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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Pittsburgh
Individual Feedback 3 81 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 57
Negatively 9
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.86 78

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.30 50

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.78 49

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 3
15 minutes 10
20 minutes 11
25 minutes 5
30 minutes 34
35 minutes 5
40 minutes 3
45 minutes 6
50 minutes 1
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 1

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 75
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 74
In a group 1

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 53
Closed file 16

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.13 77

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

"Why do you want to go to Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are there any last things that you would like to tell me about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you want to be a dentist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me (or for the school)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you walk into a bookstore, what section do you go to first?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very conversational. No need to prepare." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you shadow at four different dental offices? Why not just one for longer?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite science class?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would your obituary read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no real questions, just questions based on the conversation we were having. The interviewer did most of the talking and I asked a lot of questions. Really laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"Dinosaurs? (I did research on the functional morphology of typhodont teeth)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why you're interested in dentistry." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you get interested in dentistry? and why do you want to pursue a career in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you been to pittsburgh before? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What other schools have you interviewed at? (He told me that one of my schools was very good, and that I should consider going there)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not Med or Pharmacy" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why dentistry and not medicine or pharmacy " More from this Member | Report Response

"How has your day been so far? Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"Why are you pursuing dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how was your trip?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else did u apply?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You've done a lot of shadowing of different dentists, tell me about that." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do your peers assess your rapport and provide an example?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you try to maintain the same GPA you have as an undergrad in dental school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you see yourself specializing after dental school? If so, what field would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you what to be a dentist and not a medical student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where are you from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, how is Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you have any questions? After this, it was more or less just a conversation. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What experiences have helped you to develop people skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you apply to University of Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above." More from this Member | Report Response

"1.Tell me about yourself 2.How do you handle challenges." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dentistry...why our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you were a football player?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some highlights of your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"what made you decide that you want to be a dentist? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Was the brunch good?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of background are you using to complete this carear." More from this Member | Report Response

"what would you do if you got sick during the semester and had to miss 2 weeks of school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do u know about the NOVA's dental prgram???" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know of the dental profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how was your lunch?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you had a 100 billion dollars, what would you do for work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get in this cycle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which dentist that you have shadowed influenced you the most? ( I had shadowed a lot of dentists in diff specialties)" More from this Member | Report Response

"She asked me how I met my wife and it was very conversational. No stress at all. She wanted to know who I am." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why career change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a particular time when you faced a challenge that demonstrated your integrity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your career? (career-changer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will dentistry give to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you plan to do social work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this overseas experience on your application." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How does Pitt rank compared to other schools you've been to? (I told him it was second, only after the school he told me I should go to over Pitt.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pitt" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"Play any sports, or other extra-curricular activities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to do with your dentistry degree?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No other questions were asked. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"first time in pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If money were not an issue, what would you do for the rest of your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you play lacrosse? That is a very violent sport." More from this Member | Report Response

"Example of manual dexterity." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do other than science" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like your research work?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"essay question: Where do you see dentistry in 2025 and where do you see yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your greatest life achievment." More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done with yourself over the past year (since graduation)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you go to so many schools during your time as an undergraduate? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What accomplishment are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"3.Why dentist among all health profession." More from this Member | Report Response

"Chicago is a great city? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes dentistry an appealing profession to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you ready for the competion? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relieve stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what extraurricular acitivies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your dental volunteer experience " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about Pittsburgh? " More from this Member | Report Response

"did you consider the military scholarships? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What sets you apart from the other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about X class that you took?" More from this Member | Report Response

"She asked about my service experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you be involved with campus ministry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of specific outreach programs would you like to develop at Pitt?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself ten years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you give to dentistry? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you do on your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do I judge your comittment to dentistry? (this last one was kind of specific to me I guess since Im a career-changer, formerly finance)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your community service? Why do you want to be a dentist? Do you have any other questions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do your parents do" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you want to specialize?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan on moving back to Florida after you graduate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly informative conversation other than those two..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about increasing demands of the cosmetic procedures among people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"don't remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do u do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How well can you juggle? (meaning school, life, stressors, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the three most pressing issues in dentistry right now? There were many more questions to go along with these." More from this Member | Report Response

"The essay question was write about a deceased hero of yours?!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you want to do research" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you work now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you done some research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about one hardship/traumatic experience you went through." More from this Member | Report Response

"(Essay Question) Where do you see dentistry in the year 2020? Where do you see yourself in relation to the profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you have three W's on your transcript?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a difficult situation you have dealt with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"4.What do you think about dental ethics. 5.How's your leadership skill?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your stong points?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what this profession is about? I" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of support structure do you have? (i.e. family, close friends, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What specialties are of interest to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

What was the most interesting question?

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

"How were the private practices run, that you observed?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Do you know anything about histology?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to pass away 20 years from now, what would be in the 3rd and 4th paragrahs of your eulogy (the 3rd paragraph being background information about my life and the 4th paragraph being those who I would leave behind to mourn)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your obituary read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a fear or doubt you have about dental school and/or the dental profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What will you give to dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why pitt? I was not really asked much, he just talked most of the time. I feel a little disappointed he did not try to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you planning on doing research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what your last name means?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does Pitt rank compared to the other schools you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hows your relationship w/ your sister" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Questions were just asking about me as an individual." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan on moving back to Florida after you graduate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"This question wasn't exactly asked during the actual interview, but we were asked the following: "What would you be doing if money were no object?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your father do for a living?" More from this Member | Report Response

"have you ever had any ethic dilemma?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was something that made you think out of the box? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Just asked about me" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What did you learn from your volunteer experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"questions are incredibly open ended and spur of the moment" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do u like winter sports?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So cat lose their baby teeth too...tell me about that. (childhood story from personal statement)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you know about E=mc^2? (the first question of the interview)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you resilient, and explain an example." More from this Member | Report Response

"Other than science, what do you like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you see yourself specializing after dental school? If so, what field would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none, just kinda chatted" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your reaserch?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you married? (I'm a guy and so was my interviewer.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was shown a specific article related to dental ethics and asked to comment on it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done while you are here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what am I looking for in a dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What accomplishment are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about dental ethics? This was same question asked for timed essay. What do you think of your overall performance in terms of grade?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you're from Illinois. Dentistry huh?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you were a football player?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you ready for the competion? Because its dog eat dog day and you're wearing milk bone underwear son." More from this Member | Report Response

"what traits will help you through dental school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, you are into politics, huh?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How I would like living in Pittsburgh" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHAT IS THE MAIN CRITERIA FOR SETTING YOUR GOALS." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of an historical figure you admire, and explain why." More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't remember - unfortunately, the interviewer barely had time to ask me any questions because she had a medical emergency to attend to at the time of my interview, which only lasted for 5 minutes (but she basically told me that I was a shoe-in, which was nice)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer did not ask any memorable questions. He asked the typical questions that I had prepared for." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you know about the dental profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Coming from such a diverse background and having such an interest in culture, do you think you would be happy in Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""What would you do for work if you had a billion dollars?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn during X leadership role?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer didn't really ask many questions, but the attitude of the interviewer made it difficult. Loved the school but the interviewer gave me a bad impression." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of ministry would you be in involved with at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your obituary read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, it was conversational and I didn't even feel like he was asking me questions because he told me stories about when he first went to dental school "100 years ago". He was really funny and sooooo nice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"In your time working as a dental assistant, have you ever run into any ethical issues, and if so, how did you deal with them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none I can remember, friendly conversation" More from this Member | Report Response

"Convince me of your dedication to dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"can you explain your interest in dentistry aside from shadowing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you? (He read this directly off the sheet he was given. I ended my answer with "If they're my friends, I would hope they would say nice things about me" to which he replied, "Yeah, that was stupid question. I've only known you for ten minutes. How would I even know if your telling me the truth. The answers that we are looking for a are [and then he read off the sheet])" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Pittsburgh" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Did ask one question about a previous withdrawal from a class...but it was easy to explain." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nothing too bad..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Anything else you want to add?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the most challenging thing about techinques in dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do I want to come to Pitt" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to Pittsburgh?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"none at all whatsoever" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty much ever question he asked except for Why dentistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Something about my ethics, I wasn't quite sure what he was asking" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer (a professor) questioned my ability to perform in dental school when some of my prereq. work was performed at a community college. Asked me comment." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"none, just kinda chatted" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"..." More from this Member | Report Response

""Do you have any questions?" It was the first thing he asked, and it caught me off-guard a bit." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and how does it relate to your interest in dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What accomplishment are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you will go to UIC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were very basic. Really wasn't any hard questions asked. But if I had to pick it would be "what is one of your weak points?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What school is you first choice" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Would you like some bacon with your eggs and fruit?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please explain your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"What sets you apart from other applicants" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan of acheiving these goals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were difficult or intended to stump the interviewee" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do u know about the NOVA's dental prgram???" More from this Member | Report Response

"None....just the usual. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you cope with being without your family?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up about the program online: the mission statement, the vision, and what they look for in candidates" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my application, not too much preparation was necessary, extremely conversational interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Found questions online. Not necessary for this school, though." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, previous interviews, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Previous interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"looked over my personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and reviewed appplication" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and looked at website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just did a little researched from the website. I just made sure I knew what was in my application and why I want to be a dentist" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Online research on the program" More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sdn, school website. It wasn't even necessary. Don't script yourself, it's such a relaxed interview they just want to talk to you. Just know why you want to be a dentist and why you want to go to their school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, practiced interview questions, printed out copies of some research stuff I've done to give to my interviewer. They give you the name of the person who's interviewing you before lunch, so be sure to ask the students you eat with about your interviewer - gave me additional interesting things to talk about with my interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over their website and SDN interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"read about Pitt on their website, spoke to students who have interviewed there" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read feedback in this website & asked a friend that got into medschool what kind of stuff they asked him." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read over AASAS app, school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am from the area so I am familiar with the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Went over my application, and thought of some questions to ask the night before and while visiting the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Pitt website" More from this Member | Report Response

"school website, SDN, talked to current students I knew" More from this Member | Report Response

"just read the info on school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"I reviewed the SDN website, the PITT website, and my AADSAS application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the schools website, read reviews on SDN, wrote out my answers to a bunch of sample questions that I thought I might be asked before hand (not to memorize it, just to get thinking in that mode)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Study sample interview questions, formulate quality answers." More from this Member | Report Response

"read my personal statement once." More from this Member | Report Response

"read feedback, dad gave some advice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read up on the feedback from studentdoctor.net, reviewed my application, and pittsburgh's website. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, website, personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at interview feedbacks on SDN, school's website, and fellow SDNer's advice." More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed my app" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, lots of research of school via website/webpages of city." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and their website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the school website and reviewed my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"I read about the school, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed application information. Reviewed school material they sent me as well as internet info." More from this Member | Report Response

"researched things I liked/wanted to know more about the school. Prepared questions I imagined I may be asked and then wroted out my answers to them" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn and the stuff the send you" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and the schools website" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, web site" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, UPitt site" More from this Member | Report Response

"This was my first interview, so I checked out their website, reviewed my application material and picked up a book from the library on dental assisting to help me familiarize myself with dentistry. In all of my interviews, no one asked me a question that probed how much I knew about the technical aspects of dentistry. So, although it was useful to learn this material for myself, it was not helpful for getting accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practiced questions from SDN. Read Pitt content from school's website. Other interview stuff from online. " More from this Member | Report Response

"website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Visited Pitt's website to learn about the school, and read SDN reports and prepared for all of the questions mentioned." More from this Member | Report Response

"This website and Pitt's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"website." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at web site, looked over my essay and application materials" More from this Member | Report Response

"School website, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"I just went in with a positive and calm attitude." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Website, and talked to people" More from this Member | Report Response

"read SDN feedback, prepare answers to commonly asked questions " More from this Member | Report Response

"I read up a bit on the school, and hung out with some first year students (stayed with a buddy from undergrad) the weekend before. I asked them tons of questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"My other interviews prepared me (I had 8 before)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reading about the school, reading typical interview questions and preparing for them" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wrote down certain ideas I was going to come up with." More from this Member | Report Response

"looked over their website and the info they sent me in the mail." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and checked out their website" More from this Member | Report Response

"I flew to Pittsburgh, wore a suit, and showed-up with about forty other applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"read materials and just relaxed" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty was incredibly impressive; they were intelligent, laid-back, and genuine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. Was sooo impressed by the friendliness of the faculty that we met throughout the interview day. It's obvious that they go out of there way to make this a low pressure day for interviewees and I got more information about this school during the interview/tour than I did at any other school. They have several selectives and certificate programs (anesthesiology, public health, etc). Was also impressed by their special needs clinic. Smaller program with only 80 seats. They take NBDE part 1 the summer after first year. You get experience with standardized patients. Felt a really good vibe at this school, most enjoyable interview experience that I had." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the faculty and the D3's and D4's who gave us our tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"Location, safety of Pittsburgh" More from this Member | Report Response

"the dental anesthesiology program, special needs clinic" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the interview process" More from this Member | Report Response

"The city/school/student." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the sim lab had exactly enough seats for all the students and the clinics were nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that they have a new implant center and have a program where they are trying to get every dental student to place an implant before graduation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Anesthesia clinic, all specialities in house, good public transit in Pittsburgh, friendly staff, students seem to enjoy it there" More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the faculty and interview committee. Rose is very down to earth, and so are the rest of the admissions staff members. I also look forward to working in the state-of-the-art simulaton clinic. Pittsburgh invested over $2million in the facility." More from this Member | Report Response

"Camaraderie of the students. Course schedules." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty/students were very friendly and open. The area has a great feel to it. The facilities were nice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"New implant center, state of the art facilities, very nice people. " More from this Member | Report Response

"-Awesome facilities, not the newest, but modern. All digital X-rays, all digital paperless filing. -Tons of research opportunities (something I'm interested in). -They find you patients -You get your own sim lab station and do on and off day sharing with a chair in the clinic. -You can get your Anesthesia certificate -In the Clinic from week 1, doing assisting and another patient care things to prepare you. -More specialty residency seats than many other schools (11 ortho, 12 OMFS) -Great admission staff, after I emailed to get some additional info on specialty numbers because I was trying to decide between Pitt and Columbia, Dr. Etzel actually called me and talked to me for like an hour. -Everyone who applied to Ortho last year was accepted somewhere (Big Pro for me) -Very positive students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer was very nice and helpful. Oakland area around the school was very nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school seems very professional and has their med school/nursing/pharmacy/etc. right across the street. The facilities look very nice and they're proud of their 80-chair sim lab. They have some good research opportunities and specialties available. All the students I met felt good about the quality of the education they were receiving. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the students seem very happy; the surrounding location is beautiful; the program is in the process of updating equipment; students are exposed to all specialties" More from this Member | Report Response

"how many of the students wanted to help out with the day and spoke positively of the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"facility, how much money they invest into the school and students." More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly the faculty was (the program director/dean even had brunch with us)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of students and faculty. The school's want to continue changing with technology--new implant clinic, electronic charting, and special needs clinic." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pitt is cool, the area is full of students, and has a lot going on for those who like sports, cultural stuff, the program is pretty respected too" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very honest. They talked about the bad as well as the good. The sim lab. According to the students, classes are not taught towards the board exams, they are taught towards being a knowledgable dentist. They have all of the dental specializations here. The classes are taught by dental school faculty, so you won't have classes with med school students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendly people" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview was very laid back. The are currently building a new implant area and seemed as though future improvements were in progress. Students were very relaxed and well-rounded. Great food too :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the campus setting in which the dental school is located, close to undergraduate, pharmacy students..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The SIM lab and positive attitudes of current students with whom I spoke." More from this Member | Report Response

"The sim-clinic was great. They have 80 seats. The facilities were clean and seemed up to date. The school also appears to be constantly plowing money back into itself to always stay up to date. Oh, also, the steel mills that people generally associate with pittsburgh aren't actually here anymore...It's actually a cute city." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are very nice, it is next to the new Peterson center (basketball arena/workout facility) and is in a great medical community. The simulation clinic is fairly new, and new facilities are going up in the area." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students seemed pretty happy.The location is in oakland downtown which is a nice area.The facilities were all nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area seemed nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone was very friendly and enthusiastic to answer my questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"beautiful campus. really like the buildings." More from this Member | Report Response

"They actually cared about us, and were incredibly welcoming and attentive. They had nice facilities, small class size." More from this Member | Report Response

"student's level of enthusiam" More from this Member | Report Response

"The people. My goodness was everyone so enthusiatic about being there, and being there together. The faculty and students not involved in the interview day were stopping me to make sure it was going well. And, the Sim-Lab is amazing! They really strive to make the transition smooth from simulation to clinical. They also have selection courses where you can choose a specialty to work with in your fourth year." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were pretty happy and the facilities were pretty nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly all of the students were together, and how they struggled to come up with a negative aspect of their experience at Pitt so far." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area is awesome, the students and faculty were sooo nice. Everyone seemed to really like it there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice campus, with some new facilities. The schedule and order of the day were well-planned. The staff was very hospitable. Clearly a solid academic environment and the students enjoyed each other's company." More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole day at the school went by smoothly and everything was pertinent to dental applicants. The school has a wonderful simulation clinic and has a good reputation if you are looking for a more clinical experience oriented school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How professional the program and presentations were" More from this Member | Report Response

"the simulation lab and the people were nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities, and the simulation clinic" More from this Member | Report Response

"They have lots of students from different years that are there to for you to ask questions during brunch and the student panel. Brunch is a great idea!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything, I have feeled weloce ot Univeristy of Pitsbburgh Shool of Dental Medicine. Faculty and students were extreamly freinldy, it was a long day, but very, let me repeat very orgonised. Rose Mangold is super nice, everyone was very nice. Pittsburgh is a nice place to be at, campus is beautiful, outtors are great in Pennsilvania...not as expensive to live at. Branch was great, very good food....Stimulation lab is very cool, it looks like University does spend time and money on facilites. All students were very open and honest about their experiances at " More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYTHING!! The brunch, the students, Rose Mangold, the other faculty, the adjacent gym and food court, the city...the list goes on." More from this Member | Report Response

"The town seemed quite liveable. The atmosphere at this school seemed fairly relaxed compared to others I've been to." More from this Member | Report Response

"School's facilities were nice. They seem to take care of their students well. School is very well established. Area/location is beautiful- buildings are nice, looks like a mini-metropolitan area, lots of greenary. Great fitness center." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities are very new and modern especially the SIM lab." More from this Member | Report Response

"--Faculty--> They were all very friendly yet professional. The students also had good things to say about most professors. I was most impressed by the fact that most of the faculty also have their own practices, so you know they're actually competent in the procedures they're teaching. --Students--> Everyone was extremely friendly and eager to answer questions. They seem like a close-knit group. --Facilities--> The building is top-notch...modern and well-maintained. They have a Sim pre-clinic, and apparently it actually works (unlike the Sim labs at some schools). --Curriculum--> The module system used 3rd and 4th years sounds useful. --Military Scholarship Info--> I hadn't really thought about this before, but the information presented by the miliary liaison was quite interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly staff and students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The genuine concern that the overall faculty and students have to make you feel welcomed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus, city, the technology and curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"Kind faculties, nice facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Their labs are very nice, but you pay for them. My interviewer was a very impressive person and we basically talked for 50 minutes, good research school (tissue regeneration). Offer MBA/MPH/etc.. “for free.” Brunch was good. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Absolutely- I was really impressed with their facilities, and their down to earth atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"The city is much nicer and cleaner than I expected" More from this Member | Report Response

"the friendliness of the people; the receptiveness of the faculty to the students and applicants; the obvious desire to serve the needs of the students as best as they can; the facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"The program as a whole is great, and everyone at the school treated all of the interviewers as colleagues. Facilities are great, too!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The people are super-duper friendly. The facilities are amazing. The professors are helpful and very qualified... they seem to really want to be there. Everyone seemed very happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer was pleasant, very relaxed" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interveiwer was easy to understand and not going through are conversation to quick." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are nice and new" More from this Member | Report Response

"the nice attitude of the admissions staff, new facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"people, students, faculty.. I liked the city too.." More from this Member | Report Response

"The pre-clinical facilities were very modern and was an overall clean school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The simulation lab is fantastic--new state-of-the-art with flat-screen monitors. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Between all the schools i interviewed at i was most impressed with the genuineness and approachability of the people at UPitt. The facilities are sparkling. Also UPitt really takes pride in their students, campus and you see the love the st" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities could use some rehab" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. School is great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Food/restaurant selections in Pittsburgh are not great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, besides maybe the cost of attending." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location, the students were a little unfriendly, and I felt that they didn't really try to get to know me as a potential student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer was very negative and didn't even seem prepared for my interview. Left me feeling like the school didn't really care." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"No real negatives" More from this Member | Report Response

"the city of pittsburgh, just didn't give me a good feeling. No student housing HUUUGE minus. Students were all married, didn't seem like they went out together much. " More from this Member | Report Response

"-No set time to study for boards. -In talking to some students, they had a few complaints about some of the clinic staff, that some want you to do something one way, and another prof wants you to do it completely differently. -If you don't confirm that your patient has paid half up front, you can be on the limb for the price of the work you do." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are just ok. The interview day was very unorganized and there were at least 50 applicants that day. Lots of unnecessary downtime. Admissions office emphasized listening to students about why you should come here - then students lamented about the super competitive nature of the classes, difficulty finding patients, and lack of study time for boards. Admissions office was not particularly helpful during the day and strangely unfriendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing negative really about the school. Pittsburgh, the city, has very cold weather and lots of hills to walk up, which may deter some people. It's a pretty isolated city but it seems self-sufficient in terms of social activities and there's lots of universities around; decent college town. The tuition is fairly high but not so bad for in-state. " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"the building the school is in has some awesome areas (the simlab is brand new and spacious) but other areas seem a bit old - somehow felt gray/blah" More from this Member | Report Response

"the day was very long" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was not really impressed at all with the facilities, the SIM lab although hyped up to be amazing was nothing spectacular in comparison to facilities at NYU, Case, or Buffalo(places I have seen), Board scores were low for part 1, concerns about seeing enough patients" More from this Member | Report Response

"The current students prefer their classes not to be geared towards the boards, but some of the staff and faculty apparantly want to teach towards the boards. I side with the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"I grew up in Pittsburgh and it was "interesting" to hear how they described the city." More from this Member | Report Response

"they are not very proud of how their students do on the board exams...low specialization.." More from this Member | Report Response

"The cold and wet weather. Even though has been a "warm winter," I'm from Florida. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really...The weather, but you know...it's pittsburgh" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much really." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was not impressed with what is offered at the school. They seem to think their sim-clinic is everything. I talked to students about the sim-clinic and found out about some issues. Yes they have 80 seats, but they are for all the students including hygiene; so that is 160+ students with limited hours of availability. Also, the patient care facility was EMPTY. The students that were there were discouraged about being able to meet their requirements. As far as classes go, students told us that they are having problems with the way the school handles issues with professors. The students feel the school is more interested in its research than about teaching dental students. I only found 1 student that said they would choose this school if they had to do it again." More from this Member | Report Response

"i actually wish my interview lasted longers because i feel like i still had much more to say." More from this Member | Report Response

"They interview sooo many students at once! I think there was about 60 students there for an interview that morning. It was just insane! Also, the interviews are sooo short! and my interviewer didn't really ask me any questions. It seemed as if he didn't know which questions to ask.. so I just kept on talking until we ran out of time. I don't feel that the interviewer got to know me very well within that short period of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Extremely cold, and windy! " More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The gigantic hill that I had to trudge up to get there while exploring the campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview sucked" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was interviewed by someone in the human resource department, while most were interviewed by Dr.'s or people directly on the admissions committee." More from this Member | Report Response

"the cost" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sensed some stress among students about the academic load. Some students were not enthusiastic about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"couldn't find the place to check in" More from this Member | Report Response

"the school gym" More from this Member | Report Response

"nada." More from this Member | Report Response

"The shortness of the interview. Some of the faculty were very young and seemed likely to lack experience. Some of the facilities seemes a little dark and dingy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Gloomy weather. Students said it was very hard the first two years, but then I guess every dental school is. They almost seemed to put down their own school and speak highly of other schools. It confused me as to what they were trying to portray. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What's up with the essay, and the 70 degree hill outside the building......I don't know how everyone can go up that hill during winter when there are ices every where." More from this Member | Report Response

"--The Endurance Test--> The day is way too long. Four hours is more than enough time to get a sense of what a school is all about. Honestly, after the 5-hour mark I began to wonder whether the day would turn into some kind of quasi-Survivor Last Man Standing competition, in which only the few weary applicants still on their feet at day's end received admission. Be sure to eat a large breakfast and drink lots of coffee beforehand. --Financial Aid Presentation--> Why did we need to spend 30 minutes listening to a woman read aloud a packet we'd already been given? Note to Pitt: We know how to read. --Essay--> Like all on-site interviews, this was an utter waste of time... --Terrain--> I didn't realize how hilly the campus was...combined with the haphazard street layout that must make for real pain in the ass commute." More from this Member | Report Response

"The city looked like a dump." More from this Member | Report Response

"Their clinics are modest, and a bit outdated. I got the feeling that most of the advanced cases went to post-grads and the staff was a bit under prepared during my interview. It was finals week, but my tour guide got us lost on the way to my one-on-one interview and no students were around the school. The area around the school was a bit urban, thank god the brunch was good. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't like the hills...and housing seemed to be kind of an issue." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tuition" More from this Member | Report Response

"They didn't have chocolate milk at the brunch... absolutely criminal!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Absolutely nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Other school employees were not very helpful, some rude (Secretaries and other low level workers; professors seemed nice). Comparatively, students did not seem very excited about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"They did not explain the amount and the hours of each person responbility." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students I spoke with did not seem to be of a very high caliber...often when asked why they chose to attend Pitt the answer was that this was the only school where they had been accepted....Students also spoke loudly about how much money one can make in the field of dentistry while walking through the clinics, clearly in ear-shot of patients being treated....There were a million other interviewees there the same day " More from this Member | Report Response

"the poor attitude of the students towards developmentally disabled patients, homogeneous student body, city of Pittsburgh in general, students constantly talked about how nice it was to work out in the new gym, dental fraternities dentistry in the air force and not enough about the curriculum/school/dentistry in general. " More from this Member | Report Response

"dental building" More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of diversity in the student body.... in general, the pittsburgh area is homogenous. Also, the school seemed dead, I didn't see a single patient being treated. The school seemed like a second class institution located in the middle of nowhere." More from this Member | Report Response

"All of your first year is spent in a small classroom with no change in scene." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pittsburgh is VERY hilly. The streets can be confusing especially that BUS lane! " More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I wasn't so nervous. The faculty at Pitt are awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How conversational it was going to be. I over-prepared." More from this Member | Report Response

"How long the day was going to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"Writing sample" More from this Member | Report Response

"How long/exhausting a 7 hour interview is." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a writing sample" More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed it really is. The interview was very much conversational style. It was great." More from this Member | Report Response

"They give you an envelope at the beginning of the day. Right below your name (on the sticker on the envelope) will be the name of your interviewer. I thought it was in the folder. It's on the envelope, not on the folder. Ask your student guide about your interviewer. Maybe they'll tell you that your interviewer hates dentistry and is really negative so you can be prepared for that if that happens to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I did not have to stress out so much about the interview itself. I was a bit nervous going into the interviews, but I left feeling very relieved that it was very relaxed. Remember that the interviewee is trying to get a feel for the school just as much as the interviewer is trying to get a feel for the interviewee." More from this Member | Report Response

"Snowmageddon destroys travel plans!" More from this Member | Report Response

"how relaxed it was going to be, I thought i was going to throw up waiting in the the office for my interviewer but when he came in he brought a cheerful warm atmosphere with him and it was like sitting down with an old friend. seriously guys, STOP STRESSING!!!!!!!!!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the negative comments above." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were 51 other students there for interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was an all-day affair (8a.m. - 6p.m.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a timed writing sample--but it's not a big deal. Wear comfortable shoes (especially girls) you'll be walking a lot!" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a timed essay question. There were also about 80 other people to be interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"How stress free it was" More from this Member | Report Response

"We had to do a timed writing sample. Not a big deal, but thought it was interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"How stress-free the interview process would be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you are flying to Pittsburgh: Do NOT take a taxi to get to your hotel. Take a shuttle. Taxi = 40 bucks, shuttle = 24. After the interview, on the way back to the airport, if you can catch the X28 shuttle from Fifth Avenue, that will only cost you $2.25 (that is not a typo)..." More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice and relaxing it would be.That you are the one that almost interviewing them and asking questins than them." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish how miserable the students were there. I would have saved money!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"had to walk on a nice sized hill, school is rather far from the airport" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wear comfortable shoes because you'll be doing a lot of uphill walking!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would be there with nearly 30 other interviewees." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school collaborates a lot with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) which I thought was really cool. Also, we had an essay to write at the end of our interview which they sort of sprung on us. We had a time limit of 20 minutes. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Where Salk hall is" More from this Member | Report Response

"Essay" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing...read the other interview posts. Don't use the taxis to get to the hotel the day of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is possible to get a student rate from a shuttle from the airport. It was only $5 one-way. Although there is bus that is $3. There are a lot of interesting things to do there in the university area. They have a big natural history museum an art museum and a plant conservatory right next to campus. Also within close walking distance is Carnegie-Mellon. There are some large open areas close by where one could go running." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The stupid essay" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, really (with the possible exception of how hilly Pittsburgh is)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The city (see above)" More from this Member | Report Response

"You will be walking a lot. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Pittsburgh isn't an amazing city by any means, but it wouldn't be horrible for four years. " More from this Member | Report Response

"No real surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"That you had to write an essay." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the very few SDN posters that negatively rate Pitt are about as informed on good dental schools as a cow is about headlights... neither know how to recognize either for what they are! And that is no bull." More from this Member | Report Response

"How great the school is. I wouldn't have spent so much money going to my other interviews if I would have known how amazing PITT is." More from this Member | Report Response

"The persons history and what the requirments to suceed." More from this Member | Report Response

"I learned later (from others who had applied in the past, and also from admissions staff at other schools that I interviewed at) that Pitt invites many many people to interview early in the process, particularly west coast students, in an attempt to get them to put down a deposit early and then drop out later when they get into better schools. The deposit is 750 dollars and is non-refundable--a pretty good money making scheme for the school, but not very considerate of financial situation of most applicants. I was invited for an interview--and accepted--even before my application was complete, which I originally was flattered by, but now see that they just wanted my money." More from this Member | Report Response

"Although the people at admissions were nothing but nice to me, this school is really really not for me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How sorry of a dental program it was and wouldn't have wasted money on the trip." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's a trek up cardiac hill to reach the peak where the dental school is situated. " More from this Member | Report Response

"traffic is trouble. thats the only thing." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Pitt has a great program with great professors and great students. Can't wait to attend in the fall!" More from this Member | Report Response

"No preparation necessary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be physically ready. The whole interview/tour took 7 hours. At the end of the day, I was so exhausted. I wish I knew that before hand." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really liked the school and I could really see myself happy there as a student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish they had more 3rd and 4th year students for the brunch/tour. Makes me wonder about the happiness of the 3rd and 4th years. Wish they had organized things a little better. Was late to my interview because they were disorganized. My interviewer was not in his office and was busy -- made me feel like they didn't even care about me and wondered why they even bothered to invite me to interview. Interviewer was very negative and preoccupied. Thought the school was great but left with a little bit of a bad impression. Wasn't able to see clinic either except through a window -- what's with that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school overall. I came out of the interview wanting to go here. Really laid back interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"relax, and just be yourself, seriously. The interviewers are mostly dentists, some of them have 25 years of practice in making people feel calm, let them do their job and tell them why you want this. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day really impressed me, and ultimately the experience I had made me go with Pitt over Columbia because it felt like a better fit." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you already have an acceptance and have no particular reason for going to Pitt, I wouldn't waste your money on an interview here - there are much better schools out there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very respectable school, only question should be whether or not you're comfortable with the city and tuition. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The day started out with a presentation by numerous faculty and administration. Although the presentations were very long, it was a great learning experience. This was followed by a brunch with current students, and they encouraged us to ask as many questions as we wanted. Next, the students took us on a tour of the facilities. The interview followed the tour, and lasted 30 minutes. Since there were so many students there, you were interviewed by either a faculty member or administration, but there was only one interviewer. The interview was extremely layed back and was more of a conversation than an interview. They expressed that the purpose of the interview isn't to grill the students, but rather to get a sense of whether you have personal skills and can communicate well in person. Overall, I was greatly impressed by the school, and the program definitely exceeded my expectations." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was with the dean who was very veryyy nice and laid back. It was definately more of a conversation than a interview. He seemed more interested in answering my questions than asking me them." More from this Member | Report Response

"The only thing I would say is probably the interview and tour went too long. In the beginning one of the faculty members spoke for an hour about the student's schedule which I think could have been shorter." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very nice school, VERY welcoming faculty, good chemistry of students - found Pittsburgh itself kinda plain BUT seemed comfortable and affordable. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Relaxing day, can even be fun." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pitt is pretty laid back, had breakfast, wrote a lil bit, interviewed, toured the area, had some Q and A and left, overall though, I am from Pittsburgh and they really took some creative liberty in describing Pittsburgh and all the "things" to do, I love pittsburgh too but they really were trying to spin everything into a positive" More from this Member | Report Response

"I enjoyed it. He started off very professional but near the end seemed much more laid back. He also filled out all of the paper work about me right in front of me, and at the end told me that he gave me a good review because I was very honest and because he thought I would make a good dentist." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were more students there than I thought. about 50 students with only 25 spots left. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school! " More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview experience was great overall. i love the campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview experience at PITT was wonderful. Although there were about 50 applicants, there were many first- and third-year students with which I could interact while eating brunch and touring the facilities. The interview itself was not difficult by any means. My interviewer was an oral pathologist from the south with the most amazing accent. It felt more as if I was having a conversation with a new and interesting person, not being interviewed. I definitely stressed too much, but this is most likely because it was my first interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview was very informative and laid back. More of a conversation than hard pressed questions. I was impressed by this." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer was rude and uninterested. He did not bother to look at my file (he was supposed to) and while I was speaking he looked through his mail without paying attention to me. He then picked up the phone and called about a parking ticket he just received, without even an apology for his interruption. Not a great interview, but I heard the other interviewers are fairly congenial. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I liked it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was great. my interviewer was very friendly. they try to make it less stressful for you. just be yourself!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was only asked two questions: Tell me about yourself? Why do you want to come to Pittsburgh? The interview was very casual and the professor that interviewed me was very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"The area is really nice.. I really enjoyed walking around. The school doesn't seem to offer much that's different from other schools. The faculty seems nice. The BRUNCH IS SO AWESOME! it's just too bad that the students there didn't know how to engage in conversations during that time.. and she spoke so softly during the tour. The student wasn't too friendly, obviously. It seems like a pretty good school tho. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very laid back, she asked all the typical questions but it was conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"if you recieved the agenda, it follows it very well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Basically, the day is very relaxing until it comes time for the interview, but do not stress. Whether your interview will be laid back or stressful depends on who your interviewer is, there are probably 20-30 interviewers and basically all are extremely nice except like one or two who try to make you interview miserable. I interviewed here twice, last year my interviewer was horrible and totally degraded me and my application, but this year my interviewer was awesome, totally laid back and we just had a conversation. I got my acceptance letter three days later. So don't stress, if u get one of the mean interviewers stay positive and don't let him intimidate you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was one of about fifty other interviewers. We had presentations then brunch were we got to know each other, the staff, and students, and then a tour followed by brief interviews and more presentations." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview experience pretty much sucked. It was the hardest one I've had so far. I went into the interview completely relaxed b/c i figured it was going to be pretty easy, but that was not the case. My interviewer had zero sense of humor. He had a list of 18 questions and he just went right on down the list. It wasn't conversational at all even though I was attempting to make it that way. He was getting down to business. They were all really random questions. He seemed to try to criticize my background, like where I went to school and the sports I played. He didn't crack a smile the entire time and was impossible to read. I just didn't have good luck b/c everyone else i talked to had a really slack interview. You pretty much have a 1 and 40 chance of having a crappy interviewer. Decent odds. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Good, the process was very laid back and I really was able to be myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"It went very smoothly. The school gives really good information on how to get to the school and the airport. The day went as planned. It was great" More from this Member | Report Response

" The interview was a well-organized event. The communication from the school was excellent both leading up to and after the interview. After arriving and meeting a few fellow interviewees, we were formally greeted by Rose Mangold, the Dean, and various staff. We had a presentation on the curriculum by the dean and two professors. Students then arrived and took us for brunch in the student center, showing off the workout facilities and basketball arena. The food and conversation was very good. Brunch was followed by a tour of the clinic and dental school. Then we had individual interviews (20 min each). We then had a session with students only, where we could ask any questions we wanted. Finally, we had a financial aid presentation and a tour of the simulation lab. Overall a nice experience. The staff told us to relax, enjoy, and learn -- and I could tell they meant it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very informative day. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Good overall, nothing glaringly bad" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was great the student were nice and overall it was fun." More from this Member | Report Response

"When you get there you will be overwhelmed because they interview about 50 people on the same day, but don't stress. It's actually really laid back, the students and faculty are super friendly. They talk a lot, so when you go to brunch eat a lot and grab a drink to go because it ends around 3 and you're going to be hungry by the end of the whole day experience. Also there is an essay that you have to write, but don't stress they give you 15 minutes and they just want to see how you think, nothing too serious. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I liked the school a lot. The students are very friendly. The tour was good...got to see a lot of the school and clinic. The interview is laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"See above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do not be stressed.(unless you are interviewing in February, then you might be in a DO OR DIE situation) Most of the other students that interviewed that day did not even talk about dentistry during their interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were many different interviewers. So, my experience might not apply to you. There were about 50 students here on this interview day. I was told they have the 2nd highest building on any campus in the world. It looks like a medieval skyscraper. There are classes actually held in it. It's 40 stories tall. You can take the elevator to the top for great views! The students seemed to like there school and were friendly. They've got a real nice "sim-lab" and another nice pre-clinic lab. There is a gym in the big sports complext right next to the dental school. The cost of living is quite cheap. This might be a real nice place to go to school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I didnt speak much during the entire interview b/c my interviewer kept talking. He was a great guy and we clicked right away! So, the rest was history. I was notified of my acceptance within a week or two of interviewing there. The interview was just a casual conversation of my past experiences, thoughts, letters of recommendation, and future goals. Therefore I dont really remember distinct questions being asked. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall good impression. I believe it is a good school for both clinical experience and the research opportunity." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very laid back and low stress by open file standards, though not so easy as a typical closed file interview. YMMV depending on which professor you interview with. Overall the day was great and definitely improved my impression of Pitt. I just wish they would trim an hour or two off the bloated itinerary." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was laidback, and as stress-free as possible." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very informal, Dr. Seyedain just wanted to get to know me as a person." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was only asked three questions, the interview was very low key and the school impressed me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not really stressful" More from this Member | Report Response

"Descent school, very expensive. Go to Pitt if you do not have a state school, or it is one of your last options. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I really enjoyed my interview at Pittsburgh. If you have one here you have nothing to be worried about. Just be confident." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I think Pitt is a great school in a nice area. One of my top choices, for sure. Every one was friendly and the my time at Pitt was very enjoyable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Had to write a essay, given about 10 min. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I am extremely impressed by Pitt. This school really has it together. I was prepared to see "nice facilities." But I was not prepared for the relaxing, friendly atmosphere. The faculty is wonderful, including ROSE! She is like that aunt you only see every few years, but always remembers your name and gives you a heartfelt hello at the family reunion! This is a great school-I have no clue how the negative posts arise. Don't take their word, but don't take my word for it either... apply and go interview. I will probably end up at Pitt. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The preclinical labs, the simulation clinic, the clinic, the classrooms are top-notch. Pitt is a dream school. Compared to the overpriced schools in the Northeast, Pitt is superior in every way. See for yourself, I'm sure you'll agree. (the weather isn't as bad as people make it out to be either) =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school seemed nice. However, the interview was like mass interviewing there were about 60 students that were being interviewed the same day. The interview was very laid back. However, the interviewer had no idea about me, I don't even think she had seen my file. " More from this Member | Report Response

"An okay school, easier to get into than many other schools (although you'll get more respect going here than, say, NYU)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The thoughts of what I was epecting were diffrent then from what I was told ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview process itself was fine---very low-key and not designed to be stressful. My interview experience was negative because of what I learned about the school while I was there, as well as what I learned shortly after leaving the interview. Also, although the admissions staff was great on the day that I interviewed, they were less than helpful in the weeks to come in answering my questions. Several people I spoke to, including Rose Mangold, were blatantly rude to me when I called or e-mailed seeking additional information." More from this Member | Report Response

"We were all packed into a giant lecture hall ass-early in the morning. The dean of the school spoke, and told us that for recreation in Pittsburgh, we could "ski...and...ski" :) As for the interviews (which we had at different times) we were all rushed in, and rushed out. I felt as if I hadn't had an interview at all. I basically sat down, she told me that my stats were good, and that was the end. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the inteview was ok.. At first when i got there, i was surprised by the number of people who were there for the interview.. there was like 80 people in the auditorium.... I was interviewed by this one dentist and for about 10 minutes of my 15 minute interview, he did most of the talking.. he started off by telling me how he loves Florida(where i came from), it's weather and the Disney.. Then he kept going on and on about his last visit to disney with his children..... i didnt care much.. I think he did that to make me feel comfortable.. He asked me what other schools i applied to.. One of the school i applied to was Nova and he asked me if i knew anything about nova dental program.. Of course, I said "no" and he talked about 3 minutes about nova... By the end of the interview I felt like I didnt say much throughout the interview... And before i knew it, the interview was over... " More from this Member | Report Response

"For the above reasons, I immediately turned down their acceptance and would recommend future applicants not to apply to pitt as one of the back-up schools because it is not worth it." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a beautiful little school. I like the way they are retaining full-time faculty who are dedicated to the school only. The students seemed happy, and their selectives programs was refreshing and unique. " More from this Member | Report Response

"great" More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 73
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 1
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 36
Neutral 8
Discouraging 1

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.85 48

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 10
Out of state 37

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 4
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 15
7+ hours 18

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 23
Automobile 18
Train or subway 3
Other 3

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

Response # Responders
< $100 3
$101-$200 10
$201-$300 4
$301-$400 8
$401-$500 9
$501+ 3

What airport did you use?

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh International

PITT

Pittsburgh International Airport

PIT

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 5
Hotel 33
Home 0
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.79 48

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.65 49

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 48

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.32 22

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.26 19

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep doing a good job!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Please give better directions for interviews. I personally felt the organization for student interviews were a bit messy." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish that there were fewer applicants during the interview day (I was with 50 other students!) It was hard to stand out and get to know the school's faculty and students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish they had better/faster response to applicants and more organized interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Get more answering machine storage! Haha =p" More from this Member | Report Response

"Too much downtime. Streamline things a little more. A writing sample? Really?" More from this Member | Report Response

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