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  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 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)?

"Why dentistry as opposed to medicine? (prompted by the fact that my parents are physicians)" Report Response

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

"Why did you decide to go abroad for a year?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"reading AADSAS essay, browsing website and dental school research prospectus, talking to an alum and students I knew" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I made a great connection with my interviewer, Dr. David Shin. The students and staff still came out to interview us even though the campus was closed due to a blizzard. The facilities are nice and I think the students get a lot of practice in various procedures before graduation. The preclinical education is very medically based, and even includes hospital rotations in hematology and ENT. I felt like the staff really cared about the students and would advise them and take care of them. The students were very diverse, but all of the ones I met were awesome in their own way. Some were more serious and academic, and others more fun-loving, but everyone seemed to have thrived at Tufts. The clinics were really nice and airy (not windowless dungeons like I've seen in other places). The research done by dental students is really diverse and interesting, and Tufts in general seemed like an intellectually alive place. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The students didn't seem to match to the best post-grad programs, which worried me. The class size is on the larger side, so there would be less individual attention. The part of Boston Tufts is in (Chinatown) is kind of dirty and not my favorite place. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I heard back from Tufts about two weeks after my interview, and I was accepted, but ultimately I'm declining my acceptance due to the issues I discussed in the "What impressed you negatively" section, though I was sad to do so because I really loved the people I met at Tufts and could see myself being really happy there. I got into my state school as well, so financially turning down Tufts seems like the smart decision to me. However, overall I think it was an awesome school. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

took train into South Station, flew out of Logan

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/02/2009

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing - they were awesome! It was a snow day and they still came in to interview us!" Report Response

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