1. The SDN iPhone App is back and free through November! Get it today and please post a review on the App Store!
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, be sure to check out How To Get Into Dental School, our free downloadable PDF with step-by-step details for dental school applicants!
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

Interview Feedback: Visit Interview Feedback to view and submit interview information.

Interviewing Masterclass: Free masterclass on interviewing from SDN and Medical College of Georgia

dental school admission

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by applicant, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. applicant

    applicant Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2001
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    0
    Is admission to dental school getting competitive significantly as people say, year by year?

    How many applicants applied to dental school in the recent 3 years?

    Do you guys see that admission to dental school will be as hard as getting in medical school (academically) in the near future?
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. armorshell

    armorshell One Man Freak Show
    Physician Dentist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    7,172
    Likes Received:
    225
    Status:
    Non-Student
    Regarlss of what the real answer is, from this board you will get these answers:

    1. Yes
    2. A lot
    3. Yes
     
  4. L8DYV

    L8DYV refreshing
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2005
    Messages:
    728
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Sheer numbers and rudimentry math tell us that that the odds of getting into dental school are less than those of getting into medical school.

    In 2005, 37,374 applied to medical school and of those 17,978 were accepted, so approximatly 48% of those who applied were accepted.(http://www.aamc.org/data/facts/2005/2005summary.htm).

    However for dental school in 2005, about~11,000 applied for about 4000 spots. I tried to find concrete numbers via the internet, but couldn't get anything but a journal article pointing out the trends: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=16141096&dopt=Abstract . Doing the math, about 36% of those who apply to dental school will be accepted. Of course this is based upon estimated data for the 2005 entering class, however, if we were to estimate the numbers of applicants for 2006, chances are, the numbers of applicants are similar if not greater. Thus we conclude that the number of applicants who apply to those actually accepted to dental school are less than those of medical school.

    Of course we have to understand that from year to year the numbers always change, but it seems dentistry is very competitive (and the trend shows increasing applicants for so few spots) and more so than medical school, viewing it from a statistical standpoint of taking a random sample from the population.

    There are those who will say we must account for the test scores, gpas and other variables and to do so, would take an in depth analysis.

    Hopefully this helps. L8r!
     
  5. thehipster

    thehipster Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2006
    Messages:
    312
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Dental Student
    I'll agree that there are more applicants to dental school than medical school, and thus a lower percentage of students accepted to dental school than applying, but it's more than just that. The GPAs and standardized test scores for med school and dental school are very different. The average GPA nationwide for dental schools are higher than that of dental schools. You can't really compare the MCAT or DAT either since they are vastly different tests. I still think that admissions to dental schools are bound to become more difficult in the next few years.
     

Share This Page