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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?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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 type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"PBL interview structure: They will give you a storyline over 3 pages. Each page will contain more information than the last and your group's task is to evaluate each page and just discuss ideas. It is very simple and straight forward. There is very little you can do to prepare. My only advise is to BE YOURSELF! I can't stress that enough. Just enjoy." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"NA" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"NA" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN, spoke w/ friends, USC website, google'd-PBL" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"School's PBL program is impressive. For the first time I have seen a school focus on what is important instead of cramming mounds of information into a brain that will soon forget it anyways. PBL allows students the space to pick up and actively learn material by researching on their own and then coming together to share ideas. It's very similar to what engineering students go through and in my personal opinion an excellent way to learn." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not enough current students seemed to have the openness and courtesy/personalities to speak with the interviewees to ask them how their day is going, if they have any questions, or if they like the school. I have seen this a lot at other schools and I think it makes a huge impression on those interviewing when they can relate to the current student body. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The day was pretty long and I wish I had gotten more sleep." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great. The atmosphere at USC (the dental school being on the main campus) is a plus 10!!! You will be on a great and integrated- very exciting college campus, so its NOT like your doomed to some dark dungeon in a building away from the rest of the school. The program seemed great, administration people were really nice (obviously), and LA is just bustling. So, it seems like a great place to be. Also, the PBL program eases you into the workload of a dental education, so that your not hit hard with mounds of work the very first year. Great interaction between faculty and students in classes. Each group of 8 students has one faculty mentor to guide them. So its a great atmosphere. Also, the dental building being in the heart of CALIFORNIA, is very bright and airy because of the many windows- adding a happy environment. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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