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Discussion in 'Dental' started by MBSTX, Nov 10, 2002.

  1. MBSTX

    MBSTX kingly
    10+ Year Member

    May 9, 2000
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    i posted this on the pre dent. just in case everyone decides to completly ignore me. ill post this here. any answers to any of the questions would help tremendously.

    hey everyone,
    from what i've read, everyone seems to be in their junior/senior yrs so u guys should be able to help.
    I really need some advice. I would appreciate any advice from anyone with experience pertaining to any of my questions.

    Alright. Heres the stuff...
    I'm currently a freshman at a community college who's going to transfer to Texas A&M University after my sophomore year.
    Im participating in their Pre Professional program in which they give u a scholarship and prep u on how to apply ect ect ect.
    Im doing well on my bio and chems ect. Also im planning on interning pretty soon.

    Here are my questions:
    How badly will I get srutinized for completing my basic sciences at a community college? Hell, the sciences are not easy either, but I'm pulling As. How bad is a C in Organic scrutinized? (not that i want one!!!)

    I'm not taking Calculus, but most pre-dent sites I go to mention it, but most schools dont have it up as a requirement. I just need finite 1 & 2 for poly sci.

    how useful are KAPLAN courses (the expensive ones)? What is the absolute BEST way I can ensure a HIGH score on the DAT? personal tutor? ect? what?

    My major is Political science (i like politics a lot)...how will this play into admissions? I keep hearing u can major in ne thing but how many lib arts majors r there as compared to bio majors??

    Also, what does the typical applicant look like whos get accepted with just 3 yrs of undergrad under their belt? GPA? DAT? how good is this 3 yr undergrad applicant? Im considering doing this...

    if i decide to claim credit for english, do dent schools calculate the ap score into ur avg for ur gpa? Im talking bout dent schools, not the unversities.

    how bad does it look to apply more than once to the same school? (hypothetically i dont get in with just 3 yrs undergrad prep, but then i apply with a bachelors)

    what do i essentially NEED to be a successful applicant with only 3 yrs of undergrad prep???

    When dent schools mention "1 course in college math" what exactly are they refering to? calc? or what? or is it diff for diff schools?

    also, considering i might take some upper level bios at A&M...how bad is it if I get like a B/C over there, yet my community coll. grades are in excellent shape (bio/chem/organ/phys).

    thanks to anyone to replies. you guys are my heros!
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  2. Kung Foo

    Kung Foo Mad Scientist...
    7+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2002
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    wow - lots of questions.

    2 things:

    1. admissions committies look not only at your grades but also at the intensity of your courseload. The more science you can take in undergrad (particularly anatomy) the smoother your first 2 years of dental school will go.

    2. look carefully at the admissions requirements of the dental schools you're applying to. Many dental schools set specific limits on the science courses that may be taken at a community college, and you don't want to get stuck retaking something like o-chem. I know some northern schools don't accept any community college science coursework, however I don't know anything about schools out west.

    Good luck!
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