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How competitive is admission to dental school?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by English Chick, Jun 3, 2002.

  1. English Chick

    English Chick Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    Palo Alto, CA
    Sorry to ask such a dumb question ... but my little sister is starting college and is considering the dental route at some point. I kinda assumed dental admissions were a lot like med school admissions. True? For instance, how many applicants (nationally) compete for how many spots? I know there are fewer dental schools than medical schools.
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  3. DesiDentist

    DesiDentist G. S. Khurana, DMD, MBA Moderator Emeritus Exhibitor 10+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2001
    Washington, DC
    SDN Exhibitor
    Dental school admission is comparative with medical school admission. There are about 4,200 spots and usually in a normal year about 8,000-10,000 people apply so about ~50% acceptance rate. GPA wise the higher gpa the better. A 3.4-3.6 gpa will put you in the ball park. However since your sis is starting school admission may be even more competitive. But remember dental schools love to look at other activities as well. Like: volunteering, manual dexterity, motivation to go into dental school. Hope this helps.


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