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  • Howard University College of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

No Response

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

""How do you relieve stress?", "How do you balance school and social life?"" Report Response

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

""Why dentistry?", "Why Howard?"" Report Response

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

""Name 3 adjectives that describe you and why?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

""How do you feel about going to a school in a diverse setting?"" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""What do you expect life will be like for a first year dental student?"" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interviews with faculty from undergraduate and reading interview feedback on SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was most impressed by how friendly everyone at Howard was. I immediately felt welcomed and made to feel at ease while I was there. The interview itself was very laid-back and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I get the feeling that the faculty care about the students and the students who were there cared about their profession and the school's missions to help the undeserved. Thus I was very impressed with the people at Howard. Oh, I was also really impressed by the location of the school! The part of Washington DC where Howard is located is a really nice area that will be fun to attend school at." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I would have to say the facilities as they are older. Howard is the fifth oldest dental school in the United States so I was not expecting state-of-the-art equipment, but coming from interviews at newer and more high-tech dental schools, it can cause a negative impression. However they are making improvements and updating facilities so it was better than I had thought from the negative hear-say and more up-to-date than some practices I have shadowed at thus the older facilities are not a problem. Another thing that impacted me in a negative way was a conversation with my tour guide and an alumni. My tour guide made it clear that going to Howard would be extremely hard but not in a challenging way, but in a demoralizing, breaking you down kind of way. An alumni also commented on how difficult and demoralizing going to Howard was which gave Howard a bad impression. However I was able to speak with more students whom assured me that although it is difficult, it is not soul-crushing and demoralizing and is very do-able if you work hard. Howard might want to have more positive people come in and speak to prospective students next time as their disgruntled students give them an unfairly bad image." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really, I was prepared for the day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You have to write a short essay at some point during the day. The questions vary but are not hard to answer, I do not think they critique them heavily. Some examples were "What is your favorite food and why?", "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?", "What is your greatest weakness?"." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

Automobile

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Sheraton

Would you recommend the hotel?

Yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

Fall 2015

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

9 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?

No Response

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

No Response

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

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Improve on communication with current students, future students, and prospective students. No one ever answers the phone and e-mails get responses 1-3 weeks later and that is IF you get a response. No one keeps anyone up-to-date on anything. Everyone excluding the admissions office has been completely awesome though." Report Response

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