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chances of getting into dental school with a 3.4

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by greenarrow92, May 7, 2013.

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  1. greenarrow92

    greenarrow92 2+ Year Member

    May 7, 2013
    I have a 3.4 cumulative gpa and a 3.4 science gpa. I still have to take the DAT. I was wondering if someone could tell me if I have a chance at getting into any dental schools. Also would applying to dental school in July still be considered early?

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  3. BizzyV

    BizzyV 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    You're fine. Just do solidly on the DAT and don't suck everywhere else on your application. Following directions however, is pretty paramount in dental school and dentistry. That being said, wrong forum.
  4. efficient

    efficient 5+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2008
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  5. Silent Cool

    Silent Cool Member Banned 10+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Avg GPA at many schools is equal to or below a 3.4. What does that tell you? Just do well on the DAT.
  6. Avery07

    Avery07 SDN Lifetime Donor Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2008
  7. txaggie03

    txaggie03 Extremely Full of It 7+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    I did it with a 3.01.

    But then again, I have super powers.
  8. TJNova2011

    TJNova2011 5+ Year Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    There are so many dental schools, worst come worst, go to one of the new dental school mills and pay up the ass.

  9. Daurang

    Daurang 10+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2006
    You can always claim minority status to your admission advantage, if you're 1/60 American Indian or something else. There's a US Senator from MA who made the same bogus claim but, hey, it worked to get her into Harvard.
  10. marrkarnell


    Apr 29, 2013
    just get a high remark on dat! so the school would prioritize you more than others. having a 3.4 isn't that bad actualy
  11. flatcamelbak

    flatcamelbak No Tooth Left Behind 5+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    hSDN Member
    Like everyone has said, Good DAT and you'll be in good shape.

    I had a lot of professional experience and volunteer commitments, which really helped me get interviews. Make sure that doesn't lag behind.....those are the things that will set you apart from people with similar paper scores.
  12. Lethstang

    Lethstang 7+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    there used to be a sticky here when i was coming through that listed all of the dental schools, their avg cum gpa, sci gpa, dat etc. Download the excel file if its still here and all of your burning questions will be answered.

    My humble advice is to research the process MUCH more than you have already to maximize your chances at a first year admission. If youre already thinking of taking the DAT soon this is very basic stuff you need to know.
  13. autoclavemonkey

    autoclavemonkey 2+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    Another vote on doing well on your DAT. Assuming your application will be well prepared, you shouldn't have any problem. I had 3.39oGPA, 3.41sGPA with 21AA and I got to choose from 7 acceptances. I highly recommend you to apply broadly. Good luck.
  14. Silent Cool

    Silent Cool Member Banned 10+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2005
  15. Newgoalsdentdoc

    Newgoalsdentdoc 5+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2010
    Oh, yes, you'll be fine. Not giving my GPA, lol, but it was not high at all. I scored very high on the DAT and went on to dental school. Did a residency and have done very well in my career. At this time I'm practicing at a major hospital in NY and teaching residents. Who'd have thunk it?? I'm tired, but I made it (smile).
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  16. yappy

    yappy 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Eh There are no ''mills''. I know a buddy of mine who got into the state U with a 3.2 and 21 DAT. I think op will be okay if the rest of his app is solid and he or she interviews well.

  17. Silent Cool

    Silent Cool Member Banned 10+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2005
  18. mam1732


    Oct 7, 2013
    Just curious, I know it won't change anything, but I was wondering if anyone else was in my boat.. I have a 2.9 science and 3.1 overall GPA, but I just took my DAT and did well (19's and up).. I am graduating in december with a bs-bio and minor in accounting. I am well rounded with extracurriculars, and volunteering, and shadowing...but I'm nervous about even having a chance to get an interview.. any thoughts/opinons/advice?

    Thank you!
  19. slm266

    slm266 Dentist 5+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Did you already apply this year or applying next year?

    Apply early and to lots of schools. It's gonna cost $$$ so save up, you don't really have the luxury of applying to just a couple schools. Look into options of post bac in case you don't hear from schools and contact the schools that you thing you have the best shot and ask them if they think you need post bac. Have you completed all the recommended classes at the schools that you think you're likely to get accepted into? It might not be a bad idea to take 1 addition semester if you're applying next year with classes. Just make yourself a custom fit for the schools that you think are more likely to accept you and always know what plan B is
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2013
  20. Daurang

    Daurang 10+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2006
    Can you handle an honest unblemished opinion if I give it to you? Nevermind :( Sorry.
  21. Avery07

    Avery07 SDN Lifetime Donor Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    slm226 hit it spot on. Do your research and find out what schools fit your stats. 3.4 GPA / 19 DAT was the average stat of the accepted student last I checked. Given that, your DAT would be fine if you had the 3.4 GPA but with a 2.9s/3.1c, you probably can't get by with just a 19. It's possible you may but if I were in your shoes I would study up hard again and try to get a 20+ score. That might actually open some doors for you.

    It's too late this cycle to apply with those stats and expect anything. Focus on bettering your application and then be ready to submit to ~20 schools (large private schools are your main chance) at the beginning of July. I would stay in school and take a semester of science classes that you know you can rock A's in. All of them.

    If you had a solid 16-18 hours of pure science (no fluff classes, they will see through it) while scoring a 4.0 coupled with a 20+ DAT (amongst your application standing out in the other areas as well) while applying to ~20 schools, I would say you have a shot of getting in somewhere. It's certainly not a guarantee but that is your best bet at this point in the game.

    If you don't manage to score any interviews, you are going to need to complete a post-bacc or master's program while keeping your GPA above 3.5. That's the worst case scenario. If you want to be in dental school, you will eventually get there.

    Best of luck to you. :thumbup:
  22. lwen5


    Oct 2, 2013
    just blow the DAT out of the park. D-schools don't care too much about GPA. They care about DAT.
  23. sacapuntas

    sacapuntas Verified Account 2+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    I had a poor GPA and a high DAT and was accepted to most schools I applied to (all schools I interviewed at). Granted, I had a distinct upward trend (3.9ish for 48 credits) but my oGPA was still lower than the GPA you are inquiring about.
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  24. Rgayle187


    Jan 12, 2016
    You're awesome I'd love to talk please Pm me.
  25. 350JEEPAZ


    Jul 3, 2015
  26. jacbbc


    Jan 3, 2016
    Hello, I was wondering did you happen to get in? How did you do on the DAT? What was your college major?
  27. smile matters

    smile matters

    Jan 18, 2017
    I am in my second semester of junior year and trying to graduate a semester early because I will finish all the requirements to graduate. I am in a university where most of the upper level biology classes are very hard. I am trying my best but they are not all A's :( My stats and experiences:
    GPA: 3.3
    Haven't taken the DAT yet. Trying to take it around may-june
    PR chair for the dental club at my school
    +120 shadowing hours including general and ortho
    +100 volunteer hours

    What are my chances? How many schools should I apply to? Can you guys please give me you thoughts! HELP Me!
  28. amalgam2020

    amalgam2020 2+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2015
    Just make sure you do really well on the DAT. Start studying now if you can. If you can get killer scores on the DAT, dental schools are pretty much forced to look at your application. It shows that you're smart and can do well on big tests, which is important to them.

    Also, apply to lots of schools. Like 15-ish? Or more even? I don't know how many is too many before it starts to look bad (you should research that), but I applied to 15.

    Make sure you get some solid letters of recommendation.

    And don't underestimate the effectiveness of a well-worded, interesting personal statement. Have people you trust (including people who know what kinds of things that should be on it) read over it and give honest suggestions. I spent a long time perfecting my personal statement, and all of my interviews mentioned how they liked different aspects of it. It's your only chance to really speak in your entire application. Don't put it off till the last minute!

    Also, don't just listen to one person's advice (like mine, for example). Get lots of input into how to get into dental school.

    Good luck! You can do this!

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  29. smile matters

    smile matters

    Jan 18, 2017
    Thank you so much!
  30. Dentalgains81


    Mar 16, 2017
    Hey I've been really interested in dentistry for a long time. However my GPA isn't good. It's at 3.37 rn and I'm finishing off my last semester. I did a two year restorative dentistry program to be a dental tech and worked in the field a little to gain some insight and hands on experience. I just wanted to know if that can help my chances of getting in? Also I haven't taken the DAT and I know I def have to score high on it to make up for my GPA. I still have to take Biochem as well as thats become a requirement for most schools now. So, If anyone can be honest with me and tell me if I have a chance at getting in? thank you in advance.
  31. Manic324


    Apr 23, 2016
  32. free99

    free99 SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Moving to pre dental
  33. Incis0r

    Incis0r I LOVE Dental School 2+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Alterac Valley
    DAT is critical to your chances. No DAT = it's impossible to chance you with any certainty.

    Most people looking at this thread might accidentally reply to the OP instead of to @Dentalgains81 , and the OP hasn't been active in two years.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2017
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  34. MedTechtoDentist


    Mar 7, 2017
    Awesome ! Mind sharing your DAT scores ?
  35. Charles_Darwin


    Mar 28, 2016
    You've got a chance! I finished with a ~3.4 and got in :)
  36. comatose

    comatose Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2003
    Many of the private schools were created specifically for people just like you. They'll take your money.
  37. Dukieee


    Jan 17, 2016
    GPA varies from school to school, the DAT is the standardized portion of the application.
  38. Dentalgains81


    Mar 16, 2017
    Thank you! I really needed this confidence boost!
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  39. Dentalgains81


    Mar 16, 2017
    Unfortunately I don't come from a rich family, so I know I need to take a loan out anyways. I was really hoping to avoid private because of the money, but if it's my last resort than that's what I'll do. Thank you again!
  40. Panis et Circenses

    Panis et Circenses

    Sep 29, 2015

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