UW is different from a lot of dental schools in that they don't try to bend over backwards to impress you with how wonderful they. They don't go overboard telling applicants how magnificent they are either. They don't have slick brochures or showy presentations. You get simple black and white information sheets and all of the presenters sit down at the board table and talk WITH you, including the dean. This can seem a bit underwhelming if you've been on other interviews where the schools put on big ego-boosting shows. This understated approach speaks volumes about UW. My experience as a volunteer and employee at the school has been very positive. Everyone I've met is incredibly professional, deeply concerned about patient welfare and community outreach, and takes both academic excellence and healthcare ethics very seriously. It's a substance-over-style school and has an excellent reputation in dentistry.
On a different note, don't forget that we may all end up being classmates together. Discussing your opinions about your own and fellow classmates' physical appearance might be better left in less public arenas.
I understand the sentiment of substance over style, but they have to give you at least one reason to go to the school other than reputation. Quite honestly, I was very unimpressed with the school's interview process. When it comes down to making the decision, I'll have to spend some time convincing myself that what I saw at UW isn't an accurate portrayal of the education I would recieve. I'm not saying they need to talk about how great they are, because they did enough of that in abstract terms. I'm just saying they need to have a higher level of professionalism when conducting the whole day. Many of the presenters seemed unprepared and the tour showed almost nothing of the school. Also, I got the feeling that they were doing me a favor by letting me interview. While it may be true given the competitive level of the school, it is the wrong message to send to prospective students. There definitely were some bright spots on the day, though, like chatting with students and listening to the dean.
All said and done though, UW is a great school by all accounts with an interview process that does nothing to flatter it.
Couldn't agree with you more on the last point, makers. Definitely not something to discuss here (or anywhere?...)