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  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Chicago
Individual Feedback 2 50 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 37
Negatively 9
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.94 49

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 36

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.25 36

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 3
20 minutes 9
25 minutes 6
30 minutes 11
35 minutes 3
40 minutes 5
45 minutes 1
50 minutes 4
55 minutes 1
60+ minutes 7

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 50
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 46
In a group 3

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 12
Closed file 34

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.94 50

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

"What other languages do you speak, other than English?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Describe your experience with diversity" More from this Member | Report Response

"2018 - Describe your experience in small groups" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me two strengths and one weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your DAT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"List of Questions: Tell me about yourself Have your performed any research? -What was your position in your research Why UIC Why do you want to be a dentist" More from this Member | Report Response

"they asked me to read A passage from sturdevant aloud and later explain it to them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. Asked about my research, volunteer and leadership experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"If don't ever get into a dental school, what will you do? (Me..Medical) Ok, so what if you never get into medical school, then what?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"See description above under most interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"in which way is different dentistry in your own country compared to the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what would you do after completing this program" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your definition of dental profession? and what makes a good dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"I chose not to read your application so tell me all about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"(Other than the ones above...) "I have chosen to do this interview blind, which means I have not looked at your application. So...tell me about yourself."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why if no more cavities in the world?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why dentistry? Tell me about yourself. Do you think you will fit in at UIC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The University has a very diverse student body. Do you see yourself fitting in here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do in dental school if you can't handle a certain class? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What will you do in dental school if you can't handle a certain class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What originally stimulated your interest in dental medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you were in a dental practice that was billing for procedures that were not actually performed, what would be the steps you would take?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Why haven't you made Spanish a priority language to add to your repertoire?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dentistry related experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are you positive and negative attributes" More from this Member | Report Response

"You seem very interested in research, how about clinical?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some leadership roles you had as an undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"weakness and strength" More from this Member | Report Response

"2018- What volunteer experiences do you have" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about an ethical situation you've been in and how you dealt with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you find someone in your class cheated in a midterm or exam" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"they asked me to critique the typodonts." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What challenges will you face being a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Outside of healthcare, what aspects do you see as important to a dental practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if there were no need for dentist what would you be doing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who do you admire?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you learned from your shadowing experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If dentists were no longer needed, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the difference in dentistry here from that in your country." More from this Member | Report Response

"would you prefer to provide an adequate service to large population or an excellent service to small population? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a Dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if someone cheated would you report that individual?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

""Tell me about your dental/clinical experience." " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you do in your free time or a as a hobby" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you are struggling in a class? What would you do if you saw another student cheating? Have you ever experienced a difficult life situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does the thought of dental school scare you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if dental disease was eliminated?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you different?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there a course in undergrad that you regretted not taking?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you do if you can't be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with what a dentist does?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you bring to this program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities do you have that would make you a good dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"How are you going to contribute to the diversity of our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most meaningful volunteer experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"are you involved in research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is 1 strength and 1 weakness that you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"2018- Why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think of the change in curriculum that the dental school is implementing? (From Lecture based learning to small group based learning)" More from this Member | Report Response

"to assemble some perio instruments acc to their nos." More from this Member | Report Response

"List some things that would make you happy, stressful and challenging as a dentist." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are you passionate about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what defines you" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities should a dentist have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you saw one of your peers cheating in class?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time in your academic career that was difficult and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"general dental questions about management of soem special cases and some clinical models of cavity prep and crown prep to identify errors." More from this Member | Report Response

"what did you do in your shadowing experience? and what was your research about? other questions were more personal as to what other interest or hobbies do you have, etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you done any research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself after you graduate and then in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

""If you don't get into dental school, what will you do?"" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What gives you pleasure? Have you read any good books lately? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Being a dentist is a big resonsibility, different than that of working as an assistant. How do you feel about that, and do you think you can handle it? Does it scare you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Long term goals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you decide on dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think you could offer this institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"If you found yourself having trouble with a course your first year here, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

What was the most interesting question?

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

"what would you do if you saw someone cheating" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of your group members does not want to participate in a group project and the assignment is due soon, what do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about diversity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"2018 - Describe your experience with diversity" More from this Member | Report Response

"If dentistry were no longer an option as a profession, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the change in curriculum that the dental school is implementing? (From Lecture based learning to small group based learning)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why uic? why not california" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a difficult time in your life and how you overcame it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you most passionate about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what defines you" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you are a dentist, what do you think will make you happy, stressed, and challenged?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you rather provide adequate care to a large population or excellent care to a small population?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about women in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose UIC? What does your country lack in dentistry? Questions from a passage about mandibular first pre-molar. Was also told to read the passage out loud and explain it. Had some perio instruments and a list which had a few instruments on it. Had to tick ones that were present. Few questions on this afterwards. A case was presented about a medically compromised patient. Two additional cases were presented for which I had to give the treatment plan. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. I am an FTD. So we had two interviews. The first one was one-on-one (very friendly and lasted for a maximum of 15 minutes) and the other was two-on-one ( 1 hour of dental related questions). It was very laid back and the questions were something you can always expect in any interview. Like, why you? Why UIC? What makes a good dentist and so on? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you get enough tim eto sleep?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think makes a goos dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If all dental diseases was cured what would you being doing? This was a question to get a feel for your personality." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"1. What would you do if you saw a fellow dental student cheating in class? 2. What is your vision for practicing dentistry after graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you do with your time off or as a hobby ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you rather give adequate dental work to a large population, or excellent dental work to a smaller population?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What gives you pleasure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do in dental school if you can't handle a certain class? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if dental disease was eliminated?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about the protest marches in South Africa you were involved in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you read? What books can you recommend me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something interesting about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you saw another student cheating, what would you do about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a cure were discovered tomorrow for all dental disease, rendering the field of dentistry obsolete, what would you want to do with your life instead? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you saw a classmate of yours cheating, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in a dental practice that was billing for procedures that were not actually performed, what would be the steps you would take?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How has your work experience (not your academic experience) prepared you for dental school and a career in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"how do you feel about diversity" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The ethics question, what would you do if you see your best friend cheating in a test?" More from this Member | Report Response

"2018- Describe an ethical situation you have been faced with (personally I didn't have any ethical scenario I have been apart of and I was asked to relate it to my life other interviewees had a scenario posed for them and they responded to it which I think would be easier)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not really any difficult questions, just KNOW your application in and out since it's closed file." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the change in curriculum that the dental school is implementing? (From Lecture based learning to small group based learning)" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The what would you do if not health care question." More from this Member | Report Response

"what defines you" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your impression of healthcare in our society?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself because I have decided to do this interview blind?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I know nothing about you. Fill me in." More from this Member | Report Response

"All general, but more clinical than expected. " More from this Member | Report Response

"None, very conversational, no grilling" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really they were very friendly and down to earth. There were a series of dental related questions which made me slightly nervous." More from this Member | Report Response

"there are no difficult questions, all questions are pretty general." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think makes a good dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"would you like to work in a large less adequate population or a small more adequate population? answer:i would not know what practice i would have, but adequate no matter what the size is. I told them that the money would always be there. never put a price on a patient's treatment. Don't let them direct your answer. stay firm with your decision!!!! " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think will be your biggest challenge you will face in dental school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"why UIC (because it is easy to get in and inexpensive)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What would you do if you saw another student cheating on a test?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you rather give excellent dentristry to a few people or adequate dentistry to a lot of people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do in dental school if you can't handle a certain class? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if dental disease was eliminated?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"None were difficult at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"With so many well-qualified candidates, why should we invite you to enroll at our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same (the questions were very basic...easy if you prepare)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in a dental practice that was billing for procedures that were not actually performed, what would be the steps you would take?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None...all the questions are easy and not ment to trick you. They just want to get to know you and it becomes more of a conversation then a interview." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"sdn, being myself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Youtube videos, SDN threads, friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, youtube videos, google search, uic website." More from this Member | Report Response

"General dental interview questions and what was posted on SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Kevin Ahern's YouTube video on interviewing" More from this Member | Report Response

"UIC Website/SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, as well as just though of answers to a list of interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"talked to my friends. prepared for common questions to be asked at the interview, sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, review my application and UIC website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, UIC web site, and I did a practice interview offered by my college's career office" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school research on website, medical school question prep sites. There is a good list of common medical questions that Harvard puts out. http://lowell.harvard.edu/advising/pre-med/common_interview_questions.pdf" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, looking at the uic website, mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, went over questions, practiced my answers" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview and spoke with alumns of UIC." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read application, looked at shool website, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Practised responses to anticipated general questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, friends experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed the UIC website" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"read SDN. talked to students who study there.enquired about the interview questions. know about the school and be prepared to answer questions about your future plans." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, shadowing experience, application, mock interview with a friend and Dr., school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN and review application" More from this Member | Report Response

"By answering questions found on SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read the student doctor network. I rehearsed with a friend who happens to be a doctor.I waited to be seated. Spoke straight to the point. no excuses. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Review of my application, SDN, and the schools website." More from this Member | Report Response

"1. Online research. I read helpful tips from university websites (St. Mary's and Berkeley, for exaxmple) and an article from www.dentalcomfortzone.com on getting into dental school and what to expect in the interview. 2. Typing out answers to potential interview questions and then reading through them out loud. 3. Performing mock interviews with my husband using potential questions from the ADEA book." More from this Member | Report Response

"Many other interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just looked over my credentials and the extracurricular activities I was involved in. Basically your selling yourself so you’ve got to know your product." More from this Member | Report Response

"Barron's DAT book, SDN, reviewed possible interview questions " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school's webstie" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn,website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tons of other interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"UIC website, SDN interview questions, going over my personal statement and application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, the UIC website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Internet web-sites and answering the questions on this web-site that the other applicants remembered." More from this Member | Report Response

"I talked to some friends of mine who had interviewed for dental/medical school, I read the section about "Interviews" in Barron's DAT preparation book, and I looked over the UIC dental website for about 45 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Visited a dozen or so interview prep websites (the ones linked from about.com)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read other interview experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Previous experience from other interviews and reading the UIC website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my AADSAS file, read SDN (don't trust most of the negative comments these tend to come from people who lack social skills)" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Sim lab" More from this Member | Report Response

"the new curriculum with pre-clinicals in D1 great speciality programs location and patient exposure" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice admin and tour guide. Friendly students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff is very friendly" More from this Member | Report Response

"interviewers were nice, all the staff too, the clinics were full of patients, the facilities looked fine." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Updated facilities, respectful students, LOTS of patients, layout of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of admission staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"I really liked how each clinic is separated, and they are all being upgraded immensely. Also I like how one can choose to take difficult cases if choosing, as well as being able to spend the majority of time in a specific clinic that you would want." More from this Member | Report Response

"they were nice to me and were laughing with me during the interview making it light for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The dental school is surround by 4 hospitals which is great since you'll have tons of patients. Students were really laid back. They encourage research. They have a summer research program you can apply for, before you start dental school. Small class size." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness (Chicago is a very friendly city), the openness of the students in the Q & A sessions, and the curriculum transformation happening at the school to reflect changes in dentistry." More from this Member | Report Response

"the renovations" More from this Member | Report Response

"q&a with current students was very helpful braulia & staff were very nice are in the process of renovating clinics " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was really nice and encouraging" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was incredibly nice and provided a great environment for every applicant to interview in. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I'd love to live near campus. Close to downtow, cheap rent, parks and trees. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Not a pressure situation. Make you feel at ease. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the staff tried to make it easier for you" More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendly atmosphere. The fact that every dental specialty is represented and has facilities in the building. Renovated lecture halls." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly nature of those who interviewed me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students I talked to are very friendly and helpful. Everyone seem happy to be able to study there. I love the public transportation in Chicago. You can go anywhere without a problem. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I have been in many fancy clinics. saying that the people impressed me. I liked that the people were nice and friendly.The tour was very professional." More from this Member | Report Response

"The positivity of the admissions staff. They were very encouraging throughout the process and made you feel right at home." More from this Member | Report Response

"As my previous reviewer also noted, the interviews were very conversational and upbeat. I felt I was having an intellectual conversation with one of my peers rather than with some overbearing faculty member. I also agree with the previous reviewer that the Admissions Director is very candid and realistic about what is required to get into dental school and really make it as a good dentist. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Low cost of education." More from this Member | Report Response

"that getting in to UIC dent is easy, very high acceptance rate of 30% compared to private dental schools acceptance rate of 4%" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admission staff and students were extremely nice. Low tuition cost." More from this Member | Report Response

"How laid back the whole process and all the people were. This was my first interview so I was pretty nervous." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty's strong desire to help each student. The faculty/admission staff/dental student's positive attitude about the school and their sincerity to the interviewee." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is willing to answer any and all of your questions. They probably asked if we had any questions a million times" More from this Member | Report Response

"location" More from this Member | Report Response

"the price is relatively cheap, though the quality of education is really poor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Cost of education." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much. School is unimpressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"They seemed very supportive of their students, and the students were so enthusiastic and involved with so many activities. Also, the school has a really good community outreach program." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are the best, but they aren't too bad. The students there seem really nice and honest, and overall they appear to enjoy UIC. Very down-to-earth place, I never felt stressed the entire day. Plus who else thought Ann Shorrock was a cutie???" More from this Member | Report Response

"students, faculty, school, staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly everyone was and the fact that all of the students seemed to enjoy it there; the newly improved facilities were also impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"--Admissions Staff --> Ann Shorrock and Rosemary were very friendly --Faculty --> The interviewers were all very pleasant. They emphasized how much they want us to succeed...that if we had any problems we should come talk to them. Faculty we met during the tour were similar. Apparently most profs are also extremely open to rescheduling exams if the students ask for it, which is a definite plus. --Students --> There were at least ten students at lunch from all four years. They were a very diverse group, both in terms of background, ethnicity, and personality. There's no doubt you can find someone similar to yourself at UIC, whether you're the type that studies every day 'til 3am or goes out drinking during lunch breaks. Everyone was very candid...positive about the school but honest about what they didn't like. --Vision --> Usually I find claims of "We plan to be a Top 5 dental school by 2010" to be empty (esp. for state schools), but UIC does seem to be quickly moving in the right direction. They have made many changes recently like shrinking the class size, upgrading much of the building, adding community outreach/education programs, exposing students to clinical work earlier, and having students take the NBE I after first year (which makes sense) --Facilities --> The main lecture hall is nice and modern(complete with laptop ports), as are the specialty areas and the International DDS program (has a SIM lab). Every computer I saw was a brand new Dell, complete with large scren LCD. Overall it seems like a pleasant working/learning environment. --Research --> UIC receives many research grants, and the students were clear that there are plenty of opportunities. If you want to do research you have only to take the initiative and aggressively pursue a position. It's not exceptionally hard." More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was really friendly and the school seems to be headed in the right direction." More from this Member | Report Response

"Their faculty and staff and very postive about both the present and future state of the school. The Dean is a very dynamic individual and the students eem happy there. All records (besides x-rays) are electronic and there is one computer for every operatory chair." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was so so nice. They all kept congratualting us on making it this far. My two interviewers were so friendly and down to earth it was almost shocking that 30 minutes had passed and I hadn't been grilled at all. The new Dean (5 years at the school) is really working to improve the program, he has great insight and ideas, I love the direction he is taking the program. The students that had donuts and coffee with us were not only easy to talk to they were also very encouraging. I think most importantly everyone at the school from the admissions officers to the faculty to the students was brutally honest with us and I truly appreciate that. While they talk about the strengths of the school they didnt try to hide weakness and they didnt try to sell us they let us know we would have many options and we needed to choose what fit us best. " More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Interviewers responded negatively to my inability to speak Spanish." More from this Member | Report Response

"Main school and patient entrance: very outdated and cold!" More from this Member | Report Response

"tiny class size- of the 70, 22 spots are already reserved, so only 48 available not hearing back in december with a november interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Crumbling building. Good cop bad cop style interview. One interviewer became defensive and snappy after I asked her what sets their school apart from others." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really, maybe that they were under construction." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was way too short it was 15 minutes and you basically got kicked out of your room" More from this Member | Report Response

"Having both interviews before the rest of the day's activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"The short tour around the facilities;" More from this Member | Report Response

"no food, no drinks." More from this Member | Report Response

"The building is really old. You don't have a summer break during dental school. OOS tuition is really high." More from this Member | Report Response

"some parts were older but for the state school price it's worth it to me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of the clinics could use some "freshening." " More from this Member | Report Response

"some places still needed renovations" More from this Member | Report Response

"tour with dr. pendleton. wish it was a student " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. I was impressed with the whole day." More from this Member | Report Response

"The building is not nice looking and the renovations make it look very messy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Clinics were not as impressive as other schools, however, they were not nearly as bad as other feedback suggests." More from this Member | Report Response

"The big difference in tuition between a in-state student and out-of-the-state stduent. " More from this Member | Report Response

"none. A clinic is a clinic it is what you make of it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer would have gotten a much better feel for the applicant if the setting allowed for casual conversation such as a brief campus tour. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The current dental students that came in to talk to us about the school seemed nonchalant and joked about underachieving and not going to class. I wished they would have sent some students in that were specializing in order to raise our expectations, rather than lowering them." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have to be a female or minority to get in." More from this Member | Report Response

"this means UIC is not as good as private schools nad you are getting low caliber of dentists here. " More from this Member | Report Response

"2nd interviewer. She asked me about science courses I had most difficulty with in undergrad and WHY they were difficult. Then she tried to convince me that because of the same reason, I would not be able to handle classes in dental school!! " More from this Member | Report Response

"The weird vegetable pizza they fed us for lunch" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are old and outdated. Some of the work stations could use a serious renovation, or at least some new countertops that don't look like hand-me-down elementary school desk tops." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything else, bad facilities, sub-par faculty, taking the boards after 1 year-very crammed!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Staff are rude, particulary Rosemaray and Ann. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions staff is extremely rude. They lead you on to believe one thing then tell you another. Very inconsiderate people." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities & faculty very outdated. There is an emphasis on accepting based on minority and sex status rather than qualifications. " More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the two lecture halls needed some MAJOR renovations-it looked like it was from the 1960's" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were closed file, but I wished that the interviewers had SOME sort of info on me before I went in so that I wouldn't have to repeat my bio." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of the current students thought it would be funny to make fun of us applicants as we toured the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"--Facilities --> The building is still a study in contrasts. As nice as the first lecture hall was, the second was a total dump, like something out of an inner city H.S. (cement floors, worn plastic chairs). The only restroom I used was filthy even at 9am and the auto-flusher did not work. The exterior of the building is dated. UIC is in the process of upgrading everything, but as a state school they need to do it in stages, rather than one large renovation. --Neighborhood --> The school is in a tough area of the city. It's no worse than other municipal neighborhoods, but you do need to exercise common sense/caution to maintain safety (walk on the street side of the sidewalk, don't go out at night if female, etc.) --Tour --> Ann walks too fast! ;-)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"No SIM Labs (yet). " More from this Member | Report Response

"State funded school and the state has been cutting back the money it gives to health professional schools. This is apparent in the large tuition increase each year and the fact that they can only update and remodel small parts of the school at a time. Although the school is still much nicer then some of the SDN feedbacks make it out to be, you would be surprised when you come visit. I want to point out that this is not the schools fault but the states so I am more negatively impressed witht he state of IL then anything with the school." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

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

"To review my application in order to refresh everything before entering into the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"the interviewers background." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is literally 10 questions super vague its conversational, but I didn't walk out of that room feeling like they got to know me or that I impressed them" More from this Member | Report Response

"No breakfast or lunch, only light snacks" More from this Member | Report Response

"Get there early. Chicago traffic is no joke and cab drivers don't care what you have to do." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very cold weather even in mid-March" More from this Member | Report Response

"The information on the transition of their curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"to eat before going" More from this Member | Report Response

"Chicago is chilly during November. I wish I brought another jacket." More from this Member | Report Response

"that the interviews were closed file" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the nearby Marriott would have a fire alarm go off several times throughout the night! Boooooo. " More from this Member | Report Response

"that the interviewers were really nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"one closed file interview, one open file interview (the interviewer gets to decide)" More from this Member | Report Response

"After going over SDN, I was very prepared, nothing surprised me" More from this Member | Report Response

"That both interviews were going to be closed file." More from this Member | Report Response

"How hard it is to do a closed file interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview was going to be more clinically oriented. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the parking structure would charge 10 bucks for 3 hours. Welcome to Chicago." More from this Member | Report Response

"preparation is must for any interview. Read and revise dental stuff." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was the only one to get interview for that day. The fact that there were no other students with me made me a bit nervous since there are no one to distract me while waiting to be interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Traffic is very bad even if you are only 20 miles away. luckily i left an hour early bc i just made it in time. That was very stressful, not the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer pulled direct quotes from the essay. I should have reviewed it a little more." More from this Member | Report Response

"That UIC is on its way to being a Top 5 Dental School! I think it is truly on its way, and I am excited to be part of it. I also wish I could have seen some statistics on the # of students invited for an interview vs. # accepted. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Unless you know someone, have some $$ (bribe), are female or minority, don't apply." More from this Member | Report Response

"how dumpy the clinics are" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers read off a list..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Make sure to prepare some questions, I also wish I had known more about the curriculum although I got lucky because they’re changing it so no one knew what was going on." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't know there would be 5 other students there with me. Also, some students were confused about the picture the school requested us to bring. They want a regular picture of each student for their records, not an ID." More from this Member | Report Response

"the schdeule of the day" More from this Member | Report Response

"they shove tons of subjects to you in year 1 for the boards-many fail." More from this Member | Report Response

"The place is a dump." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I should not have wasted the time applying to UIC." More from this Member | Report Response

"That if I were a female or minority that I shouldn't even apply." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The e-mail I received from admissions said that I would have 2 twenty minute interviews with 2 committee members each. However, both of mine were one-on-one interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are not casual; the interviewers read off of a list. Prepare!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviews would be informal, laid back, closed-file, and one-on-one. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...the school was pretty much as I imagined it. It has good and bad points (more good), but is definitely my first choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"How much I would really want to go to UIC!!! " More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

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

"It was a very exciting day. I expected it to be difficult and stressful but it was not like that at all. Do not worry and just be yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was my first interview, everyone was really nice and kind and trying to make you feel at ease and welcomed. I hope I did better than I think." More from this Member | Report Response

"Small group learning seems to be the focus of the school, but many students dislike it and personally it doesn't seem like a good way to learn" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admission directors are very responsive if you have questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school, and great area" More from this Member | Report Response

"its a very good school, nice location except for the snow and cold winters. i got the acceptance from this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Chicago is a great city and you can't go wrong with that. The school has a great reputation in their community about reaching out to the underserved. The staff are very helpful and are there to help you." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office is very friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I love the clinic-intense aspect of the school's curriculum. As a non-standard applicant, I feel this is a great field-leveler!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall a great experience. No interrogating questions. They were selling the school to us. The question/answer session with the students was really valuable. Allow enough time to get there because there is lots of traffic." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was too much downtime. We all showed up, got a quick introduction and then had two interviews, with a break inbetween. Then a tour and some pizza with Q&A with students. It lasted nearly 4 hours." More from this Member | Report Response

"On the whole, low stress, but wish I had known it would be more clinical. " More from this Member | Report Response

"very nice pleople :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was impressed with the faculty/students. They were very friendly and our tour guide showed us pretty much EVERY room in the building. The interview itself was very friendly and non-intimidating. I enjoyed the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"over all good. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall experience was great. Low stress, good people, and a fair interview--one on one cannot beat that. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The more you think back the more critical you are on yourself. Go in look them in the eye and just answer honestly and be yourself. It works, I got in." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the experience was encouraging and positive. The faculty really wants to find out if you have what it takes to make it in the real world. I think some of the snotty remarks from previous interviewees are unwarranted. I have learned it is never right to pass judgment without knowing all the facts. UIC is a great school, and the experience that UIC students will get in the clinic (being in an urban, underserved area) will far exceed any experience some kid will get in a snooty, white bread college." More from this Member | Report Response

"Poor. Not much of an interview and facilities were crummy. " More from this Member | Report Response

"this was my back-up school. i am happy i got in to better east coast private schools (Temple, BU, and Tufts)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't stress too much! If you prepare for the interview, you'll do fine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"For guys make sure you wear a suit, NOT just a shirt and tie, I thought about doing that but luckily I didnt. Ladies you also gotta look good too. Overall it was very laid back, One of our interviewers ws sick so we had a one-on-one session which was still very chill. Its closed file so make sure you can talk about yourelf. You go in and then they interview you then you take a tour and finally you have lunch. UIC was my first choice and I got in so just be confident and prepared. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview is only as stressful as you make it. If you prepare yourself, know how to act, and anticipate certain interview questions, then you'll have nothing to worry about. The admissions staff and faculty are trying to impress prospective students. The dental students all seemed to be happy with school, good price and location, but not enthusiastically happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I would say that Ann and her team were well preparted for the interviews and extremely helpful and warm. The school felt very laid back and always were trying to impress YOU, not the other way around." More from this Member | Report Response

"Disappointing experience. would not go here! Plus they love minority applicants-very unfair." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall I will not attend UIC. Dumpy facilities and rude staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall I was treated disrespectfully by the admissions director Dr. Pendelton as well as the front staff. The bearded guy appears nice but beware." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer didn't seem very interested in interviewing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This was not stressful at all, the interviewers genuinely have an interest in you and want to get to know you. Be confident about your responses and bring up things that are unique about your application. " More from this Member | Report Response

"UIC is a cool place. Most of the students know that because it is a state-funded institution, it won't offer some of the perks and benefits of attending a private school. Otherwise, the small class size (65) seemed to be a more or less diverse group of people from predominantly Illinois. If you're an Illinois resident, this school is definitely not a bad choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was tough. I was the last one interviewed, I prepared incorrectly, and fell apart during the first interview. Everything after the interviews was fantastic, though. The lunch with the dental students was the best. Some of the applicant students were real nice,too.Also,be nice to Director Shorrock the next time you call her; she also does interviews!! " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview experience was very good. It was informal and laid back. The stress level was very low. I was impressed with both of the people who interviewed me. They were very nice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There were two 30-minute interviews: one with two faculty members and one with one. Both interviews were CLOSED FILE, so I have no idea why the two previous interview reports said open file (unless it varies). The questions are all canned, so if you prepare you will not have trouble with any of them. All interviewers were extremely easy-going and encouraged questions (be sure to prepare a couple). It wasn't quite a casual conversation, but it was close. Trust me, don't stress over it--this was my first interview and it was still a piece of cake." More from this Member | Report Response

"I found the interviews (two one on one interviews 30min. each) really stressful, even though I feel I did well. It was my number one choice so thats probably why. It made me want to go there even more though. I really liked the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great Experience and great people there! UIC is definitely my first choice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Awesome" More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 12
Faculty member 3
Admissions staff 31
Other 1

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 27
Neutral 6
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.89 35

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 26
Out of state 9

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 18
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 6
7+ hours 3

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 8
Automobile 19
Train or subway 7
Other 1

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

Response # Responders
< $100 15
$101-$200 2
$201-$300 2
$301-$400 1
$401-$500 3
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

O'Hare

midway airport

Midway

ORD

MDW

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 3
Hotel 9
Home 5
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western

Crown Plaza Chicago Metro

La Quinta

Sofitel Chicago Downtown

UIC Marriott

Yes

Would you recommend the hotel?

Best Western

Crown Plaza Chicago Metro

La Quinta

Sofitel Chicago Downtown

UIC Marriott

Yes

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.63 35

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.89 35

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.89 36

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.75 16

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 16

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.20 15

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I have tried to reach out three times with important questions to the admissions office, and they completely ignore all three of my emails. When we are about to pay close to $350,000 for our education, the minimum is that our questions are answered and the communication is flawless. Schools that receive three times more applications than UIC respond in a timely manner." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Cut it with the good cop bad cop. It's offputting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep being the friendly staff you are." More from this Member | Report Response

"Snacks, more snacks." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just keep doing what you are doing. You are all fantastic at your jobs, and it was an enjoyment to interview at UIC." More from this Member | Report Response

"they must provide the students to be interviewed with some refreshments." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office were great. Very helpful!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Braulia and Carolyn are wonderful and friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

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