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  • University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Seattle
Individual Feedback 3 61 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 44
Negatively 8
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.65 57

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.79 42

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.95 42

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 1
15 minutes 2
20 minutes 1
25 minutes 3
30 minutes 22
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 9
45 minutes 10
50 minutes 2
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 7

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 59
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 49
In a group 7

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 48
Closed file 3

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.25 56

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

"Because it's MMI, we are not allowed to disclose what specific questions were asked. I will say that they are impossible to prepare for, and also impossible to "fail." Everyone is in the same boat as you. I believe that the purpose of MMI is to level the playing field for all the applicants, regardless of stats/background info." More from this Member | Report Response

"MMI (NDA)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe your ideal practice ten years from now" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the weaknesses and strengths of dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most challenging event in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe the process of you deciding on pursuing a career in dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the defining moment you decided on dentistry. One, not a series of events!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What got you interested in dentistry as a profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define and exemplify ethics" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the career change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what was the moment in your education/ life that made you decide dentistry. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What does your name mean?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us more about yourself and end off with why you want to be a dentist" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would you define professionalism? " More from this Member | Report Response

"all basic questions, why dentistry, tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe leadership activities you have participated in. Why did you get that low DAT score? How did you prepare for the DAT? Why did you attend so many colleges? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do when you are stressed out?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a significant challenge in your life and how you overcame it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of leadership experience do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there any reason that your X score on the DAT were lower than others?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself further down the road?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you tell us how you are manually dextrous?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What was/were the defining moment(s) that made you decide on dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell us about your childhood?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the DAT? Did you take a course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want us to know about yourself, why dentistry and what was the moment when you knew you wanted to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you elaborate on your research exp?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is your dental experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How does (my job) relate to dentisty? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change anything about the field of dentistry, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other things do you like to do outside of volunteering, working, and school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where did you apply?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Take me through your average college day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about yourself and why you want to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What have you been doing since graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you planning on getting married in the near future? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"MMI (NDA)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you owned a busy practice and were looking to bring in an associate, what qualities would you look for in that person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define professionalism" More from this Member | Report Response

"What non-dental related community service have you done since graduating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"While in dental school a friend tells you they never took one of the pre-requisite courses but still got in, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Did you expect a 30 on Quant on DAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The most difficult obstucle you have encountered in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you still play piano?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define and exemplify professionalism" More from this Member | Report Response

"We are your advocates to the Admissions Committee...how does your career translate to dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about DAT score and GPA" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell us about yourself / family, undergrad, work experience etc.." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you won the lotto, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Several questions about my application-- activities, info in my essays, my grades, research, etc. Be prepared to explain everything on there!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you show qualities of leadership" More from this Member | Report Response

"On a scale from 1-10, where would you rate your dentistry knowledge?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want the admissions comm. to know about you? Do you have research experience? Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think being in a Sorority affected your GPA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will dentistry satisfy your creative side?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were accepted to another dental school, would you go or reapply here next year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you like to expand on your research experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you display leadership?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Besides sports, what do you do during your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Shadowing/Research Experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing in 10 yrs" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, you've been practicing dentistry for ten years now.... how will you make a difference in your community outside of dentistry? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your service as a Boy Scout." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lets say you've graduated, have a successful practice with people beating down your door to see you...what then?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about experiences that demonstrate your leadership?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your leadership experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why did you retake this class?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What skills demonstrate your manual dexterity? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you like us to tell the admissions committe about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What community service have you completed?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Is there anything on the DAT you were not satisfied with? explain." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what your getting yourself into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What activities were you involved in that were not school related?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the Admissions commitee about why we should accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"MMI (NDA)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your shadowing experiences. What would you change about how those offices were run?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and how you developed an interest in dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you found out in your 3rd year that your best friend never took one prerequisite course for dental admissions, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of practice do you see yourself in 10 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you tell the admissions committee if asked why you deserved to be admitted over against the other candidates" More from this Member | Report Response

"what community service you have done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been a teacher?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How are you grades going?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how I could change public health if I was in charge." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about XYZ (something from my application)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Other general things such as: where did you apply? What's your top choice? Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want us to know about you that's not in your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were given enough money and workers what plan would you implement to help the underserved communities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your volunteering activities, dental-related experience, tutoring experiences, and manual dexterity activities. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Several questions about your dental school application (AADSAS and secondary). Know your application well." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell us about a time where you exercised leadership." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Are you a skiier or a snowboarder?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you learn to crochet?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell us about your volunteer work and extracurricular involvements, what you do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your greatest strength? whats a weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were made head of a health board that was given $100,000,000 to deal w/ oral health care in underserved populations in the US, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any hobbies that requires manual dexterity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your experiences with the swim team." More from this Member | Report Response

"What languages do you speak? (after the other ones, I totally flubbed it and said..."well...English, obviously!..." and then went on to answer the question. It will be a miracle if I get in.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Manual Dextarity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think business and service can coexist in a dental practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want the committee to know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Manuel dexterity question" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses? I never liked that question, its good to have a clear answer for this one." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What activities are skill do you have that shows you have god manual dexterity in your hands? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the activities you have done that require manual dexterity." More from this Member | Report Response

"What extracuricular activities have you done that realte to dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"MMI (NDA)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to take back to the admissions committee from this interview?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you could sit next to anyone on a plane ride, who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you compare the health care systems in the US and Canada (I went to undergrad in Canada and am engaged to a Canadian nurse)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been a teacher?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you applied everywhere and got accepted (took names of schools like Harvard, USC, UCLA, etc) why would you choose this school over others?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you kove to Seattle? (I live on Bainbridge Island.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are questions you have had that can we can use i the future that you like." More from this Member | Report Response

"We have to go in front of the acceptance board, and what should we tell them when asked "why you"?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your definition of professionalism?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interesting and stupid at the same time - how much does your parents make? (After I told them the answer) Can you even afford for dental school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe for me your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about my opinion on universal health care. Very interesting and a really good question as this issue is becoming increasingly important." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think dental services are inaccessible to certain groups? Why are there underserved/raral areas? I'm not sure of the exact phrasing but it was a question somewhat like this." More from this Member | Report Response

"How can you contribute to the art of dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were to look on your myspace page, is there anything on there you wouldn't like my to see?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will dentistry satisfy your creative side?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you being interviewed so late in the cycle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Any thoughts on solution to lack of care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else do you want us to present to the committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You seem interested in rural dentistry. Can you see yourself living in a rural area?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any experience with waxing/ lab work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Were you happy with your DAT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, you've been practicing dentistry for ten years now.... how will you make a difference in your community outside of dentistry? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were given $1 billion by the Department of Health and Human Services, what would you do to improve access to care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us more about your experiences with disabled children." More from this Member | Report Response

"When you were living in Jamaica, what experience did you have with poverty?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary. They just asked for more depth of experiences listed on my ap." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the teaching experiences you have had? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you could change anything about the field of dentistry, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"In response to the question, "what do you do that shows manual dexterity?"...when I gave my answer, one of the interviewers somewhat humorously asked, "well, are you good at it?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Basic interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions regarding manual dexterity" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have the seat next to you open on the plane ride back home. You can choose one person in history to sit next to you and have a conversation, who would you choose? Why? explain? (No religious figures or family)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your wife like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you expect from interviewers?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you planning on getting married in the near future? (I am female)" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"MMI (NDA)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to describe yourself in a few adjectives, what would you pick and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me about my low BCP and how i would justify that to the admissions committee" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see dentistry going in 10 years? What can dentists do to improve this, granted you're answer is negative?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you want me to tell the admissions committee as to why you should be picked for acceptance?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could sit next to anyone throughout all of history on a long plane trip, who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the defining moment you decided on dentistry: I told them it was a series of events that led me here but they abruptly cut my answers short." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe an ethical dilemma and how you handled the situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"One change you think the dental system in US requires." More from this Member | Report Response

"no real toughies" More from this Member | Report Response

"how I could change public health if I was in charge." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you were asked to convince [a rich donor] to give money to support oral health in poor communities, what would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you could take a plane ride to anywhere in the world with anyone in history, who would it be? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. All were straightforward questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you chose Spokane or Seattle? (For Ride Program)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Say someone looked online at some faulty information regarding Xrays and Fluoride, and refused to be treated with them. How would you treat this patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want us to know about you? Tell us about your family, your schooling, and how you became interested in dentistry. (Not a terribly difficult question, but very open-ended. Hard to know where to start.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What else you you want us to present to the committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Besides sports, what do you do during your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing I wasn't expecting" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were made head of a health board that was given $100,000,000 to deal w/ oral health care in underserved populations in the US, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"question above" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you go about serving in an underserved community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have been appointed head of dental care for the USA and are given $200,000,000 to solve the problem of poor populations being underserved. What do you do with the money?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you applied to, why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kinds of leadership roles have you had and how do you think that will benefit you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do your DAT scores reflect your academic abilities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What three traits/qualities do you bring to the UWSoD? (I kinda stumbled on this one because I wasn't expecting it to be three...thought it would be only one, but it wasn't that bad)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why was your PAT score lower than your other DAT scores? Why was your reading comprehension score higher than your other DAT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Basic interview questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What comments about yourself would you like us to take back to the adcom?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you qualified to deal with social problems, such as in a dental office? " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing was too difficult, pretty much standard interview fare" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell the Admissions commitee about why we should accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Website, SDN forums" More from this Member | Report Response

"Obviously combed through SDN for any possible clues as to what they might ask. As I said before, it's impossible to prepare for!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Life experience and mock peer interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hardly any preparation is necessary. For the most part, the interviews were pretty conversational and all of the interviewers were very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, current students" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"School's web site, SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"This website, a long with UW's" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, talking to UW alumni, visiting the UW SoD website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview Qs" More from this Member | Report Response

"Made a list of potential questions and wrote keywords as to how I would answer them (so I don't sound scripted). Read the school's website and talked to other students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Went through the interview feedback, and tried to answer basic questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN...online research for the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"previous questions listed on SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, practiced with friend" More from this Member | Report Response

"wrote potential questions/answers; practiced with a friend" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN forum, friends, UWSOD website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wrote down answers to all the interview questions I could find from google searching. Mock Interview with a career center counselor. Mock Interviewed with my brother and his friend. Had them give me snide remarks and poker faces. Prepare for the worst and the real thing should be a breeze. " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really, this was my 8th interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read about the school, visited the school, practiced interview questions and read over all my application materials." More from this Member | Report Response

"Checked SDN interview database" More from this Member | Report Response

"Watched 40 Year Old Virgin" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed secondary essays, application, thought of sample questions that would be asked, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read school's website, looked on SDN, studied list of hypothetical questions that I came up with beforehand." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, reviewed my file, reviewed my undergrad research" More from this Member | Report Response

"School's website, mock interviews, going over my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked to current students, SDN, read the schools website." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Read SDN, talked to others who had interviewed there" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my app and mock interviews with friends with questions posting on this feedback forum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Went over my application and essays. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"SDN, school's website, talk with current students, mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about school programs, downloaded brochure, reviewed my personal statements." More from this Member | Report Response

"This site, UW website, talked with students, went over essays talked with admissions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went over essays and researched school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions info, Website info, students, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Website, Reviewed Application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed goal statement and did research on UW SoD." More from this Member | Report Response

"website, review AADSAS app, secondary app" More from this Member | Report Response

"read SDN, talked to a couple of current students, read their website" More from this Member | Report Response

"1)Read school information on the internet 2)Read-up on dental procedures on the ADA website 3)read over my AADSAS application and secondary application for UWSOD" More from this Member | Report Response

"Look at student feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Read about the school from the inteernet. Review possible interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"I came up with questions to ask during my interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the sparse info I had on UW" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was so friendly and welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything about the school. It was very professional, and I was very impressed with the Dean and his thoughts about the new curriculum. Most of the dental students I interacted with were extremely friendly and happy to answer questions. Great facilities and a great program. Their reputation is truly stellar, and their school lives up to it." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and staff are genuinely friendly and very attentive to applicants. It's clear the student body and faculty have a mutualistic relationship that has fostered a warm and cheerful culture throughout campus. The curriculum has recently been revamped in an exciting way to account for recent advances in biomedicine and technology, and to better prepare students for the future of dentistry. There was no attempt, or need, to "sell" the school to applicants. UW's reputation precedes it, making it very attractive to the majority if applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"The organization of the interview day was great. We always had something to do and were really introduced to every aspect of the dental school. The student tour was also great. In the sim lab, all of the dental students were very friendly and seemed genuinely happy that we were there." More from this Member | Report Response

"good number of patients" More from this Member | Report Response

"specialty rate, class size" More from this Member | Report Response

"Current students, and dean's enthusiasm; special clinics, and the RIDE program." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers seemed legitimately interested in who I was and what I was about. The clinical facilities are very nice. There is an incredible amount of opportunities for research and extracurricular involvement at UW. The faculty seems to be absolutely top notch and committed to providing a world class clinical education. You don't have to be involved in research but if you so desire, there aren't many schools that will present better experiences. The RIDE program looks great too and I would highly recommend looking into it. Smaller class sizes is also a plus, as is the quality of student at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"the comfortability of the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Current students' enthusiasm for the curriculum and school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of the interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"The team atmosphere of the faculty and students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions staff and Dean were SO friendly, I left the interview feeling great about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is very friendly and tries to make it a laid back process" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions staff and deans " More from this Member | Report Response

"Lunch food" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and people were really nice and the sim lab was nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview was extremely laid back. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The building really wasn't as bad as I thought, and the students and faculty members there were all very friendly. The level of competition between students depends on the class; the 2nd year student who took us on the tour said that there wasn't really any competition in her class. They have great National Board results, and you could apply for in-state after one year. Plus Seattle is a great city" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and staff were incredible. There have been posts about the school being 'full of themselves' but I didn't see that at all. In fact, I saw quite the opposite! They were wonderfully attentive and very encouraging. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The great reputation the school has, the high National Board I & II results, the happy and content students, the newly renovated sim lab, the small class size of 55-63 students, the faculty and administration, etc. It's an excellent program!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very laid back and relaxed. It really was a conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"The environment, the faculty and the students. Everyone that we encountered on the tour was happy to be at UW and thought it was a excellent place to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Students seemed happy to be there. Facilities were above average, but not quite top notch. The whole day was very organized and informative." More from this Member | Report Response

"class size, school's philosophies, interviewers attitudes, student's advise" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very cheerful, and the diversity of the interview group. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The overall atmosphere of the school was very welcoming and positive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The dental school itself and the simulation lab. The quality of the applicant pool, based on my perception of the other interviewees, is fantastic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Once inside school is nice, people were more friendly that had heard, school is trying to reduce its competitiveness" More from this Member | Report Response

"How all of the students got along so well and everyone seemed to enjoy school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I've always been impressed w/ the asst. dean Dr. Stiener. Seattle is an amazing city. The dental students really seemed to be enthusiastic about their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"price of school" More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone was so darn friendly, especially the staff. Dr. Steiner was awesome too--very smart and straight-forward kind of guy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students and faculty were welcoming and friendly. Environment did not seem competitive. Simulations, labs, and clinics are top of the line." More from this Member | Report Response

"Open relaxed attitude of student tour guides" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talking with Dean Dr. Steiner. This man was amazing. Extremely friendly and very encouraging." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school isn't as old as people say. They are constantly updating equipment. The staff is top notch and the class size is only 55!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students and staff were very friendly and open and although the building itself is old, the equipment is all up to date." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students who gave the tour were really nice and helpful with questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"They just want to get to know you. It seems like they know how they are going to accept before the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were relaxed the students were friendly and honest. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students really love it there." More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone was friendly and caring. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers reminded me that, "I wasn't in an interrogation...and that I should just relax because they just wanted to get to know me." The admissions office staff including Kathleen Craig, Dr. James Steiner, Molly, Ms. Brown and the woman at the desk were all very kind and helpful. The students were very nice...most offered me their email addresses and a few D-3/D-4 students asked if I wanted to follow them around the clinic. My interviewers, Dr. Toolson and Dr. Maebo we're very amiable and after the interview, Dr. maebo asked me to shadow him during his restorative clinic session, where he introduced me to lots of students and Doctors and walked me through lots of procedures that the students were doing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dean Steiner" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very laid back and comfortable, I was very nervous about it, it helped me be myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Genuine people and good students." More from this Member | Report Response

"1.For 2003, UW placed 2nd on Part II, and 5th or 6th on Part I of the Boards. 2.16 students in the class of 2003 were accepted to residency programs (17 applied) 3.Major emphasis in developing competent hand skills 4.I like all the students...most are very easy going and well rounded. 5.The faculty that I have met are very supportive and encouraging but push you to be the best you can be. 6.UW is a major research instution 7.Location (Seattle is an amazing city) 8.UW is nearly as competitive as Harvard to become accepted, yet UW only chooses students from Washington state and the WICHE program whereas Harvard chooses from the entire nation. For the class of 2007, UW had an overall GPA of 3.68 and DAT scores were a 21 AA, and a 19 PAT. Harvard had an overall GPA of 3.7 and DAT scores were a 22 AA, and a 20 PAT. 9.Small class size of 55 10.The dental school is in the Health Sciences Building and next to the UW Medical Center which means the dental students are surrounded by other students in the health professions and science disciplines. 11.The grand total with in-state tuition is $135,000! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Students get their own operatories, apparent focus on producing general dentists" More from this Member | Report Response

"Good facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Parking on campus is expensive, but the city and area offers plenty of alternatives to driving. Still, cost of living in the area is relatively high with few low-cost options." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is updating its curriculum and, unfortunately, we will only use it for the last two years of our time there. This is a very, very minor concern, however." More from this Member | Report Response

"poorly managed interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"decrease in patient pool b/c of state's budget cuts" More from this Member | Report Response

"Unbalanced male to female student ratio (more men than women)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are old and not in great shape, walking around the building is like walking through service corridors in a 50 year old hospital. The actual clinics and sim clinics are very nice and have the latest technology, but the rest of the facilities are old and it shows. There also appears to be a patient shortage recently for the D3 (especially) and D4 clinical students, as well as probable upcoming tuition hikes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Attitude of interviewers "We're all that and you're not good enough."" More from this Member | Report Response

"The fluorescent lights." More from this Member | Report Response

"The halls really are a maze, and have the feel of a loading dock terminal...but you would get used to it" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish the interview was longer. Was only in the room for 15ish min." More from this Member | Report Response

"Felt out of the loop when some applicants knew staff/students and i didn't (try and get to know staff, etc, even if it's just over the phone or email!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers. Here's the thing, even though people are given interviews I strongly believe the interviewers know who they want and who they do not want BEFORE the interview, period. I felt like they weren't interested in me and asked me a lot of dumb, non-dental related questions. What a waste." More from this Member | Report Response

"Building could use some remodeling, but that doesn't matter too much as we're attending to learn" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing serious, just that there are on average only 17 female students out of 55, and not very diverse. But this is just a personal thing; I like 50-50 and diversity." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't have any negative impressions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"They have no international externship opportunities for students - only regional. Not a big deal though since students can find their own externship opportunities independently." More from this Member | Report Response

"The clinics are nice, but the hallways and building itself make you feel like you're in a dungeon." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Like everyone else, the health sciences building is pretty run down. But you do get used to it quickly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Short tour guide, almost tried to prevent you from interacting with many current students, tour was inadequate" More from this Member | Report Response

"old building. Tour could have been better" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your first impression of the health sciences is not always great. I was an undergrad at UW, so it doesn't bother me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"UW is so full of themselves" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Maybe the student lounge; could use some new furniture. How can they expect us to go there to relax if the all the couches look over >90 yrs old. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The school doesn't have digital x-rays" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. I am a UW undergrad so i'm used to the Health Sciences building" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not too much. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The building is old old old." More from this Member | Report Response

"Basically everything else. The interviewers were extremely rude and told me that their school was a tier 1 school and that if by chance I get an invite to another school for an interview, take it because that may be my only chance. I just felt like it was a lecture on why I didn't deserve to be in their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ended abruptly" More from this Member | Report Response

"I guess I could say that the building is a bit old, but I am used to it because I am from the UW. It really isn't that bad." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities in general did seem old, however the sim-lab and clinics looked top notch" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. The facilities are old. It feels like you are in a cave in that building. There are pipes running around everywhere. The lighting is poor. It's just dark and cold and eerie. All of the students were stressed out and hating life. " More from this Member | Report Response

"competition among students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour was done by students and they didnt really have a plan or schedual where we were to go. I didnt think I got to see very much of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"ranking of students" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish UW was on a P/F system." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was poorly structured. Nobody seemed like they had conducted interviews before. We didn't have access to any current students, aside from the DS1 who led our tour. Also, the facilities are not impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Long wait, students didn't seem very happy" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not to stress about the interview format. Remaining calm is essential. It actually ended up being very fun, and a memorable experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office has a very orchestrated and organized process, and those invited to interview are provided adequate details regarding the visit. Everything else can be found on their website. There were no surprises come interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just how laid back the interview day would be" More from this Member | Report Response

"You only got to ask the interviewer one question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Their instruments list in detail" More from this Member | Report Response

"don't get discouraged during the interviews. my first two interviews went great, but my last interviewer was insistent on exposing my flaws" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the RIDE program was available to non-residents." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, the process was clear and straightforward." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I was going to have hostile interviewers and they knew who they were going to accept and I was just there to fill their interviewee quota." More from this Member | Report Response

"The exact location. Don't worry though, if you look the slight bit lost in the dungeon-like maze, people down there will see you and ask you if you need help. :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"It's hard to find the room, best to get there 15-20 minutes earlier to orient yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"parking is more of a bear than advertised. Suckl it up and park at the Triangle Garage." More from this Member | Report Response

"How unprepared and biased UWSOD is with the application process. How cocky they are." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the students just had finals so that not many of them were there when I interviewed" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't get your hopes up too much on December 1st as they don't accept many applicants on that date. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Many people knew the staff or faculty. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This is minor, but I wasn't aware that the school would be interviewing 15-20 students the same day. It seemed like a large group. I just expected a smaller group based on previous interviews. However it worked out well. We were divided up into groups A, B, C, and D." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't really feel as though I was caught off-guard by anything. They give you a handout at the beginning of the day that lays out the day's activities, so you know what to expect throughout the day. I had heard that UW interviewers like to ''grill'' applicants during the interview, so I guess I wish I had known that they would be much more laid back and friendly. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where to park" More from this Member | Report Response

"Be more assertive in terms of describing your personal life (outside of school and in the past)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How large the Magnusun Health Sciences Center really is. " More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A." More from this Member | Report Response

"it wasn't as intense as I thought it would be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"how arrogant they really are" More from this Member | Report Response

"that my interviewers would be extremely nice. I heard mixed reviews about interviewers at UW so I came in pretty scared." More from this Member | Report Response

"FAFSA had to be filed by Feb. 15th." More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were tricky during the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Our interviewers were encouraged not to answer some of our questions that pertained to the school. Instead we were supposed to use our time with the dean for this. The dean explained that the interview should be focused on us, not the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. I wish we had the chance to see more of the school. The tour was pretty short. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That they already have their minds pertty much made up when you get there. Also- if they give you a parking pass, ask where you can park with that pass. The parking attendant said that my pass was invalid for the lot where I was instructed to park, so I had to pay $30. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a lot of down time...waiting for the next sessions to start. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the parking attendant in lot E-11 WILL not give you your $$ back when you try to validate your parking pass." More from this Member | Report Response

"How negative the environment was. I've been to a lot of schools where everyone seemed happy and upbeat, this was not one of them. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing significant, I cant think of anything" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students get much more clinical experience than I would have expected at UW" More from this Member | Report Response

"The B wing of the dental school (which contains some of the graduate programs and the emergency and radiology clinics) is going to be remodeled." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is here for the in-state tuition. There is really no other redeeming factor." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Definitely interact with your peers! They're all as nervous as you are. Be supportive of one another and don't be shy. I feel like making friends before the interview made the whole thing much less nerve-wracking." More from this Member | Report Response

"Fabulous experience. Very impressed." More from this Member | Report Response

"UW is a really fantastic school and did a very good job welcoming us and showing us why we should attend their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I love uw." More from this Member | Report Response

"know your AADSAS app dead! it's where they derive 100% of their questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall I was very impressed, though there were some negative aspects, they weren't anything likely to really impact the quality of education you receive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very comfortable interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"AWESOME school...made even better by the programs and staff!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school with high faculty to student ratio and so many extra curricular activities and outreach programs available to the students. Many research opportunities as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Stop wasting applicant's time by ONLY giving out interviews that they are TRULY interested in having. If you look at the class population, majority of them are rich kids, their parents are doctors or some kind of professionals....Not much diversity really going on. I felt really out of place since I wasn't one of them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school and great student and faculty body" More from this Member | Report Response

"I like the school very much. They only have about 2 or 3 seats for out-of-staters, so I'm not getting my hopes up. But if by some miracle they accept me, I will definitely go there." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was great. The students seemed to love the school and so did the faculty. Everyone was proud of their school which leads me to believe that the school is as good as its reputation implies. And, being an undergrad at UW, I know from experience that the school's reputation is not just heresay. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was EXCELLENT. The school lived up to every expectation I had. It's a great program. The faculty is there to help the students succeed. the students are all very happy and close with each other. THE UW cares about their community. There are several outreach community service programs for students to participate in. You don't have to be a RIDE student to make a contribution. I can't even put into words what a wonderful school UW SoD is. :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very laid back and relaxed. It was a conversation. They really just want to get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought overall it was great. The interviewers as well as the faculty and staff were extremely nice and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"They ask a lot of questions that are designed to get a sense of who you are and how you will fit into the upcoming class. I don't think they asked why dentistry or why do you want to go to this school (pretty standard at other schools). The questions were more aimed at getting me to sell myself and my positive qualities. What sets me apart, what will I bring to the field, what leadership qualities do I have, etc. They also will ask lots of questions about your personal statement and other aspects of your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got there early so I wouldn't be stuck in traffic. I sat in the waiting room with all the others to be interviewed. There were two different sets of interviewers. My individual interview lasted 40 minutes. It was very low key. They just wanted to know more than stats and what was on the paper. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a very positive experience. My interviewers were thoughtful, and highly experienced in the field. Also, they were knowledgeable about the problems as well as outreach necesities in our community and deeply caring. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Seriously, I found UW to be a wonderful school with nice facilities, great faculy, and happy students. The interview is nothing to be stressed about at all. You really are just letting the interviewers know who you are as a person. The only thing that was slightly negative about the entire experience, was the fact that I sort of got lost in the basement of the Magnusun Health Sciences Center when I was trying the find the Admissions Office the night before the interview. Other than that, the interview was great and I would be very excited to get in." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very relaxing and enjoyable experience. The interviewers didn't ask anything difficult, just really an opportunity to chat for 45 minutes. It was more a personality test/communication skills test than anything else." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall very laid back, feel I didn't come across as who I am as a person as well as I would have hoped as this is my top choice for school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very good." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very conversational. The interviewers really wanted to know more about me and fill-in some gaps in my application. They wanted to know what I cared about and why I cared about it. I didn't feel like I was being tested. " More from this Member | Report Response

"disappointing. Not a bad school for the price, but that's about it" More from this Member | Report Response

"Endurable; was glad when it was over. All the stress was my own doing though. Like I said, my interviewers so extremely nice; they were very jocular and talkative and were constantly trying to put me at ease. However, they didn't spare me the 20 questions though. They asked many questions; standard ones but still lots of them. However, I was somewhat prepared so nothing caught me too off-guard. Be prepared to answer everything you put on the personal statement. My interviewers combed that thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was very relaxed. Dr. Rafferty and Dr. Toolson were very kind, and had definitely spent time reviewing the information in my file. Mostly they asked questions about things I had talked about in my statements." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a cold and was on Sudafed so my memory is a little hazy. The interview went about 10 minutes long. (Is this a good thing?) I felt pinned down by the questions and don't feel that I performed that well. I think they were looking to see how I work under pressure. I'm usually very good at interviews. The rest of the day was great! The students were informative and loved the school, Dr. Steiner (a dean)was eager to talk to us and the tour of the facilities got me excited. Don't listen to those who say the building is old. The equipment and facilities are great. I will definately go here if they'll have me." More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought the interview went by so quick. I left thinking I didnt say all that I wanted to say about myself. The rest of day was great though. As a group we talked with the dean for almost an hour. It was wonderful. The tour was great. The sim lab was very cool. Top notch equipment. Each student has their own chair in the clinic which will be completely digital starting next year. Students seem to love the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great. The interviewers were really trying to get to know me. It wasn't to put me down but rather to make me think quickly and respond eloquently. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty much a waste of my time and money. I cried on the way home." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview at the beginning, then meeting with the dean of admissions as a group, fafsa meeting, the lunch and tour. The admissions commitee meets on Thurs. and I they you that day if you got in." More from this Member | Report Response

"sorry, just to add on... Starting this year, the students will start to take anatomy one month earlier than all other courses, so they can focus their energy on the course, and also have more time for other courses when they take them. I haven't heard of any other school that does this. UW emphasizes community outreach, which I think is a very good thing; they set aside time for students to do volunteer works. Also they want people who will be willing to serve in the underserved areas, and they will ask you about that too, so be prepared. All in all, this is a great school. I get the feeling from some other schools that they consider dentistry more like a business rather than a noble profession. And they just want people who will do well on tests and make the school famous. UW seems like a school that doesn't really care about all those other stuff; they just want to train people who will remain in Washington and help out those underserved regions there." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was fine, just be yourself and relax. Nobody is trying to trick you, they just want to know more about you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was great, not a lot of stress. Kathleen called two hours after I left with a notice of acceptance, so that was excellent too! Oh yea, the interviewers were not faculty, but alumni that practice in Washington." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very relaxing. I truly don't remember any specific questions... maybe "how did you manage to do all you stated on your app.?" We also talked about the other schools I applied and why I was interested in one particular over the other ones. The last thing they asked is "tell me what you would like us to share to the committee about you". From the moment I walked in, to the end of our interview the time just flew by since we just talked and talked. It was relaxing, welcoming and very friendly. I also was interested in finding out info. from other students and I was able to stop a couple of students who were walking around about their experience. I heard very positive experiences. I also checked out students in the sim-lab and in the clinics and they seemed to be enjoying their time." More from this Member | Report Response

"I read the review just before mine, and I don't understand how that person could have felt that way...maybe they had a tougher pair of interviews and that soured their experience from the get go...? I am really hoping to get into UWSOD!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Even though the school is cheap because I'm a resident of WA, I would much rather pay 5 times their tuition to go somewhere else. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a good time the process was very relaxed and comfortable. The interviewers made sure to make you feel welcome. I showed up and had my interview, later the group of five other applicants ate lunch with students and went on our tour of just 3-4 rooms, not a lot of explanation. I would have liked to se more. Late we as a group met with the asst. Dean and had a helpful and good conversation about what the school is looking for in the future and the type of care it is looking to provide and some tidbits on dentistry. That summed things up and we were let go." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great time at my interview. My interview was not stressful and my interviewers were friendly, sincere, and easy to talk to. It seems like the UW really wants well rounded and highly intelligent students in the dental school. The interview experience does not have that "car sales man" feel. " More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 40
Faculty member 2
Admissions staff 10
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 31
Neutral 7
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.03 39

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 29
Out of state 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 23
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 4
7+ hours 4

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 7
Automobile 23
Train or subway 5
Other 4

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

Response # Responders
< $100 16
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 0
$301-$400 4
$401-$500 1
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

Sea-Tac International

Sea-TAC

SEA

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 5
Hotel 7
Home 4
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Hotel Nexus Seattle

No

University Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

Hotel Nexus Seattle

No

University Inn

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.05 42

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
9.10 42

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.83 42

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.48 23

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.78 23

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.48 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Stay awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't change a thing! Everyone was so genuinely welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"Poorly Managed Interviews. They do not follow schedules and timelines. They are all over the place and very unprofessional. The staff was friendly though and teachers looked knowledgeable" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, the process was very smooth and informative" More from this Member | Report Response

"Secondaries and all other confirmations were sent via snail mail." More from this Member | Report Response

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