Menu Icon Search
Close Search

About the ads

  1. If you prefer the SDN Blue style, go to the bottom left of the page and select "SDN Blue"

Concerns...

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by nicolee4111, 07.12.12.


  1. Thanks to Crack the DAT
  1. nicolee4111

    nicolee4111

    Joined:
    07.12.12
    Messages:
    31

    SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads)
    Hi I'm new to this forum! I took my DAT recently. I would like to hear opinions about my chances of getting into dental school from everyone, thanks!

    GPA: 3.8
    PAT: 21
    RC: 16 <--- major concern
    QR: 17
    Bio: 18
    Gen chem: 25
    O chem: 28
    TS: 21
    AA: 21

    I applied to 8 schools: Howard, Maryland, VCU, West Virginia, New Jersey, UCLA, UCSF, and UPenn.

    Please let me know what you guys think, thank you!
  2. SmilingTooth

    SmilingTooth

    Joined:
    05.09.11
    Messages:
    196
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    With that gpa and solid AA, I don't see why you will have any trouble.
    Good luck and relax :)
  3. amg09

    amg09

    Joined:
    07.26.11
    Messages:
    174
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    that 16 is below cutoffs. sorry bro, maybe next cycle.
  4. rocky90

    rocky90

    Joined:
    05.17.11
    Messages:
    323
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    Not really. It depends on the school. The cut-offs are arbitrary numbers and not all schools have cut-offs. Mostly it is recommended score but he has a shot.
  5. amg09

    amg09

    Joined:
    07.26.11
    Messages:
    174
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    this kids post is just a big ego boost. he has a nearly perfect gpa and a good DAT. what is he so concerned about, hmm?
  6. jeffity

    jeffity

    Joined:
    10.23.09
    Messages:
    2,515
    SDN 5+ Year Member
    3.8 with 21/21/21? You're fine.

    However, there's one school on your list you might want to check with. Howard. It's funny because so few schools state required cut-offs, and Howard is one of them. They've decided to shoot for elite status or something this cycle. Besides the new 6 hours of required biochem, they now require 18s across the board.
  7. nicolee4111

    nicolee4111

    Joined:
    07.12.12
    Messages:
    31
    That was not my intention at all for this post. I know I have couple higher scores but the 16 and 17 on reading and math really worries me. Thank you guys for the input I appreciate it.
  8. dental555

    dental555

    Joined:
    10.17.11
    Messages:
    124
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    If you are smart enough to have a 3.8 GPA and a 21/21/21, you should be smart enough to know you have a great shot at getting in to dental school.
  9. nicolee4111

    nicolee4111

    Joined:
    07.12.12
    Messages:
    31
    Are you guys saying the 16 and 17 won't affect my overall average as much?
  10. kcakezzz

    kcakezzz

    Joined:
    11.16.11
    Messages:
    106
    Location:
    Georgia
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    Correct. You should be fine at most schools
  11. timmyang1114

    timmyang1114

    Joined:
    03.26.12
    Messages:
    9
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    I think you should be okay you have solid GPA and good average overall
  12. nicolee4111

    nicolee4111

    Joined:
    07.12.12
    Messages:
    31
    Thank you for the responses and good luck everyone!
  13. thejamespark

    thejamespark

    Joined:
    09.04.10
    Messages:
    149
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    lol. arrogant remark when its not even true.
    he has a shot in lots of school with good AA/TS even with that 16 RC + good overall GPA.
    comes down to the rest of the application.
  14. amg09

    amg09

    Joined:
    07.26.11
    Messages:
    174
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    more like a sarcastic remark.
  15. DDS Perez

    DDS Perez

    Joined:
    02.24.12
    Messages:
    299
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    I think is a "she"
  16. ijk90825

    ijk90825

    Joined:
    03.06.11
    Messages:
    200
    Status:
    Dental Student
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    I know you have a great GPA and AA, but I'd still worry if I was in your situation with RC and QR.
    I'd recommend you to apply to 12+ schools in case some schools have cutoffs.
    I'm pretty sure you'll get in somewhere though
  17. DoeAdeer

    DoeAdeer

    Joined:
    05.10.12
    Messages:
    412
    Low chance everywhere. Definitely retake the DAT since you bombed two of most important sections (RC and Bio.)
  18. nicolee4111

    nicolee4111

    Joined:
    07.12.12
    Messages:
    31
    awh haha thank you for noticing I'm a girl. But yea I'd feel a lot more confident if I have 18+ across the board, not sure why some people take it as I'm trying to show off... which was not my intention at all. I think Howard is the only school that I applied to that has cutoffs... am I correct? My top school is VCU.
  19. jeffity

    jeffity

    Joined:
    10.23.09
    Messages:
    2,515
    SDN 5+ Year Member
    Looks like it. Howard with their silly 18 minimums. I don't see them upholding that requirement.

    I thought the 'Nicole' in your username was a giveaway to gender.
  20. ecap707

    ecap707 Dental Student

    Joined:
    06.27.11
    Messages:
    37
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    I was in almost the same position as you. GPA>3.8, TS 21, AA 20

    My two biggest blunders?

    1) RC= 16
    2) I applied in August

    In all honesty, the RC will prevent you from getting some interviews because most schools view bio and RC as the most important. If you applied early you have a far better shot than I did. I got into only one school but it was my first choice so it worked out. Its stupid to cut kids off like you who have great scores except for being a point off in one section but that's how some schools do it :thumbdown:thumbdown:thumbdown:. Best of luck
  21. nicolee4111

    nicolee4111

    Joined:
    07.12.12
    Messages:
    31
    Thank you for the input I'm happy to hear you got into your top choice. I sent out my application in first batch, also got some emails notifying me they've received my applications late June. I took my DAT last week, will my application still be considered as early? Thank you!
  22. AnaCho

    AnaCho

    Joined:
    05.09.12
    Messages:
    74
    Location:
    California
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    i know a few schools like UNLV take RC very seriously (they said it pretty much matches the national board exam score later)

    but i guess you're fine with your high gpa and overall AA
    good luck
  23. b0110

    b0110

    Joined:
    06.14.12
    Messages:
    155

    Many schools take RC very seriously. I'm not sure which ones though, someone had a document floating around on these boards...I was surprised at the emphasis on RC.

// Share //

Style: SDN Universal