Advice Needed! What directions I need to do with a 2.0 cumalative and science GPA

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I am in a tough situation right now. I graduated with a 2.05 GPA with a BA in biology. I am enrolled in the kaplan DAT prep test right now but not sure if I should hold off on it or not. I tried to apply to post-bacc programs but do not meet the GPA requirements, so now I am trying to enroll in upper division classes in a State college but currently do not have the funds for it. I tried to look for different scholarships but most of them requires a min GPA of 2.5 and above. I tried to take out a private loan (wells fargo, local credit union bank & student loan (sallie mae) but need a cosigner as well.

I don't know what direction to take so I contacted a couple of dental schools and they advised to me to calculate my GPA and see how much credits I need to raise it up to a 2.5. I was told that I would at least need about 50 credits if I got all A's in all the classes to raise it up to a 2.5 GPA. I am not really familiar with a GPA calculator and how it works. What if you repeated a class multiple times, how would that calculate? Also, do you only calculate your science classes?

I need help on what other options are there to help fund for my classes. Also, if i take my DAT and apply to dental schools with my current GPA right now, will my application even be reviewed? Are all dental schools have a GPA requirement for them to open up your application? Also, are there any dental schools that does grade forgiveness? Any feedback will help. I do not want to give up and I know it will take much longer and harder to get my grades up to even meet the cutoff GPA requirement when applying to dental school. Thank you.
 

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you repeat a class multiple times, you average all grades you have. so if you have 100 unit of 2.0 GPA, you will need another 100 units to pull it up to 2.5 with all As

calculate as follow (A = 4 point quality, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 points ) multiply the # of unit * qualify point = weighted score, add all weight score / total number of units = your GPA.

sorry but theres no chance 2.0 cGPA and sGPA is reviewed, as you know, you can't even get into a formal post bac program and you're asking about professional school admission. Yes. Most dental school have 2.75 cGPA

No dental school does grade forgiveness (grade replacement you mean?, no)


on a side note, how/what you do to get a solid 2.0 GPA?
 
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Hold off on DAT prep. A perfect DAT score means absolutely nothing coupled with a 2.0 GPA. Spend the next two to three years fixing your GPA with as many A's as possible. Once you bring it up to the 2.75 cutoff, then master the DAT. From there, you could probably squeak into a newer dental school or enroll into one of those formal post-bac programs that allow you to prove yourself to admissions across the more reputable and established dental schools. This is not for everybody for many reasons, the main one being financial.
 

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you repeat a class multiple times, you average all grades you have. so if you have 100 unit of 2.0 GPA, you will need another 100 units to pull it up to 2.5 with all As
100 additional credits with all A's would pull his GPA up to a 3.0, not a 2.5
 
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You mentioned that you would need 50 credit hours of all A's to bring your gpa up to 2.5. This would take at least 2 years to do and there is no guarantee that you would get all A's. Now you probably failed a lot of courses to have a 2.0 gpa. Dental schools do not do grade replacements, but there are other professional schools that do (Optometry, D.O). If I was in your situation, then I would look towards these. I'm not saying those schools are easier than dental schools to get accepted, but you definitely have higher chance because of their grade replacements. It would really bring your gpa up by a lot if you failed a lot of classes by retaking and getting A's on them. Just an option for you to consider. If dental school is the only option and goal for you, then be prepared to work your butt off for 3+ years.
 
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You mentioned that you would need 50 credit hours of all A's to bring your gpa up to 2.5. This would take at least 2 years to do and there is no guarantee that you would get all A's. Now you probably failed a lot of courses to have a 2.0 gpa. Dental schools do not do grade replacements, but there are other professional schools that do (Optometry, D.O). If I was in your situation, then I would look towards these. I'm not saying those schools are easier than dental schools to get accepted, but you definitely have higher chance because of their grade replacements. It would really bring your gpa up by a lot if you failed a lot of classes by retaking and getting A's on them. Just an option for you to consider. If dental school is the only option and goal for you, then be prepared to work your butt off for 3+ years.

Due to the fact that I have no back up plan, but would like to stay in the dental field I was thinking about dental hygienist.But even then, I do not meet the requirements for it as well. I believe i was told that I need a min GPA of 2.5 and above to even be considered. I am not really familiar with the dental hygienist program and requirements but I was wondering if I was to go through that route, work for awhile as a dental hygienist and then apply to dental school. Will I have a better chance?
 
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100 additional credits with all A's would pull his GPA up to a 3.0, not a 2.5
being unaware of gpa calculation, how many credits do I need to even raise it up to a 2.5 GPA? Is it 50 credits thats if I have all A's? What if I get B's in several of those classes, then how many credits would I need?
 
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you repeat a class multiple times, you average all grades you have. so if you have 100 unit of 2.0 GPA, you will need another 100 units to pull it up to 2.5 with all As

calculate as follow (A = 4 point quality, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 points ) multiply the # of unit * qualify point = weighted score, add all weight score / total number of units = your GPA.

sorry but theres no chance 2.0 cGPA and sGPA is reviewed, as you know, you can't even get into a formal post bac program and you're asking about professional school admission. Yes. Most dental school have 2.75 cGPA

No dental school does grade forgiveness (grade replacement you mean?, no)


on a side note, how/what you do to get a solid 2.0 GPA?[/QUOTE

thanks for your advice!
 

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being unaware of gpa calculation, how many credits do I need to even raise it up to a 2.5 GPA? Is it 50 credits thats if I have all A's? What if I get B's in several of those classes, then how many credits would I need?
i made a mistake, , take a number of units you have, you need to A half of that units to get 2.5, depending on your grade and units, you need to use my formula or search up GPA cal online to calculate.
 
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i made a mistake, , take a number of units you have, you need to A half of that units to get 2.5, depending on your grade and units, you need to use my formula or search up GPA cal online to calculate.

I have 156 credits with a 2.05 cGPA. I stumbled upon back2college.com for a GPA calculator but not sure how accurate it would be to tell me how many credits I need. Also, how do you calculate what grade you need to get if you get either A's and B's?
 
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i made a mistake, , take a number of units you have, you need to A half of that units to get 2.5, depending on your grade and units, you need to use my formula or search up GPA cal online to calculate.
Also, do you calculate only your science classes? Or do you include your general classes as well?
 

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Also, do you calculate only your science classes? Or do you include your general classes as well?
I have 156 credits with a 2.05 cGPA. I stumbled upon back2college.com for a GPA calculator but not sure how accurate it would be to tell me how many credits I need. Also, how do you calculate what grade you need to get if you get either A's and B's?
seems like you haven't look into dental school admission, there are two types of GPA , overall GPA (all classes you take ) sGPA (only bio, physics, chem, and math).

if you have 156 credits of 2.05 GPA you will need 72 credits of that to pull it up to 2.5....you have to use the formula i gave you above. most of us here calculate GPA so well we can do mental math (which I did wrong once above).

if these 72 credits are semester, you are in kind of big trouble because that would be 2 year of full course load of all As.

how you manage to get 2.05 GPA?

sorry to say but 2.5 for dental school admission is still very low. 3.0 you have a fighting chance.
 

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I have 156 credits with a 2.05 cGPA. I stumbled upon back2college.com for a GPA calculator but not sure how accurate it would be to tell me how many credits I need. Also, how do you calculate what grade you need to get if you get either A's and B's?
Oh dear, 156 credits? I'm sorry but I don't know what to recommend. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but you'd need like 75 or so credits of just As? Thats like 2.5 more years assuming it's 4.0 and that would be very difficult. Throwing in some B's here and that number goes up.
 
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What is more difficult? Let's say someone is 300 lbs and morbidly obese at 5'9 attempts to lose 100 pounds of body fat or a student with a 2.05 GPA at 130 credits is trying to pull that up to a 2.75 for a chance at dental school? Let's give both scenarios 3 full years to attempt and complete the task.
 
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Due to the fact that I have no back up plan, but would like to stay in the dental field I was thinking about dental hygienist.But even then, I do not meet the requirements for it as well. I believe i was told that I need a min GPA of 2.5 and above to even be considered. I am not really familiar with the dental hygienist program and requirements but I was wondering if I was to go through that route, work for awhile as a dental hygienist and then apply to dental school. Will I have a better chance?
You could go into dental hygiene and then apply later, but becoming a dental hygienist does not fix your gpa. The route of going into dental hygienist school would definitely be a lot easier path than going into dental, d.o., or o.d. schools. They have good pay as well.

The bigger problem with you is this...You said you have no "back up" plans other than applying to dental schools yet you know almost nothing about dental admissions. Please do some research before you ask people for advice. Or at least know how the admission process work. As for hygienist schools, go look up their requirements on their websites. As far as I know, most hygienist schools have different requirements for their program.
 

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I have 156 credits with a 2.05 cGPA. I stumbled upon back2college.com for a GPA calculator but not sure how accurate it would be to tell me how many credits I need. Also, how do you calculate what grade you need to get if you get either A's and B's?
for dental school, moving forward you can not afford to make any B's. just to bring your gpa to the bare minimum of 2.75 you need 88 additional credits of all A's. if you were to make a few B's you're looking at 110 credits, basically another 4 year degree.
for dental hygiene it looks about the same. gpa minimums range from 2.5 (47 additional all A credits) to 2.75 (88 additional all A credits).
you have a very long road ahead, i would maybe start considering other options :/
 
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