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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by ElectraOnAzalea, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. ElectraOnAzalea

    ElectraOnAzalea 10+ Year Member

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    If you have a number one d-school choice does it help to call the school and let them know how interested you are/ask them what you could do to be more competitive or this too much/annoying to the adcom? Should you just apply and cross your fingers?
     
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  3. tooth decay

    tooth decay science officer 2+ Year Member

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    I think first and foremost, your competitive edge will be an excellent GPA and high DAT scores and other application necessities (outstanding LORs, extracurriculars, etc.). Unless you or your family will build them a dental wing/library, or you do some prize winning research at that dental school, I do not think letting them know your interest prior to an interview is going to help you. You would be no different than most of your fellow applicants.
     
  4. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Check the stats of the school before calling, just so that you can have your research understood. Call and ask any questions you may like. Next, do like did, set up a pre-interview with the school admissions advisor, deans, etc. just so that that can put a name with a face. Next step... apply, and if you did a great job such as myself, then you're golden.

    Marion
     
  5. diane07

    diane07 2+ Year Member

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    Once in the interview, you could tell them it's your #1 choice.

    But to get that interview, you need decent stats/good application.

    Emails, letters, calls . . . telling them how badly you want to be accepted . . . probably isn't the factor that helps you get an interview.
     
  6. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe 5+ Year Member

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    Maybe send a letter of intent, after you send in your application.
     
  7. awalke12

    awalke12 10+ Year Member

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    I did something similar to this. After I was accepted at USC I wrote a letter to Colorado explaining how I had been accepted to another program and needed to make a decision soon with the upcoming deposit deadline. I mentioned how CU was my first choice and listed reasons why I desired to attend their program.

    Two days later I got a call from Colorado saying I had been accepted.
     
  8. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    Absolutely I think in a lot of cases this helps you. I am from NY state, but wanted to go to VCU because I did my grad work there (moved back to NY after) and that is where my husband has more job opportunities. I contacted VCU in April of last year, before the app. cycle started and expressed my interest and desire to attend VCU as my first choice. They responded enthusiastically. I asked how I could improve, figuring I would be told raise your DAT or get more experience observing (I had about 80 hrs), but no... they said everything looked good and I was accepted December 1. I really think it did help me as an out of stater to express my interest in their program, but maybe primarily because I did it before the application cycle started. If you do it after, it may seem like a last ditch, or butt kissing effort. Good luck. Oh, and I did this via e-mail.
     
  9. dentofalltrades

    dentofalltrades USC C/O 2009 2+ Year Member

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    Great choice!
     
  10. dentofalltrades

    dentofalltrades USC C/O 2009 2+ Year Member

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    Honestly, I always thought that would come across as potentially annoying, seeing that dental schools have 1000+ applicants trying to do the same thing. I sat back and waited for schools to contact me, and I got 5 interviews when I applied. If your approach worked, then congratulations. Out of curiosity, what dental school did you get into?
     
  11. diane07

    diane07 2+ Year Member

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    Maybe it did work for some . . .

    But those people probably had decent stats and a good application too.

    Emails, letters, phone calls - are useless unless you're a competitive applicant to begin with.

    But go ahead and contact the school if you think it will help.
     
  12. awalke12

    awalke12 10+ Year Member

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    Yes, statistics are very important, but expressing interest in a specific school cannot hurt your chances. If anything, it shows your dedication and desire to attend there which is usually well received.
     
  13. tooth decay

    tooth decay science officer 2+ Year Member

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    Did they ask you for specific information at the time of your phone call? In other words, did they start a file on you at that time so they could identify you later in the application process?

    It also sounds like you received a degree at that school. I am sure that was a factor in your favor. For the person who is applying to a school which he or she has had no prior connection, I am skeptical that a phone call helps prior to an interview.
     
  14. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    Of course I'm sure the grad degree helped, but I emailed them so they had documentation to look back at. I wasn't certain at first about doing this either, but they seemed very happy that I was so interested in their school. We corresponded for a while. That is why I think if someone is going to do this, pre app. cycle is the time. I fear you will otherwise be lost in the crowd.
     

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