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  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Boston
Individual Feedback 2 45 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 31
Negatively 6
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.20 44

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.92 24

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.87 23

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 1
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 8
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 2
45 minutes 14
50 minutes 3
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 13

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 45
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 44
In a group 0

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 43
Closed file 1

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.89 44

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

"They asked me about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Harvard School of Dental Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me about everything in my file, specific questions about how I relate to their curriculum...and I had a hypothetical scenario to analyze to demonstrate skills needed by dentists" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your undergraduate school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? what was your biggest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry and not Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would a friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me a little bit about your background?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you have a life? Convince me." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What is your biggest disappointment so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you become interested in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any brothers or sisters? Also, I see that your father is a dentist...tell me about that." More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you learned from playing sports in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get a C in Calculus II?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends say is your best quality?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you could be doing anything oustide of science what would you be doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your favorite leadership experience." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"can you go more in depth about the one program you were involved in at school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not stay in Cali and go to UCSF, UCLA, or USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were to ask your friends to describe you/your qualities, what would they say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do I get my drive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing once receiving your DDS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are some of your strengths?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nice tie. Did you buy it esp? (crimson colors) Then he suggested I get a couple of other ones when i go to UNC and Columbia....(all in good humor, he knew the school i was interviewing at for Dental SChool" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

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

"How difficult was your undergraduate school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your undergrad school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"On a scale of 1 to 10, are you a lamb or a dictator, with 1 being the lamb?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"research experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, how you became intersted in dentistry and why HDSM? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What class did you not like in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research, and what do you want to do in the field?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Describe a leadership position that you held." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe your research in more detail." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a bit about your experiences in this dental office." More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I take back to the admission committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read in the last year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would you try to fix the disparity in available and affordable healthcare in america?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relax?>" More from this Member | Report Response

"Any extracurricular activities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you feel about the research aspect of the curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why I was 3rd author on 2 papers and not 2nd? I thought this question was arrogant." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little bit more about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have I ever been challenged and not succeeded?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you ever consider medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you in a relationship? How did it end and why? Was she also going into a health profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What's the latest book you've read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would a friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you see yourself and your career in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked about the W's on my transcript" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you consider medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What extracurricular activites are you involved in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you ever consider going into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"pre-dental experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you want to do w/your education here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What attracted you to apply to HSDM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get a bad grade in organic?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What role would you take on when you're in a group?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experience being an EMT." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you become interested in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had endless amounts of money, how would you improve dental healthcare for the underpriveleged?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you sing?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"how well do you work in small groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of learning style do you prefer?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"What was a big challenge for you within the past four years and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did I ever consider medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you normally do when you hang out with your friends?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think about the pbl system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you find volunteering in 3rd world countries after being raised in the US? Language barrier? Would you combine medicine and politics? (reference to my essay and also topic of socialized medicine.)" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Both interviewers asked in depth questions relating to my application. I was impressed with how thorough the entire interview was." More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions were pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being a lamb and 10 being a tyrant, how would you rate your leadership skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would you rate the difficulty of your undergrad school? how would you rate how hard you worked?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the PBL curriculum here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry and not Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your leadership skills." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was you greatest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you can choose anyone, who would you want to sit next to in an airplane?" More from this Member | Report Response

"On a leadership scale of lamb to tyrant where would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you failed a class? I told them I wouldn't, that I'd work hard at it. For that reason, I thought they were going to kick me right out the door." More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my interests in building furniture?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The questions were pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about this hypothetical situation where the patient had HIV infection and how I would tell him what's going on there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer described several scenarios and asked how I would handle each of them." More from this Member | Report Response

"What specifically do you think you can bring to the problem-based learning style and tutorials at HSDM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will fit in with the calibur of students here? (I thought this was arrogant!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your impressions of the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you belong here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you could be doing anything oustide of science what would you be doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has been a positive influence on you in your lifetime besides your family members?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you handle dealing with cadavers in the gross anatomy section?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you come to HSDM, how would you contribute to the class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not stay in Cali and go to UCSF, UCLA, or USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really-most of the questions were based on application and personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"hard to say which was the most interesting. asked a lot of questions based on my personal statement and application (incl. secondary)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your method of learning." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are the top three most important things in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what previous perceptions of harvard did you have before you came to this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were to ask your father what are you three best and worst qualities what would he say?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"No single question was difficult. The interviews themselves were conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have a very high dat score and GPA. You have a passion for research, have a wealth of diverse dental experiences, and have completed many community service projects, both locally and internationally. But we have plenty of applicants like you. Why are you different? What can you bring to HSDM that is unique?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself 10 years from now? (celebrating the 10-year anniversary of you asking me this question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your biggest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry and not Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look for in a dental school? (I don't know why, but I totally fumbled on this one... maybe cuz I was on CA time, and it felt ridiculously early in the morning)" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you can choose anyone, who would you not want to sit next to in an airplane?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be the most challenging thing about dental school for you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"I joked about having a life at school, then she (Anne Berg) asked me straight up if I really did. I spent the next couple minutes persuading her that I was at least sorta cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Imagine you are in a PBL class where none of the other students include you. How would you handle this situation?" 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 disappointment you've had so far in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The question above was unexpected, but other than that they were ordinary questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What book/movie has influenced your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What turns you off about HSDM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone who applies has done all of the necessary labwork, dental experience, etc to be a good candidate, and that's how they got this far. But what makes you different, what makes you stand out as a candidate?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"how would you try to fix the disparity in available and affordable healthcare in america?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do your DAT scores not reflect your GPA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of role would you take in a group setting?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting short story you read? (I used to read a lot of short stories when I was in college, that is 7 years ago. When the interviewer asked the question, I could not answer it right away.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same questions as everywhere else I interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were really difficult b/c the interview was extremely conversational...i really enjoyed it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would I bring to the Harvard Dental Class" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What did you learn from doing research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you were faced with a challenge." More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you feel you can fit in with the rest of the incoming class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your QR score from the DAT" More from this Member | Report Response

"same as above. I couldn't think of a third. But it was alright, he understood being on the spot. " More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I was just myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Research online" More from this Member | Report Response

"Conducted mock interviews, studied the HSDM website (a lot), spoke with current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"I completed the Supp App. That helped me put my thoughts in order. I also paid much attention to our morning meeting with Anne Berg. I used some of the info i learned in that meeting as examples during my interview." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"SDN, mostly just thought about it a little. NYU interview the day before." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and Harvard Website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Website, SDN, talking to various people, ADEA booklet." More from this Member | Report Response

"Aadsas and secondary app." More from this Member | Report Response

"Got info on the school from the internet and the school introduction that you have before your interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ran through questions on SDN's interview feedback, talked with a few Harvard alums. " More from this Member | Report Response

"hsdm website" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Called several class members of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years. SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"I talked to previous canidates, and had several interviews before. I really didn't prep because I just wanted to be myself, not impress anyone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Noting much... look over my app on aadsas" 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, school website, ect." More from this Member | Report Response

"practiced answering potential questions, sdn, school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the web site, SDN interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"read sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback, read Harvard website, studied info they sent me pre-interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and practiced with my friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"HSDM homepage, previous interview experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read the website and student doctor.net" More from this Member | Report Response

"school's website. general interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read Harvard's wesbite, talked to a few current students, and of course, SDN!" More from this Member | Report Response

"school's website and SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN website, talked to students, Harvard website" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"This was my 4th interview so I didnt worry too much about this one." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN feedback and visited school website." More from this Member | Report Response

"researched the program, prepared general answers, slept well the night before!" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed webpage" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Talked with some dental students before going; read the website; read my essay." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"read SDN, talked to current students, read the website." More from this Member | Report Response

"I relaxed, read the material and talked to a few friends at "ha-vUd" " More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The research opportunity and the Pass/Fail curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"One me and one other student was present for the entire interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. The school: pass/fail, no ranks, 100% match rates, med curriculum, networking opportunities, PBL (wasn’t a fan until I learned how Harvard does it). Faculty: down to earth, leaders in their respective fields. Students: unique, happy and seemed less stressed than any other school I interviewed at (which was a lot!). Location: Boston is an exciting city, always stuff to do. Vandy is a rock toss away from the medical and dental school (definitely stay was a student host!). All in all, the program is phenomenal. The interview is extremely thorough (especially the financial aid talk). I had so much fun during this interview. Just know your application well, drink some coffee, and enjoy your day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and faculty are amazing. I love their version of PBL." More from this Member | Report Response

"prestige, opportunities to specialize, and the lack of competition among students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Taking classes with the medical students, pass/fail system, Boston!" More from this Member | Report Response

"everything. beautiful campus, beautiful city. it was my first time there. the students were also really laid back and gave a great tour that touched everything." More from this Member | Report Response

"Historic nature of Harvard, their prominence, the caliber of professors there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. Everyone I encountered during my visit was very nice, and they were very excited for all the interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"True Pass/Fail system" More from this Member | Report Response

"How laid back the program is." More from this Member | Report Response

"By far the most impressive aspect of the school is the location, Boston. The med school was extremely nice and taking med classes would be pretty sweet. Also, you're pretty much guaranteed acceptance into a specialty if you graduate from Harvard. Problem based learning. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and how laid back and brilliant they are." More from this Member | Report Response

"students are laid-back, pass-fail (passing grade is 60%!!), best school to go into specialty" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots. I was impressed by the program, the board scores, the strong medical emphasis, the med students, and the curriculum. Also P/NP" More from this Member | Report Response

"Get into your specialities, but I knew that. The students were really cool and social. No arrogance. Some were pretty funny and cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school was so relax and chill, I didn't get the vibe that people were trying to be pretentious or overly snobby. I expected that i would not like the school or the people, but I was totally wrong." More from this Member | Report Response

"the stress level of the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything! Before I went to the interview I wanted to go to Columbia more but I was so impressed with how happy the students were, how open and helpful the staff and faculty were and the general atmosphere of geniality and helpfulness. When I went I stayed with a student and met a lot of students in their natural habitat ;) and they were so nice and so enthusiastic that it made me fall in love with the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Although the dental school is small compared to the medical school right next to it, the program seemed like it could get you into whatever specialty you desire." More from this Member | Report Response

"The atmosphere seemed academic and encouraging where students are happy with their lives. Certainly there are lots of things going on in this area other than the classes, and made me wanting to part of them." More from this Member | Report Response

"The very upbeat attitudes of the students there. It was obvious that they were happy to be there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The uniqueness of the program, the UNLIMITED amount of resources and assistance available to students, and the technology and facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"all of the students seemed to really love it there, and there is guaranteed housing for students in a dorm across the street" More from this Member | Report Response

"High quality of the students there. Administration really cares about the students, and wants all of them to do well. Integration of medical and dental schools the first two years with same grading curves; emphasizes the idea that dentistry is a subspecialty of medicine. Opportunities to get involved in all sorts of research projects. Success of harvard students matching into competetive specialty programs. I did not meet one person that I considered arrogant or snotty. People were all very laid-back. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I liked the small class size and the problem-based learning. You only have about an hour of lecture a day and then the rest of the learning is done in small groups or by yourself. You also get to take all the classes the med students take during the first two years and you get to know all of them. All the lectures are online, so you can watch them anytime!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The small class size" More from this Member | Report Response

"the friendly attitude of the admissions committee, interviewing <5 candidates at a time, informal Q&A session during orientation, upbeat attitude of the 4 dental students i met, the PBL system, the "societies", plethora of opportunities to research" More from this Member | Report Response

"the medical school right next to the dental school" More from this Member | Report Response

"it's Harvard. There is nothing better in the country that the big H." More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYTHING...Boston is awesome, the medical school is incredible (mind you, dental students and med students are intertwined for the first two full years)...vanderbilt hall is a great idea for first year students,...all in all, its HARVARD...what is there not to like? " More from this Member | Report Response

"i met a very diverse student body." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. HSDM is an incredible school and the program is incorporated with the medical school, so you get all the benefits of that school's funding. It is a pass/fail system, so there is no competition between students. You take all of your first 2 years of classes with med students which is cool and you learn all the aspects of the human body before going strictly dental. facilities were amazing, dorms are right across from the classroom buildings. it is in a nice location, the students are from everyone across the country (and canada) so you get to meet a variety of people, not just people who are in the same state and went to the same college or high school. in short, HSDM was amazing, score #1 on boards, great for specialization and their reputation goes a long way." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice curriculum (PBL, classes with medical students, etc);a lot of research opportunities; new building, etc...; friendly students and staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"The name." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and faculty were very nice and welcoming. The school's curriculum is one that appears to really try to prepare you for the profession with a solid foundation. The number of resources and opportunities that are available to students are almost limitless. I also liked the fact that there is a pass/no pass grading system which really tones down the stress-level and eliminates competition between peers." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything! But i think what -most- impressed me were how friendly and down-to-earth the students were. Honestly, none of them had a snooty attitude, none of them had the stereotypical monster-egos that HSDM students are rumored to have. everyone was just incredibly honest, friendly, sincere, and humble. just very real people. Also, was excited that HSDM is constructing a new building which we were told would be ready in the fall. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the interviewers were very friendly, the students seemed personable" More from this Member | Report Response

"class done by 12:30 no grades or ranking of students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Get to take classes with Harvard med students with harvard med school faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. I loved my experience at HSDM. Students and faculty seemed really friendly. There seems to be an unlimited amount of opportunity as a dental student there. I really like the pass/fail system as well as the fact that they don't rank their students because it decreases the amount of competition between students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the pass/fail curriculum!! the innovative and all encompassing approach to dental medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"The relaxed atmosphere (the students) the facilities (med) the on campus housing. The finacial aid talk was VERY informative. Harvard is not a strictly research school, you will get a well rounded education with an emphasis on medicine. In addition 90+ percent of the class get into the specialty program of their choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"What didn't?? HMS is palacial. I do not believe in the Treasury Department anymore, I believe money was being printed in the basement of HMS. No wonder Harvard hasn't the largest endowment (6 billion i hear)" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Interviewer was disrespectful and didn't seem to be interested in being there." More from this Member | Report Response

"That students tend to live in the dorms during D1." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. The interview and school itself was flawless." More from this Member | Report Response

"Boston is cold and wet in the winter, and it's hot and humid during the summer. I really wanted to see the clinics, but they were closed for the NERB during our interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"pass/fail system, new changes to curriculum (problem-based learning), entire first two years being at HMS and non-clinical skills" More from this Member | Report Response

"The rooms in Vanderbilt Hall were too small." More from this Member | Report Response

"there was no financial aid talk because the person in charge of it was sick that day. so we just got a packet showing us how much $$ dentists make and were on our own for an hour. seemed rather unprofessional." More from this Member | Report Response

"Size of class, which actually may be a plus" More from this Member | Report Response

"Arrogance of majority of people, excessively small class size, weak dental curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"There reputation for putting out poor clinicians seems accurate." More from this Member | Report Response

"The schools I talked to were cocky as hell (and it didn't seem like they had much to be that cocky about). The lab and clinic were probably the worst I've seen. The cost is not worth the education you receive at Harvard. I believe you can get a better education at many other schools (at least the ones I interviewed at). " More from this Member | Report Response

"The lacking of pre-clinical and clinical training, and the run-down facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"students don't get clinical experience for the first 2 years" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities were not the most amazing I had seen, but still good. No sim lab and less clinical than other school because everyone specializes" More from this Member | Report Response

"I just came from Arizona, which was totally nice and new. Harvard looked ghetto. The student interviewing me hadn't looked at my info and I wasn't super impressed with him, but he was nice enough, I guess. How late you get into the clinic, the stress of the 3rd year, doing rectal exams as a dental student...retarded! I didn't like the lonely feel of the student housing at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"While I was impressed by facilities, faculty and students, I did get the impression that the school is not as well financed as some other private institutions (or public for that matter)- translation - its very expensive and theres not much scholarship. But its harvard, right! the students are heavily recruitted from this dental school, something I cant say for all the schools i visited. (no one did a GPR or AEGD , everyone went right into there specialty like 95%, the other 5% did public health or something academic." More from this Member | Report Response

"no sim lab for the class" More from this Member | Report Response

"How long they made us wait before we were interviewed ;)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was hoping that the school would be larger and the facilities larger." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"the weather" More from this Member | Report Response

"It's very specific program, so it doesn't work for everyone! If you are not interested in going right into a specialty, academia, or research, it will not prepare you for general practice. Also, there is a required research project and no clinical experience at all until the third year." More from this Member | Report Response

"the pre-clinical facilities--they were the worst i'd seen at any dental school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not so sure the PBL thing is for me. But then, I don't really know what program would be good for me! " More from this Member | Report Response

"The equipment etc. wasn't very up to date" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school really wasn't that much different than the safety schools I had applied to. It was actually very similar to Wisconsin." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing, really, against HSDM. just wish boston was cheaper to live in and wish it was more feasible to have a car while in school. wish student housing (Vanderbuilt Hall) was more like an "apartment" rather than a dorm like other graduate school housing at other schools" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"not much that i remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dental labs/clinic were a little rusty and old, but hey, they get the job done!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the constant blare of police sirens around the campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"don't touch an instrument until their 3rd year (maybe late 2nd year), but i don't see that as too big of problem. your 3rd and 4th year is all clinical, and you will get plenty of experience in time. also, they have a research requirement, which might deter a lot of people" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"That the name isn't everything. The facilities are soo old. The students don't seem "Harvard material" and that the school makes you do a research project and wants everyone to do dental research in the future, but rarely do their students stay in research as a career. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Aside from the frigid weather this time of year..nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"the tour felt really short...i would have liked to see more (but our tour time had to be cut short for various reasons)" More from this Member | Report Response

"financial seminar was cynical" More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities are garbage you don't even begins doing dental things until your 3rd year small clinic size lack of clinical skills acquired while at Harvard" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are ridiculously small and old. I was shocked to see how run down the place was. They spent more time showing us how great the Med school is than the dental school. They have no sim labs. The students have some of the biggest egos I have EVER seen and one told me straight out that after you grad from Harvard you will not have the skills needed to immediately practice clinical dentistry. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. The only thing is that it seems like the dental students have to work extremely hard....even harder than the medical students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"having clinical skills introduced so late into your time there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, except for the weather in Boston." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing about Harvard, but traffic and parking. But keep in mind the T is there so not a bother really. Awesome " More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How small the interview group was." More from this Member | Report Response

"That you will get a ticket if you park outside of Vandy." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had researched more about the school before I arrived. I had a JADA article on the HSDM curriculum that I wanted to read before my interview but never got to it. I also should have perused the website more. These "should have's" would be more for my benefit, rather than for my success during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"How casual it would be...misconception of prim and proper ivys" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the cab drivers in Boston WILL rip you off." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview lasted until 3:30" More from this Member | Report Response

"Breakfast is not provided" More from this Member | Report Response

"Their unique curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are multiple entrances to the dental school, and the ONE that you have to enter is in a very obscure part of the building. They don't provide breakfast, so eat something before you go!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone lives in the dorms, and that Boston is really cool! Oh, and arrange to stay with a student and save $$$ on hotel." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students at Harvard are way cool, but I wasn't impressed with my day to day actions with Bostonian public transport and street people. They were kinda mean and not too laid back. Weird that the students were way cooler!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I you missed the sign on the way in you would never think you were at harvard. The people and the environment is very nice, and does not seem overly competitive or stressful." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviews are mostly there to gauge your personality and see if you'd fit in with the students, so let your natural self shine through!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That my interviewers were both researchers." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not to stress so much over it. That interviewing with 2 faculty members is not something to stress over." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they are NOT looking for the most common answer of "what do you want to do after dental school?", which is "Go right into practice and get started!" HSDM is specialized in providing advanced dental opportunities." More from this Member | Report Response

"how poor of a pre-clinic facility they have, that they're building a new research building, and that the students are basically med students for the 1st two years." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I could actually get accepted!! " More from this Member | Report Response

"That I should have brought my snow boots to the interview for the tour....it snowed almost a foot in the 24 hours I was there!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not know that the building was so old and so separate from the medical school itself. When I got there, I first walked into the beautiful med school and soon realized that I was in the wrong building. When I finally got to the dental school itself, I was hugely disappointed." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN members are grossly misinformed about HSDM. thought it was a solid program and the opportunity for growth seems plentiful. i am not worried that i won't be good "clinically" once i graduate." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is really not that great. Besides the Harvard name, I dont see how someone would think this was good school. If you like the cold weather and even colder people(the interviewers especially), then this is the right school for you." More from this Member | Report Response

"i knew a lot about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"PASS/FAIL!!!:):):):)" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were more non-traditional applicants and dental students than I had thought." More from this Member | Report Response

"The cold and dreary weather. How expensive it is to live in Boston. The cambridge undergraduate campus is in a better location than the medical/dent school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the facilities were not as bad as previous feedback made them out to be (you must take into consideration how old the school is). In fact they are in the process of constructing new dental facilities which should be completed in the coming Fall. The people around the community and campus are also very nice and willing to offer help (contrary to public belief of Harvard students)." More from this Member | Report Response

"how much I would have liked Harvard. I went there, having read all these negative things about the school here on SDN...but I think i really just had to go there for myself, to experience the interview, and make up my own mind. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the just throw students in the medical school class for the first two years because they dont have the facilities to support the dental school class." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the Harvard dental school is absolutely worthless compared to its med school and other dental schools. You take away the Harvard name and you're left with a mediocre school at best. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That most people specialize after receiving their DDS from HSDM. " More from this Member | Report Response

"that while research is required, you can basically do anything you want to do, including going overseas! i would have been more enthusiastic about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish i had spent longer in boston. Everyone i talked with was incredibly cool. Went a had a drink and got to know them before i left, but they were the type of student who know their stuff without being stuffy. Pretty unusual for an Ivy (Exception was PENN" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"If you’re reading this, you probably landed an interview at Harvard. Congratulations! The interview day is nothing to worry about. They want to better understand who you are as a person, not how well you can spit out rehearsed interview answers. There are two 1 on 1 interviews, each for about an hour. It is very conversational, so just relax and answer honestly. Also, come ready with tons of questions to ask faculty/students. Good luck!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It's an amazing school. In my eyes, the closest to perfect that you can get from a dental education. But I don't think I put my best foot forward during the interview. Maybe I was just nervous because I knew I only had one shot, and I really want to go to this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I went in with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised by the city, campus, students, and faculty. Really a top notch school that gives you a lot of options. I would never go to a school just for the name brand, but I think HSDM earns it from what I saw." More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent school. Dental students do all coursework with med students first two years, plus take two additional classes. (harder than med school)." More from this Member | Report Response

"GOOD!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I went on my interview thinking that HSDM would actually be on par with the Medical School for which it is so famous for, but I am actually quite disappointed. The school itself is located in a very small, old building, its clinics tiny, and I am also not really too attracted/impressed with the PBL approach of the program. What really turned me off the most was the sheer arrogance of the majority of the folks there: when the admissions director first entered the room, the first thing out of her mouth was ''You should be proud of yourselves; you are actually at Harvard.'' I can't speak for others, but I guess it just rubbed me the wrong way, and the rest of the day was of a similar vein. The interviewers, the staff, and a lot of the students seem to have their noses pointed towards the sky. Not the kind of environment that I would feel comfortable or happy in. About the only good thing I can say for HSDM is that, because it does have ''Harvard'' in its name, you are pretty set for specialization. However, I found that the perception that HSDM trains weak clinicians to be quite accurate as well, because looking at their course schedule I can't see how one can learn that much clinical dentistry given that you don't pick up an instrument until your 3rd year and that actual clinical work seems minimal. Socially, whether or not Boston is an enjoyable place is entirely subjective. I personally am a warm-weather, mellow person, so I find a place where it can get so cold in the winter and so hot during the summer to be unbearable. Living in Boston will be expensive, and most of HSDM students appear to live in the Vanderbilt Dorm next to the school. It's convenient, but the rooms themselves are tiny, bee-hived, and are share-bathed. Living off-campus will be more expensive, and I suspect not much better. Overall, I'd say that this is probably most overrated dental school I have visited. For the price it's charging and the actual dental education one's getting, I just don't see any comparative advantage over any state school. It just seems too much of an after-thought of its med school brethren. Other than the name, there just really isn't much to it." More from this Member | Report Response

"2 separate interviews...both very relaxed, but come prepared for 2 of them. They will ask the same questions too." More from this Member | Report Response

"The only reason I can logically see anybody attending Harvard dental is for the name, and it's apparent in the students that go there (at least the ones I met). You have to realize that Harvard Dental is nothing like Harvard Law, Business, or Medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"It started at 8:30am. There were about 6 interviewees including myself. Anne Berg talked about the curriculum, answered any general questions we had. Then we had two 45 mins interviews back-to-back. Lunch with third year students. Tour of the medical and dental facilities with a second year student. And then a Financial Aid talk, which none of it I understood. Finished at 2pm. I almost fell asleep cuz I had almost no sleep the night before, and ate too much for lunch. =P Went to the COOP to get a shirt and mug for souvenirs. The students were awesome. " More from this Member | Report Response

"See above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Anne Berg is cool, if she interviews you. It is laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"Best interview experience by far - partially due to the fact that i was not expecting much... such as life." More from this Member | Report Response

"I stayed with a first year student (definitely do that if you can) and she went out of her way to make me feel welcome and to help me out. (I honestly feel that the students are HSDM's best ambassadors.) The interview day (there were five of us - all girls) who met with Anne Berg and then went on a tour, had lunch, met some students, and finally went back to be interviewed by two individuals. Now that I think back - the day passed by fairly quickly but at the time - the space between the morning and actually being interviewed was interminable. My interviewers were very kind and tried to make the process as painless and low-stress as possible." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a very nice experience, not a bad deal." More from this Member | Report Response

"They're not into research that much as many people would say, but it's just that the school wants the students to be well rounded and to participate actively in their curriculum. You just can't dislike it once you visit the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very positive. The students that I met were VERY helpful in putting things into perspective. It really contradicted my expectations of being a high stress place." More from this Member | Report Response

"So, to repeat, HSDM will not prepare you for going right into general practice. You simply don't get the overall clinical experience (which begins in the third year), because you're starting to specialize by that time, and choosing which procedures you want to do. Also, there are no traditional lectures and exams - it is ALL student-driven with tutorials and a PASS-FAIL grading system. So the program is very different, but if you are at ALL interested in going into a specialty, research, or academics, this is the PERFECT program. You can do whatever you want, 100% of postgrads get into their specialty of choice, and there are an enormous amount of resources, both with advising, technology, and experience. (Just make sure you let them know you know how to go after what you want and are proactive. Also, you need to be a leader, since all the learning is done in small groups with little professor involvement). Also, you simply cannot beat the facilities, dorm, history, library, cafeterias. This is obviously a Harvard school! Every building looks like a museum. As for the interview, they ask very open-ended questions and let you do most of the talking, since they're looking for a very specific type of personality to match their "problem-based learning" style. If you're invited, you have the numbers - the interview is just seeing your style." More from this Member | Report Response

"my first interviewer was quite harsh and it was impossible for me to tell whether or not she liked me. but my second interviewer was extremely relaxed and friendly. so it really varies." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was super-nervous for this interview, and thought it was terrible at the time. Looking back, the two interviews I had (1 a PhD researcher, 1 an oral radiologist) were really nice and asked very fair questions. At the time though, I overanalyzed everything. My advice is to just be yourself, and answer the questions truthfully. Try and relax if you can. Harvard isn't all about "research" as some people have suggested. They really want well-rounded people with a range of experiences. Travel, leadership, non-science interests, etc are all important. Also, I think they want people who have explored/considered other health fields." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was set up in a dorm with one of the students so that I could learn about that aspect of the school, we were presented to about the school, we had our interviews, lunch with students, a financial aid presentation and then a tour. The whole thing was very positive, and the students seemed very happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"This school is not all that its cracked up to be, but if the name is everything to you, then I highly recommend it." More from this Member | Report Response

"very positive experience. wasn't expecting much based on the feedback on SDN, but within the first hour of orientation, i realized i had believed a lot of incorrect information. thought the clinic was adequate. the preclinic was old, but i have yet to see a "nice" preclinic on any of the tours i've been on. HSDM has a completely different approach to learning (PBL) than i'm accustomed to, but i think this strategy could be great for me" More from this Member | Report Response

"I hope that people think twice before committing themselves to such a mediocre school. I think there are many schools in the U.S that are far better." More from this Member | Report Response

"harvard is the best school in the country, no debate. there may not be much clinical emphasis in the first two years, but my general dentist went to harvard and he's doing well for himself... students who don't like harvard either: a) didn't get accepted and are seeking some internet revenge or b) didn't read up on the school to find out thatthey emphasize dental medicine as a branch of general medicine and incorporate research into many areas of the curriculum. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was awesome...I would love to go to Harvard School of Dental Medicine!" More from this Member | Report Response

"They made you feel that they needed you more than you needed them. I liked the atmosphere around there and would not hesitate to make it my home for the next 4/5 years." More from this Member | Report Response

"interview was all right, two 45 minute interviews. one with a professor and the other with a 4th year student. asked basic interview questions about college activities and such." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were two one-on-one interviews at HSDM, whereas at other schools, there were only one interview. The interviews were very relaxing, but they asked a lot of questions. It was interesting that some questions two interviewers asked were identical. I had to say same things twice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Just another ivy." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very impressed with the presentation of their program. The actual interviews were pretty laid-back in the sense that they just wanted to get to know your character to see if you will fit in with the rest of the class. At the same time, they tried to give you a good idea of student life so you can assess whether or not the school would be right for you. The students were very honest with their opinions and were very willing to answer any questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had an amazing time at HSDM. I was impressed with so much of their curriculum, the friendliness of their faculty and students, and the overall non-competitive learning environment. I was impressed with HSDM and it wasn't because of their ivy-league name (i went to an ivy league undergrad and i'm not really going to be impressed with a dental school JUST because it's an ivy-league. in fact, with penn, i was really turned off b/c they KEPT on reminding us that they were ivy-league...i really liked penn's curriculum, but i just felt that the intro talk was just too focused on proclaiming their ivy-league status every few minutes). Actually, at harvard, they didn't even mention (not once!) that they were ivy-league. i appreciated that. I just had a really great time at my interview. I felt like they really welcomed me, made a great effort to make me feel comfortable, and were really personable. The interview was by far one of the most fun I've had because we talked about everything and it was all just sharing our experiences, telling funny stories, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"overall very positive" More from this Member | Report Response

"If all you care about is the name and pestige then by all means goto Harvard." More from this Member | Report Response

"I LOVED Harvard. I really felt like it as an amazing school that gives their students an excellent education. " More from this Member | Report Response

"while small, this place is still quite impressive. the clinics themselves looked nice, and the med school building where you will be taking classes is equally impressive. check out those huge plasma screens!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was very positive. The interviewers will be very aware of your file so read your essays and application before you go in. The interview is low stress so relax and let your personality shine through" More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

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Student 43
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 0
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

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Enthusiastic 22
Neutral 2
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

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7.41 22

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What is your in-state status?

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In state 1
Out of state 21

What was your total time spent traveling?

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0-1 hour 1
2-3 hours 3
4-6 hours 8
7+ hours 8

What was your primary mode of travel?

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Airplane 15
Automobile 5
Train or subway 3
Other 0

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

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< $100 1
$101-$200 4
$201-$300 2
$301-$400 3
$401-$500 3
$501+ 3

What airport did you use?

Logan

Logan International Airport

Boston

BOS

Where did you stay?

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At school facility 1
With students at the school 7
Friends or family 3
Hotel 7
Home 0
Other 0

General Info

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

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8.87 23

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What is your ranking of this school's location?

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8.50 22

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

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9.05 22

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How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

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9.67 6

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How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

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9.83 6

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

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6.83 6

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