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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Year founded: 1878
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 120
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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Dental School
Philadelphia
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 154 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 3 1 Responses
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Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $70,294
  • Non - Resident Tuition $70,294
  • Application Fee $60
  • AVG DAT 21.0
  • AVG GPA 3.7

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Robert Schattner Center, Room 122
  • 240 South 40th Street
  • Philadelphia 19104
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The mission statement of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Penn Dental Medicine) articulates its vision of fostering the pioneering spirit of the institution and carrying on its tradition of excellence into the future: Penn Dental Medicine will advance oral health throughout the world by fostering leaders in research, education, and dental care. The School will provide an atmosphere in which dentistry is continuously improved through innovation, research, and access to care.

Curriculum

The first-year curriculum introduces the concepts of human biology as they pertain to medicine in general and dental medicine in particular. This includes studies relating to the principles of oral disease prevention, patient management, and physical examination. A major segment of the curriculum deals with the structure and function of oral tissues and contiguous structures. Because the School has its own basic science faculty, all fundamental science courses (i.e., anatomy, biochemistry, histology and embryology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology) are specifically geared to the needs of dental medicine. During this time, students begin an integrated preclinical course in restorative dentistry. This program combines several disciplines (i.e., dental anatomy and occlusion, operative dentistry and dental materials). Clinical experiences begin upon entry into the D.M.D. Program and increase each succeeding year. In the first year, students begin clinical rotations in medicine, periodontics, preventive dentistry, and radiology.

Facilities

Penn Dental Medicine treats over 18,000 patients each year in its main clinical teaching facilities, located primarily in the Evans Building. A full range of general and specialty services are provided at the School, including treatment for medically complex patients. A new clinical facility, the Robert Schattner Center, was dedicated in 2002.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 126
Negatively 15
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.35 151

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.09 98

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought they did a great job of communicating with applicants and making the day run smoothly. Everyone from admissions was very kind!" More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work" More from this Member | Report Response

"Save trees, use email" More from this Member | Report Response

"Make it more clear that you are only corresponding via mail. Some of my fellow pre-dents had no idea that they got an interview invitation until weeks after it was sent." More from this Member | Report Response

"Directions to the admissions office, allowing students to confirm the interview via email since fax is not reliable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Please renovate pre-clinical labs." More from this Member | Report Response

"Please start communicating by other means than snail mail." More from this Member | Report Response

"Switch from using snail mail to phone call...." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give 5 min. bathroom breaks!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very friendly, nice people" More from this Member | Report Response

"no suggestions - just wanted to say a quick thanks for providing breakfast! " More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought the self-guided tour was a little pointless." More from this Member | Report Response

"When I interviewed, the students giving the tour had a very VERY negative attitude towards the schoo" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"self guided tour in the middle of the interview day was kind of lameeeee" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what questions do you have for me" More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions do you have for me? (opened with this question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe one overwhelming experience" More from this Member | Report Response

""I see you have a lot of _____ experience, why not then that field?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"why dentistry - i see that you applied to medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to do as a dentist with a honors in x or a masters in x?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is one 30-min open file interview followed by 30-min closed file interview. The open file asks about stuff in the application and varies by the interviewer. My interviewer asked about my school, why dentistry, and some community service." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you didn't get into dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your community involvement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What class did you like the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Upenn" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was more like a conversation where the questions went back and forth. The interviewer used my resume as a template to bring up topics ranging from certain classes I took to some of my extra curricular activities. Very relaxed atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the health field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What extracurriculars?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very laid back. It was really more like a conversation. Questions go both ways, so have some prepared." More from this Member | Report Response

"What piano songs do you like to play?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked very general questions as why Penn, why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"easiest interview EVER. she didnt ask me a single question. she just answered all my questions (so have some good ones prepared) and talked the whole time. amazing" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked me about my research and why its necessary" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does dentistry offer me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a dentist." More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools have you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do in your free time" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think your work experience will prepare you for dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivated you to pursue a career in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did u do after coming to the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What schools did you look at for undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why the change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about what you like to do in your spare time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not Canada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So I see your father is a physician, was there any pressure to choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry as opposed to law (my mother is a lawyer)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why penn" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you're from Canada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about volunteering at the dental office." More from this Member | Report Response

"your concerns about Upenn" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your most difficult , sad and funniest situations" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you see yourself 5 yrs downthe lane?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you end up choosing dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"hobbies,work experience,how will you deal with stress" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you apply here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you still do dentistry if it were not profitable?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why many people from ur school, failed in Human Anatomy? ( I dint get the qstn first, since I was wondering how she got to know abt it ? ) anyways .. tat she shud hav asked our Anat Prof I guess, not me .. very bad ... qstn .. cudnt give a proper answer. te above qsnts followed afterwards. " More from this Member | Report Response

"do you have any question for us? (i forgot my list of qestions but i managed to ask about the extern program)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What i do for Fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you feel about relocating to Philadelphia from California?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me something that you couldnt do in India and you are able to do here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your parents say are you two best qualities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How/why did you choose your college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you play guitar? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why go from marine biology to dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Epiphany in entering the dental profession." More from this Member | Report Response

"jokingly - why certain bad grades? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do u see urself in 5 years time and in 10 years time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry? Why U Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What community service activities have you done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you clear all your exams in 1st attempt ? " More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you like Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite subject in high school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"About my home country." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the 'epiphany' which lead you to pursue a career in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your brother doing? (my brother went to Penn dental)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your parents consider your two worst qualities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you volunteer " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was most academically challenging?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Penn? What do you like about our school AGAIN besides re-emphasizing that they were ivy-league? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Just general questions about me." More from this Member | Report Response

"WHY DENTISTRY" More from this Member | Report Response

"what got you interested in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your future goals" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are u expecting from us" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry? Why Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry? He mentioned my application was pretty complete in regards to academia, community service, manual dexterity, research, etc. so he didn't have many questions to ask. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you interested in Penn Dental to begin with? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Your future goals" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do u like US after coming to US? how do u change after coming here?" More from this Member | Report Response

""How do you think you have changed after you have come to the US", " More from this Member | Report Response

"why upen" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was only asked a couple questions in my interview (i.e. why dentistry? do you want to specialize?). The other half hour was spent listening to my interviewer tell me all about Penn and Philadelphia and how great it is. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Penn? How did you hear about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you like philadelphia so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why upenn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever considered medicine instead of dentistry? Why dentistry? What have motivated you to pursue a career in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"tell me about this class you took" More from this Member | Report Response

"All standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name one experience that was life-changing and that you "kicked ass" in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"about my travels and my background - i am eastern european" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had two free weeks and money wasn't a limitation, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could only have dinner with five people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite 4 living/nonliving people to dinner, who would you invite and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite type of cuisine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wanna come to our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like/dislike about dentistry (regarding specialties)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you wife handle the move (we're from California)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other careers have you considered besides dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What about Penn would be most beneficial for you? What would be the hardest thing about going to Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your research. are you interested in research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you imagine yourself here at Penn and living in Philly?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about how I became interested in quilting!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like/dislike about the other schools you have interviewed at? (gave me a good chance to rant about why I didn't like Columbia or BU)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do (hobbies) that shows your manual dexterity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I had seen a particular opera." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your home country" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a class II amalgam patient how well are you prepared for that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think your work experience will prepare you for dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"they told me they didnt have any questions for me and hoped I would choose their school over others" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is the tuition worth it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was mostly asked specific questions from my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of difficulties you faced after coming to the US." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is Sleep Dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just talked about the school, it's programs, my undergrad." More from this Member | Report Response

"If there was someone in my practice that was causing problems with patients and other staff members, how would I react. " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing in particular, we just chatted. we sat down & the prof looked at me and said "well, you're different" - alluding to the fact that I had been a programmer for 7 years before applying. we just chatted about computers for a while" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions I was asked were pretty standard for dental interviews. I was anticipating being asked about specific things with regard to my application, but most of the questions were pretty standard. I have talked to others who have interviewed there, so this might vary however." More from this Member | Report Response

"i wasnt really asked anything out of the ordinary..i was asked about my childhood which was interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"You applied to U of Buffalo last year...why are you not there this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will it take for you to come here? What are the chances of you coming here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, all standard questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of art you do " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not medicine or vet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The difference between dentistry and medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you bought something for yourself ever since you started earning more money?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"rank your readiness to join this program on a scale of 1-10 and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS TO ASK US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really..what other activities are you involved in outside of dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the differences you have seen in dentistry as practised in the U.S compared to the way it was practiced in your country" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you get acceptances from upenn and another school, where will you take admission?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not specifically a question, but my interviewer was trying to figure out if Penn was my #1 choice. He said, "I understand that not everyone accepts Penn's offer of admission. I don't understand it, but I accept it. I'm sure you'll have a large selection of schools to choose from." At that point, I think he wanted me to reassure him that Penn was my #1 but I didn't pick up on that until later. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the future of dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, in India, if the Parents are doctors, their children will automatically become doctors, huh ??" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you take all these non-science courses? (it ending up being more of a interesting answer than a question, this lead to my rebelious highschool era)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do u want an US Degree are u desparte to have it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What I took away from my clinical experience working with special needs patients." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was only asked one question - "why dentistry" I had Dr. Arthur Steinberg for the interview and he was fantastic! We bascially chatted about everything from my city, my experience, food, traveling..etc Very relaxing interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"In your opinion, what is the future of dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of person are you? Are you a "nerd"? Are you nice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Luckily, I didn't get any "out of the ordinary" questions. But when I told him that my questions were mostly for students, he asked me to ask him one of them and he would try to answer it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your muscial experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you like best about moving to Florida?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why go from marine biology to dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's difference you find after coming to US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"standard stuff" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing fancy" More from this Member | Report Response

"why are you interested in OMS ?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you like your children to grow up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are the Seattle Seahawks doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself after 10 years ? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you adjust after coming to US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked one question: What do you want to do after you are done with dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHat was your favorite subject in high school...(?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have got A grade in everything can i see your transcripts." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get involved in politics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was accessed about my journey to picking the dental profession since I was in another profession first." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could meet five people, dead or alive, who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"the whole interview was very conversational, he jumps from topic to topic" More from this Member | Report Response

"explain why we shoud choose you over all other students in 2 mins" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the country you grew up in and is your family supportive of your decision to go into dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your last job." More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions pertained to my file, and past experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a good cook?" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DENTISTRY AS A CAREER." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your undergraduate school" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your future goals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are you expecting from us" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are asked to treat a patient with no medical history who is in severe pain...what do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you married?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you persuade a 7 year old child to go to the dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who instilled the strong interest for community service in your life? Is there a particular figure you draw inspiration from or is from your parents? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Any interesting or memorable incident in your life." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you miss most in your backhome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you weren't doing dentistry what would you be doing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is [insert study abroad country here]? How's the food?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how can you see your engineering degree being put to use in the dental field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't really ask too many questions out of the norm." More from this Member | Report Response

"the organism responsible for juvenile periodontitis" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have been invovled with a lot of multicultural groups, fighting prejudice, etc. What do think when you hear songs like Afroman's colt 45?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all questions were from my secondary and essay. The interviewers just wanted elaborations of stuff I mentioned." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary, just normal interview questions. They just ask about stuff on your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Another question was how many or what are the schools have you applied for and interview with?" More from this Member | Report Response

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Results Overview

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = Terrible, 10 = World Class

What do you like most?

"The administration is very knowledgable and supportive, and they go out of their way to ensure we are successful in achieving our goals. Penn is teaching us how to be doctors, who happen to specialize in the oral cavity. As a student I feel that all doors are open regarding my path in the future. I love my classmates, and the large majority of us are having a really good experience." | Report Response

"Not much. The miserable experience has at least brought many students closer together." | Report Response

What do you like least?

"The cost. This is not limited to Penn. Dental school is expensive. Penn does give out a significant amount of scholarships, which helps." | Report Response

"The administration is incompetent and does not care about the students - not just the higher up administration, but most of the administrative staff as well, from the dean down to the receptionist. The education received - especially the clinical education - is subpar and not befitting of its ivy league reputation." | Report Response

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