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  • Temple University College of Liberal Arts
  • Psychology School
  • Philadelphia, PA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"How did you become interested in dentistry?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What was/were your (first) encounter/s with dentistry?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"(for the essay) Describe support systems in your life." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"none--the questions were standard" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"The questions weren't difficult. However, most of the stress came when our interviewer responded to some of our responses. When one person said she wanted to be a dentist because she could be her own boss and have the resulting flexibility, the interviewer disagreed. The interviewer said, "Your team is your boss" and discussed the responsibilities and concerns that come with being self-employed. When I mentioned that I did lots of crafts, her response was that dentistry is not crafty and downplayed the importance of manual dexterity. In her opinion, patients will return to a dentist who may not do great work but has good people skills, as opposed to a dentist who is good with his/her hands but has no bedside manner. Though she was nice and I agreed with what she said, how she said it made me uncomfortable." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"website, pamphlet, all the materials Temple gave us, and SDN reviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Besides the great volume of patients and clinical practice, the students are very friendly. When I asked my friend, a first year student, what she loved about Temple, unhesitatinly she answered, "The people." Another first year told us how second year students helped organize his cart of instruments and supplies (which at the time, he had no idea what everything was). Almost no one is cut-throat or hogs study materials." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Temple university basically exists along Broad street. People don't go three blocks east or west of Broad street because it's dangerous. After attending four undergrad years in an affluent area where it was safe to walk around after dark, I would feel restricted at Temple. Students usually study at home as no one's on campus when they don't have to be. Though the school has more operatories than the number of 3rd and 4th years combined, students aren't assigned operatories. Instead, they wheel around large and heavy carts with all their instruments. I've heard it's tiring and terribly incovenient. Temple also has a lot more clinical requirements than other schools, which of course prepares you, but as my friend and I talked to a 3rd year student, we saw that she was clearly tired and concerned about when she was going to complete all her requirements." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Despite the large patient pool, students don't see patients until their third year. Consequently, the experiences of 1st and 2nd year students is completely different from 3rd and 4ths. At lunch, the admissions office only sent 1st and 2nd years, so be sure to talk to some 3rd and 4ths, in the elevator or wherever. Most likely they will be friendly." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"A school I would recommend applying to and hope that I get into. Don't be shy to talk to the students. They are really nice." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

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