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  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?

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)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"What have you done in research?" Report Response

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

"Why dentistry?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What other careers have you considered besides dentistry?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Say you own a private practice and you have an employee who has a bad attitude and isn't working hard - what would you do with this employee?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the viewbooks that Penn mailed me, looked over SDN interview feedback" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students seem happy at Penn; Penn Dental is part of whole Penn campus which is historic and beautiful; opportunities in Philadelphia; school has changed curriculum so that 1st and 2nd years have more clinical exposure; students have a relatively good chance of being awarded one of the 25 half-tuition Dean's Scholarships; student tour guide seemed real, didn't hold anything back" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"D-1 and D-2 lecture halls and pre-clinic labs are in the basement of the building which has no windows and no cell phone reception; tuition is one of the highest in the country; cost of living in Philly is higher than where I'm from (midwest); school seems to push specialization over private practice" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Previous respondents (like from 2007 and 2008) said the school plans on renovating the labs, well I can tell you I saw no renovations in progress and the admissions office did not give ANY indication they were planning to renovate (and it's almost 2011). Self-guided walking tour takes longer than the 30 minutes they give you." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great interview experience, also lunch is VERY good! The area of West Philly did not feel like a bad area like other people said." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

PHL

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 University City

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/24/2010

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 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?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No Response

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