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  • University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • San Antonio
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What kind of research have you done." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your experience at the University of ........." Report Response

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

"So I guess this is where you ask me about me. So what do you want to know about me?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What factors influenced my decision to go to my undergrad school??? It is only interesting because it is such a stupid question. They might as well asked if I believe in Santa Claus. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The last question of the day was a written essay they put in your file. It asked "What factors influenced my decision to go to my undergrad school?". I wanted to write because I had a friend at the school already and he said it was a cool school. That really was the only factor involved in my decision, but instead I wrote a half page of B.S. that I feel wasn't very well written. I'm not to excited about that going in my file. Thanks SA!" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read the UTHSCSA website, some basic question and answer with friends, read my apps before and reviewed some random interview books. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The first thing I noticed was how nice the campus is compared to other d-schools I have visited. Walking around I found a lot of nice places to study on campus (inside and outside), everything looked clean and well kept. Even on a Sunday I found tons of students on campus and in the library studying. I overheard several making plans to go out that Sunday night, so that showed they have a life besides the books. Speaking of books, the laptop based books made a lot of sense once they explained the basic idea of the system and showed some examples of things you can do with it. One laptop instead of 30 books in a bag… sign me up! The last thing that really impressed me was the bays where you work. They are individual rooms and feels like a real office setting. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I agree with everyone that mentions the sterile hallways of the school. It does have a scary movie mental ward feeling to it. Also, I didn't see very many people in the halls for the whole 6 hours I was in the school. I think that added to the weird feeling because the school felt empty. The halls are U-shaped with the clinics and classroom in the middle and instructors on the outside. I didn’t see one classroom with a window, so I can only assume the Profs have the windows in their offices. The building layout really doesn’t make sense and even the d-4 giving us a tour said he still gets lost. That was pretty obvious when he tried to take me to my interview and we circled around a couple of the U-shaped halls until we finally found the instructor doing my interview. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not much. I really had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the SDN. Thanks to everyone who post here. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall I loved the school. Sure it has its problems: the hallways, lack of windows and etc… But the fact that it is a real campus attached to a medical school and not alone in the middle of a run down part of the downtown area is a huge bonus for me. I also liked that there are tons of places to live within 2 minutes of the dental school and that there is every type of convenience nearby. Bars, restaurants, malls, movies and etc. are within blocks of the school campus. You don’t have to live away from the school to be able to afford the housing and have fun. The fact that the library is huge and there are tons of places to study on campus is a huge bonus. The interview itself was just as everyone has explained it on SDN. I was shocked that there were only 14 people in the interview (9 girls and 5 guys). I expected more. We had three presentations prior to lunch. Dr. Thomas talked about the school and really made you feel like you had a great shot at getting into the school because they were interviewing you. Dr. Glass explained the coursework and computers. The financial aid lady was a nose bleed, but only because it doesn't really help us until we are accepted. Then lunch with 4th year students. Lunch was just OK. We had chicken parmesan, pasta, grilled mixed veggies, salad and fruit. I was expecting a lot of D-4 to come and eat and mingle with us, instead we just had two students. They were nice and answered any question they could. Then they split us into two groups after lunch and took us on a tour of the school. My guy seemed lost most of the time. We wandered around empty halls and visited the sim-lab, digital x-ray room, and a lecture hall. Then he dropped us off with our student for our interview. I was really impressed with the individual operatory bays because each is its own room just like many dental offices. My guy was very happy and cheerful. We talked about future plans after school, going out and drinking, and my impression of the school so far. I felt awesome after this part of the interview. Then my guy walked me to my next interview with a faculty...FYI: we got lost on the way and couldn’t find the office... This interview was complete opposite of the student interview. I am not going to go into much detail because it would be very obvious to anyone at the school who might read this… but I can say that the person I interviewed with was dry and not very personable. Each student and faculty interviews two students and the other person who interviewed with this faculty member said it was the same way with them; never really smiled, looked at me very intensely, and was very much a stern person. He lectured me on my choice of courses and my reasoning for taking the advance sciences when I plan on taking them. I left the interview thinking it could go either way. So overall I had a great experience, but I don’t feel confident either way. I truly have no idea if I will get a letter of acceptance on Dec. 1, 2007. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Residency Inn off Fredericksburg Rd.

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

08/13/2007

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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