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Age of dental school applicants.

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Ronny, Aug 6, 2002.

  1. Ronny

    Ronny Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Akron Ohio
    I will be 26 when applying to dental schools down the road and would start at 27 if admitted. Would being an older student hurt my chances when competing against all the 22 year olds? Just curious.
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  3. nycdoc

    nycdoc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2002
    nope. I'm starting d-school at 25.
    It'll help you during interviews.....I was asked about my job experiences after college and treated like an adult for the most part.
    an older student=more mature=likely to do well.
  4. smile_doctor

    smile_doctor Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I am currently 27 and, if admitted for the entering class of 2003, will be 28 when I start dental school. I think that maturity and life experience gives us an added advantage in managing some of the stress posed by dental school. When you've been totally financially independent of your parents and have had the responsibility of supporting yourself, and in some cases, a family, you tend to be better organized and adept at handling change.
  5. RSXer

    RSXer :) UoMBCDSCo07 :) 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2002
    ...and applying for class of 2003. I don't think its a disadvantage at all for applying to dental school:
    1) more experience (assuming you used your time well after undergrad)
    2) more maturity
    3) will be taken more seriously since you are willing to make a career change after so many years

    The disadvantage comes when you are already IN dental school. If accepted, I'm sure I'm gonna have to study a little bit more than fresh undergrad'ers:
    1) been a few years since I took hardcore science
    2) after working full-time, you have to relearn your study techniques
    3) all-niters. I'm an old man. I sleep at 11 at night ;) :D
  6. vixen

    vixen I like members 10+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2000
    upstate ny
    RSXer, what kind of work did you do before applying to dental school?
  7. RSXer

    RSXer :) UoMBCDSCo07 :) 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2002
    Check my sig.

    dental assisting 6 months
    epidemiologist 1.5 years - current work

    I also did medical assisting for a year, although that may actually hurt me in my application. After undergrad I had to do some career exploration before arriving at dentistry as my career goal :cool:
  8. ItsGavinC

    ItsGavinC Dentist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Being older can be a huge benefit, especially if it is coupled with lots of work/life experience.

    Here at BYU, the average age of applicants is nearly 25, and it poses no problems with admissions/matriculation. If anything, it's viewed as a plus by adcoms.
  9. groundhog

    groundhog 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Don't worry. The only reason the young have to do all nighters is because they waste so many nights exorcising the party demons out of their lives.
  10. RSXer

    RSXer :) UoMBCDSCo07 :) 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2002

    word. I shouldn't worry about that. I mean, I shouldn't even have to DO all-nighters.....assuming I don't procrastinate :rolleyes: :D :D
  11. DesiDentist

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

    Jul 21, 2001
    Washington, DC
    SDN Exhibitor
    Hey quit picking on the young people!!
    The average age of a dental school applicant is 24. It certainly doesn't hurt you if you are old, as long as your desire and passion and enthusiasm is the same as us youngin's

    Good luck everyone. I can't wait to hear stories of the "good 'ol days" from my peers.

  12. Ronny

    Ronny Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Akron Ohio
    Thanks. I'm very glad to hear this. :)
  13. sjdent

    sjdent Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2002
    I totally agree with you guys. Being older is a definite advantage. Where I'm going this fall, their stats always show the average to be 24-25. These schools LIKE older applicants. (I'm 22, by the way)

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