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  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center School of Dental and Oral Surgery
  • Dental School
  • New York
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 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)?

"Do you have any questions about Columbia?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"any questions about Columbia?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"NA" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read feedbacks on SDN read Columbia's website (especially their outline of their post-dental programs)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"very laid back and very friendly the community is laid out well--the dental school and medical centers are integrated together, and the dorms are 1 block away--very convenient the community/area also seems very safe--nothing shady at all students all seem happy, satisfied with their choice of going to Columbia (talked to a few)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the administration really emphasizes how HARD the first two years are, how you would have virtually no life (but in talking to the first-years, all seems swell so far--"yes you're busy during the week but you get time off during the weekend) it's expensive and they expect family contribution...then again, so are all the other dental schools as well I would have liked to talk to more older students (only had the chance to talk to 1st years) complaints from the students: the first few classes are really big (med+dental students)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"a pretty good part of the neighborhood--uptown NYC is nicer than downtown, IMO Bring quarters for the metro, or buy a card! I had difficulty going from the airport to my hotel b/c I forgot to stack up on quarters. Luckily, there was a change machine. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview is really laid back, no "grilling" whatsoever. They first give you a lot of info about the school, and then do the interview. It was more of a friendly discussion, with my interviewer basically asking me if I had any questions about Columbia. The entire interview was basically that--me asking about Columbia and what he is doing currently. If you have extra time, definitely tour the city and take full advantage of public transportation. Think: this is where and how you will be living if you came here. I've been to NYC numerous times before but didn't want to sit in my hotel the entire time. I arrived the day before and took the bus to my hotel, then took the subway to Chinatown, ate yummy Chinese food, took the sub back, and then walked around Central park." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/01/2004

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