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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?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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

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

"None" Report Response

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

"None" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"None" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, schools website, pre-health advisor, friends and family" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything! Students there are really satisfied. I've been to other schools and I met a number of students who had regretted not going to USC. In the previous post, the person mentions that the first years have all this time and in the 2nd they are really stressed. But think about it, all other schools are stressed out to the point where they want to blow their brains out. I really like the balance this school offers. The students perform well academically and maintain a social life. You make your own decision there with the free time. I hope I get into USC b/c I would like to use that time studying for the boards, doing research and volunteer work; which are opportunities you don't have much time for in other schools. Also, USC is known for their great hand and clinical skills. I didn't hear this from any of the people from USC. It's from testimonies of patients getting treatment from USC graduates. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tuition but in the grand scheme it's worth it once you are a part of the Trojan family. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The area outside of USC is not so great. Most students decide to live at least 20 minutes away. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really enjoyed my experience at USC. The students and staff there are wonderful and very down to earth. Not just the dental school, but the entire school as well. The guys there are also cute hehehe...(girls there are pretty also). But what I don't understand is why students from other schools hold such a grudge on USC. Is it jealousy? I mean during my interview there were interviewees that were just there to attack the SC students and not even give them a chance. I noticed the people from Arizona State and UCLA were behaving pretty rudely and arrogantly. As a Texan, I've never seen such behavior in my life. What really burned my heart was when we were having lunch with some of the dental students. I was having a conversation with a really tall sweet chinese student and during our conversation, a student from UCLA asked how old he was. He replied saying he was 28 and then the UCLA student asked, "Aren't you pretty old to be a first year?" That comment just crossed the line. I had an interview at UCLA also and the students there didn't seem very friendly to each other either. You see a big difference between students of USC and UCLA. I once vacationed in the LA area and was fortunate to attend both a USC and a UCLA game. The opposing team's visitors were treated with respect at USC but at the UCLA game there were UCLA fans that were just cursing at the opposing teams. I'm not sure what most pre-dental student's opinions are but I'm pretty fed up with all this competition and people trying to tear each other apart. I feel USC has everything that I like in a school and I hope I am accepted there." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 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?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?


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?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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