How is the best way for someone to choose whether they want to go to a school that has a reputation for being "clinical" (such as Tufts or Temple) or a school that is more focused on research/academics and has higher specialization rates but is less clinical (such as UConn, or Columbia, for example). I know if someone knew from the get-go that they definitely wanted to be a general dentist that a clinical school would be the way to go. As of right now, I have no idea what I would want to do with dentistry in the future and really want to keep my options open--like see what I like once I'm actually IN dental school and go from there. So far I have been accepted to Tufts, UConn, and BU and have had interviews at Columbia and NYU. I think they all had different strengths and weaknesses but I am so confused as to how I should decide whether a "clinical" or "not so clinical but very academic" school would suit my future interests in dentistry best since I have no idea what they are (yet). Any input from current dental students or people starting school this fall that have already chosen their schools would be much appreciated.