Hi, everyone. I am a freshman in university considering a pre-dental concentration. I feel that this is the right path for me, but I have a lot of confusions I need cleared up before I make my decision. My current GPA is 3.2. I have looked at the admission statistics for several dental schools I may be interested in applying to in the future, and it seems the averages are around 3.5. I will be working to get my GPA up of course, preferably to a 3.5 or higher, but will I have less of a chance of being admitted because I started off weak? Also, I have repeated a course. Will that affect my chances, even if I improve overall? Other statistics have worried me as well. It seems that for the schools I've been looking at, 4,000+ students apply when there are only about 200 or fewer seats in the dental school. This suggests to me that many fine applications get rejected simply because there isn't enough room for a school to accept everyone who would make a good dentist. I guess what I'm wondering is, out of those thousands, do the majority get eliminated quickly for things such as low GPA, low DAT, few or no extracurriculars, etc.? Do many people apply to dental school who have weak applications, or are there truly thousands of very strong students that I will compete with? If the latter is true, how does ANYONE, good scores or no, have a chance? These are a couple of the things that have me hesitating to make a decision, along with the question of what will I do if I don't get accepted to dental school, of course. I'm sure all pre-dental students have wondered about that. I am motivated to give this my best shot, but I can't help but feel somewhat hopeless, given some of these numbers I keep coming across. Thanks!