Applying to school with grades a lot above their average? Showing serious interest?

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I'm trying to understand what factors I should use to create a list of schools to apply to and I have a few questions.

Is there such a thing as schools thinking that an applicant considers them a safety and rejecting them on that basis? I have heard this claimed here and there but without any serious substantiation. NOVA's secondary asks applicants to list all schools they are applying to (Source: Nova Secondary: "List all dental schools that you are applying to"). It would seem that they use this information to see how they rank for a particular applicant. I do not know what other schools ask for this.

If this is a risk, what can be done prior to application to show schools that I will seriously consider them asides from actually applying?
 
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Is there such a thing as schools thinking that an applicant considers them a safety and rejecting them on that basis?
This is what my pre-dental advisor told me too, especially with privates since they know you're a very competitive applicant and will likely have multiple interviews/offers from public schools. I kind of saw/kind of didn't see it when I applied (mostly with the east coast schools I applied to, probably because they know west coast applicants tend to want to stay on the better coast lol ;) ).

If this is a risk, what can be done prior to application to show schools that I will seriously consider them asides from actually applying?
There's not much you can do besides show your interest via the secondary (if they have one), email updates (on a regular, but not pushy/desperate, basis), and the interview (if you get one, it's important to make the school feel like you'd attend their school no matter what).

Just my thoughts on this
 
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