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  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Ann Arbor
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 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?

5

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Tell me about your research project?" Report Response

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

"Why dentistry?" Report Response

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

"What do you want to specialize in?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Would you change the clinical portion of the boards to allow students to work on mannequins rather than patients." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why dentistry over medicine? (I was then accused of being a high stats medical diehard... followed by I don't think I should recommend you) I would've thought it'd be good thing if I was qualified enough to get into med school as well, but instead chose dental, guess not..." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reread my file." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Specialization rate (~30%) many students don't care for it and just pass (reduces competitiveness). High match rates for those who apply for a specialty program. Early clinical experience. Technology!!!! Research... if I feel like it. Integrated curriculum, so they reduce overlap. Closeness to Canada and gambling (only 35 mins!). Cool sweatshirts. Oh yeah, and Michigan football and hockey. Apparently UMich has a Tim Hortons on campus a block away from the dental school. Ann Arbor is also very clean and SAFE!! Ann Arbor is not NYC..." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Kinda depressing environment (no windows). Fear of being sucked into "Michigan" and staying there. My entire interview minus 3 cool people. Not crazy board score (i.e. Columbia or UConn) but then they accept 105-110 people. Ann Arbor is not NYC... and graduate dorms seem to suck (Northwood?!) compared to Columbia (I'd rather live with the undergrads). Offsite community outreach and only in Michigan. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That Mapquest gives horrible directions and I ended up lost in a snowstorm randomly driving on Ann Arbor Dr. for 45 mins (plus I was looking for a gas station). About the school, I did not know it would be this big and how everyone would be wearing Michigan gear." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Make sure you get there EARLY!!! I was 15 minutes early and there was nowhere to sit. Also stay at a hotel the night before, I felt so terrible for the West Coasters who flew in the morning of the interview. Morning was an endless stream of talking and presentations, but at least we got "breakfast", which was a Nutri-grain bar. Then had lunch... it was a sandwich platter (which I would rate a 6.5/10 compared to the stuff they fed us at NYU... mmmmmmmmm). MMI was an interesting method of interviewing... kinda awkward to have 2 minutes of silence as you try to figure out when you should say SOMETHING!!! As stated later or before, the 20 min interview itself went horribly. Still got admitted into the school on Dec 1... therefore I have NO idea how the University of Michigan ranks their dental applicants." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/13/2006

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?

7 out of 10

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