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University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
  • Year founded: 1932
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 144
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University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Dental School
Detroit
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 4 72 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS N/A 0 Responses
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Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $64,940
  • Non - Resident Tuition $64,940
  • Application Fee $75
  • AVG DAT 20.4
  • AVG GPA 3.6

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions
  • 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • Detroit 48208-2576
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, as a part of the continuing tradition of Catholic education, is committed to provide quality dental care to our patients and to serve as a source of information and education to the community. Through our dedication to excellence in teaching and research, the School of Dentistry strives to develop technically and diagnostically skilled, scientifically based, socially and ethically sensitive dental professionals who are committed to continued professional growth and development.

Curriculum

The successful completion of the dental curriculum leads to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. The curriculum is divided over four academic years. The academic year begins in late August and ends in late July, with a vacation period in August. Graduation is in May. The timing and sequence of courses are designed to develop a biomedical and preclinical knowledge base prior to the start of clinical patient care. The clinical periods provide the time necessary to develop the applied knowledge and technical skills essential for a person to enter the practice of general dentistry. The curriculum and course content are constantly being reviewed and improved to present the most current information and trends in dentistry.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 62
Negatively 4
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.07 72

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.56 50

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Expensive secondary application fee and mailing the 1x1 passport photo was a hassle." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lunch. (I was there from 8 to 12:30 but no lunch was provided) A bottle of water so that we could bring with us during the tour/interview (I hadn't had a sip of water the whole time :( )" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Please have recycling bins for bottles and cans. It would be nice to have tiny water bottles at the snack table so that interviewers could bring some with them throughout the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"There needs to be a lunch break half way through the interview. Maybe some kind of lunch & learn." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give folders" More from this Member | Report Response

"Good job. Very personal feel to the interview and the lab coat fitting is a nice touch." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the excellent work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Attend phone calls since it takes a while to get through to schedule an interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think they forgot i had an interview in the morning not afternoon" More from this Member | Report Response

"keep up the good work" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of specific questions regarding my experiences. Tell me about the music videos you made?" More from this Member | Report Response

"3 strengths and 1 weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my volunteer experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your take on volunteering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk about your research experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would your friends describe you in 3 ways?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UDM? What are you good at / bad at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a dental hygienist that worked for you called off of work every Saturday for health reasons, how would you address this as their boss?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How's the violin working out for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do u want to come to udm, Why do u want to be a dentist, why you got a low grade so late in your degree," More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you like most about undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if another student offered you the answers to an exam? Would you fulfill a patients wish of full mouth steel caps when its unnecessary?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dental School instead of Medical School?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did my interest in dentistry spark?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No specific questions. More of a talk-about-yourself conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Tell me about yourself and what has led to your decision to pursue dentistry as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will i take physics (i was taking it that semester), why have i not taken physics yet, how do i think i will do in physics" More from this Member | Report Response

"Moral Ethics: What would you do if you knew someone had the exam answers prior to taking the exam?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you also apply to medical schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how are you gonna pay for school" More from this Member | Report Response

"what have you done that shows you have eye -hand coordination to become a dentist? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever witnessed another student cheat?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you chose dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strengths? weaknesses? talk about yourself? what are you doing now? are you going to retake the DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why and when did you become interested in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It's realy more of a conversation to allow yourself to interject your thoughts and interest about the field and to convince them that you have what it takes to succeed and excel at UDM" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a major hurdle for you" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why do you want to be a dentist/ Why did you choose dentistry over other health professions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to go into dentisty?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked prepackaged ethical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you manage your time? " More from this Member | Report Response

"MOSTLY PERSONAL QUESTIONS FROM MY FILE, and PERSONAL STATEMENT" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get into Dental?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Could you explain your PAT score for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you doing this semester gradewise? What happened with you PAT score? (17--much lower than my other scores) " More from this Member | Report Response

"interview was really laid back, no real questions, just a conversation about whatever came up." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about bad experiences you have witnessed shadowing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Take a few minutes and tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Discuss the difficult semester you had your sophomore year." More from this Member | Report Response

" Tell me about you strength(s) and weakness(es). " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me anything you want about yourself? Where do you want to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

What was the most interesting question?

"Mentioned my longest employment record that didn't relate to dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a project you worked on, where you were given ambiguous directions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a book you've read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you knew someone in your class was cheating on tests, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a scenario question." More from this Member | Report Response

"ethical questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical questions.. 3 or 4 of them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be okay living so far away from your family? (I'm an out-of-state applicant.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most creative thing you've done." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you and two friends went on a trip together and two of you already paid for it, and the other person bailed at the last minute, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Say you are practicing in a small town and you have a patient who is an 80 year old male. He has some family and they are just as old as him. You carefully explain the treatment and take time the next day to meet with him to explain more. The patient listened carefully and after your explanation he says, "Dr. X, I trust you and I believe that you know exactly what I need and that you have the proper training and education, but I don't understand a thing you explained to me. But I am OK with you treating me." How would you handle this situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, it was very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is the most influential non-living historical person to you? AND Who is the most influential living person to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I saw you took ____ class. Tell me about it; how did it help you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is the most influential non-living historical person to you? not kidding on the spot that is a very hard question because you need a reason to go with the person" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's a challenge that you've had to overcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is dental care a right or a privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do i do for fun, not listed in my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What environment do you perform best in, structured or free and under pressure or not." More from this Member | Report Response

"What environment do you thrive in? Organized or free form?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how are you gonna pay?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what would you do if you couldnt be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Differences I have found in school I have attended." More from this Member | Report Response

"describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to fail a class how would you improve? If you caught a friend cheating on an exam what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you went blind (or lost your hand) and cannot be a dentist, what would you do? (This is not a joke, I was asked this)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you prefer a stuctured or nonstructered environment, and pressured or non pressure environment" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your strenghts and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do your musical abilities help with your manual dexterity?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Interviewer gave some situations involving dishonesty or cheating and asked how I would respond." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, What do you do on your spare time." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked if I thought that it was possible for practicing dentist to become addicted to drugs or alcohol...I thought it was a very open-minded and important question to ask if you are judging someone's character. It was impressive and creative." More from this Member | Report Response

"there were no questions asked. We just talked about life and it was all very informal..a great experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't actually asked any questions, we just talked and everything we commented on in our conversation could have been a question." More from this Member | Report Response

"If someone you were close friends with wanted to cheat off your exam, how would you respond? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about cheating? What if you saw someone cheating? (think: what if someone cheats in professional school? what are the ethical complications associated with a professional who will cheat? will they lie to their patients? provide inadequate care? etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what stroke do you swim?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See most difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about any bad experiences that you witnessed while shadowing, or any negative aspects of the job?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your thoughts on the states current Medicaid policy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The doctor who interviewed me was very helpful and informative. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you pay for dental school" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"I'd had a bad semester during my sophomore year & the interviewer asked me to discuss what happened that semester & what would keep that from happening again." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were failing in two classes, how would you deal with this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me anything you want me to know about you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think Dr. XXXXXX (my chem prof) had to say about you in her recommendation? (He then went on to tell me)" More from this Member | Report Response

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
0.00 1

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"N/A." | Report Response

What do you like least?

"We are writing this to express our disappointment with our experience over the past four years at UDM Dental. As students, we have constantly been disrespected and ignored by the administration and various faculty members throughout our time at the school. Throughout our didactic years, we constantly asked for changes in our exam schedules and other components of our classes to make our time just a little stressful, every time we were denied and laughed at. We are given only 2 weeks to study for Part 1 of the boards while other programs give their students more time. The failure rate for our students taking Part 1 skyrocketed to what we have heard was approximately 30% for the Class of 2021. The school still hides this. The only changes that were made were that incoming classes after us were given assigned seating where students had to stay in their assigned spots in the lecture hall for the entire year, something none of us had even heard of since middle school. These complaints are minor compared to UDM’s clinical experience. The dean tells us that “it is normal for 25% of students not to graduate on time”, this is unheard of elsewhere across the country. Of a class of 141, for the dental school not to realize that keeping 35 students every year past the expected graduation date is an indictment of their policies and requirements is everything that needs to be said about the school. No other school that we are aware of has such a high rate of students failing to graduate on time. The clinic director and the administration actively work to ensure that students do not graduate on time. Whether it is by raising requirements or constantly making changes in order for students to fail, we have always been fighting with our clinic administration. We have to actively pay for our patients’ treatments out of pocket in order to meet requirements, as the Detroit population cannot afford the school’s prices. If any student remains in the clinic past a certain date, the school charges them a daily fee of approximately $300. To prove this point even further, as the vast majority of dental schools have made adjustments to their requirements during the COVID-19 crisis so that the majority of their students can graduate, UDM dental has not. They are trying to force approximately 90% of students to return to one of the worst affected areas of the country to perform work on patients or typodonts to “meet requirements”. We are being prevented from applying for licenses or getting jobs because our clinic administration “does not like to be compared to other schools”. They are telling us to take out additional loans to fund our prolonged stay. The school wants us to return sometime in the end of May or possibly June (we still have no clear plan communicated to us as of today), and actively work with no guarantees to our safety or the safety of our patients. To make matters worse, they are actively posting on social media giving the appearance that the Class of 2020 has graduated. This is a complete lie and embarrassment. Students have been targeted for writing negative reviews of the school and threatened with lawsuits, which is why we are remaining anonymous. All we ask is that you please heavily consider other dental schools before attending or applying for UDM. We have been hung out to dry by this school over and over again and do not want to appear to be supportive of an administration and program that has lied to us so many times. We are completely saddened and embarrassed with our education. Sincerely, Students of the Class of 2020 and Students of the Class of 2019" | Report Response

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