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  • Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Portland
Individual Feedback 2 47 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 39
Negatively 4
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.81 43

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.90 29

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.84 31

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 2
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 18
35 minutes 3
40 minutes 1
45 minutes 4
50 minutes 2
55 minutes 1
60+ minutes 15

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 44
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 42
Closed file 2

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.66 44

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

"First interview was more of "why dentistry/ why OHSU" type questions. Second interview was more about seeing if you've been through some academic adversity/how are you going to handle it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What academic challenge have you faced?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of setting and in what scope of practice do you want to practice in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What interested you in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What inspired you to pursue dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Tell me about your most challenging life experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see dentistry going?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what are 3 characteristics you feel are important for a good dentist to have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you applied to the program?" More from this Member | Report Response

""What are your plans if you don't get accepted this year?"" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Is there anything in your file I will have to explain to the Admission Board? (YAH, it would be nice if you read it I wanted to say.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were many questions related to my knowlege of dentistry. Why dentistry? What advantages and disadvantages? What problems in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why dentistry? Why do you think you have good manual dexterity skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you want to go into private practice when you’re done with school? How will you be in managing an office?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you would be good with your hands?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What makes you think you'd be a good dentist, why dentistry, tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What volunteer experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you handled challenges in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you plan on moving back to a small community like the one you were raised in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What manual dexterity skills have you demonstrated?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see the future of dentistry going" More from this Member | Report Response

"If there is one thing I could tell the admissions committee about you that would tip the scale in your favor, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we choose you over other candidates? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of manual dexterity skills od you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Shadowing experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done to demonstrate your manual dexterity, aside from what you talked about on your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the neatest dental procedure you saw?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are the attributes that you would like to have as a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does integrity mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your study habits like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what will dentistry give you that you don't feel you are getting out of physical therapy (my current field)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about implants?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why ohsu" More from this Member | Report Response

"will you come here if you got accepted?" More from this Member | Report Response

""Why do you choose dentistry over other health care professions?"" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"What would people say if I asked them about what kind of person you are?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why OHSU? How do you spend your free time? What are the things you are proud of? What are good and bad characters do you posess?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there something you would like to explain about your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan to go into private practice after graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is the most important thing about the doctor patient relationship and how would you achieve it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What do you know about different dental practice" More from this Member | Report Response

"What research experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How skilled are you at managing your time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three important characteristics of a good dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you would be a good fit at OHSU?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What about your dentist you worked for did u like or dislike" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"Why did you choose to apply to OHSU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could not be a dentist, what would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What interests you about OHSU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was most difficult in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you study for exams, what are your study habits and time management skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is it about our school that made you apply here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked for details about my volunteer experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your plans after graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Are there any other people in your family who are either dentists or work in related fields of health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as being the most rewarding and frustrating experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"You know it really means something when you get an interview this early? Right? (not)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What courses did you find challenging?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Also, interview is a good time to explain the weaknesses in your applications. Some of my DAT sections were not as good as others, so I had an opportunity to talk about it too." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you study for your classes? Do you consider yourself a fast learner, slow learner or visual learner?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research and extracurricular activities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How come you did not do well in this course and on this part of your DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What a specific quote in my personal statement meant to me" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you go about doing your research (specific questions probing it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does English Composition mean? (She honestly didn't know)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is professionalism?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What has playing baseball done to prepare you for dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do your professors view you? Do you know what they said about you (in your letters of rec)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Let me about your different traveling experiences, and how did they make you grow as a person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you knew someone was cheating, how would you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting thing you've done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What brings you joy in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a significant event in your life, that has changed you as a person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were an ad, what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions will you pose to potential employees of your practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a patient wanted a treatment that you did not recommend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you found that you had a lamp that was broken, how would you go about fixing it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what does "integrity" mean to you when it comes to being a dentist" More from this Member | Report Response

"After a hard test, do you go to the pub with class mates or go home to get some sleep?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about teeth? " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing in particular stood out. interviewer was disinterested in grades, but concentrated on your personality and your ability to work with others. " More from this Member | Report Response

""As you well know dental school is expensive, how do you plan on financing your education?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Although there isn't one question that stood out in particular, I would say that compared to some of my other interviews, the interviewer seemed much more engaged and ready to get to know me. He asked me lots of "meat and potatoes" questions that got right down to why I want to be a dentist and I thought he asked just the right amount of questions to understand why I am interested in dentistry." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with a patient with no insurance." More from this Member | Report Response

"what dental procedure do you like the most?(from what I have observed during my volunteering at different dental offices)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you deal with a patient that doesn't like your treatment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Routine questions..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you pick medical?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will dental office be like in the future? Issues related to cosmetic dentistry." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you affraid of in dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite science course and what is your favorite non-science course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you weren't applying to dental school, what would you be doing with your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Your undergrad GPA is slightly lower than the average we accept here.. What do you think about that and how will you succeed here if accepted?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why don't you just stick to IT work? There's good money in it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What academic challenge have you faced?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you dis-like about dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you tell me about why you did very well on certain sections of the DAT and not so well on others?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If your friends could describe you in one word, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were pretty straight forward." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see in the future for dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What brings you joy in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could ask the president any question what would it be? Why did you get such a low score on the PAT portion of the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"IF you were an ad, what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would a radio ad for your practice sound like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you go about providing services to people with no insurance or health care in your practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What words/phrases word you use to market your office on the radio?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Given your success in academics thus far, what will you find challenging in dentistry school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry? (Only because the question's getting old and I have trouble not sounding rehersed.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What could you change about dentistry." More from this Member | Report Response

"why i chose ohsu vs. other schools. what i have to offer to the program." More from this Member | Report Response

""What do you see as being the most important ethical obligation(s) facing dentists today?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were very difficult, just open-minded and down to the point." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"What important issues do you think dentistry will face in the next few years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Again - nothing. The interview was very basic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see the future of dentistry going?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If there wasn't such a thing as dentistry what would have you studied?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Problems related to dental insurance( actualy, there were not too challanging questions)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you affraid of in dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are many people that cannot afford dental care so what would you do about that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you will not be good at in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the current state of HMOs?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Google, your average interview prep. Having thoughtful answers to your basic questions (especially regarding your own application) will carry you through this interview. They are not trying to grill you." More from this Member | Report Response

"This site, answering a few basic questions on my own, studying why the profession is perfect for me in the first place." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my application, read SDN interview feedback questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked to current OHSU students, studentdoctor.net interview feedback, OHSU website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked up as much interview feedback on SDN as possible, did a mock interview with my schools career services, soulsearched. Got advice from dental students and the dentist i shadowed with." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read alot on SDN, lost 5lbs, bought a dress suit, did a mock interview to boost confidence." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewed my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, practiced questions that had been asked before, OHSU website, talked to current dental students" More from this Member | Report Response

"SSN spoke with some OHSU grads" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk to myself like a crazy person." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, Talked to students who had interviewed here before" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Looked at this website and the school's website." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, mock interviews, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"I spoke with students and alumni, read the website, and reviewed the sdn interview feedback pages." More from this Member | Report Response

"Go over questions and study the web site" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about the school online, mock interview with professors." More from this Member | Report Response

"Checked the website, read my application, sdn, mock interview at my school, made a list of questions I wanted to ask." More from this Member | Report Response

"This website, lots of talking things over with my wife, trying on my suit, etc beforehand" More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school and anything I could find on dentistry and insurance." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read website. Talked to students. Read my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"review ohsu website and spoke to a student of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The key here is just do a little research; it need not be anything profound. Just get online, go to the school's website and become acquainted with how the school functions, not only up on Marquam hill, but within the surrounding community as well (one can run a few searches on local news websites to ascertian this). Go prepared with a few of these concepts from your research and formulate some questions for the interviewer. Remember the interview should be about give and take (i.e., a mutual exchange of ideas with the interviewer will show that you've done your homework)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over the OHSU dental website and obtained as much information as I could from dentists in my community, all of which had very positive things to say about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed application, looked over interview questions, did a mock interview at the career center-(thanks for the great advice)." More from this Member | Report Response

"look over my application, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read questions from this site, reviewed my app, did practice interview at career center. If you go to PSU, get the list of questions from Karen Hanson. My interviewer had the exact list in front of her and only added one spontaneous question." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read online, talked to SDNers, reviewed my app." More from this Member | Report Response

"Website, Professional Journals, I am a hygienist so I didn't really prepare to much. I looked at the school's stats." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"read info on OHSU web and also info on internet, read pre-dental literature about interwievs, read my personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Student Doctor Network and my dental application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked up some common interview questions on the web and read my application. I practiced some of the questions with my predental friends that had an interview at OHSU." More from this Member | Report Response

"School website and typical interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the school website and practiced some common interview questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. I had volunteered at the school for three months, so I knew a lot about the program already." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Extremely thoughtful questions that were the most personalized of any interview I had. Interviewers were genuine and very interested in what you had to say." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facility and the friendly atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"Fantastic facilities, Great clinic, Great clinical preparedness from the looks of things." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was just a conversation. There were 2 professors who were both very nice. Low stress interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"New facilities set to open in 2014, will be very impressive. Super friendly faculty and student body. Pride in clinical training. Longstanding tradition of producing talented dentists." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very friendly faculty/staff. Students seem happy. Seems like they try to make sure everyone fits and works together well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Comradery of students and faculty, newer sim labs, very clinical approach to teaching" More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole day was very exciting and interactive. Facilities are great, even though the building was dated. People and staff were all very helpful and outgoing." More from this Member | Report Response

"ALOT: The student population is very close knit- all the students all know each other and the teachers. The students and teachers are easy to talk to and very helpful. The students seem to love their school (despite some difficulties with too many clinical requirements and basic sciences course). " More from this Member | Report Response

"The people and atmosphere. The group based clinic" More from this Member | Report Response

"SIM lab, how friendly people are, new structuring of clinic, recently renovated lecture halls" More from this Member | Report Response

"They seemed very forthright and honest about the school and program." More from this Member | Report Response

"The new sim labs. " More from this Member | Report Response

"New Sim Clinic, Students very happy" More from this Member | Report Response

"The relatively new sim lab; enthusiastic students; large clinic and availability of clinical experience; camaraderie among students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The great location of the school and the friendliness of the school's faculty and other people I came into contact while in Portland." More from this Member | Report Response

"I live in Portland so I like the city and surroundings" More from this Member | Report Response

"The emphasis here is on clinical and laboratory competency. OHSU prepares general dentists and that suits me perfectly." More from this Member | Report Response

"People were nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students seem confident in their clinical competency. Emphasis at the school is on clinical work." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendly, low stress atmosphere. The amount of clinical hours/procedures the students get." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of everyone and the strong clinical emphasis of the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was friendly and helpful. Very high standards." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"personal attentiveness given by the interviewer. like that fact that the interviewer stress that the program residents were there to help each other out and that idea of teamwork was very important. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The positive up-beat nature of the interview surprised me. Perhaps I was expecting to be grilled--something that never happened during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very impressed with the fact that all of the candidates were asked to put on lab coats and observe different clinics which allowed for a very hands-on approach to the interview day. I watched a denture case and an oral surgery. It was very exciting and like nothing else I had been able to do at other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty was super friendly and easy to talk to." More from this Member | Report Response

"the new sim-lab and the clinic, students seem to be happy here" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am impressed with the comradery between the students and staff, especially in clinic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great staff -- very friendly. The students were also nice and straight forward. Looked like a good place to attend." More from this Member | Report Response

"The new Dean, Mark Mitchell, a nice guy, although doesn't seem to know much about why you are not accepted when you meet or exceed all their qualifications (including residency) and can't tell your where you are on the wait list. Other interviewees were very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is very nice; the labs are beautiful; people are very nice too. Students were very open. I spent an hour at biochem. class where many students were talking to me and giving good advice about the future interview. Lunch with student was very interesting. I found out a lot of useful info from the student I spent lunch with. Some of this information I used during the interview. Also, the faculty is very friendly and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The new simulation clinic, well prepared students that loved their school, nice profesors admissions staff. Even the Dean of the School took personal time to greet us and talk with each and one of us. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everybody was very nice. Beginning with the secretary and the dean of admissions made us so comfortable even before the interview started. The students, professors and especially the interviewer were very nice and approachable. I was impressed by the new sim lab, the low tuition costs and the ranking of the school in clinical hours and pass rate on national board exams (100% in the last few years)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The kindness of the admissions staff and interviewer" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students and staff were so nice and they put a lot of confidence in me during my interview. They acted like I was important to them because I am a good candidate for their program. The new simulation lab is great." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the campus is beautiful. The prefessors are great too. Oh, and the new simulation labs are wonderful." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing, best interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cost of attendance, A bit of disorganization was spoken about by multiple students/staff due to constant changes in the policies." More from this Member | Report Response

"How late the in the application process the interview was (I interviewed at many others schools prior to December 3rd)" More from this Member | Report Response

"No formal tour. Morning introduction was a little informal (not bad but not as impressive as other schools). Schedule had time to sit in on a class but they had scheduled my interview for that time so I didn't get to see the class. Time observing in clinic seemed kind of a waste (isn't that why they required shadowing hours?)." More from this Member | Report Response

"older buildings, no parking on the hill" More from this Member | Report Response

"Writing sample was stupid, my question was rediculously boring and hard to write about, even if it was only a paragraph or two." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students in the clinics were a little packed, but the students seemed to be fine with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are a little old but they are projected to move into a new facility soon" More from this Member | Report Response

"No new campus in the near future. The new Biophys class that integrates all basic science courses. All of the first year students hate it and even the faculty understands that there are many issues that need to be worked out. I question if all of the kinks will be worked out by the time I start." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was overall impressed but I was a little disappointed with the students I met. They seemed a little disgruntled." More from this Member | Report Response

"The equipments are old, the lab work requirement is killer, and some of the students I've spoke to were not satisifed with OHSU." More from this Member | Report Response

"Old Building, School has lost a lot of funding" More from this Member | Report Response

"Older lecture halls; a bit disorganized." More from this Member | Report Response

"The rain and the writing sample before the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The out-dated curriculum and facilities. The entire building depresses me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the other interviewers seemed very defensive to the extent of immaturity." More from this Member | Report Response

"These guys are ridiculous. I was contacted for an interview and replied two business days later. They told me the only opening for an interview was the very next day. I think any serious applicant knows it takes time to prepare, and maybe I don't know it might be common sense that I need to schedule work off in advance. I declined my interview and told them I was uninterested due to their lack of organization. Of course I wasn't given an apology the lady just said, "Oh." -Maybe they have forgotten that being on the admission committee is a privilege not some high ranking in a feudal system where common respect and courtesy are of no importance." More from this Member | Report Response

"Building is old and they are planning to build a new dental school down by the waterfront around 2011. Students are somewhat competitive the first two years of school." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing--maybe the rain?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was raining." More from this Member | Report Response

"Probably the little pre-interview essay...I found it pointless." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are older and the price seems unstable." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"the building is quite old, not very technological like other schools" More from this Member | Report Response

"Classrooms seemed a little old school, and kinda dark." More from this Member | Report Response

"Couldn't find any place to park, and then had to wait in the office for a long time filling out a POP questioneer. Interviewer had my file infront of him and admits to me he never looked at it. (DiDn't even know I was a hygienist.) Then he tells me it means something that I got one of the first interviews. (Meanwhile with my 4.0 GPA, average of 20 DAT score, and 5 years as a hygienist barely gets me on the waiting list in April after being passed up during 3 board meeting.) Seems like a crap shoot to me, and I am from OR." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some students were disrespectful towards the professors. I've heard students talking and even laughing loud while the teacher was explaning something. It was very strange, but most of the students were quite respectful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Dental classes were canceled due to the winter storm from outside, so we could not observe." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school needs some remodeling but everything else was good." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. The class I attended has some obnoxious students who kept talking throughout the lecture. I thought they could be a little more professional!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was separated from other interviewees for the entire day. There was no financial aid presentation, no cirriculum overview, and an overall "you'll be lucky if you get in" feeling about the day. Other interviews I had been to sold you on a school. I felt that OHSU relied to heavily on it's reputation for recruitment. I attended a D2 ortho class, and I felt as though the class of 70 was completely disrespectful to the lecturer. It was like a frat house social function in the back 5 rows. " More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You spend a while (probably 45 min or more) "shadowing" a student one on one while they work. Can be a good time to chill out and ask the student questions but also a little boring as they are busy and unable to talk that much." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very prepared, I dont feel as though I wish I'd known anything extra before going in." More from this Member | Report Response

"Make sure to look over your application before you go on. They will ask about stuff on your app." More from this Member | Report Response

"How easy the interview was going to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's a morning writing sample. Nothing stressful but writing samples are kind of annoying." More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt well prepared. Wish I would have known how relaxed the interview process was going to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview was such a great, laid back style. I was very stressed in the morning for my first interview, but as the day went on i relaxed and enjoyed everything." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not to stress out! Mark, Jenna, and Andrea in the Student Services Office are extremely nice and they try to make you feel comfortable. OHSU makes a great effort to make the interviews low stress and conversational. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very few parking spaces at 9am in the dental parking lot. I would first try the Doernbecher parking which is just up the hill from the dental parking lot." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was about how I expected it to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is on a slopey hill. You can't walk to the dental school building. You must catch the bus or have a taxi cab drop you off in front of the building." More from this Member | Report Response

"Exactly where the dental school is located." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do not get a hotel room right on the street- I was up all night!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that this school was in now way comparable to other schools in the nation. The entire program is worn out and old. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had wondered when construction is planned for the new building. It was disappointing to discover that its ground breaking is scheduled after I graduate." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I knew what was coming." More from this Member | Report Response

"Two seperate one on one interviews. " More from this Member | Report Response

"essay before the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"nohing." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a small essay before the morning's activites begin (it may change from year to year)...mine was "If you could spend a day with any figure in history who would it be?" I was later told that the essay was mainly used as an index to gauge penmanship (of which I'm seriously deficient). Go figure :-)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not to be so nervous. The interview was more like a friendly conversation and my interviewer was very nice, and I am admitted into the school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was an essay before the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's a pre-interview essay." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I was going to spend a lot of the day with the four other students interviewing with me, versus really seeing the school and getting a grasp on what they had to offer." More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew everything!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I knew that I had to write a short answer for question. Also, I wish I knew that people their are so friendly, I would not worry about the interview at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"That you don't have to stress too much about the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice everybody is, they made me feel at home. I heard some bad interview experiences before so I was a little stressed. The interviewer made me very comfortable by asking some general questions about my life experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"essay question before the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I didn't need to be so stressed! The admissions staff is so nice and there is no reason to be stressed out!" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Awesome school with beautiful new facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Place is great, The building is fantastic, but the surrounding buildings and architechture arent really aesthetically pleasing. The facilities are a bit strange to navigate to. The school is in a very pricy area so finding affordable housing in a nice neighborhood under $1200 is difficult, let alone within short distance, expect 20-30+ minute commutes for that. The staff were very nice and the professors doing the interviews were genuinely interested in me. I over-prepared and could have gone in dry and felt fantastic in the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"OHSU is a great school! Clinically strong, enthusiastic, and supportive!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Good school, good people, good city. Interview day could've been scheduled better but not a major issue. Facilities are a little old but not too bad. Clinic seems a little cramped though. They are thinking about building a new dental school (and raising tuition to compensate) but it wouldn't be completed until ~2014 at the earliest." More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a very interviewee friendly day. OHSU does a great job in all aspects and the people are friendly and honest. Think of thoughtful, specific questions to ask your interviewers and be yourself!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I LOVED this school- the people, the professors, and the general atmosphere of the school are laid back and friendly. I have visited many dental schools and have never felt this comfortable. Portland is great. I suggest calling Mark in the Office of Student Services at the Dental School if you have questions, he's very helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Really enjoyed interviewing there. I always liked oregon and the people and faculty promote a healthy learning environment" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews were set up as a conversation instead of being grilled. The interviews ended their interview saying that I had their support in becoming a student there. The admissions staff was very honest and open about how admission stats, problems in the program, and any other question you might have. It was a friendly and positive experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lousy. My interviewer, the first guy, was very disorganized. He had to flip through my file while he asked me questions. The second interviewer didn't allow me an opportunity at the end of our interview to ask her questions about the dental school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Was the easiest interview I have had, very very laid back, mostly just want to know who you are. I didn't even really have much of an "interview" we just talked about current happenings in dentistry, skiing, kayaking, biking. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a good experience. Mark is awesome and answered all of my questions. My interviewers were equally hospitable and were very laid back in my "formal" interviews. In addition to my academic and extracurricular background and denististry, we found a lot of other interesting things to talk about." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, it was a great interview experience. I was confident and it was my second interview, so I had a better handle on what to do. I was accepted to OHSU a few weeks after my interview, and gladly accepted!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wanted to go to OHSU more than any other school this year. But once I started the interview process this year, I got to visit many other campuses and cities. I now realize how wrong OHSU is for me. I have interviewed and been accepted to schools with much more potential. OHSU is a very outdated school with a very narrow minded faculty and program. The opportunities are much greater out of state and I realized this once I interviewed out of state. They dont even have a digital curriculum! All of the schools i intervied at have this! Plus there was nothing outstanding about their program/curriculum. They dont have exeptional clinical exposuure like mny of the other schools I have been to but they try to act like they do. Now i have to decide between Nova, UNLV, and Arizona!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"We began with an intro to the school given by the Dean of Admissions, Mark Mitchell. Our two individual interviews follwed; two consecutive 30 minute sessions. Next it was off to the patient clinic (I watched a crown prep). Then lunch, and finally an optional lecture. My interviewers were well prepared and knew specifics about me that they used during our conversations. Overall, the whole day was very relaxed. It was well put together and I'm happy to say that I was offered a spot in the fall class the following day. Yes, OHSU has lost much of its state funding. More dollars will be expected from tuition, but dentists do not usually complain about student loan repayment. I agree with most others' opinion that the building is dated, but I want to be a dentist, the trim around the doors doesn't concern me. The simulation lab is top notch, and the pediatric clinic is brand new. With a new building in the school's future, it's unlikely that any more remodeling will be done and that's fine with me." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you’re serious about investing time, money and a lot of effort in dental school, you may reconsider this school and not waste $75 on the application. They're unorganized, the facility needs updating badly, and they just lost over 40 million in state funding. Keep in mind that I'm not writing this to vent, but rather to inform applicants who have prepared, sacrificed, and put forth great effort to get into dental school. I think the lack of organizational skills, and the lack of respect towards an applicant speaks of much greater problems in the program as a whole." More from this Member | Report Response

"First interviewer was difficult, expected a lot from you. Second interviewer did not even look at my file ahead of time...made it hard to redeem yourself when they were not ready to interview you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was interviewed by two faculty members: One at a time for 30 mins each. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable setting. I was asked mostly questions about my application essay and experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very low stress, everyone was helpful and the dental students all seemed happy to be there (granted, they did say that the first two years are really hard, as we all should expect). The interviews read my file and asked thoughful questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent clinically-oriented school, very knowledgeable and personable faculty, very laid-back interview overall" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very positive. I didn't expect to have such a positive experience. The location of the school is great." More from this Member | Report Response

"The entire day was low stress and comfortable. I got a good feel for the school and it's expectations." More from this Member | Report Response

"positive experience. although, it's a smaller program than other schools, i believe that i it has a lot to offer. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I've since been accepted to OHSU school of dentistry and love the atmosphere and camaraderie among collogues here. Honestly, if you've made it to the interview you're nearly there. All it takes is a little additional preparation an you'll be set! It is probably a good idea to visit the campus ahead of time, just to get a feel for things and help relieve a little of those first-day jitters that you might have otherwise upon arriving at a completely foreign place. Best of luck!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was on the third day of interviews and was with just one other applicant. Mark Mitchell did a brief introduction of the school, then took us for a tour. I interviewed with a researcher at the school in her office. It was pretty casual. After the interview we were given the choice of observing in clinic or in oral surgery. A student was assigned to take me to lunch, then I attended a pedo lecture with him. The entire day was 9-2." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was a good time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the other students seemed friendly and courteous. I was not too impressed that I paid 200 dollars to AADSAS and my interviewer couldn't be bother to look at my file and didn't have any really good questions to ask me." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was scheduled in the afternoon, so I had my observations, lunch with a student, and visiting class before the interview. It was better that way because during the hours interracting with students and faculty I realized that they are friendly and nice and the purpose of my interview is not to test my intelegence or find a reason not to accept me, but just to meet me and find out more about my personality. It helped to reduce stress before the interview. I saw that people in the admission office are very busy, but they tried to do their best to assist us." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were rght when they said that at OHSU you find really nice and helpfull people. It wasn't a tipical interview considering the winter storm from outside, but the profesors were very nice, and the students very helpfull. It was my first inteview and I wish it will be like this to my other ones." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer was very nice, he just wanted to know some things about me. It was open file so he seemed to know a lot of detailed things before the interview started. Be ready to explain some personal questions from your essay, grades, DAT scores ..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very relaxed and more like a conversation. They just want a well rounded individual. " More from this Member | Report Response

"OHSU is a great school and is number one in clinical hours and in the top ten percent of procedures performed during school. The curriculum would definitely allow you to graduate an excellent clinician. The admissions staff is so nice and the students are really friendly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"When I first got there, I was given a packet and told to wait in the student lounge. In the packet there was a sheet of classes and other clinical stuff going on that day. After meeting two other interviewees breifly, I was shuffled off to my interview with a professor. Then I basically walked myself back to the admissions office and told to find something on my sheet I wanted to see and to go there. I felt like I was on a self-guided tour. I also felt like interviews were an inconvenience to the shcool and rather than having the dean of the school or the dean of admissions talk to you and waste their time, they gave you that sheet of classes and clinic and said "go stare at stuff we have." Then, I got to have lunch with a student (one-on-one) and attended a lecture with him. After that, I went back to the admissions office and was told I could either go home or go attend another class. The whole experience was very incomplete and I felt like a pion. For the record, I did get into this school. I even put down a deposit, but I decided in the end to go to a private school instead." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 26
Faculty member 6
Admissions staff 10
Other 1

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 21
Neutral 7
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.90 30

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 17
Out of state 14

What was your total time spent traveling?

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

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 13
Automobile 15
Train or subway 1
Other 1

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

Response # Responders
< $100 10
$101-$200 0
$201-$300 3
$301-$400 8
$401-$500 1
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

Portland International

PDX

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 9
Hotel 11
Home 2
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Days Inn Portland Center

Glisan street hostel

Inn at Marquam Hill

Marriott Residence Inn

No

Residence inn

The Inn at Marquam Hill

Travel Lodge

Travelodge on SW 4th

Yes

Would you recommend the hotel?

Days Inn Portland Center

Glisan street hostel

Inn at Marquam Hill

Marriott Residence Inn

No

Residence inn

The Inn at Marquam Hill

Travel Lodge

Travelodge on SW 4th

Yes

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 30

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
8.45 31

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.45 31

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.67 15

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.27 15

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.77 13

0 = low, 10 = high

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