, started firing questions from the moment we sat down. At first, it was kind of a shock to be put into a defensive position without no prior warning. However, after the first few, I was in business, and gave quick retorts to his sketchy questions. For the first 30 minutes, the questions were worded in a very condescending manner, to which I had fitting responses. However, as we digressed away from grades and towards extra-curriculars and hobbies, the mood shifted to a more informal one. The interviewer, after almost ripping me a new one, started cracking dry jokes that I was forced to laugh at. All in all, I would like to advise those reading this that a tough, grilling interview is not necessarily a bad one. If anything, they may be really interested in you and want to see how you handle stressful situations. No matter how pointed the questions get, keep a smile on and look the interviewer straight in the eyes. Anyways, this hell-and-back experience was followed by Financial Aid, and then there was a tour given by two of the doctors. It was over at about 3:00 pm. " More from this Member | Report Response

"One thing you should realize is that the entire day you are being watched. The director of admissions is with you the whole day, so try to get to know him during the day. Don't kiss too much butt, though because there was a guy there with me that was trying way too hard and I think they see right through that. Be talkative, but be yourself. Be open about your intentions also. They appreciate that." More from this Member | Report Response

"informal, yet professional " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was really happy with the interview and the school and i'm so happy that i got in!!! That's where i'm going next year. Can't wait!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very bad experience, The first question is why did you apply so late? before I can answer, she said, that makes me hard to get in. Then she gave me several suggestions such as retake the DAT (because PAT is 17), more shadowing, finish all classes and app earlier. " More from this Member | Report Response

"We were treated very well by the school. However, the facilities are not the best, and the director of admissions is a cocky, ignorant person, whom i have very little respect for. THe fact that the school choose him to represent them to us, tell me a lot about columbia. My interviewer was nice, it was a relaxed atmosphere. " More from this Member | Report Response

"THe schools awesome. Didnt really feel that the whole DDS = 2nd class student was dominant. Im sure there are people in both the dental and Medical school who dont feel for the other. It seemed like everyone had an easy interview experience, real layed back. I felt kind of grilled causing me to possibly dig my own grave, but what can you do? The school is awesome and is my definite #1 choice. Now its time to wait for the infamous good/bad letter." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's wonderful overall. I arrived a day earlier to check out the place and didn't know what I was going to experience until the day. Faculties were nice and we were even taken on a tour to the dorm, where we got to see the beautiful view through the window! The curriculum are very tough according to every single one and they are very honest about it, if you are not up for challenge or not wanting to pursue specialty then go somewhere else. Columbia is a place for smart individuals who seek for an opportunity to be a specialist. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My negative experience with the interviewer soured the whole thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"interview was went pretty well...the only bad thing was the weather especially when taking a tour of the dorms and housing which were located outdoors...walking around in 4 degree weather with winds was painful esp being from california" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was stressful for me. I never felt comfortable in the city or at the school. I was more eager to leave once I saw the run down dental building." More from this Member | Report Response

"i was reluctant in going at first because of things that i heard about the school, but i am happy i went. school is really good and has an excellent curriculum and reputation to specialize." More from this Member | Report Response

"relaxing, humorous atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"It's a rough choice, an excellent school, but terrible place to live for 4 years (and perhaps longer)...." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is really laid back, no "grilling" whatsoever. They first give you a lot of info about the school, and then do the interview. It was more of a friendly discussion, with my interviewer basically asking me if I had any questions about Columbia. The entire interview was basically that--me asking about Columbia and what he is doing currently. If you have extra time, definitely tour the city and take full advantage of public transportation. Think: this is where and how you will be living if you came here. I've been to NYC numerous times before but didn't want to sit in my hotel the entire time. I arrived the day before and took the bus to my hotel, then took the subway to Chinatown, ate yummy Chinese food, took the sub back, and then walked around Central park." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer was REALLY nice. I felt that she honestly wanted to get to know me more than grill me. I felt it was really a very positive experience! It is a low stress environment, but by no means was it relaxing. The school is rather formal with things, and this is evident. They are professionals, and they act that way. You should do the same!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school was awesome although it is expensive. I worry that the dental school ranks low on all of the other schools at the Columbia medical campus and very low among Columbia in general. Overall though, the experience was awesome I just wish the interviewer had more time and we could have gotten to more topics." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some students said that they work very hard, others say it was fairly laid back. Some say it depends on your personal motivation and even your class--some classes are more competitive, some are more laid back. Some classes are taught with medical students. Medical students can be snobby toward dental students they say. Residency programs look very favoriable towards Columbia graduates (one student said he doesn't understand why--he thinks Columbia is not any different than other schools in the end). One student applied to a Oral Surgery program at UCSF which is usually 7 years, but he said that that program is 6 years long if you are a graduate of Columbia, U Conn, or Harvard." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very laid back, both of us were just having a good time. Smiling and joking around. I think I was only asked 2 questions the whole time, other than that it was a good time. I taught I was going to get grilled at this interview, but no! " More from this Member | Report Response

"I like Columbia! SDOS more than makes up for the few blemishes it has with their great faculty and students. Dr.McManus and Dr.Davis are super nice and entertaining....but, perhaps they were just putting on a show to attract ppl. the students(generally) are very clever and focused, but didn't seem like robots. The presentation was short(930 to 2). They were quite proud of their school. Bottom line: if you want to concentrate on the science, instead of the clinical part, of dentistry...and don't mind the filth of the city, choose Columbia! I hope they accept me." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very laid back, and conversational. My interviewer wanted me to ask him questions about the school, rahter than him asking me a lot of questions. When I asked him questions, he was very honest in his answers." More from this Member | Report Response

"The director of admissions is a funny guy." More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty good" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was nice and short. I don't know if I did good or not but it only lasted 10 minutes. Got my fingers crossed" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was great! Breakfast, then a small presentation, then interview, another pres, lunch and tour. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a great experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a GREAT time during my interview. It was one of the best interview experiences I had (meaning, on the dental school's part -- how they made me feel welcomed and at ease). The interview made me want to attend the school even more than before." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really liked the school because they feel very strongly about people specializing. The clinic was pretty nice. I also had a blast in New York City! " More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview experience was VERY laid back. It was more conversational and less formal than some of the other interviews? They just want to get to know you better, and not necessarily grill you about your credentials. If you go there, really talk to the students to get a feel for the school-esp. a second year, b/c they have seen the transition from grades to P/F. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I would go if this was the only place I got accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a whole day of interview/touring the school. I walked away feeling very preilidged to have gotten an interview there. They really made you feel welcome and wanted. They did, however, emphasize how acedemically chalenging the first two years are. They wanted to be very clear about what we would be getting into if we attended. The cirriculum is very medically based because of trends in dentistry. They want their students to have that well-grounded base in genetics and embryology so we have the capability to understand any new techniques or research that may come about." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was pretty unremarkable" More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 63
Faculty member 21
Admissions staff 17
Other 2

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 52
Neutral 12
Discouraging 1

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.66 67

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 15
Out of state 49

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 17
2-3 hours 15
4-6 hours 20
7+ hours 9

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 36
Automobile 11
Train or subway 18
Other 0

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

Response # Responders
< $100 14
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 4
$301-$400 11
$401-$500 3
$501+ 16

What airport did you use?

PHL then bus up to NYC

Newark

Newark - MISTAKE. Use Laguardia or JFK. Newark SUCKS.

LaGuardia

Philadelphia

newark ewr

LGA

EWR

JFK

NWR

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 20
Hotel 21
Home 3
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Affinia Manhattan

Astor in the Park

Astor on the Park

Best Western (sucked!)

Days Inn Broadway

Days Inn on W 94th

Deauville(i think)

Hilton Garden Inn

Holiday Inn George Washington Br. - Fort Lee

Hotel Bellenord

Howard Johnson

No

On the Ave Hotel

Park 79

Sofitel

Yes

YMCA

Would you recommend the hotel?

Affinia Manhattan

Astor in the Park

Astor on the Park

Best Western (sucked!)

Days Inn Broadway

Days Inn on W 94th

Deauville(i think)

Hilton Garden Inn

Holiday Inn George Washington Br. - Fort Lee

Hotel Bellenord

Howard Johnson

No

On the Ave Hotel

Park 79

Sofitel

Yes

YMCA

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

Response Avg # Responders
8.87 71

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.55 71

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
8.65 71

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
6.86 35

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.23 35

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
6.66 32

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Reply to our Emails would be highly appreciated. ????" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a wonderful time interviewing at CDM - it was by far my favorite interview experience. Keep it up!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please include the travel information to Columbia in the interview invite rather than in an email a few days before the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Please provide parking locations in the interview invite. Update the website, it is outdated, and some of the videos require quicktime. The information on the website is very vague compared to other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"Need to respond to e-mails better - it was often tough to get in contact with them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was perfectly organized and well-executed. Great job!" More from this Member | Report Response

"No suggestions, I was in the first interview invitation group so it was smooth sailing for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"It took me 2 weeks to get in contact with you to set up an interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be nice if they were available to answer questions on more days of the week than just Wed" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very impressive & productive" More from this Member | Report Response

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