I realize that I'm not technically a dental student yet, but I decided that this question would be best directed to D3/D4 students who are applying to or have gotten into residency programs. Let me explain my situation: I have been accepted to the DMD/DDS programs at: Penn, Tufts, Pacific, Creighton, and Nova. I'm looking to specialize, and am considering perio or possibly ortho. I have been advised by my pre-dental counselor to go to Penn due to their reputation for sending people into the specialties. However, my dad (a general dentist), has told me that I should go to Tufts because I'd have a better competitive advantage and might achieve a higher class ranking than I would at Penn. At this point, I'm not sure who to believe. For me, this seems to be a case of "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" See, does Penn send a huge percentage of student into the specialties because they're smart or because the school itself carries a reputation that speaks for itself. At the moment, I'm torn because I doubt I'm in the upper 25% of the accepted pool for Penn because I didn't receive a scholarship. Would it be a safer bet to go Tufts where I'd have a better chance of reaching the top 25% of the class? Does this logic even have any bearing on admissions?