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  • University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • San Francisco
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

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

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"What are your weaknesses?" Report Response

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

"How is your three dimensional thinking ability?" Report Response

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

"You cant add can you? (this was asked in good fun about my 17 in QR) " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you work better in groups or individually?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What frustrates you most? What are your weaknesses?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, wrote down some of my strengths/ weaknesses, why I wanted to do dentistry,etc and rehearsed with my wife. I didnt memorize my responses, I just practiced trying not to be a moron. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The genuine feeling of quality there. The students, faculty, and staff know that the school is great and they really seem to buy into the "we are here to help" mentality. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing. Seriously, I was blown away by how cool everyone was. Except for this first year on the tour who said all the interviewees looked like they were on a funeral procession. I wonder what she wore on her interview? A bright orange jumpsuit? Sheesh. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How awesome Pacific is and how lucky you are to get an interview there. What you learn about Pacific is that people who go there, love it. The Alumni support, a pretty good indicator of a schools true colors, is incredible there. Pacific had a major fundraiser to help improve some things, and a whopping 47% of the Alumni chipped in. That is out of this world good. Also, if you get an interview you will learn the fundamental difference between the Pacific interview process and other schools processes; Pacific is trying to convince you to come to their school, and other schools want you to convince them to let you in. It is a huge difference, and they go out of their way to make the experience a positive one. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"During my interview at Pacific I realized that I didnt even want to go to anymore schools, it was that good. I wasnt alone either. Our entire interview group of 10 had the same feeling. Some of them had been to interviews at other top tier schools and were still blown away. We started with a speech from Dr. Yarborough and then his assistant gave us a brief about what to expect and where we were going that day. Then I had a faculty interview that lasted 30 minutes. The guy was hilarious! He went out of his way to put me at ease, and we had a great talk. At one point he asked me kinda sarcastically if I had prepared any answers to questions. I jokingly replied that I wanted to demonstrate my manual dexterity by showing off some pen flipping skills. It was actually pretty funny. He asked me if I had any questions (you will get asked that A LOT) and then that was it. He knew my file, he read my LORs, and he had a list of questions prepared but it was all pretty low key. The student interview was totally cool. We walked outside to get away from everyone else getting interviewed, only to find that everyone else was getting interviewed outside. We talked as we walked along. We ended being from the same town so we kind of just shot the breeze. He asked about what I wanted to do, where I would live if I got accepted, what my background was. No stress, I really got the feeling that he was just trying to see if I was a normal human being. Then we had the tour which was cool, but I had seen the school before so it was nothing new. Then we had the financial talk about loans, loans, loans. Then a little Q and A and that was it. " 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

SFO

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?

Travelodge North

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/12/2006

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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