Originally Posted by TheToothsayer
However, these are unconventional cases. The ideal situation has been four years of undergrad and four years of dental school. Keep that in mind. Adcoms will indeed see how long you took for undergrad. You're right to think an applicant with a 3.3 in four years vs a 3.3 in five years will have an advantage.
I disagree with this. It really depends on your individual situation, which we don't know much about for the OP. For example, a student whose parents paid for all or most of their college and finished in four years looks good. But, there is also something to be said for the guys and gals who paid their way through school by working jobs and as a result took an extra year or two to graduate. It's simply too difficult to make blanket statements and generalities about the admissions process because the adcoms will JUDGE
you based upon your individual circumstances and credentials. That said, all other things being equal, yes, four years looks better than five.