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  • University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • San Francisco
Individual Feedback 3 61 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 54
Negatively 0
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.41 59

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.81 42

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
9.57 42

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 4
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 4
35 minutes 1
40 minutes 2
45 minutes 9
50 minutes 9
55 minutes 3
60+ minutes 27

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 61
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 60
In a group 1

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 55
Closed file 5

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.60 60

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

"The faculty member had my entire AADSAS application underlined, highlighted, and written all over with notes. Be prepared to answer anything and everything on your AADSAS application and the importance of your activities/choices etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked a single direct question related to my motivations, strengths, weaknesses, etc by my faculty interviewer. The interviewer knew my file and my stats and clearly stated at the end of the interview that he just wanted to make sure I was "a regular person." Even when I tried to relate what we were talking about (golf, family, his background) back to dental school, it was very apparent that he just wanted to have a friendly chat. It was very relaxing and pleasant. The student interview asked me a few questions, but it was still very conversational in nature. One such question was "Was there a time when you collaborated with other students in your group without expecting anything in return?" UoP was very big on emphasizing the "family" nature of their classes." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your experience as a dental assistant." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what did you do in us? about the home country. and realted questions. what kind of work did i do in us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the 3 most important qualities that a dentist should possess?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you knew you wanted to be a dentist, then why did you apply so late?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There wasn't even a specific question, she just asked me questions related to my personal statement and interesting things I saw during dental shadowing/experiences. We met in her office that she shared with another lady so it was definitely laid back. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you do if you saw a classmate cheating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you think community college compares to university?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"(paraphrased & summarized) start off by telling me a little bit about you, where you come from, and how you got here to where you are today, with dentistry, with UOP, and in general." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are there any questions you wanted to ask?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read? Why dentistry? What do you do for fun? What do you think your first year will be like? What are you looking for in your future classmates?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are your weaknesses. I told her and she said, "uh oh." Bad sign" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you have only been taking a few classes a semester, what else were you doing with your time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what happened during your first year of college." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why did you decide to change careers to dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the post-baccalaureate program you were in." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you aware of cultural night in SF?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cheating ethical question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Every question was related to me and who I am, you should expect the same." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why U o P?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me a difficult situation you encountered in your life and how you resolve the problem..?" More from this Member | Report Response

"about the background i mean my family background wat were my parents qualifications." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing after graduating from dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like you undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities do you have that you think would make you a good dentist, not a good dental student, but a good dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

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

""Do you have any questions for me?" This came up a ton. UoP told us that we were there to interview them just as much as they were there to interview us." More from this Member | Report Response

"about my activities and shadowing listed" More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions do you have for me? (This was asked over and over, so bring a lot of questions or at least be able to think of them)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see that your dad is a dentist. How did that contribute to your decision to go into dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how was the dinner the other day" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain these classes" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UOP" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your best method of learning?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you travel a lot? I love to travel!! Let me tell you about my experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your extracurricular activities (more of a statement)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what sort of leadership experiences do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was our website helpful?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you thought about any specialties that interest you for postgradute study? (***note: it is generally held that you shouldn't mention an interest in specializing to an interviewer, as it can be conveyed as rude or arrogant, but if asked you can certainly comment. I ended up talking about ortho and asking what clinical and research-based opportunities were available to help me explore this and other options as a first-year student)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were to start failing a class?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"What activities have you done that require manual dexterity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is the idea of a 3 year program push you towards choosing UoP or away?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your three dimensional thinking ability?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your research about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the qualities of a good dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"community service" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you do in a stressful situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"greatest weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to ? Why do you think this school suits you the best ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you volunteered with dentists in the U.S.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has inspired me?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why UOP? Why dentistry? Why not your old career" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"about the school from which o graduated." More from this Member | Report Response

"Does the 3 year program suit you well? Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of community do you want to work in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose the major you chose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you proud of and your weakest point?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What makes you a better candidate than X (another interviewee that day)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you've traveled. Where should I go if I go to that same place?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me? (Have a lot of questions... they ask you if you have questions a number of times throughout the day)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you can do our 3 year program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What score do u want on NBDE part 2" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the difference between dentistry in underdeveloped countries and the U.S.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tel me about your volunteer work" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you can handle our 3 year curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a difficult obstacle you had to overcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what happened to you with QR?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What caused you to choose this career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(paraphrased) What about Pacific interests you the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel like you are prepared for dental school, seeing as how you have skipped several years of school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a strength and a weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What will you do when you graduate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"That's pretty much it. The rest was all conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you married?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You cant add can you? (this was asked in good fun about my 17 in QR) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your community service work" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be interested in teaching dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you learned from the dental company you work for?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you caught someone cheating in class, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would you manage your future practice???" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are your immediate graduation plans ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you could acclimate to the San Francisco environment? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How I manage my time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been todl that you look like Al Pacino and Andy Garcia put together? (I never had)" More from this Member | Report Response

"any volunteer/extracurricular/leadership experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of music do you play on the guitar?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are you looking in a dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"wat i have been doing till now ( that was the worst question!coz i haven't been doing anything my visa doesn't let me work!)they made me feel i ahve been complete loser till now!this question stressed me out!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done to demonstrate hand skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why uop and why should we select you compared to others" More from this Member | Report Response

"DO you have any questions for us?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you keep patients coming back to your practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if i knew what a prenup is.. lol" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cheating ethical question." More from this Member | Report Response

"What extracurricular activities do you see yourself being involved in during dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"wanted to know about india( my home country)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students asked interesting questions, more in a joking manner, and asked stuff like what bugs you, which of these characteristics of a dentist is least important to the dental office" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are ure future plans?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think science is needed in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"how do you think community college classes compare to university? (i've been to mostly community college, some uni)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would I do if you caught another student cheating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, they actually put oil on the bowling lanes, and that affects the way the ball rolls?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Does anybody know how many floors is the building? (9 floors)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you perform under pressure? Give example" More from this Member | Report Response

"What about you will make you a great dentist? What about you will make dentistry most difficult?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't really get asked too many questions, my interviewer pretty much just told me stories about dentistry back in the day and I jumped in during relavant parts of the conversation. My faculty interviewer knew my file very well though." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you work better in groups or individually?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you decide between the schools who accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What exactly is the predental program at your school like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting. As you already know by now. Very laid back. We talked about sports, Title IX, and very little about dentistry and myself. If you don't have a personanlity, that can be a problem. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain the post-baccalaureate program you attended and what you got out of it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you aware of the cultural night at San Francisco?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whether my piano playing is fit for Carnegie Hall. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The typical, "If you caught another student cheating, what would you do, and remember there are no wrong choices?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was very interesting. Just generic questions. Sort of predictable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, very conversation like. " More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me your life, you have 50 minutes. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you willing to pay so much for your dental education ? (How can you justify it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did your parents come to the U.S.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whether or not you should offer to do free procedures for patients who cannot afford them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would your dad mind if you were to become a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was your school work affected by events in you life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you caught someone in your class cheating, how would you handle the situation" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Show me the class schedule and ask me what did I see that is different ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your home country and you're families transition here." More from this Member | Report Response

"So, tell me about yourself... anything you want to tell me you can say." More from this Member | Report Response

"You went to school in a diverse location (NC). Would you have any problem interacting with a diverse group of paients?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kinds of activities do you do that require manual dexterity? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you see yourself living in San Francisco? And why do you like this city?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really. the questions were all pretty general like how did you get interested in dentistry." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you like San Francisco?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""Why do you think I think this is important?" Regarding an extracurricular on my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"None were difficult. It was mainly a conversational, getting to know you/ make sure you're a good person and qualified type of interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a specific experience where your leadership skills were tested." More from this Member | Report Response

"none, just a basic conversation, never strayed away to ask a difficult one" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing much" More from this Member | Report Response

"what's up with your QR? it was the first question i was asked but i was PREPARED that they would ask about my low score." More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions do you have to ask us?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you say are some of the general issues facing dentistry today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to get bad grades in a class, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"a lot of questions came out of conversation so I don't remember every single one" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think our program is the best for you, better than X, Y, And Z schools that you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What about your personality will make dentistry difficult?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with a patient that was difficult to work with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The old: Why denstistry? You got 17 in math! Is that a problem? I had good math grades in school and my overall was good. English and PAT are the most important for them." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"none, pretty standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all very simple and easy-going questions. Seriously, just be yourself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There weren't any difficult questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of classmates are you looking for in Dental School?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What will you bring to this class? Think about it. You have 5 minutes to think about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"None really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think U of P is for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I was going to do when I got D's and F's in my first year of dental school." More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of implant system did you observe being used?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why these grades?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No difficult questions really. The interviewer just wanted to get to know me as a person" More from this Member | Report Response

"None... All of them were expected." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an ethical situation you have been in." More from this Member | Report Response

"How does ... this and that experiances... contributed to your Interpersonal skills" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really. It was a very conversational interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

"can't remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you ever consider going into medicine? Why did you switch to dentistry? " More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you didn't do so well in this part of your application, why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Met up with current students the day before, reached out to alumni, visited the campus, SDN, practice interviewing with my parents/in the mirror." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was really nothing to prepare for. Just be yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Re-read my application, PS, and looked on SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, reviewed sample interview questions from SDN, reviewed the website and my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, self preparation, friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewed my file (they bring it up because its open file)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sdn & Friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"I went through my application once. That's it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read my essay, read the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, general interview questions, going to another interview! All unnecessary though - it wasn't the typical 'what are your strengths yadda yaddda yadda'" More from this Member | Report Response

"Practiced in front of a mirror. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read their website, made a list of questions to ask (they love it when you ask questions), read the info book I got in the past, and checked a few interview feedbacks here." More from this Member | Report Response

"read through feedback site, read through website, wrote out some answers, had friend grill me" More from this Member | Report Response

"read this site. that's it." More from this Member | Report Response

"This website and the school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reading SDN reviews; browsing school's website; reviewing my application and essay; getting a haircut!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN and the UoP website" More from this Member | Report Response

"friends grilled interview questions, looked at SDN questions, read over school history and catalogs" More from this Member | Report Response

"UOP website, SDN, visisted the school numerous times previously" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Didn't" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, wrote down some of my strengths/ weaknesses, why I wanted to do dentistry,etc and rehearsed with my wife. I didnt memorize my responses, I just practiced trying not to be a moron. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked with current students, read SDN and UofP website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, but didn't really prepare because everyone says it is so basic and they just want to get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"This site." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, UOP's website, I also have friends who are currently attending UOP." More from this Member | Report Response

"I researched the school, website (student life, classes, programs, news forum) The info is online" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the catalogue, talked to myself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over application, Prepared questions for them, Looked over this site, Calmed down, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was myself, no preplanned answers or anything." More from this Member | Report Response

"UoP website, SDN feedbacks, my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Previous intervies. Thinking of questions to ask ahead of time. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Pamphlet, Website, SDN, and interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN reviews, my personal statement, C.V., got some good sleep." More from this Member | Report Response

"I researched U of P and spoke with previous applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"I read the school's website and this website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read my AADSAS, saw website of school, calmed down and checked out the directions to the school before my interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over the website, brochure, AADSAS application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read Univ of Pacific Website, went over my AADSAS application." More from this Member | Report Response

"look over my AADSAS application, personal statement, read interview feedbacks, look over the UOP website, and talk to current UOP students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my application and ate a big breakfast." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and contacted some alumnni" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Knew my reasons for going to dentistry, and I was just confident in myself. I think that's all you really need." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"no prparation!" More from this Member | Report Response

"UOP web site, admissions guides, typical questions on the web" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read a little about the school; although I have to say that their website was not very informative about the school. I definitely tried to find info about the school that I couldn't really find on their website. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Went online and looked at all sorts of questions that would be given at an interview and I practiced my answers with my father." More from this Member | Report Response

"relax" More from this Member | Report Response

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

What impressed you positively?

"EVERYTHING. Everyone was so genuinely nice and so willing to help, vibe of the school, 3 yr curriculum, very strong clinically, San Francisco location." More from this Member | Report Response

"The entire dental school community was fantastic! All of the staff and students were incredibly warm. When we visited the sim lab, literally every student there looked up from their work, greeted us, and wished us well as we were passing through. The admissions office knew all of our names before we arrived. And even when I went out to a local restaurant to eat dinner after the interview, two first-year students recognized me from the day and came over to introduce themselves and chat for about twenty minutes. The school felt like a family, and I felt very comfortable being there. Also, the new building looks phenomenal." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything.. the school is already clean and open/bright compared to other schools, but they're going to have a new building by 2014!! the staff is really friendly, and makes the interview date feel like a cake walk. they keep saying that they want to get to know us, and want us to figure out whether or not we think we "fit". the students are all really happy and you can see the camraderie. also, the students here do a bunch of cases that folks from other DS's won't see because they have to refer more difficult cases to residents in their school's specialty programs. they also talk about the "family" aspect of UoP a lot, and it's great to know that there's so much support through the craze that is dental school." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer contacted me after the interview as a follow up and usually it is the opposite, where you need to contact them." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendly and warm atmosphere and environment created by the students, faculty, and staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"the school , the facilities and the location how close it is to my home" More from this Member | Report Response

"People/professors, location, 5 star hotel-like look" More from this Member | Report Response

"School is high-fi And staff is very friendly And Program is highly clinically oriented" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone tried to get to know me as a person. They didn't want to just know about my academics, they wanted to know the real me--what my interests are, where I come from, my family background, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"the interviewer was an endo and very friendly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The happiness of the students, the manageability of the curriculum and the HUGE clinic and the fact that you get hands-on experience in your first year. Also, it's in a beautiful area of SF. The administration and faculty are all great and accommodating - i didn't meet anyone who was unhappy. It's the Pacific 'family' Even though it's expensive students tend to pay off their student loans after 10 years or so. Not too bad! " More from this Member | Report Response

"The Pacific environment. Everyone is just SOOO nice at UOP" More from this Member | Report Response

"The atmosphere there. Everyone loves the school from faculty to staff to students. The humanistic approach to education was very nice and seems like exactly what I want." More from this Member | Report Response

"the atmosphere and the people. They were really friendly and they seemed to sincerely love their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYONE, and i mean EVERYONE loved the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Clinic and their criculum breadth" More from this Member | Report Response

"One thing that sets Pacific apart from other schools in my mind is the overwheling sense of spirit, enthusiasm and cooperation evident in every corner of its programs. Every student talks about the ''Pacific Family'' and confirms that positive teamwork contributes to their success and enjoyment at UOP; several faculty members stopped us during our tour to declare their love and support for their school, and gave us positive encouragements about our application process; the list goes on... But you can really tell that everyone is in it together, not just among students but with everyone at the school, and it becomes no wonder why Pacific has one of the most active alumni bases and student bodies of any school around." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities, the people, the location, the other interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very organized. Free pens, lunch, and chocolate. I was able to talk to lots of students between the student interviewer, student tourguide, lunch with a student..." More from this Member | Report Response

"how happy everybody is, ppl watch movies while carving their wax in lab!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The UOP family is a fantastic feeling. The sim lab is cool. Everyone is dressed well and happy. Great Lunch!!!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was super nice. Someone else commented that they must be putting something in the water, and I think it's true : ) The relationship between the students and faculty is very relaxed. The students all said that they work very hard, especially the first year, but people was still very positive and there was a "we are all in this together" attitude, fostered by the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very nice school, nice facilities, very up to date technology wise, student body was great and friendly. Humanistic approach makes for a really nice class environment, and the fact they only have one specialty program on campus means you get lots of cases you would never see anywhere else. San Francisco is freaking awesome." More from this Member | Report Response

"The genuine feeling of quality there. The students, faculty, and staff know that the school is great and they really seem to buy into the "we are here to help" mentality. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. The staff, faculty, and students were all very hospitable and enthusiastic about the new interviewees. They were excited to see the new potential students. Everyone was optimistic about receiving an early interview and your chances of being accepted. The fact that there are only two specialty programs(with one being in Oakland) so students get a wide variety of special cases during their tenure as students. The public transportation in San Francisco is excellent, and the city and bay area are beautiful and full of life." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone at the school was very nice. Students would randomly wish you good luck or tell you that you were already as good as in. Everyone says they love the school and their time there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities, happy students, friendly faculty. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is very enthusiastic about the school, I mean EVERYONE! Faculty, Students, Admissions, everyone is on some kind of dental high (maybe from the NO2). The facilities are top notch and in the clinic you really have the opportunity to get top-notch experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"They were amazingly organized, and friendly. They were well prepared to present to me why that school is special. Not cause of the fact that it is a 3 year program but that they have a humanistic approach. If you have a chance to interview here, look at all the students and how positive and enthusiastic they are, I didn't experience this anywhere else." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very nice " More from this Member | Report Response

"Students were very kind. I had always heard about the extreme hospitality of the people there, but I had never really experienced it before. It is 100% true. They are too nice. They randomly go up to you and say Hi or ask you how you are doing. The interview was very organized. Unlike other dental school interviews where the professors usually do not know they are interviewing that day, UOP's interviewers seem to have read your application more than once. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The humanistic environment, the fact that my wife was able to tour the facility with me and go to every meeting with me except during the interviews. They gave her free lunch as well, duh." More from this Member | Report Response

"Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, great location of school" More from this Member | Report Response

"How happy everyone at UOP is. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Student's were happy...I mean really happy. Must be something in the water. I really liked the camraderie between the students, classes, and faculty. I saw some student give the Dean a high-five. How sweet is that?!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The coherence of the program, and the program administrators outstanding organization and preparation for our interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the student interviewer, the facilities, the beautiful view of SF from the roof top of the school, and the diversity of the community." More from this Member | Report Response

"The happy, friendly atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"How they treat you like a human being that has been through a lot. They know the application process is tough, and they do NOT make it harder on you." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is very nice and the staff and faculty are extremely friendly and upbeat people. They want you to do well at their dental school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The technology available to all students was state of the art. It was my 3rd interview and the facilities were by far the best I've seen. I was very impressed with the sim lab. The studnets seemed really happy there and report that they are treated very well by the faculty. The Dean of Admissions is extremely likeable and friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was really nice and respectful. They want to answer all of your questions and be as helpful as possible. You will have a lot of opportunity to work on difficult cases since there are only 2 postgrad programs there (oral surgery and ortho) ie. you get to do all the hard endo cases." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of the students and faculty. Overall humanistic approach of the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The student and faculty impressed me the most. The student were extremely friendly and the faculty was top notch. The atmosphere the school creates is something that everyone must experience. The school really does feel like a big family and they made us feel like family. There was not one student that I talked to who had something negative to say about the school. From this experience, I can see why this school prides themselves on the humanistic approach. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very clean.. excellent facilities.. and the atmosphere of the class was absolutely desirable.. how friendly and close the students and faculties are.." More from this Member | Report Response

"This school has the absolute best environment out of the 4 schools I interviewed. The students were very high caliber, they went out of their way to meet and talk to us. I haven't seen kids that happy anywhere. The faculty is just as great. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that the faculty are so close to the students. It's a very nice atmosphere. The location in Pacific Height, San Francisco is probably among the best in the world. They took us to the roof and we could see most of San Francisco. Also, the program is three years, but it doesn't seem like it would be a stressfull and academically packed three years." More from this Member | Report Response

"The positive and supportive nature of the faculty and the students. Their facilities are also very CLEAN and nice. They have a great simulation lab." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is very modern and has a great sim lab. Everyone seemed happy to be there and were very helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty much everyone liked it there. It was a very low-key interview; essentially it was a recruitment day." More from this Member | Report Response

"The clinic and sim lab was really nice. The students and faculty all seem really happy to be there. I really liked how much emphasis is put on clinical work. I also LOVE San Francisco! (besides the cost of course)" More from this Member | Report Response

" Extremely nice staff . We were taken care of very well. Students seemed to be very happy for getting a chance to study there.and of course delicious free lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cutting edge technology, very modern facilities, nice staff and students. People there will talk to you and be interested in you and they looked like they are always having fun. One dental student said "This is the Disneyland of dental schools."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Attitudes of the students attending, sim-lab & clinics, humanistic approach" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice building. The clinics were also very nice. Also everyone there seemed to be very happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Extremely nice staff and students were very happy. We were taken care of very well. We got taken up to the roof of the building and shown the whole city!" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing except COA." More from this Member | Report Response

"The cost, but that is to be expected in San Francisco." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Theyre moving in 3 years, and kept talking about their new facilities that ill never work in rather than the ones I will be working in" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing. just that it was a very long day." More from this Member | Report Response

"i felt rushed during the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"not a lot. " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The events leading up to check-in seemed a bit scattered. I entered on the first floor and the receptionist welcomed me, then directed me to a room on the 2nd floor. When I got out of the elevator I discovered by chance that we were assembling in the cafeteria down the hall, but was welcomed upon my arrival there. Honestly, though, this is a really trivial point, and it's the only thing that I think could have used improvement throughout the day -- except maybe some coffee after lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the cost of the school but at least we can use all federal loans rather than go through private loans, how housing is by lottery so it is a hustle to get housing in may/june if you don't get pacific housing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum skips some things that are included in other schools and is very rushed/hectic. Also the price tag is enormous." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. This was my first interview though, so I don't have much to compare it to." More from this Member | Report Response

"San Francisco is freaking expensive. So is UoP. Dean Yarborough makes the case that the extra year pays you back the extra cost, but that doesn't really make any sense. No matter how you look at it you still have to pay back 300,000 in loans." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Seriously, I was blown away by how cool everyone was. Except for this first year on the tour who said all the interviewees looked like they were on a funeral procession. I wonder what she wore on her interview? A bright orange jumpsuit? Sheesh. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, just the fact that San Francisco is crazy expensive and it is almost a requirement to leave within close proximity of the school to survive without a car." More from this Member | Report Response

"tuition and rent prices" More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking around the school, maybe limited to 100 cars, it's pretty bad." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"The tuition and the fact that the students are stuck in ONE building for 3 years of their lives. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Since it was my first time in San Francisco, I wanted to have more time to see the city, student housing etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tuition and cost of living. Our tour guide was not very motivated (or at least, she did not seem so)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The building is a bit small, so I feel that I need to leave once in awhile to get some air. I was hoping the school would have a gym like UCSF, but I guess I will have to join a private one. Tuition is a bit of a killer, but I guess that's what you have to pay for an excellent education in 3 years." More from this Member | Report Response

"Clinics were not as "state of the art" as I heard. I mean they're "OK", just not what I've been hearing about them. Probably a good 10 year old. Also the dental school is basically a building in the middle of San Francisco. Don't expect much." More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of diversity in the student population. I feel as though my faculty interviewer was asking several questions that didn't pertain to my interest or ability to be a dentist and I felt as though I was having a session with a therapist. Some people may like this type of interview but it made me feel a little uneasy. Unfortunately it didn't seem as though he was trying to "sell" U of P to me as a lot of the students said about the interveiws." More from this Member | Report Response

"The intensity of the curriculum, the lack of a large campus atmosphere, and the high price" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer did not show up because he was sick so I had to wait around for another faculty member." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The cost. It was the most expensive shool i applied to. Should be ready to take out over $200,000 in loans. Also the cost of living in San Francisco is incredibly expensive." More from this Member | Report Response

"It might be difficult to find a nice close place to live." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tuition... ~$250,000 for only 3 years of dental school education." More from this Member | Report Response

"cold.. lunch was free but really taste like. humm..Sxxx" More from this Member | Report Response

"Maybe the cost, but I knew how much it cost from start." More from this Member | Report Response

"The cost of living and tuition, although professional school is going to be expensive anywhere. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the attitude of faculty and students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The price!" More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYONE said they liked it, for the same reasons. It started to get tiresome." More from this Member | Report Response

"Only about 20% specialize after graduation. They also make you buy a laptop when you get there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The cost, but I think it's worth it." More from this Member | Report Response

"tution costs" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How relaxing the day was actually going to be. Only 6 total interviewees for the day. They really make you feel special! (That actually turns out to be genuine caring)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I knew how little I needed to worry about interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Writing samples are taken at the interview. Luckily I had good answers to my questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they have you do a small writing sample at the end of the day. It wasn't a big deal at all, but it took be my surprise a little bit. They have you write about a paragraph answering two questions: one of them is the same for everyone ("Describe a part of your experience today that gave you a good impression.") and one that is different for everyone (Mine was "What are three qualities that all health care providers should have?" Other people got ones asking about a personal quality that will help them succeed in a dental career, etc.)." More from this Member | Report Response

"that to dress up more nicely on the first day" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many hills there are in San Fran" More from this Member | Report Response

"the dean told us straight out that we most likely would be accepted. He said that the hardest thing to do at Pacific was get the interview and the easiest thing was to get accepted. The dean took all 10 of us into his office and showed us parts of the city from his window. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing- it was great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That this interview was going to be this low stress! They kept talking to us like we were accepted already...as the head of admissions put it "the hardest thing to do at UoP is to get an interview, the easiest thing to do is get accepted"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't stress too much, but be prepared" More from this Member | Report Response

"to wear shoes that were already broken in. got a killer blister in the morning and limped the rest of the day, much to the annoyance of the tour guide." More from this Member | Report Response

"how the parking situation is over there" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did a good amount of research prior to interview day, so there weren't many surprises. Everything you read about the relaxed nature of this interview is true. They spend their time showing you the school and they don't turn the bright lights on you like other schools do. The faculty interiew lasts one hour and its content and structure vary with the interviewer, but I haven't heard of a single interview that was stressful or unpleasant. Some things that I might have put here, had I been less prepared: 1) the meal ticket they give you is an all-you-can-eat coupon. Seriously, get as much food and drink as you want; your fellow interviewees and the dental students who randomly sit down with you at lunch aren't going to judge you by your meal. 2) Be cool! Just by getting an interview at Pacific, you've passed a MAJOR hurdle in the applications process. According to the director of admissions, Pacific likes to interview about 225 people for the 143 spots available (comment dated 04/2007); figuring in that they will over-accept in order to fill their class at an 84% yield (04/2007), that translates to roughly a 75% chance that you'll get in outright. If you don't get in, you'll probably get waitlisted -- unless you threw up on the Dean or something. So, relax -- they like you, and they just want to make sure that you're the same person as you are on paper. 3) Obviously, send a thank-you note or card to our faculty interviewer no later than the day after your interview. You should also send a thank-you to your student interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wouldn't have brought a portfolio because they give you a folder." More from this Member | Report Response

"how far my hotel really was from the school, I got there really early (around 9:40AM, didn't really start until 10:20ish) so I just loitered around a bit." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing....I knew all about the school and the program. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Rumors about specialty programs discriminating against UoP grads are grossly false, as are the rumours that they don't prepare you for boards. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How awesome Pacific is and how lucky you are to get an interview there. What you learn about Pacific is that people who go there, love it. The Alumni support, a pretty good indicator of a schools true colors, is incredible there. Pacific had a major fundraiser to help improve some things, and a whopping 47% of the Alumni chipped in. That is out of this world good. Also, if you get an interview you will learn the fundamental difference between the Pacific interview process and other schools processes; Pacific is trying to convince you to come to their school, and other schools want you to convince them to let you in. It is a huge difference, and they go out of their way to make the experience a positive one. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How awesome Pacific is and how lucky you are to get an interview there. What you learn about Pacific is that people who go there, love it. The Alumni support, a pretty good indicator of a schools true colors, is incredible there. Pacific had a major fundraiser to help improve some things, and a whopping 47% of the Alumni chipped in. That is out of this world good. Also, if you get an interview you will learn the fundamental difference between the Pacific interview process and other schools processes; Pacific is trying to convince you to come to their school, and other schools want you to convince them to you let you in. It is a huge difference, and they go out of their way to make the experience a positive one. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That everybody would welcome you as family during the interview. It was very, very impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"I actually got an interviewer who asked a lot of questions, which everyone had said wasn't what would happen. I wish I had prepared better for actual questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"that they had housing at the presidio. Much quieter place to live." More from this Member | Report Response

"That getting an interview is harder than being accepted. Once you get an interview, your pretty set. Either acceptance or wait listed." More from this Member | Report Response

"you get to do more root canals and extractions than at most schools since those specialties are in Oakland. This gives the student greater knowledge, skill and experience, which is really what your paying for." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"That being nervous will not help at all. Being youself is the key. And get some sleep beforehand because I was unexpectedly tired and almost closed my eyes during the closing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"To take more pictures of everything in the school, because no one minds." More from this Member | Report Response

"That their A/C does not work....just kidding...it was so hot during the interview...or maybe i was just nervous." More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed it would be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That you could order as much food as you want with your coupon...I just got a sandwich and Martinell's apple drink. Some dude got the hot meal, sandwich, 2 drinks, salad, cookie and 2 chips. I guess he had family waiting in the car or something. haha" More from this Member | Report Response

"Almost nothing. They were very thorough and detailed in preparing us for what to expect on the interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I read this website and that my professor mentioned that I was interested in medicine when he wrote my letter of recommendation. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That I should have applied as early as possible to avoid being placed on the alternate list." More from this Member | Report Response

"That they graduate very competent general dentists. Their undergrads do endo on #16. You can only get that kind of experience at a number of schools in the country. Very impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you interview early, you are almost guarenteed to get in. Interviews after December are very hard to get in." More from this Member | Report Response

"They really are there just to get to know who you are in person. No trick questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I should have applied earlier because the entering class at UOP fills up quickly... it was full in Januaray while my interview was in Feb. Although I did well at the interview, I was automatically put onto the waiting list. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing to be nervous about. The earlier your interview the better chance you have of being accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the chances of getting an acceptance from a waiting list is not so high.. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That a high percentage of people who get interviewed get accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school attire from the very first day is business casual. So you can't wear jeans and sweatshirts anymore. But, schools should be as professional because it's realistic to being in the clinic. " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"UOP doesn't really have specialty programs there. There is ortho there, and the only other specialty they have is oral surgery, but it's on the Oakland campus --> therefore, the dental students get to treat the really complex cases that come in, which is great experience for the dental student. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Free lunch, they show you the city from the roof (like 15 min) and it was a cold day, so maybe wear warm clothes. Get there early." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Everything about this school is superb. I will be attending." More from this Member | Report Response

"This interview was far and above the best that I have had at any school. The day was so organized and relaxing and gave great insight into the actual day-to-day activities to be expected of us." More from this Member | Report Response

"pacific is awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall a top-notch program within the US, and it was great that they emphasized that they make the interview relatively easy because they know how hard we worked to get selected for their interview (less than 200 out of over 3,000 applicants picked) and now they just want to get to know us on a personal level and have a friendly conversation. Also great alumni and faculty here. Very supportive group." More from this Member | Report Response

"I LOVED UOP. I had such a great experience and REALLY hope to hear some good news come Dec. 1!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"very nice school, very impressed, it is like a dream come true to be a part of this great school" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you visit, you'll see why this school is everyones dream school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Good school to go in." More from this Member | Report Response

"This school really impressed me. The facility is great and everyone is really friendly. The vibe feels great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very stress free. if you have an interview, you are IN ! Congrats =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviews were really informal. They're both just casual conversations where the student and the staff interviewer are trying to get to know you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Absolutely loved the school and it will definitely be my first choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"They told us that they only interview a select amount of students, so once you are through the interview you most people get in. Especially in the earlier months." More from this Member | Report Response

"i had a great time! it was fun and laid back. i also tried to get to know the other interviewees as much as possible to know what their strengths were so i could stand out and be unique. and when i met Dr. Yarborough (the dean's right hand man) we had a very sarcastic and fun argument which i think helped my application to get passed through. he knew who i was and liked me. i think that was important in my case. basically, try to relax. an interviewee in my group was so nervous that when dr yarborough tried to strike up a conversation with him he was totally awkward. i also think one of the most useful parts of the day was lunch with the students. i used this time to get to know about student life...what to expect as far as social things and how stressed i will be in the first year." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great experience and awesome" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where should I start... I've done my research, applied, and now interviewed, and Pacific has been my #1 school the entire time. The more you get to see of the school, the more evident its strengths become, and the more you'll love it. Physically speaking, the campus is in great shape -- Pacific runs all the latest technologies and equipment, including digital patient files and a possible upcoming switch to digital textbooks (this is still being debated). Everything is clean and presentable -- even the x-ray stations on the clinic floor, which recently suffered water damage and are currently undergoing some improvements. Academically, the school speaks for itself -- you can get a sense of Pacific's reputation and curriculum before the interview day. What you'll see when you visit and talk to students is that everybody carries this sense of pride and cooperation. I didn't meet one person who was in a bad mood or had anything negative to say about the school. The most important thing for me was to see that every student confirmed that there was a strong sense of ''Pacific Family'' and cooperation within the student body. I've heard many horror stories from students at other schools about stealing notes, sabotaging study groups and other competitively hostile behavior. While I'm sure that this cannot be entirely absent at Pacific, many students admire the cooperative nature of the Pacific Family and it becomes a self-reported distinguishing feature. They also feel that the opportunities to them are numerous -- whether it be staying after school to work in the lab, or meeting with study groups, or getting involved with student government, or getting into research projects on the upper floors, students have positive things to say about their extracurricular lives. Of course, living in San Francisco culture has its perks, too... The actual interview began at 11:00am, though all students arrived by 10:30. We filled out some initial paperwork, confirming our contact information and updating the admissions office with our recent grades. Our first session was a one-hour introduction with Mary Lynch, assistant director of admissions. She talked generally about the school, the structure of the day and what we should expect. We got to know our fellow interviewees a bit more, thanks to a roundtable introduction and a couple of brief stories/facts about ourselves. Everybody seemed really comfortable, happy, and also qualified to be there. Our second hour was split between two activies. Half of us took a tour of the school with a dental stuent, and the other half had their faculty interviews. This was the ''big interview'' as far as the day was concerned -- the bottom-line reason you were there. I took a tour during this time, and I had seen the school several times already, so there wasn't much new stuff to see. The next hour block was split into two half-hour sesions, composed of a half-hour lunch and a half-hour student interview. I had lunch first, grabbing a sandwich and bottle of water from the deli but only finishing half of it due to slight nervousness/excitement/having talked the entire time and not being able to finish eating. Some dental students came over and sat down at our table, and it was a really good chance to talk to them about general stuff. They gave some of us the low-down about our upcoming student and faculty interviewers -- mostly just comments like ''Oh, he's a grat guy, you'll have fun talking to him.'' My student interview went fairly well after that -- they're always conducted by second-year students, who are already in clinical rotation with their own patients. They tend to run this session more like a conversation than an interview; basically they just want to get to know you and see if you can carry a conversation while also presenting yourself. I think I did fine -- I sat outside on a picnic table talking to my interviewer, since the sun had come out and it was quite warm at the time. By now it was 2:00. Our next hour was a completion of the earlier split: we would have our faculty interview or go on a tour of the school, whichever we hadn't done already. This was my time for the big interview. *** Honestly, I was only nervous leading up to this event because it's just in our nature to be nervous in anticipation of big events. I truly believed all the feedback I'd gotten in advance, and you should too: don't stress out about this interview! Remember, the interview day philosophy at Pacific is that it's just as much for you to evaluate them as for them to evaluate you. The interviewer will ask his/her own set of questions, and it certainly varies according to who you get. You can expect some basic question types, such as ''why dentistry'' or ''how do you think that xyz activity has helped prepare you'', but there are also many more casual questions that are probably designed for them to get to know you. Most, if not all, of this interview will feel like a conversation to you. The interviewer might start with an interview question, and after a couple minutes of your answer, one thing leads to another, and responses spark further questions, so you can get quite a bit ''off topic''. I ended up talking about such things as the dynamics of oil on bowling lanes (I bowl competitively) and the traffic and transportation issues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Again, the interviewer just wants to make sure that you're the person you were on paper, and that you can hold a conversation, present yourself with maturity, and not screw things up. Keep your eye contact, don't be afraid to say that you don't know something, and be confident! Read over some of the other reviews on this site to get a collective idea of what questions are asked in the interview, and think about the ones you think you might not be ready for. But DO NOT plan out answers or script anything -- you'll just sound like a robot. *** After the interview we had two scheduled hours left in our day. We spent a half-hour talking about financial aid, where we learned that it's ridiculously expensive to go to dental school, but you can take loans out. There are some grants, and the school can provide very big loans, but there are also federal loans and a couple other notable sources available to cover the rest. You can get this information any time by contacting the financial aid office. Finally, we closed with a slightly more casual wrap-up section. I wasn't entirely clear on the official position of the man who led this session, but he was very helpful in answering our final questions. He did do one more ice-breaker activity, which was probably more for him to get to know and listen to us than for us to warm up to one another. He also gave a little talk about why students choose Pacific and tried to bring everything from the day together into a complete image of the Pacific School of Dentistry. We also spent about 20 minutes talking about whether we'd like to switch to electronic textbooks or stick to the old system. They're still debating this issue, and we didn't reach any collective conclusions, but they liked to hear from us as the prospective future students. After this session ended, we were left with some surveys to fill out, after which we had an unfortunately abrupt disbanding and everyone started to go their separate ways. If you want to keep in touch with your interview group, talk to them before they start this survey, because they all kind of trickle out one by one. There's no wham-bang ending to the day, but you're left with a tremendous mass of information and positive energy, and if you're like me and the other nine members of my interview group, you're feeling really good about UOP as well as your own standing in contention for the future class." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview experience was really laid back, friendly, and informative. The interview was more about you getting to know the school, than the school grilling you. Don't worry!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very pleasant and enjoyable. Faculty interviewer was really nice, and we had an engaging conversation. At the end, " More from this Member | Report Response

"Laidback, everything was planned out according to a rigid schedule, free lunch was great (had a sandwich), admissions staff was very friendly, always ask a lot of questions because the interview is more for you to see if Pacific fits you" More from this Member | Report Response

"Well, if you have an interview before Dec 1, congrats you are in. APPLY EARLY if this school is your first choice. They like high DAT scores, espec PAT, much more than GPA. This is a great school, dont get me wrong, if you want to be a GP and you are maybe older and want to get out and get your hands dirty ASAP. If you want a more academic education with more opportunity at the end, go somewhere else. You will be happy here, just make sure you know what kind of education you want. Also, eveyone said that the interviews were chill and just conversation, but mine was the most stressful interview I went to (out of 6). My chick was a UCSF graduate, didnt seem into UOP at all, was very unenthusiastic, grilled me with hard questions and had no facial expression and comments of her own while I was answering. Also she did not seem knowledgeable about the school at all. She kept asking if I had questions and then not knowing answers. Make sure to impress Dr. Y with a few good questions, because if he likes you you are in. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day goes from 10:30-5:00. Be prepared with questions to ask, because everyone you meet will ask you if you have questions, and unless you have a whole bunch, you will run out of questions to ask halfway through the day. There is a 30 min student interview and a 60 min faculty interview. Both are just conversation. They make it clear that they do a minimum number of interviews, so if they interview you, they already decided that they want you at the school. You would really have to mess up to not get accepted. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Loooooong interview, information sessions, multiple interviews, lunch, tour, more information sessions. It was pretty low stress though and everyone at the school was really nice, and even...fun? Even Dean Yarborough seemed like a pretty cool guy, and students were joking with him/other deans in the hallway." More from this Member | Report Response

"During my interview at Pacific I realized that I didnt even want to go to anymore schools, it was that good. I wasnt alone either. Our entire interview group of 10 had the same feeling. Some of them had been to interviews at other top tier schools and were still blown away. We started with a speech from Dr. Yarborough and then his assistant gave us a brief about what to expect and where we were going that day. Then I had a faculty interview that lasted 30 minutes. The guy was hilarious! He went out of his way to put me at ease, and we had a great talk. At one point he asked me kinda sarcastically if I had prepared any answers to questions. I jokingly replied that I wanted to demonstrate my manual dexterity by showing off some pen flipping skills. It was actually pretty funny. He asked me if I had any questions (you will get asked that A LOT) and then that was it. He knew my file, he read my LORs, and he had a list of questions prepared but it was all pretty low key. The student interview was totally cool. We walked outside to get away from everyone else getting interviewed, only to find that everyone else was getting interviewed outside. We talked as we walked along. We ended being from the same town so we kind of just shot the breeze. He asked about what I wanted to do, where I would live if I got accepted, what my background was. No stress, I really got the feeling that he was just trying to see if I was a normal human being. Then we had the tour which was cool, but I had seen the school before so it was nothing new. Then we had the financial talk about loans, loans, loans. Then a little Q and A and that was it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Casual dialogue with faculty member. He had already reviewed my entire file and read my esssay, so he was able to ask introspective and meaningful questions. I felt very at ease and was able to be myself, which is a good thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"We started the day by meeting the other applicants and talking. We then had a short conversation with Dr. Yarborough before he had to catch a plane. The admissions people had a Q and A after that. Then we took a short tour that was given by a student and got to ask a bunch of questions of him. After that we had a great lunch with current D2 students who had nothing but great things to say. I then had a student interview for a half hour. The student and I just talked and he clarified some of my questions. After that I had an interview with a faculty member. He knew my file really well and asked a couple tough but fair questions. Mostly he wanted to get to know me, but he did drop a couple unexpected questions on me. FInally we had a wrap up Q and A with a faculty member and a financial aids and loans lecture. Overall...it was a really good day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Easy going. I applied super early, so I was the first group to be interviewed and consequently accepted. Applying early is very important for this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"AWESOME!! I just found out I was accepted, so I am extremelly excited." More from this Member | Report Response

"this is hands down the best university I researched and interviewed at. Also, Dr. Yarborough the dean of admissions was accessible and very helpful. This is something I didn't find at other schools. Great school. Incredible atmosphere (faculty and students)" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was really relaxing and informative" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very nice and so were the people. The people I interviewed with were also very open and talkative. Faculty, facilities, students, food... everything was pretty good. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was real nice from the very start. The front desk was awesome, the faculty were encouraging an open and honest environment. Lunch was great because its all you can eat. The tour was awesome since during the free time you have you can go anywhere in the building to re-see the things you are most interested in. The interviewers were extremely nice and personable. My student interview was more of a conversation, she had a pharmacology exam in 15 minutes so we had to cut it short. She basically was seeing if I could carry on a conversation. My faculty interview was with a Dr. who had walked across the Golden Gate bridge when it first opened in the 30's. He had a lot of cool stories and made me feel comfortable. He basically went through my stats and had already made a lot of notes on the side. He was funny and real positive. They really know who they are interviewing." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was very impressed with school and faculty. People were very friendly and nice. It was a very positive experience overall." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great experience. I loved the school and would definitely serioulsy consider going there. Got there in the morning, met with other applicants. Went through a series of presentations, tour of the school, then the interview and student interview, lunch, and then a closing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm a borderline applicant with connections, so the interview basically made it tougher for me. I had to prove why I was a worthy of an acceptance. In the end, I think I did alright. We embraced each other and told each other to keep in touch. I love that dude! Oh yeah, if you plan on meeting your wife/husband in dental school...go to Pacific. It's a GOOD-LOOKING school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was interviewing for the IDS program, not the DDS. They are both basically the same, except the IDS is only a 2 year program for foreign grads. So it's a 2 year accelerated DDS program (You graduate with a DDS)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Welcomed by a faculty member. Sign in, given a granola bar and a bottle of H20. Brief overview of the school's background, student tour. Faculty/student interview, lunch. Financial aid, final outro by faculty member." More from this Member | Report Response

"AN interview witha student over lunch, he was cool. I think he just had the personal essay. He asked a bunch of funny questions. then a faculty interview which was just like a long conversation getting to know each other." More from this Member | Report Response

"The entire day is long but extremely informative and not at all stressful. The staff and faculty are very nice. The only thing that I didn't like was that we didn't have the chance to talk to students, other than the ones that they assigned to us. The students that I did talk to really liked the school and had good advice for me. However, at the end of the day I was left wondering if there is anything bad about the school. There is -- the price." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall great experience. They really make every effort to make you feel welcome and convince you to pick Univ of Pacific." More from this Member | Report Response

"Met with many administrators, students and faculty. All were friendly, positive and helpful. At this point UOP is on the other end, trying to get you to choose them. Left with a great impression of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, UOP is a great dental school with its goal to produce excellent clinicians. The facilities are new and top-notch. The students and professors and staffs are very nice and respectful. It would definitely be my 1st choice if the tuition was a little lower... but you do get out in 3 years!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school.. for people who wants to be a gernal dentist.. I think the school really has a lot to offered... they have the best facilites.. clean... and nice.. plus they have excellent faculties.. " More from this Member | Report Response

"They roll out the red carpet for you. Feed you an all you can eat lunch. and take you up to the roof to see the city." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very good school in a very good location. Can't ask for more." More from this Member | Report Response

"I loved UOP. It's a great school, and they pride theirselves in being close to their students. The atmosphere is great with shops across the street to relax a take a break while in school. The area is nice and compliments with the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"i really don't know how tehir system works. they call for 2 interviews once in sep and next one in dec. every time 40 ppl. they only have 16 seats! when i went out of 40 more then 20 were indians.pls send ur application as soon as possible. pls don't wait for deadlines!very expensive school. living expense actually goes beyond 2000 per month in sf.i relly don't understand their concept of waiting list!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was laid back and yet very informative. Everyone is extrememly friendly and very willing to answer questions. My faculty interview was pretty short (since my interviewer wasn't extremely talkative), but others went for an hour. My student interview was informal-- more of an opportunity for me to ask questions than for him to learn about me. The day was long, but not stressful." More from this Member | Report Response

"UOP is a very good clinical school for general dentists. I have a background in research and they told me that if I was into research, UOP isn't the best place (although they do have some research). There is an overall culture at UOP that you will become very familiar with when you interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very laid back. Everyone was really friendly. The whole process is very well organized. You have one one hour interview with a faculty member, and then one half hour interview by a student. They buy you lunch :)...and, there's a Coffee Bean across the street....yay!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very relaxed and never give the inpression that you are being interviewed.They just want to know about you . So just be cool and relaxed and most important thing is be yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of all my interviews, UOP impressed me the most." More from this Member | Report Response

"There interview was very relaxed. It didn't even seem like an interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school was awesome! The interview was VERY laidback. My interview mostly told me about him and the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 57
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 2
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 31
Neutral 10
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
9.41 41

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

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In state 24
Out of state 17

What was your total time spent traveling?

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0-1 hour 10
2-3 hours 18
4-6 hours 8
7+ hours 3

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 22
Automobile 14
Train or subway 5
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 9
$101-$200 6
$201-$300 7
$301-$400 9
$401-$500 1
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

JFK

Southwest

SFO

OAK

sjo

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 11
Hotel 15
Home 1
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Grand Hyatt

Marina Inn

marriot

marriot (fishermans wharf)

Miyako Best Western Inn

N/A

Opal

Queen Anne

QueenAnne

The Queen Anne

travel lodge

Travelodge North

Would you recommend the hotel?

Grand Hyatt

Marina Inn

marriot

marriot (fishermans wharf)

Miyako Best Western Inn

N/A

Opal

Queen Anne

QueenAnne

The Queen Anne

travel lodge

Travelodge North

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.52 42

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
9.64 42

0 = low, 10 = high

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

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9.67 42

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.94 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.88 16

0 = low, 10 = high

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

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8.43 14

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep doing what you are doing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep doing what you do. Everyone was friendly and accessible, and they even knew my name when I arrived." More from this Member | Report Response

"none! everyone in the admissions office is very friendly and prompt." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Very friendly staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"none, they are very organized and a well constructed interview, great food and great feeling, call yourself lucky to be called for an interview from this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"admission representatives are very very nice.." More from this Member | Report Response

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