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  • Louisiana State University New Orleans School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • New Orleans
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

4

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

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

"Why do you want to be a dentist? Expect this to be the first question of the 1-on-1 and maybe the 3-on-1." Report Response

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

"Why LSU? Look up statistics about the preparedness of students for the boards and the focus of the school on clinical dentistry, although they love their money making research too." Report Response

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

"What are you weaknesses? This is asked in a boom, boom, boom fashion. All of these types of questions are to be answered and then you move on to the next question. It's very rapid and you need not dwell on questions that make you uncomfortable. It's okay to have notes written down to help you answer the questions more effectively." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"All interviewers seemed very interested that I played the cello. Probably just cuz they were board of the typical interview questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A time that I have shown opposition the the cause of a minority." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN questions. LSU predental society website questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The amount of brand new equipment at the school and the heart of the professors wanting to help their students succeed." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Massive reconstruction on nearly every floor. Located in an iffy part of town." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known that every single question (~90) would be asked. There's a 1-on-1 interview where a random faculty member goes down the list of questions one after the other for about an hour. Every question I had found on SDN in regards to LSU was asked." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"LSU interview 3 of every 4 Fridays starting in November, until the 60 spots are filled. Up to (and usually) 8 at a time. Dr. Weir sits everyone in a room and explains how the day will go. First a 20 minute talk about how you'll pay for dental school. They've never had a student drop out due to financial need. LSU is one of the most affordable schools in the country even for out of staters. Average graduating debt is high 70s - low 80s and gets paid off within the first couple years out of school even though they are low interest loans. 35 minute chalk carving. Practice at home for this with a thin pocket knife and triple sized chalk (available from OfficeDepot.com) - picture of carving on LSU predental society is a little deceiving. Google ''LSU chalk carving'' for a better picture of the shape to carve. Took about 10 minutes just to calm down during the carving test. Students split to tour the school (all 8 spacious stories of it) and do the 1-on-1 interview before lunch. 1-on-1 interview is with a professor and as mentioned, they grill you on every question found on SDN and LSU predentals website. Lunch lasts an hour and D3s and D4s come and hang out to eat with you and answer questions. This was very valuable, interesting, and encouraging. All that remains after lunch is the 3-on-1 interview, where Dr. Weir and 2 others sit on three chairs perched around a low lying couch and talk with each person for ~20 minutes. Every else just waits in the conference room and it sucks to go last. I got the feeling that the decision had already been made in my instance, cuz my 3-on-1 was hardly 10 minutes and they didn't ask me about the weaknesses in my application like I was expecting. The 3-on-1 is open forum and they ask whatever they want unlike the 1-on-1. My 3-on-1 felt like Dr. Weir was just bragging to the other 2 guys about me, which was great except that I didn't feel as in control of the room as I had syked myself up to be. Dr. Weir is one of the best things going for the school. You really get a feeling that the professors are not there to run a dental factory, but to help the students along. No hospitality like the south." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

MSY

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Parc St Charles

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/14/2007

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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