Congratulations to all who have received their acceptances and to those who shortly will. After reading many threads their seems to be a lot of consternation about what school is the best and what can you do to get your dental skills jump started before classes begin. My advice is simple-chill out. You have been accepted to one of best professions known and will be the envy of many other professionals. Take time to enjoy your accomplishments before starting the journey. When deciding what school to attend, remember that your patients will still call you doctor and will not know or care what school you attended. Patients only care about 1. do they like you 2. Did it hurt 3. How much did it cost. Probably in that order. Sure some schools may have a slightly better program than other. However all schools only prepare you to become minimally competent upon graduation. The real learning comes with post graduate experience and courses. My advice is to attend whichever school you have the best gut feeling but with all things being equal, go for least expensive. The debt load for new graduates is becoming overbearing with undergrad loans, dental school loans, practice aquisition or new start up loans, and you also have home loans. This high debt can affect a banks decision to grant practice loans. Best wishes and take time to smell the roses or have a beer. "The only right conferred with a dental school diploma is to be a lifelong student."