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So... on some class profiles they list the number of "Dental Parents" for example:
https://www.dentistry.unc.edu/academic/dds/documents/classprofile2016.pdf

... Does having a parent that's a dentist benefit your admissions chances? Other than like ease of access to shadowing etc. Do adcoms care if your parents went to their school? I feel that it shouldn't make a difference, but if they've been giving alumni donations and crap like that do you think it makes it easier for people like that? That'd put people on unequal footing..
 

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Yes, schools (privates) do care about alumni. I know for a fact that loma linda admits that they take it into consideration. But don't start feeling all hurt and angsty about this... Public schools evaluate in-states applicants more positively than privates do their alumni applicants, so just call it even and don't mind this stuff.
 

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It definitely helps your chances of getting in. I know some people who say that the only reason why they got in was because their father or mother was an alumni (penn, pittsburg, VA, and a cali school)...they all mentioned having low gpa and would not have expected getting in had their parents not gone to that school.
 

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Yes, schools (privates) do care about alumni. I know for a fact that loma linda admits that they take it into consideration. But don't start feeling all hurt and angsty about this... Public schools evaluate in-states applicants more positively than privates do their alumni applicants, so just call it even and don't mind this stuff.

So if my parent was a Loma Linda alumni, I have a really good chance of being accepted there with let's say average stats and DAT?
 

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I would think any sort of connections CAN help but I wouldn't totally depend on it. For example, I don't think an adcom would let a student with a 2.2GPA and a 15AA in just because he has these connections. Now... if a student had a low GPA but was determined to improve by kicking butt in a post bac or masters and did well on the DAT (21+), then I think this person has a great shot since the connections can vouch on their behalf.
 

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I would think any sort of connections CAN help but I wouldn't totally depend on it. For example, I don't think an adcom would let a student with a 2.2GPA and a 15AA in just because he has these connections. Now... if a student had a low GPA but was determined to improve by kicking butt in a post bac or masters and did well on the DAT (21+), then I think this person has a great shot since the connections can vouch on their behalf.

3.3 sgpa and 20dat with good research, LOR, and hundreds of hours of volunteering plus shadowing plus their parent alumni, I think that would allow for a good shot towards acceptance.
 
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I would think any sort of connections CAN help but I wouldn't totally depend on it. For example, I don't think an adcom would let a student with a 2.2GPA and a 15AA in just because he has these connections. Now... if a student had a low GPA but was determined to improve by kicking butt in a post bac or masters and did well on the DAT (21+), then I think this person has a great shot since the connections can vouch on their behalf.


Also, I really like your quote
 
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So if my parent was a Loma Linda alumni, I have a really good chance of being accepted there with let's say average stats and DAT?
I don't know. I doubt that it weighs heavily, but we have no way of knowing. Just work with what you have. They will include a section for you in the secondary to say who you know in LLU.
 

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I don't know. I doubt that it weighs heavily, but we have no way of knowing. Just work with what you have. They will include a section for you in the secondary to say who you know in LLU.

Trying to be as competitive as I possibly can be you know?
 

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I've seen this happen. Someone who failed classes his senior year and below a 3.0 got in ucla because of his dad's connections with admissions. I've seen it happen this year with someone's parent who teaches at LLU. This student has a low GPA, smokes, drinks, does drugs, and has no religious affiliation. Also, she got her letter signed off her dad.

It sucks but sometimes it's who you know. I feel like someone better deserving could have taken over their place, but it is what it is.
 
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I've seen this happen. Someone who failed classes his senior year and below a 3.0 got in ucla because of his dad's connections with admissions. I've seen it happen this year with someone's parent who teaches at LLU. This student has a low GPA, smokes, drinks, does drugs, and has no religious affiliation. Also, she got her letter signed off her dad.

It sucks but sometimes it's who you know. I feel like someone better deserving could have taken over their place, but it is what it is.

Life sucks sometimes.
 
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