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  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  • Dental School
  • Richmond
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why dentistry?" Report Response

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

"What are you looking for in a dental school?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about (a leadership experience from my AADSAS application)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Don't you think you'll be bored in dentistry? (I'm changing professions)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What was the hardest thing you have to accomplish?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this forum, read some potential interview questions, researched the school's DDS program" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students absolutely love VCU. The facilities are brand new (the building itself is old, but there is a new one scheduled to open summer of 2009). And there seems to be plenty of opportunities for clinical work, starting in the second year." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Downtown Richmond is pretty drab near the school, but I didn't see much else." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You can't get in-state VA tuition if you are out-of-state and just going there for school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You start off at 7:30 in a meeting with Sharon, the nicest woman you could ever meet. She goes over the basics of the program and the interview process. Then you meet the Dean of Admissions, Dr. Healy, and then you are assigned your interviewers. After the interviews (2 in a row, 30 min. each), you write a brief essay. Then you learn about financial aid from a woman who knows so much about finances it makes your head spin. Then you get to watch some students at work (I shadowed an endo resident for an hour). Then lunch and a tour with some 4th year students. Then a final briefing and you're done by 2:30. The whole time they really try to make you feel at home and like you are definitely going to get accepted (let's hope that wasn't a ploy!)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

RIC

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/01/2007

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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