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  • University of Iowa School of Dentistry & Dental Clinics
  • Dental School
  • Iowa City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 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?

Closed file

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

"How do you manage stress?" Report Response

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

"Why dentistry?" Report Response

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

"What are your goals 10 years from now?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What makes a dentist successful?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Iowa and not *home state*?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN Interview Feedback, thinking over possible answers to the questions (don't overdo the reciting), and getting a good night's sleep before" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty involved in the interviewing process. They were all so kind, and even though the first 10 minutes involved back-to-back questions where they couldn't provide input, they were constantly smiling (in a genuine way). The dental students who were there for the luncheon and the tours all seemed to love their school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing! It was a great experience." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the faculty would be so nice. After reading some comments about how intimidating the interviewers seemed, I was thinking I would get grilled during the 20 minutes, but time flew by. The questions come at you so quickly that you don't even really have time to let the nerves kick in. Just take a deep breath and do what you can to answer the questions in a way that allows them to get to know who you are." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"If you're an OOS applicant, be prepared to answer multiple questions about moving. How you'd feel, what things would worry you, are you willing?" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

ORD (Chicago - Illinois), 3-hour drive to Iowa City

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?

Baymont Inn & Suites Iowa City (roughly a 5-minute drive to the dental school)

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/21/15 (Wednesday)

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

9 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?

"Incredibly wonderful experience. Rachael and Jan did a great job organizing the interview. Dean Johnsen and all the faculty conducting the interviews were great! Keep up the good work!" Report Response

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