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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by sheikha9, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. sheikha9

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    I'm trying to decide on which Dental schools I want to apply to and I was wondering what things you guys took into consideration while deciding.

    I'm a 3rd year UMD student and a MD resident but don't want to stay in MD for another 4 yrs :thumbdown:

    I was looking into NYU cuz I would love the diversity and I hate small schools and NYU has a class size of 200 some students... but NYU is sooooo ridiculously expensive?!? How bad is a $400,000 debt when you finish dental school...I mean realistically as a Dentist???

    any advice?
     
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    wow, first person to want to go to NYU for the LARGE class size. Usually people will want smaller classes because that means you'll have less people to fight over seats with in 3rd and 4th year clinic.
     
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    If I were you I would still apply to UMD even though you're not that interested in stayintg in MD. State schools show preference to in-state students.
     
  4. beredsox2

    beredsox2 The Anti Anti-Dentite
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    You might want to check out this poll to see what people used as deciding factors on where to go. These would be great things to look at before applying as well.
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=246398

    I am not going to criticize you for wanting a large class, I just want to know why you would like that. As a result of such a large class size, NYU treats its students like a number and you don't really get much interaction with your professors. Also as stated above, you might have a difficult time in the clinic. Dental school is hard enough as it is without worrying about things such as these. If you are going to pay a lot of money, at least go to a program where you can get close interaction with the faculty.
     
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    $, will you actually attend this school if you get in, do you have a good reason to attend here? (useful for interview), in state/out of state status, does this school take out of staters

    Those are what I would consider.
     
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    My two main reasons for being interested in NYU:
    1. I love the thought of being in school in NY--its guaranteed diversity
    2. Having a large class size means more people to interact with...less people to get annoyed with ;)


    I've noticed that most people consider $ as one of the top things...and I'm curious: as a Dentist, aren't you pretty much guaranteed to be able to pay off those loans in 10 yrs or so?

    I guess I need to do more research about the class size issue...
     
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    Sure, only 2% of dentists default on loans. But Every 100k you borrow you end up paying about 1500-2000 per month for it after you graduate. So, say for you UMD would be about 250k less than NYU so you'd have about $5000 every month to play around with. Let's see, for that you could get a really really sweet car or a pretty nice place in Manhattan and have your diversity then (NY is more fun when you're rich ; )
     
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    You may be right. Dentists make enough money to pay of the loans. It seems easy right now but when you are out of school and those after tax dollars are going to the loans you will realize that you paid a pretty hefty price for your education. After school you have many things to think about other than paying off school loans. Your practice, House(if you like one), nice car, family, and many other things you sacrificed to go to D school. In the long run cheaper the school the better. Ask any practising dentist and 99% will tell you that go to the cheapest school possible.

    What is it with New York anyway. I heard that they walk to work and school becasue they have problem with public transportation or something.
     
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    fancymylotus A Whole New World
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    MTA(public transportation people) went on strike because they want contracts, so basically, the city is coming to a shuddering freakin halt. No subways buses or ferries,and if you want to drive into NYC from anywhere(NJ,Bronx,Queens,Staten Island,Brooklyn,Westchester),you have to have over four people in your car-theyre doing checks at all the bridges. I was driving in to a final this AM and got turned around because I didnt know about the 4/car rule. Taxi's are also next to impossible to get-the Wall Street companies hired fleets of coach buses to take their people to work in the AM.

    And none of the schools in the metro NYC area are rescheduling finals.SUCKS.
     
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    It really sucks for people. I can not live in city like NY. I was in NY for 3 days and I couldn't take more. I was just being sarcastic in a sense that for many people(like me) New York means life sucks there. I can never think about living a big city like new York, Boston, San Fransisco etc.
     
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    I guess its personal preference-I grew up near metro NYC so I'm used to it,but my school has a campus there so I've had to deal w/the headache associated w/traveling through a major city.
     
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    what school do u go to? and if u're not in dental school right now, where are u thinking abt going? I'm interested to see where someone who likes a big city is considering?
     
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    fordham.columbia.
     
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    Here is how I look at schools:

    1. Overall quality of education, including clinical exposure, research, board scores, class size, facilites, etc.

    2. Location - I prefer major cities like LA, San Fran, Boston, NY. I want to learn but also to enjoy where I like.

    3. Scholarships - some schools have big endowments and offer merit or need or random scholarships. some even offer good money for doing well on the boards.

    4. Cost - for me the cost is the last one on my list. i rather go to a good school and pay more so I can learn a lot, do well and havea good time so I can be a better dentist. As many have noted, as a dentist, general or specialist, you will be making good money and will pay off the loans. As dentists we tent to may it off faster and default less than med students.
     

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