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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?

Neutral

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"PBL Section with evaluator/moderator grading you; Active Participation Recommended" Report Response

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

"PBL Section with evaluator/moderator grading you; Active Participation Recommended" Report Response

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

"PBL Section with evaluator/moderator grading you; Active Participation Recommended" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"PBL Section with evaluator/moderator grading you; Active Participation Recommended" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"PBL Section with evaluator/moderator grading you; Active Participation Recommended" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Be calm and understand the format of PBL. Keep an open mind to this style and don't show any hostility to this format because they can sense it. Relax and enjoy it." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Patient Pool, specialty program, school is on the main campus" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Tuition cost, weird class schedule, no lecture" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"N/A" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, the program is good. PBL is definitely something different and it is not for everyone. I don't know how well they do on board exam but with no lectures, more effort is required to study for board exams. I also got the impression that they don't have high specialty rate. If you want to specialize, you should consider elsewhere. However, they do have great graduate program; consider applying after your DDS degree. Also, during your Mock PBL session, don't "over participate", let others speak as well, try to listen/understand before speaking nonsense, be professional after all you are a soon-to-be dentist" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

3 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/15/2009

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

3 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?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

6 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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