SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hey all! Thanks for taking the time out to add your opinions, and help me to sort out mine! I'm currently choosing between USC and UoP dental schools (and feeling super lucky to have a choice!). Pros for USC (in my mind) - Loved the PBL thing; the interview demo was fun and engaging. Plus, I figure I'll spend less time falling asleep in lecture, which is always good. Anyone who's been through it, or is currently in PBL, I'd love your opinions on it. - A more loose schedule. USC's students expressed having lifestyles that were more balanced than UoP's students did. I have a soon-to-be spouse, so this is an important factor to me, and possibly worth the extra 8 months of school. - The perks of being on an undergrad campus: gym access, sports, endless clubs, etc. Cons for USC (again, my impressions) - Less complex and extensive clinical experience, as the bigger cases get assigned to dentists in specialty programs. - LA. It is really hard to figure out where to live due to the location of the school. - Essentially the same cost as UoP, but UoP gets out an working 8 months earlier. Pros for UoP - 3 years - I live in the Bay Area, and intend to practice here. Plus, the campus is in an awesome neighborhood. - Fewer specialty programs (2: Oral Surgery and Perio) means more clinical experience for DDS students. - InvisAlign certified at time of graduation. No additional CE courses required. - Comes highly recommended by dentists that graduated from the program. (I'm sure this is also true of USC, I have just had fewer encounters with them as a Bay Area resident). Cons for UoP - Lack of enthusiasm I saw among students at my interview. I was so surprised. I was expecting all kinds of Tiger pride based on conversations I've had with alumni, but all anyone had to say when I asked how they liked the programs was, "eh?" with a shrug. Maybe this is due to the rigorous accelerated program, maybe because a lot of attention is being focused in on the new campus (which may or may not open in time for my last year there, if I choose to attend), or something else? - 3 year program hard on spouses? Thoughts? - During my campus tour, I was told by the third year student doing the tour (who only really got excited about the snack bar) that the 3rd year class is great, very cooperative, friendly, helps each other, etc; however, the first and second year classes are more competitive, cheat, are gunners in the worst kind of way.... shocking to hear during a tour, and I'm hoping that the perception of this individual is skewed. - CURRENT STUDENTS: do you have any insight on how the construction of the new campus is altering your experience on the current one? A lot of students didn't seem to believe that the new campus would be finished in time for my last year, as the school is optimistically projecting. Help correct any of my misguided opinions!!! Thank you!