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20 schools too much?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by BalooTheBear, May 7, 2008.

  1. I'm applying for Fall 2009. Here are my stats:
    3.5 GPA and 21AA/21TS/20PAT

    I'm looking at 20 schools on my list, and I can't see which ones to cut out. Can anyone give me some advice? Do I have good chances for my top choices?

    UIC (top choice)
    Marquette
    Iowa
    Indiana
    SIU
    UMichigan
    Case Western
    Pitt
    UPenn (long shot)
    Columbia (long shot)
    NYU
    Boston
    Tufts
    Temple
    Louisville
    Tennessee-Memphis
    Ohio State
    SUNY-Stony Brook
    North Carolina
    UConn

    Thanks for the help
     
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  3. DrReo

    DrReo "Thread Necromancer"

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    People will probably say yes, however, I feel if you spend the extra grand it might save you time and/or money. Consider you get accepted into school A that costs 220k and B, which is 140k for the four years. "Investing" that initial money may help saving many folds that. As a result, I'll be applying to the same number of schools. That's just my personal take. Also, I rather increase my odds than waiting around. People will say you're a strong candidate, which you are, do what you feel is best.
     
  4. dentalplan

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    yea you'll probably get in to new york and ohio...

    UIC, I'd say you're in...
     
  5. jigabodo

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    UIC (top choice)
    Marquette
    Iowa
    Indiana
    UMichigan
    Case Western
    Pitt
    Columbia (long shot)
    NYU
    Boston
    Tufts
    Temple
    Louisville
    North Carolina

    In my opinion, these would be good enough.
     
  6. blankguy

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    Add SUNY-Buffalo
    Other than that go with what Jiga is suggesting. I'm assuming you want to be in the great lakes region.
     
  7. SanOnofre2002

    SanOnofre2002 Huge member

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    I can pratically guarantee you will get accepted to Case with those stats. Their interview process is so laid-back, that you almost just need to show up in order to pass. So I think you can remove some others from your list that appear as back-up schools. This includes: Marquette, NYU, Boston, Tufts, and Temple. Pick one back-up from that group, keep Case, and drop the rest. For the rest of the schools on your list, I think you could remove 4 more; but I won't say which ones because it seems you've chosen based on geographic preferences. That would leave you with 12 schools to apply to, a good number with your stats. Since your top choice is UIC, I don't think it's worthwhile to apply to quite so many otherr state schools.
    And finally, you are by no means a "long shot" for Columbia. I'm not as familiar with Penn, but I think you have an excellent shot at Columbia.
     
  8. thebozz1975

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    You aren't a long shot for Penn and Columbia. They aren't top 5 dental schools despite being "ivy".

    UNC, Iowa, and Michigan might be more of a long shot for you though. Those are all better schools than Penn and Columbia.
     
  9. I'm going to apply to 15. Thank you guys for your help. It really helped me trim down my list. I don't want to go below 15 cause then I'll start trimming out my long shots and schools I have a decent chance at.

    UIC
    Marquette
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Louisville
    Michigan
    Case Western
    UPenn
    Columbia
    Boston
    Pitt
    Ohio State
    SUNY - Stony Brook
    SUNY - Buffalo
    NYU
     
  10. Suren911

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    DON'T bother with UConn or Tennessee. Southern schools and UConn are basically "out of staters need not apply." I'm dead serious.
     
  11. 1992Corolla

    1992Corolla CheerioKing

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    I wouldn't consider Temple a 'back-up' school. With a new dean headed out our way and the amount of clinical work we do I wouldn't be surprised if Temple becomes the next hot school to get into. Every clinic is getting geared up with axium, complicated cases are done at Temple everyday that would make graduates of some other schools scratch their heads (some kids who finish requirements early have 70 crowns under thier belt or 150 extractions to graduate, etc.), and there are some other bonuses that have been changed that make Temple easier to bear. ie. If your patient doesn't pay, you are no longer responsible for paying for the procedure and you get the credit for the procedure. Lecture halls being redone (slowly - 1 by 1), clinics getting a small makeover, and other things.

    Just my two cents.
     
  12. jigabodo

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    Since you are from Chicago, I am assuming that your State residency is not NY.

    In that case, I strongly suggest you take out Stony Brook. Don't get me wrong, SB is an awesome school - but they take about 5 out of staters per year.

    Not very good odds.
     
  13. blankguy

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    Replace a couple of the state schools with private schools just in case. As people have mentioned take out stony brook. Add Tufts.
     

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