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"What does humanism mean to you?"
"What was your dental experience journey so gar?"
"How do ethics play a role in dentistry?"
"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."
"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."
"what do you like to do in your free time?"
"Tell me about your experience as a dental assistant."
"Tell me about your childhood and your family."
"what did you do in us? about the home country. and realted questions. what kind of work did i do in us?"
"What are the 3 most important qualities that a dentist should possess?"
"If you knew you wanted to be a dentist, then why did you apply so late?"
"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. "
"What do your parents do?"
"What would you do if you saw a classmate cheating?"
"how do you think community college compares to university?"
"Which other schools did you apply to?"
"(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."
"Are there any questions you wanted to ask?"
"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?"
"Tell me about your hometown"
"What are your weaknesses. I told her and she said, "uh oh." Bad sign"
"Since you have only been taking a few classes a semester, what else were you doing with your time?"
"Tell me what happened during your first year of college."
"What are your weaknesses?"
"Why did you decide to change careers to dentistry?"
"Tell me about the post-baccalaureate program you were in."
"Are you aware of cultural night in SF?"
"The cheating ethical question"
"Every question was related to me and who I am, you should expect the same."
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about your backround."
"Why U o P?"
"Why do you want to be a dentist?"
"Tell me a difficult situation you encountered in your life and how you resolve the problem..?"
"about the background i mean my family background wat were my parents qualifications."
"What do you see yourself doing after graduating from dental school?"
"How did you like you undergrad?"
"What qualities do you have that you think would make you a good dentist, not a good dental student, but a good dentist?"
"what are your future goals? "
"Explain these grades"
"Why do you choose UOP?"
"Why UoP and why dentistry?"
"Why do you want to go to UOP?"
""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."
"about my activities and shadowing listed"
"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)"
"I see that your dad is a dentist. How did that contribute to your decision to go into dentistry?"
"how was the dinner the other day"
"Explain these classes"
"What is your best method of learning?"
"Why do you want to be a dentist?"
"Do you travel a lot? I love to travel!! Let me tell you about my experience. "
"Tell me about your extracurricular activities (more of a statement)"
"what sort of leadership experiences do you have?"
"Was our website helpful?"
"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)"
"What would you do if you were to start failing a class?"
"Do you volunteer? Why not medicine?"
"Tell me about a leadership experience? "
"What activities have you done that require manual dexterity."
"Is the idea of a 3 year program push you towards choosing UoP or away?"
"How is your three dimensional thinking ability?"
"What was your research about?"
"What are the qualities of a good dentist?"
"Why do you want to be a dentist."
"Do you have questions for me"
"How do you do in a stressful situation?"
"What other schools did you apply to ? Why do you think this school suits you the best ?"
"Have you volunteered with dentists in the U.S.?"
"Who has inspired me?"
"How did you study for the DAT and for how long?"
"Why UOP? Why dentistry? Why not your old career"
"So... tell me about yourself. "
"about the school from which o graduated."
"Does the 3 year program suit you well? Why?"
"What kind of community do you want to work in?"
"Why did you choose the major you chose?"
"What are you proud of and your weakest point?"
"What makes you a good fit?"
"Tell me about the field in dentistry that you like more?"
"Tell me about a time when you struggled in school and what you did to overcome it."
"What makes you a better candidate than X (another interviewee that day)"
"I see you've traveled. Where should I go if I go to that same place?"
"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)."
"Do you think you can do our 3 year program?"
"What score do u want on NBDE part 2"
"What is the difference between dentistry in underdeveloped countries and the U.S.?"
"Tel me about your volunteer work"
"Do you think you can handle our 3 year curriculum?"
"What was a difficult obstacle you had to overcome?"
"what happened to you with QR?"
"What caused you to choose this career?"
"(paraphrased) What about Pacific interests you the most?"
"Do you feel like you are prepared for dental school, seeing as how you have skipped several years of school?"
"Tell me a strength and a weakness"
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What will you do when you graduate?"
"That's pretty much it. The rest was all conversation."
"Are you married?"
"You cant add can you? (this was asked in good fun about my 17 in QR) "
"Tell me about your community service work"
"Would you be interested in teaching dentistry?"
"What have you learned from the dental company you work for?"
"If you caught someone cheating in class, what would you do?"
"What initiated your interest in dentistry"
"How would you manage your future practice???"
"do you want to specialize?"
"What are your immediate graduation plans ?"
"Do you think you could acclimate to the San Francisco environment? "
"How I manage my time."
"Have you ever been todl that you look like Al Pacino and Andy Garcia put together? (I never had)"
"any volunteer/extracurricular/leadership experience?"
"What kind of music do you play on the guitar?"
"Tell me about your dental experiances.."
"What are you looking in a dental school?"
"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!"
"What have you done to demonstrate hand skills?"
"Why did you choose the undergraduate school you chose?"
"Why uop and why should we select you compared to others"
"DO you have any questions for us?"
"Why did you choose dentistry?"
"I saw you worked a lot of different summer/part-time jobs, how do you think these prepared you for dental school? (None were dentistry-related)"
"How do you keep patients coming back to your practice?"
"if i knew what a prenup is.. lol"
"The cheating ethical question."
"What extracurricular activities do you see yourself being involved in during dental school?"
"wanted to know about india( my home country)"
"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"
"What are ure future plans?"
"Do you think science is needed in dentistry?"
"Why not medicine?"
"how do you think community college classes compare to university? (i've been to mostly community college, some uni)"
"What would I do if you caught another student cheating?"
"So, they actually put oil on the bowling lanes, and that affects the way the ball rolls?"
"Do you have any questions for us?"
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Does anybody know how many floors is the building? (9 floors)"
"How do you perform under pressure? Give example"
"What about you will make you a great dentist? What about you will make dentistry most difficult?"
"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."
"Do you work better in groups or individually?"
"How will you decide between the schools who accept you?"
"What exactly is the predental program at your school like?"
"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. "
"Explain the post-baccalaureate program you attended and what you got out of it."
"Are you aware of the cultural night at San Francisco?"
"Whether my piano playing is fit for Carnegie Hall. "
"The typical, "If you caught another student cheating, what would you do, and remember there are no wrong choices?""
"Nothing was very interesting. Just generic questions. Sort of predictable."
"Nothing, very conversation like. "
"tell me your life, you have 50 minutes. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"What makes you willing to pay so much for your dental education ? (How can you justify it)"
"Why did your parents come to the U.S.?"
"Whether or not you should offer to do free procedures for patients who cannot afford them."
"Would your dad mind if you were to become a dentist?"
"How was your school work affected by events in you life?"
"If you caught someone in your class cheating, how would you handle the situation"
"Who is your favorite philosopher? "
"Show me the class schedule and ask me what did I see that is different ?"
"Tell me about your home country and you're families transition here."
"So, tell me about yourself... anything you want to tell me you can say."
"You went to school in a diverse location (NC). Would you have any problem interacting with a diverse group of paients?"
"What kinds of activities do you do that require manual dexterity? "
"Do you see yourself living in San Francisco? And why do you like this city?"
"nothing really. the questions were all pretty general like how did you get interested in dentistry."
"How do you like San Francisco?"
"Where do you see yourself in five years?"
"How do ethics play a role in dentistry?"
""Why do you think I think this is important?" Regarding an extracurricular on my application."
"None were difficult. It was mainly a conversational, getting to know you/ make sure you're a good person and qualified type of interview"
"Describe a specific experience where your leadership skills were tested."
"none, just a basic conversation, never strayed away to ask a difficult one"
"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."
"What questions do you have to ask us?"
"What would you say are some of the general issues facing dentistry today?"
"If you were to get bad grades in a class, what would you do?"
"Why not medicine?"
"a lot of questions came out of conversation so I don't remember every single one"
"Do you think our program is the best for you, better than X, Y, And Z schools that you applied to?"
"What about your personality will make dentistry difficult?"
"What frustrates you most? What are your weaknesses?"
"How would you deal with a patient that was difficult to work with?"
"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."
"Why do you want to be a dentist?"
"none, pretty standard questions."
"They were all very simple and easy-going questions. Seriously, just be yourself. "
"There weren't any difficult questions"
"What kind of classmates are you looking for in Dental School?"
"Same as above"
"What will you bring to this class? Think about it. You have 5 minutes to think about it."
"Do you think U of P is for you?"
"What I was going to do when I got D's and F's in my first year of dental school."
"What type of implant system did you observe being used?"
"Why these grades?"
"No difficult questions really. The interviewer just wanted to get to know me as a person"
"None... All of them were expected."
"Tell me about an ethical situation you have been in."
"How does ... this and that experiances... contributed to your Interpersonal skills"
"None really. It was a very conversational interview. "
"Did you ever consider going into medicine? Why did you switch to dentistry? "
"I see you didn't do so well in this part of your application, why?"
"SDN and reading my application"
"Watching similar videos and mirror practicing and trying to be relax and myself"
"Met up with current students the day before, reached out to alumni, visited the campus, SDN, practice interviewing with my parents/in the mirror."
"There was really nothing to prepare for. Just be yourself."
"interview feedback, school website"
"Re-read my application, PS, and looked on SDN"
"Mock interview, reviewed sample interview questions from SDN, reviewed the website and my application."
"sdn, self preparation, friends"
"SDN, reviewed my file (they bring it up because its open file)"
"Sdn & Friends"
"I went through my application once. That's it!"
"I read my essay, read the website"
"SDN, general interview questions, going to another interview! All unnecessary though - it wasn't the typical 'what are your strengths yadda yaddda yadda'"
"Practiced in front of a mirror. "
"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."
"read through feedback site, read through website, wrote out some answers, had friend grill me"
"read this site. that's it."
"This website and the school website"
"Reading SDN reviews; browsing school's website; reviewing my application and essay; getting a haircut!"
"Read SDN and the UoP website"
"friends grilled interview questions, looked at SDN questions, read over school history and catalogs"
"UOP website, SDN, visisted the school numerous times previously"
"SDN, read over my application"
"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. "
"Talked with current students, read SDN and UofP website"
"SDN, but didn't really prepare because everyone says it is so basic and they just want to get to know you."
"SDN, UOP's website, I also have friends who are currently attending UOP."
"I researched the school, website (student life, classes, programs, news forum) The info is online"
"Read the catalogue, talked to myself"
"Read over application, Prepared questions for them, Looked over this site, Calmed down, etc. "
"I was myself, no preplanned answers or anything."
"UoP website, SDN feedbacks, my application"
"Previous intervies. Thinking of questions to ask ahead of time. "
"Pamphlet, Website, SDN, and interview feedback"
"Read SDN reviews, my personal statement, C.V., got some good sleep."
"I researched U of P and spoke with previous applicants."
"I read the school's website and this website"
"Read my AADSAS, saw website of school, calmed down and checked out the directions to the school before my interview."
"Read over the website, brochure, AADSAS application."
"Read Univ of Pacific Website, went over my AADSAS application."
"look over my AADSAS application, personal statement, read interview feedbacks, look over the UOP website, and talk to current UOP students."
"Read over my application and ate a big breakfast."
"SDN and contacted some alumnni"
"Knew my reasons for going to dentistry, and I was just confident in myself. I think that's all you really need."
"SDN, talked to students"
"UOP web site, admissions guides, typical questions on the web"
"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. "
"school website and SDN"
"Went online and looked at all sorts of questions that would be given at an interview and I practiced my answers with my father."
"SDN. School website"
"The vibe and integrity of faculties"
"The interview day and information session was really personal, they make you feel like part of the family from the get-go and not just another person they have to interview."
"EVERYTHING. Everyone was so genuinely nice and so willing to help, vibe of the school, 3 yr curriculum, very strong clinically, San Francisco location."
"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."
"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."
"My interviewer contacted me after the interview as a follow up and usually it is the opposite, where you need to contact them."
"The friendly and warm atmosphere and environment created by the students, faculty, and staff."
"the school , the facilities and the location how close it is to my home"
"People/professors, location, 5 star hotel-like look"
"School is high-fi And staff is very friendly And Program is highly clinically oriented"
"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."
"the interviewer was an endo and very friendly. "
"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! "
"The Pacific environment. Everyone is just SOOO nice at UOP"
"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."
"the atmosphere and the people. They were really friendly and they seemed to sincerely love their school."
"EVERYONE, and i mean EVERYONE loved the school. "
"Clinic and their criculum breadth"
"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."
"The facilities, the people, the location, the other interviewers"
"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..."
"how happy everybody is, ppl watch movies while carving their wax in lab!"
"The UOP family is a fantastic feeling. The sim lab is cool. Everyone is dressed well and happy. Great Lunch!!!!!"
"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."
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"Facilities, happy students, friendly faculty. "
"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."
"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."
"Everyone was very nice "
"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. "
"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."
"Relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, great location of school"
"How happy everyone at UOP is. "
"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?!"
"The coherence of the program, and the program administrators outstanding organization and preparation for our interview."
"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."
"The happy, friendly atmosphere."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Friendliness of the students and faculty. Overall humanistic approach of the school. "
"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. "
"Very clean.. excellent facilities.. and the atmosphere of the class was absolutely desirable.. how friendly and close the students and faculties are.."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"The school is very modern and has a great sim lab. Everyone seemed happy to be there and were very helpful."
"Pretty much everyone liked it there. It was a very low-key interview; essentially it was a recruitment day."
"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)"
" 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."
"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.""
"Attitudes of the students attending, sim-lab & clinics, humanistic approach"
"Nice building. The clinics were also very nice. Also everyone there seemed to be very happy."
"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!"
"The location that my interviewer was at for the virtual interview."
"Nothing except COA."
"The cost, but that is to be expected in San Francisco."
"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"
"nothing. just that it was a very long day."
"i felt rushed during the interview"
"not a lot. "
"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."
"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"
"The curriculum skips some things that are included in other schools and is very rushed/hectic. Also the price tag is enormous."
"Nothing really. This was my first interview though, so I don't have much to compare it to."
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"tuition and rent prices"
"Parking around the school, maybe limited to 100 cars, it's pretty bad."
"The tuition and the fact that the students are stuck in ONE building for 3 years of their lives. "
"Since it was my first time in San Francisco, I wanted to have more time to see the city, student housing etc. "
"Tuition and cost of living. Our tour guide was not very motivated (or at least, she did not seem so)"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The intensity of the curriculum, the lack of a large campus atmosphere, and the high price"
"My interviewer did not show up because he was sick so I had to wait around for another faculty member."
"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."
"It might be difficult to find a nice close place to live."
"The tuition... ~$250,000 for only 3 years of dental school education."
"cold.. lunch was free but really taste like. humm..Sxxx"
"Maybe the cost, but I knew how much it cost from start."
"The cost of living and tuition, although professional school is going to be expensive anywhere. "
"the attitude of faculty and students."
"EVERYONE said they liked it, for the same reasons. It started to get tiresome."
"Only about 20% specialize after graduation. They also make you buy a laptop when you get there. "
"The cost, but I think it's worth it."
"How long the interview is"
"I was relatively prepared as I searched the school online and went over the curriculum and their mission and vision; so nothing much left to know"
"Having a general response to the basic practice questions will be sufficient. Much of the time after a response will be filled with conversation."
"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)"
"I wish I knew how little I needed to worry about interview day."
"Writing samples are taken at the interview. Luckily I had good answers to my questions."
"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.)."
"that to dress up more nicely on the first day"
"How many hills there are in San Fran"
"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. "
"Nothing- it was great!"
"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""
"Don't stress too much, but be prepared"
"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."
"how the parking situation is over there"
"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."
"I wouldn't have brought a portfolio because they give you a folder."
"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."
"Nothing....I knew all about the school and the program. "
"Rumors about specialty programs discriminating against UoP grads are grossly false, as are the rumours that they don't prepare you for boards. "
"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. "
"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. "
"That everybody would welcome you as family during the interview. It was very, very impressive."
"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."
"that they had housing at the presidio. Much quieter place to live."
"That getting an interview is harder than being accepted. Once you get an interview, your pretty set. Either acceptance or wait listed."
"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."
"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. "
"To take more pictures of everything in the school, because no one minds."
"That their A/C does not work....just kidding...it was so hot during the interview...or maybe i was just nervous."
"How relaxed it would be. "
"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"
"Almost nothing. They were very thorough and detailed in preparing us for what to expect on the interview day."
"I wish I read this website and that my professor mentioned that I was interested in medicine when he wrote my letter of recommendation. "
"That I should have applied as early as possible to avoid being placed on the alternate list."
"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."
"If you interview early, you are almost guarenteed to get in. Interviews after December are very hard to get in."
"They really are there just to get to know who you are in person. No trick questions."
"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. "
"Nothing to be nervous about. The earlier your interview the better chance you have of being accepted."
"That the chances of getting an acceptance from a waiting list is not so high.. "
"That a high percentage of people who get interviewed get accepted."
"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. "
"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. "
"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."
"Be prepared, dress properly, appear on time, look and act professionally and more importantly, be your self and expressive."
"I really enjoyed the atmosphere and effort that UOP put into virtual interviews."
"Everything about this school is superb. I will be attending."
"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."
"pacific is awesome!"
"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."
"I LOVED UOP. I had such a great experience and REALLY hope to hear some good news come Dec. 1!!"
"very nice school, very impressed, it is like a dream come true to be a part of this great school"
"When you visit, you'll see why this school is everyones dream school"
"Good school to go in."
"This school really impressed me. The facility is great and everyone is really friendly. The vibe feels great!"
"Very stress free. if you have an interview, you are IN ! Congrats =)"
"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. "
"Absolutely loved the school and it will definitely be my first choice."
"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."
"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."
"Great experience and awesome"
"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."
"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!"
"Very pleasant and enjoyable. Faculty interviewer was really nice, and we had an engaging conversation. At the end, "
"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"
"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. "
"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. "
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"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."
"AWESOME!! I just found out I was accepted, so I am extremelly excited."
"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)"
"It was really relaxing and informative"
"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. "
"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."
"I was very impressed with school and faculty. People were very friendly and nice. It was a very positive experience overall."
"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. "
"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. "
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Overall great experience. They really make every effort to make you feel welcome and convince you to pick Univ of Pacific."
"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."
"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!"
"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.. "
"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."
"Very good school in a very good location. Can't ask for more."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"Out of all my interviews, UOP impressed me the most."
"There interview was very relaxed. It didn't even seem like an interview."
"The school was awesome! The interview was VERY laidback. My interview mostly told me about him and the school. "
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"Nothing, they were great!"
"Keep doing what you're doing, no complaints."
"Keep doing what you are doing!"
"Keep doing what you do. Everyone was friendly and accessible, and they even knew my name when I arrived."
"none! everyone in the admissions office is very friendly and prompt."
"None. Very friendly staff."
"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."
"admission representatives are very very nice.."