University of Utah Dentistry Interview Questions

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University of Utah Dentistry Key Information

Utah considers applications holistically (i.e. they look at the whole person). They consider the following objective criteria: your DAT score, GPA, and grades attained in sciences. They look for the following subjective criteria: undergraduate research experience, the quality of your pre-professional education (i.e. college attended), community service, volunteering work, and leadership activities.

Interview invitations are sent via email and further information is provided to applicants who are invited – typically, interviews are one-on-one and open file. Applicants are contacted to arrange interviews in the Fall. 

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Motivation and Insight into Dentistry

  • What are you good at that is relevant to Dentistry?
  • Tell us about yourself.
  • What is the hardest question that you’ve faced in other interviews? Please answer it.
  • Have you shadowed over the past year?
  • Why have you not shadowed over the past year / why have you not shadowed more in general?
  • Why are you interested in studying Dentistry at Utah?
  • Why are you interested in studying Dentistry?
  • Why wouldn’t you choose to study at your home state school?
  • How did you study for the DAT?
  • What is one of your biggest weaknesses. Can you be a great dentist despite it?
  • What subjects did you struggle with most in your undergrad?
  • How does tuition here compare to your previous university? What impact do you think that this will have on your studies?
  • Why did you go on a Mission Trip, what was it like, and has it in any way altered your desire to become a dentist?
  • While you were shadowing, did you notice anything that had a negative impact on you that wasn’t related to dental procedures?
  • What will be the most challenging thing about going to Dental School?
  • Why are you interested in becoming a dentist?
  • What attributes do you have that suit being a dentist?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that isn’t in your application.
  • What do you think is the most challenging thing about dental assisting?
  • Tell us about a podcast that you currently listen to, and one learning that you can apply from it to Dentistry.
  • Have you contacted any students from the school to understand what studying here is like?
  • Talk us through your application.
  • What do you think are the benefits, and disadvantages, of studying Dentistry at a smaller school?

​​Ethical Scenarios

  • Has there ever been a time where you experienced a ethically difficult situation and how did you handle it?
  • What specific underserved and less fortunate  populations are you hoping to help?
  • Why were you in a fraternity at your previous college? All I know about fraternities is what I see on the news. Are they ethically a positive force?
  • If you could bring about one positive change to the wider world, what would it be and why?
  • What is the largest ethical dilemma in Dentistry at the moment?
  • What extracurricular activities are you interested in becoming involved in here?

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