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Dental School Choices

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by B0wMNj, May 19, 2014.

  1. B0wMNj

    B0wMNj 2+ Year Member

    May 19, 2014
    Hey guys,

    So, I don't know too much about chances regarding getting into specific dental schools. I always have thought that you apply broadly and hope you get into your top choice. I can't afford to waste too much money on applying to a lot of dental schools and traveling for interviews, so I would really appreciate it if you guys can tell me if I'm on the right track in terms of the number of dental schools I want to apply to. I am a NY resident.

    I have 3.89 GPA, 23/24/24 DAT score
    100 hrs shadowing, 70 hrs volunteering in dental clinic, volunteering at hospital for 100 hrs, and bike instructor volunteer. I also worked part time through undergrad. I will also be starting research in periodontics about 4 days before the application cycle opens.

    I only want to apply to Columbia, Stony Brook, NYU, Buffalo and UPenn.
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  3. Screwtape

    Screwtape Dentist 7+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Midwest, USA
    You'll probably have a ton of people on here tell you to apply to more schools. But in my opinion that selection/amount of schools is fine. Maybe add UCONN?
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  4. sjv

    sjv Moderator 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    I agree, you'd be fine applying to just those schools IMO.
  5. jeffity

    jeffity 7+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Apply only where you'd want to go/live. You can be selective. Based on the snapshot of your app you shared, you don't need to over apply. You'd just be throwing time and money away. No one knows for sure, but I'd doubt you'd get shut out just sticking to those five schools.
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  6. morning92

    morning92 2+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    You should be fine sticking to those schools. Just make sure that you practice for your interviews.
  7. B0wMNj

    B0wMNj 2+ Year Member

    May 19, 2014
    Thanks for your input guys.
  8. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2012
    I applied to 5 schools as well. I think you will be fine. Like jeffity said, only apply to places you would genuinely consider attending--otherwise, you're just throwing money down the drain.
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  9. Gaucho4Life

    Gaucho4Life It was all a dream 2+ Year Member

    Jul 19, 2013
    Santa Barbara
    Consider applying to UCONN like Screwtape said, but other than that, I think you're set.

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