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Southern Illinois University Dentistry Key Information

Alongside at least an absolute minimum of three academic years – 90 semester or 135 quarter hours – of undergraduate course work SIU expects the following level of shadowing experience and extracurriculars.

For shadowing, you ought to have shadowed both a general dentist and a specialist. For your extracurriculars, you should be active in sports, academic enrichment programs, clubs, research, volunteering and further work experience.

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Southern Illinois University Dentistry Past Interview Questions

Motivation and Insight into Dentistry

  • What is a non-science class that you took that will help you succeed in dental school?
  • Do you expect to be well-off in this profession?
  • Why not Medicine?
  • Why SIUE?
  • What qualities do we look for in an applicant, in your opinion?
  • What was your favorite class in college?
  • Is SIU your top choice?
  • How would you improve public health dentistry, and expand clinics?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • What do you imagine for your future practice? Do you plan to stay in the area?
  • Why SIU and what do you expect from it?
  • Where do you see the direction of dentistry going?
  • Where do you plan to practice?
  • Do you have any research experience?
  • What classes are you taking next semester?
  • Where will you be in ten years?
  • What do you know about SIU Dental School?
  • Why do you want to become a dentist?
  • What distinguishes you from other candidates?
  • What component of your application do you want us to overlook?
  • Where do you want to practice?
  • What will you do if you aren’t accepted for the upcoming class?
  • In Alaska, they are adopting a program where students go to Australia/New Zealand for two years to be trained to provide dental services in remote communities in Alaska. Do you think that this is a good practice and should be adopted throughout the rest of the United States?
  • Why apply for dentistry now?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • Why are you interested in SIU Dental School?
  • What is something we should know about you that we can’t find on your application?
  • Why dentistry?
  • What types of volunteer work have you helped with?
  • Why are you here?
  • Do your  GPA and DAT reflect you academically?

​Ethical Scenarios

  • If you were to go back to a situation and act in it differently, how would you act? What would you have done differently?


Communication Stations​

  • Tell me about a time that your communication skills served you well.

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