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  • SUNY - University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Buffalo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

15 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What got you interested in dentistry?" Report Response

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

"What are the factors that determine your preference for a particular dental school?" Report Response

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

"If, in dental school, you find yourself in a rut, what would you do to get through it?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If there were one statement I could relay to the admissions committee, what would it be?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you don't get into dental school this year, what will you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students, staff, and faculty were all very friendly and accommodating. The students seemed to have a bond with their classmates and there was a sense of community within the whole school. Everyone had positive things to say about the school and it looks like they're happy there. In terms of the actual interview, it was very efficient and well planned out. It was very informative and honest, they weren't trying to sell the school to us." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only real negative I can think of is the location, at least at first glance. It's definitely a smaller, quieter town than I'm used to (I'm from Los Angeles and I'm a big city type of person) but I feel like I could get used to it. Some people might point out the weather, but I like cold weather and it's not that bad." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview process was great. It might seem intimidating because of the writing sample and case study that go along with the interview, but they weren't really that bad. The writing sample was 10 minutes long and it was an easy question. The case study was with the Director of Admissions, Dr. Brown, and he was very nice. The topic was interesting and something that you couldn't possibly have prepared for, but Dr. Brown gives you a minute to think and walks you through it. You have to think on your feet, but there's really no right or wrong answer. I think he's just trying to gauge your ability to form an opinion on the fly. The actual interview was conducted by a faculty member and two 4th year students on the admissions committee. It was really laid back and comfortable. After I met them, I liked them immediately. It was so relaxed and the interview felt like a breeze. At the end of the interview process, we had lunch with the interviewers which seemed to consist of faculty and upper classmen. It was a good experience and it seemed to go by quickly. We started at 8:30 and we were done by 1:30, but there were only 8 interviewees in my group. They told us we'd hear from them in 1-2 weeks, so I'm basically going to be checking my email 24/7!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA)

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Embassy Suites Downtown Buffalo

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

1/10/12

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"None." Report Response

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