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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by murph, Jul 16, 2002.

  1. murph

    murph Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2002
    Yakima, Wa
    I was just wondering what kinda gpa is needed for dental school and if the pre req's are simmilar to med school, and how selective dental schools are.
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  3. vixen

    vixen I like members 10+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2000
    upstate ny
  4. racemic01

    racemic01 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2002
    Average GPAs range from 3.3-3.5 for most schools. The required classes are usually the same as for med school (orgo, physics etc). Dental schools select students on their stats, essays, letters or req, extras all similar to med school. The big differences are the DAT and dental exposure/volunteering.
  5. DesiDentist

    DesiDentist G. S. Khurana, DMD, MBA Moderator Emeritus Exhibitor 10+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2001
    Washington, DC
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    Every year dental school is getting more competitive. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised to see 10,000 applicants for 4,200 spots which is 42% acceptance whereas medical school has around a 50% acceptance rate 16,150/36,000 applicants.

  6. Kry

    Kry cranky 10+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2002

    42% to 45%, not 50%.
  7. racemic01

    racemic01 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2002
    The percentage of accepted applicants may be an interesting statistic, but it isn't very useful. You certainly can't compare percentages between dental and medical school. Even if med schools did accept a higher percentage than dental schools, that certainly doesn't mean it is easier to get into med school. A 3.7 GPA would give you a great shot in getting into dental school whereas you may just be an average applicant for medical school. Just my .02
  8. ItsGavinC

    ItsGavinC Dentist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Racemic has a great point. Perhaps 2,500 of those supposed 10,000 applicants have GPAs less than 3, mediocre DAT scores, and little or no observing/volunteer activities. Those 2500 are not good candidates and a relatively few of them would get accepted.

    Looking at the numbers in the applicant pool must be combined with a detailed look at the average applicant -- and then compared to the average matriculant that dental schools seek.

    I think many more "weak" candidates apply to dental school than to medical school under the premise that dental school is easier to gain entrance into.

  9. Ronny

    Ronny Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Akron Ohio
    Vixen, I think that link you posted is dead. Could you please update it? Thanks.

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