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  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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


How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"So I see your father is a physician, was there any pressure to choose medicine?" Report Response

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

"So I see your mother is a _____? Tell me about the influence that has had on you." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research. Would you be interested in pursuing that topic further?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What will it take for you to come here? What are the chances of you coming here?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN interview reviews, my application and the school website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"very cool state-of-the-art simlab; my interviewer made me feel comfortable and like they wanted me; the UPenn campus as a whole is amazing, it was very nice that the dental school is part of the main campus; the main school building is a very nice historic building; they offered a nice breakfast, lunch was not too bad." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The presentations at the beginning of the day were a little off-putting... I was so taken aback that I started counting how many times they referred to Penn as "the leader," "#1," or "the premier dental school." It's an excellent school, but enough is enough. Some of the facilities are in the basement (apparently you spend your first 2 years down there) which was a little depressing." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They offer Dean's Scholarships which are half-off on tuition to their top applicants! They talk about a "One Medicine" approach, but it seems like it is just rhetoric. Whether or not that is a good thing is up to you... Of the three Ivy League schools, this is the largest and most clinically focused. You have to send them your transcripts from every school, seems a little redundant since AADSAS has them." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really liked the actual interview. It went very quickly, there were no toughies like at some other schools and I felt very satisfied with how it went." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?

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?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

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?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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