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  • University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • San Francisco
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"How do you think you will be prepared to serve the healthcare needs of a diverse patient base?" Report Response

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

"Do you speak any foreign languages?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to become a dentist?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you speak any foreign languages?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN and researched the school's website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"1) The great reputation the school has. 2) San Francisco is also a great city. 3) Low cost of education." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Hmmmm. Where do I begin? During my interview I made sure to ask other UCSF students who were NOT involved in the admissions process (ie. those not giving tours or designated to answer questions to make the school look good) what they thought about the school. 1)The students did not have any personality. During my tour I asked one of the 3rd year students if he liked experience UCSF he and he just put his head down. Overall, many of the students did NOT like where they were. 2) I asked another student what he thought a weakness of UCSF was and he said that the professors think of themselves very highly and are not helpful. For example, other schools call you doctor when you enter the clinic, but this is not the case at UCSF. 3) The facilities are OLD OLD OLD!! I can't believe dentistry is taught there! 4)During the whole interview UCSF emphasized diversity---they even devoted a 30 min video promoting it. That's great and all, but they really beat the topic to death thoughout the whole process. I was sick of hearing about diversity, when all I saw were a majority of Asian students. It seemed a bit contradictory on their part. 5) One of the most negative impressions I got was when one of the dental students who was apparently upset told our tour group, "DO NOT GO TO DENTAL SCHOOL!" I almost wanted to laugh, but after the interview day I could see why he hated dental school. 6) The school concentrates excelling more on research than they do on the clinic floor. Before I never knew why UCSF was a top ranked dental school or had a good reputation, but then I found out that the students they accept have excellent GPA's and DAT's and most importantly they are funded with a lot of research money--this is what contributes to their high ranking. This was a disappointment for me because even though research opportunities are helpful, I was looking for a program that emphasizes more clinic with better facilities. Where is all the UCSF money going? To the facilities?...I don't think so. To research? Most definitely." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"1) There is NO parking anywhere. 2) During "lunch" you are getting your student interview done. Pretty awkward to be talking with a piece of lettuce in between your teeth!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UCSF turned out to be a HUGE disappointment. Don't be fooled by it's reputation! Think for yourself and ask many other students questions. " Report Response

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Who was the tour given by?


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