toothhornet88

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My friend told me that when you apply to many dental schools, individual schools see that and it decreases your chances of getting in because schools see that you are applying to a lot of schools and in a way do not care what school you want to get into. So my question is: is it true that since schools see every school you apply to, applying to less schools increases your chances of getting in? Sorry if this question doesn't make sense.
 

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My friend told me that when you apply to many dental schools, individual schools see that and it decreases your chances of getting in because schools see that you are applying to a lot of schools and in a way do not care what school you want to get into. So my question is: is it true that since schools see every school you apply to, applying to less schools increases your chances of getting in? Sorry if this question doesn't make sense.
Don't have to see; they already know, that on average, each applicant applies to 9 schools.
 
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No, they can't see what other schools you applied to. Some schools ask what other schools you applied to on their supplemental apps, though.
 

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No, they can't see what other schools you applied to. Some schools ask what other schools you applied to on their supplemental apps, though.
Some schools will indicate the date and institution where copies of transcripts are sent.
 
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In may of the year you applied the ADEA opens up the system to schools. This allows them to determine who is holding multiple deposits. The school will then contact the candidate so the school can close out its class. I have heard this from more than one admissions director.
 

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No, they can't see what other schools you applied to. Some schools ask what other schools you applied to on their supplemental apps, though.
I was asked at one of my interviews what other schools I had applied to, and which was my top choice. Lol... that was a fun question, and I guess it's one way they can find our :)
 
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From:
http://www.adea.org/ABOUT_ADEA/GOVERNANCE/Pages/PolicyStatements.aspx

Dental schools participating in AADSAS will report to AADSAS by May 1 the names and identification numbers of candidates who have paid a deposit and/or hold a position in their entering class. After May 5, AADSAS will report to each institution the names of candidates in their entering class who are holding acceptance(s) at additional institutions. Dental schools will have the option of rescinding an offer of admission to candidates who have paid deposits and are holding positions at multiple institutions. Dental schools with candidates holding multiple positions on May 1 of the year of admission will give such candidates a minimum fifteen-day notice if they choose to withdraw them from the entering class. This policy will be evaluated every two years by the ADEA Section on Dental School Admissions Officers to assess its impact on applicants and dental schools and provide applicants a reasonable time frame to complete their enrollment process.
 
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Above post is ONLY true for MULTIPLE deposits -- not where you applied.
 

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I was asked at one of my interviews what other schools I had applied to, and which was my top choice. Lol... that was a fun question, and I guess it's one way they can find our :)

damn so if i get asked that at every interview, i gotta say that school is my first choice?
im not that good of a liar..lol
 
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damn so if i get asked that at every interview, i gotta say that school is my first choice?
im not that good of a liar..lol
Here are the variations of that question:

Pre-dec
1. Where did you apply?
2. If accepted, would you go here?
3. Where have you interviewed so far? or Where are you interviewing next?

Post-dec

1. Where did you get accepted?
2. Where did you deposit?
3. Is this your first choice?
 
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damn so if i get asked that at every interview, i gotta say that school is my first choice?
im not that good of a liar..lol
Yeah, obviously you tell whatever school you are interviewing with at the time that they are your first choice. Saying another school is your first choice is a death sentence for your chances with that school. I think they just ask that question to weed out the people who aren't smart enough to give the correct answer. They have to know most of the people they ask are going to lie.

Luckily UNLV really was my first choice, though.
 

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Yeah, obviously you tell whatever school you are interviewing with at the time that they are your first choice. Saying another school is your first choice is a death sentence for your chances with that school. I think they just ask that question to weed out the people who aren't smart enough to give the correct answer. They have to know most of the people they ask are going to lie.

Luckily UNLV really was my first choice, though.
What the heck? I think that's just stupid. You're saying they prefer people who'd lie and kiss butts over honest ones?
 

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They generally don't see which schools you applied to. Imagine going through 2000 applications and cross referencing other schools applied for EACH applicant....ha no way.

Be aware though, that adcoms can and do ask about that. And it can help or hurt you. When I was going thru UCSF interview, I got asked the general question of why on earth was a guy from Oklahoma applying to SF. I replied that I wanted a school with strong research. The person interviewing me asked me if I applied to OU (Oklahoma University for those who don't watch college sports). I did not apply to OU because it basically had no research. The interviewer was VERY pleased with that answer and told me that straight up. The moral is, plan your schools accordingly, and apply with a certain pattern in mind - location, strengths, etc...
 

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They generally don't see which schools you applied to. Imagine going through 2000 applications and cross referencing other schools applied for EACH applicant....ha no way.

Be aware though, that adcoms can and do ask about that. And it can help or hurt you. When I was going thru UCSF interview, I got asked the general question of why on earth was a guy from Oklahoma applying to SF. I replied that I wanted a school with strong research. The person interviewing me asked me if I applied to OU (Oklahoma University for those who don't watch college sports). I did not apply to OU because it basically had no research. The interviewer was VERY pleased with that answer and told me that straight up. The moral is, plan your schools accordingly, and apply with a certain pattern in mind - location, strengths, etc...
Definitely true. I got asked that at practically every interview I went to. When i replied with my two-digit number, their response was generally understanding. They know its getting very competitive. As long as you mention that as your reasoning behind applying to 10+ schools you should be alright.
 

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What the heck? I think that's just stupid. You're saying they prefer people who'd lie and kiss butts over honest ones?
I agree. It's much better to be honest. I told him that I hadn't had many interviews, and so my 'top choice' hadn't really been formulated. I told him if I had to pick one I would go with UCLA simply because it has a good reputation and it's close to family. I guess he liked my answer, because I got in!
 

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LOL

goodstuff man

I agree. It's much better to be honest. I told him that I hadn't had many interviews, and so my 'top choice' hadn't really been formulated. I told him if I had to pick one I would go with UCLA simply because it has a good reputation and it's close to family. I guess he liked my answer, because I got in!
 
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What the heck? I think that's just stupid. You're saying they prefer people who'd lie and kiss butts over honest ones?
Just because you think it's stupid doesn't mean it isn't true. Do you really think that they would want to accept you more just because you were honest? Why would they want to accept you if you tell them you would rather go to a different school? Adcoms like to hear that their school is your first choice, plain and simple. Sorry if the real world bothers you.

By the way, I got this idea from my pre-health advisor.
 

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Just because you think it's stupid doesn't mean it isn't true. Do you really think that they would want to accept you more just because you were honest? Why would they want to accept you if you tell them you would rather go to a different school? Adcoms like to hear that their school is your first choice, plain and simple. Sorry if the real world bothers you.

By the way, I got this idea from my pre-health advisor.
Your response is cynical but I'm afraid it may be very true.