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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?

25 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)?

"Why Dentistry?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me more about this experience?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What can your bring to this school? & Can you think of anything you would like me to tell the admissions committee on your behalf?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What can your bring to this school?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why dentistry? Lets be honest, it is really hard to accurately describe why we want to pursue this profession. This should always be the most difficult part of a dental school interview (regardless of it is asked or not!)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN reviews, school website, talked to friends who have graduated from Columbia." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They have a VERY strong biomedical component to their curriculum. The students seemed happy with that they chose Columbia. The school has an impressive history of placed its students into specialty programs. New York City (the area is not as bad as some people think it is. Drs. McManus and Davis were very friendly, and made a good case for their school. You get a rather comprehensive guide to the schools financial aid materials." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The price. This school is very expensive, and that CAN NOT denied. That we don't get to use all the facilites they showed us. The post-graduate clinics were AMAZING, but as predoctoral students we will never be their. I don't think that should have been on the interview." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How to use the subway. I really need to get on that if I am going to go to Columbia." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewer was REALLY nice. I felt that she honestly wanted to get to know me more than grill me. I felt it was really a very positive experience! It is a low stress environment, but by no means was it relaxing. The school is rather formal with things, and this is evident. They are professionals, and they act that way. You should do the same!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/01/2004

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