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Hey Guys

Just curious, how many have you received application complete from Columbia? I sent mine a while ago and feel like its taking FOREVER to hear back - and since no one is ever in the office, having major difficulties checking my app status...any suggestions??
 

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From the time it took for my application to be totally absolutely complete to an application complete email... it was approximately 14 days.
 

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Thanks! When was your app complete? And which app complete - you mean aadsas first obviously than columbia? thanks.
 

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I received an interview invitation on 9/15. Submitted on 7/18 and done by beginning of August.
 

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I received the app complete email like late July. No news since then. Frustrating!
 

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I received the app complete email like late July. No news since then. Frustrating!

I have to manually search you on predents every time I forget something about you!

Non-NY resident huh? I don't know but getting OOS interviews has been pretty hard in my opinion...
 

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I have to manually search you on predents every time I forget something about you!

Non-NY resident huh? I don't know but getting OOS interviews has been pretty hard in my opinion...

I don't think that is true. Columbia's dental school is a pretty diverse with ppl from around the world. But, I might be wrong for this incoming class.
 
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I have to manually search you on predents every time I forget something about you!

Non-NY resident huh? I don't know but getting OOS interviews has been pretty hard in my opinion...

since columbia is private i don't think state residency matters....
 

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did anyone else get an app complete email? I did not get one so im kinda worried.... my stuff has been in for almost 2 months now
 

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did anyone else get an app complete email? I did not get one so im kinda worried.... my stuff has been in for almost 2 months now

I didn't get the complete email; however, when I inquired about it via email, I was then sent a invitation email instead.
 

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Does Columbia send out app complete emails or do they only do that if the applicant inquires about their status?
 
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I meant the application process overall, not pinpointing columbia :p

oh haha yeah that makes sense then. in that case, yeah i agree. i've seen a lot of good stats on here get rejected from OOS schools
 

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Hey everyone. I'm brand new to this site (first post). In response to this Columbia Dental App Status, I recently called Columbia about my app. Someone answered - shocking, I know. But I was told that my app had been complete, but not finalized - in that no decision had been made yet. I got the app complete email September 8th and called them yesterday (October 6th). I'm really not sure what to make of this - the lady said I was a competitive applicant (dat was a 22aa/21ts/21pa, which seems more "average" than "competitive" for Columbia) and suggested to send a letter expressing my interest in the program, but have heard mixed reviews on this gesture. Anyways, I apologize if I'm asking an answered question, so if you have the link to another thread, I'd really appreciate it!
 

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Hey everyone. I'm brand new to this site (first post). In response to this Columbia Dental App Status, I recently called Columbia about my app. Someone answered - shocking, I know. But I was told that my app had been complete, but not finalized - in that no decision had been made yet. I got the app complete email September 8th and called them yesterday (October 6th). I'm really not sure what to make of this - the lady said I was a competitive applicant (dat was a 22aa/21ts/21pa, which seems more "average" than "competitive" for Columbia) and suggested to send a letter expressing my interest in the program, but have heard mixed reviews on this gesture. Anyways, I apologize if I'm asking an answered question, so if you have the link to another thread, I'd really appreciate it!

Hey whats your gpa? Can I ask who they told you to send a letter to?
 
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I didn't ask - guess I was too much in microshock in the uncertainty. my overall gpa is a 3.62 and my science gpa is a 3.5. I asked 2 dentists about the letter - 1 said to do it and the other said it'd be a waste if time. I dunno what to do lol
 

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I didn't ask - guess I was too much in microshock in the uncertainty. my overall gpa is a 3.62 and my science gpa is a 3.5. I asked 2 dentists about the letter - 1 said to do it and the other said it'd be a waste if time. I dunno what to do lol

If you have very good LORs it'll increase your chance of landing an interview by a ton! Or at least that was the impression that I got during mine.

Also... hope you have research :cool:
 

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If you have very good LORs it'll increase your chance of landing an interview by a ton! Or at least that was the impression that I got during mine.

Also... hope you have research :cool:

yea I have about 100 hours of social psych research and a poster presentation, and about 200ish as a chem TA/lab assistant (not sure if that carries any weight) would you happen to know if they prefer natural science research, like I see that you have, or just research in general...? I always wanted it but its my own fault for picking a psych major lol
 

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yea I have about 100 hours of social psych research and a poster presentation, and about 200ish as a chem TA/lab assistant (not sure if that carries any weight) would you happen to know if they prefer natural science research, like I see that you have, or just research in general...? I always wanted it but its my own fault for picking a psych major lol

This is not based on anything but I'd say research in the life sciences would likely be preferred over psych research. The skills you gain is more applicable to the research you would do in dental school. Purely opinion though so take it with many grains of salt :D
 

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This is not based on anything but I'd say research in the life sciences would likely be preferred over psych research. The skills you gain is more applicable to the research you would do in dental school. Purely opinion though so take it with many grains of salt :D

The research that I have been involved was physical sciences and I have received an interview invite to Columbia. Does that mean that non-life science research is not preferred? Clearly, not! I think the skills you learned in performing research is what these adcoms are impressed.
 
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Okay so the consensus seems like it is OK to call them...I am definitely going to do that!
 

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Okay so the consensus seems like it is OK to call them...I am definitely going to do that!

IMO, if everyone starts to call Columbia about the status of their application, it would not be effective anymore. They might view it as impatience and annoyance.
 

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Okay so the consensus seems like it is OK to call them...I am definitely going to do that!

Columbia's website gives me the impression that they don't like dealing with status inquiries. They even specify a specific email address that you should use for inquiries.
 

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Well, it's been 3 months. I am just curious at this point!
 

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The research that I have been involved was physical sciences and I have received an interview invite to Columbia. Does that mean that non-life science research is not preferred? Clearly, not! I think the skills you learned in performing research is what these adcoms are impressed.

well i certainly agree with dmdluffy and im partial to thinking that physical sciences research is the most demanding. but that's because i struggled with physics. and as with any statement involving an adjective, it is definitely an objective stance.

polola55 - i've read that many dental schools are very similar, except for a few, such as harvard, the hbc's and some of the ones out west that focus on clinical work. was there anything at your interview that made columbia unique - as compared to the other interviews you had? truly a question on curiosity
 

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well i certainly agree with dmdluffy and im partial to thinking that physical sciences research is the most demanding. but that's because i struggled with physics. and as with any statement involving an adjective, it is definitely an objective stance.

polola55 - i've read that many dental schools are very similar, except for a few, such as harvard, the hbc's and some of the ones out west that focus on clinical work. was there anything at your interview that made columbia unique - as compared to the other interviews you had? truly a question on curiosity

I did not have my Columbia interview yet. Once I do, I will def. answer your question. BTW, my physical science research that I was involved have nothing to do with dentistry.
 

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well i certainly agree with dmdluffy and im partial to thinking that physical sciences research is the most demanding. but that's because i struggled with physics. and as with any statement involving an adjective, it is definitely an objective stance.

polola55 - i've read that many dental schools are very similar, except for a few, such as harvard, the hbc's and some of the ones out west that focus on clinical work. was there anything at your interview that made columbia unique - as compared to the other interviews you had? truly a question on curiosity

Large emphasis on their rigorous curriculum.
No one seems worried about the boards.
They have the whole "We are the best and if you join us, we will make you the best" attitude, so you will be very well taken care of.
I believe they go through great lengths to ensure and maintain their high specialization rate.
 

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Hmm, app received on Aug 22 but no app complete email. I decided to email the address posted on their website. I'll try to report back with what I hear.
 

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Hmm, app received on Aug 22 but no app complete email. I decided to email the address posted on their website. I'll try to report back with what I hear.

Hey cleanup,,

Did you hear anything back?
 

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Hey cleanup,,

Did you hear anything back?

Haha, nope.

Given Columbia's apparent disdain for Canadians I'm not sure if I'm going to bother. I imagine they've just placed my application in some box underneath some nobody's desk and forgotten about it. :p
 
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I also e-mailed that address. I'll let you know if they respond to my inquiry.
 

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I also e-mailed that address. I'll let you know if they respond to my inquiry.

hey did u ever happen to hear back on that email? i once emailed them early september about my letter of references (2 science faculty vs. the required 3) and never heard back. thankfully, sdn had enough threads on that.
 

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hey did u ever happen to hear back on that email? i once emailed them early september about my letter of references (2 science faculty vs. the required 3) and never heard back. thankfully, sdn had enough threads on that.

why would you go to columbia over umdnj? it seems like a much better deal to go to umdnj (esp since its dirty cheap for NJ residents) and get clinically acclimated. unless you're seeking to specialize (columbia is better for that.)
 

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why would you go to columbia over umdnj? it seems like a much better deal to go to umdnj (esp since its dirty cheap for NJ residents) and get clinically acclimated. unless you're seeking to specialize (columbia is better for that.)

How is Columbia better for specializing? I really don't understand the rationale.
 

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How is Columbia better for specializing? I really don't understand the rationale.

from what i understand majority of columbia grads specialize. (correct me if I am wrong.) i have a friend who works as an assistant at a hospital (in NY, where GPR is required.) she told me that Columbia grads (those that did not specialize and instead went into the 1 yr of GPR) were the weakest, in comparison, to all other grads.

I believe there are tons of threads about this. Please see some other ones as more proof.
 

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How is Columbia better for specializing? I really don't understand the rationale.

There must be something about their students, which post-grad residency programs find attractive. Or perhaps these programs are just ******ed for accepting kids with lesser clinical skills... year after year after year!
 

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There must be something about their students, which post-grad residency programs find attractive. Or perhaps these programs are just ******ed for accepting kids with lesser clinical skills... year after year after year!

i think its because they have very intense didactics like UConn and Harvard. don't know much about the clinical experiences at these schools tho.
 

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There must be something about their students, which post-grad residency programs find attractive. Or perhaps these programs are just ******ed for accepting kids with lesser clinical skills... year after year after year!

jooky we must relish this moment. its probably the one time in our lives we will ever agree on anything.

:thumbup:
 

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I sent my stuff a longgggg time ago and haven't heard anything yet :/
 

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why would you go to columbia over umdnj? it seems like a much better deal to go to umdnj (esp since its dirty cheap for NJ residents) and get clinically acclimated. unless you're seeking to specialize (columbia is better for that.)

tuition + living expenses puts you at about 60k for umdnj, wheras columbia is 70k. i definitely will want to specialize, but i like that they stick u in med school the first two years, so i'll pay an extra 10k for that. not to mention that the scenery of newark made me feel like i was in a martin scorcese film...

and having gone to a umdnj interview, the presentation is a little skewed. i know dental school shouldn't be one, but its ultimately a business, and they certainly seemed like they were more focused on selling the school to us, rather than getting us to sell ourselves to the school. the clinical exposure is great, but it they are more geared towards producing general practice dentists, rather than specialist, and even less, researchers. but hey, i could be wrong. my stats really arent that great, so i could've misread the whole thing.
 
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