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  • University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

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

"None. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Where I see myself in ten years (essay question)." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"None. There is no one-on-one interview at USC. This was actually a relief for me." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN (albeit a lot of negative feedback) & USCSD's website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was impressed with the SIM lab and with their plans to remodel the 2nd floor clinic. The 2nd floor clinic will be modeled after ASDOH's clinic. I was also impressed with the fact that the program is more hybrid than 100% PBL." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The cost (really expensive) and Los Angeles." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had more questions for the students at lunch. The first, second and third years at my lunch were very energetic and happy they had chosen USC." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day started with information about PBL and how the program is moving toward a hybrid approach. They told us that the first year dental students have some lectures in place (like radiology) and year long course in Dental Anatomy (new to the program). I was impressed with their approach to include lectures for amalgam, composite & head and neck anatomy (at USC's Keck school of Medicine). The school's facilities were very nice (especially the SIM lab). The 2nd floor clinic is bad right now, but they said that will be completely remodeled in the next year. USC's campus is really nice (huge George Lucas film school going in across the street). The PBL experience seems like it will be really beneficial now that they have integrated lectures into the curriculum. I would be really happy to be accepted (my wallet might hurt a little)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Radisson near USC

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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?

7 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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