Is it worthwhile to apply a second time for the same dental school ?

the2thdoctor

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Hello, everyone.

I have been thinking about something and would like to hear your opinions.

In case I apply for a dental school but am not accepted should I apply again next year ? In other words, how realistic is it to apply for a dental school that has already rejected your application once ?

Considering your GPA will remain the same and so will your dental experience (CV) what could possibly change from one year to the next that would make you look more appealing/competitive as a candidate and more likely to be accepted ?

Or do you think that once you have already been turned down by a certain dental school it would be better to forget it and concentrate efforts on the application for other schools ?

Thanks in advance,


the2thdoctor
 

4thMolar

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There is no problem in re-applying to the same dental schools, countless students do it every year. However, you have to improve on your application if you want to be considered for an acceptance. Why would a dental school accept you the second time around if you have done nothing to improve your credentials? If you do need to reapply, make sure you take additional classes, do a post-bacc program, or even a masters program to increase your GPA. You can also re-take the DAT, continue volunteering, and continue your shadowing by shadowing different specialists. You need to do SOMETHING to improve your application, otherwise you'll just be wasting money and time.
 
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I am in dental school for the second time - a decade a part. I withdrew in my second year the first time for a couple personal reasons. I say this because I was accepted to several of the same schools both the first and second times I applied (10 years apart). Just because you have rejected a school one year doesn't mean you cannot reapply and get accepted again. So, definitely, you can reapply if you weren't accepted the year before.
 
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the2thdoctor

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4thMolar:


Thanks again for your help.

This is just what I had in mind. Since I can't change my GPA (and this is probably one of the most important factors) I was wondering what else I could do.

It seems one of the things they expect you to write on your resume is whether you have or haven't published any articles. This may be another way to improve my chances. I will keep your suggestions in mind.

Thanks again,

the2thdoctor
 
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the2thdoctor

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Navy DDS 2010:


I feel more optimistic after reading your reply. However, your situation is a little different since you waited 10 years before you applied again and it is likely that by then (1) the committee responsible for the selection process was different and (2) most of those involved in the program had forgotten (somewhat, at least) about you.

It was great to read about your experience and very inspiring to those like me who are trying to get in.

I will keep what you said in mind and try until I succeed even if it takes a little longer than usual.

Thanks again,

the2thdoctor
 

grx20718

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I agree with 4thmolar. You may be the same person, but next year you can show them your improvement. For certain schools, if you are a reapplicant, they ask you what you have been doing since last cycle. So, yes you can apply and reapply. But, lets try to get in this year first and worry later:D
 
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I applied 3 yrs ago no interview invite and was just invited this year

Im about to have my masters in bio
 

caffeinehigh

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If you apply again to the same school with the same application it is likely that you will get the same result.

Rather, if you are rejected by said school, contact them and ask them what you can do to improve your application. Obvious answers include better GPA and DAT. Less obvious answers include more experience, the pursuit of a graduate degree, if you were a biology major taking more chemistry/anatomy. Working on your interview skills.....

Applying again, to the same school, with a better application, and bringing up that you made the effort to improve during your interview can work wonders....
 

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I am in dental school for the second time - a decade a part. I withdrew in my second year the first time for a couple personal reasons. I say this because I was accepted to several of the same schools both the first and second times I applied (10 years apart). Just because you have rejected a school one year doesn't mean you cannot reapply and get accepted again. So, definitely, you can reapply if you weren't accepted the year before.
Wow, 10 years later, that's pretty incredible!
 
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There is no problem in re-applying to the same dental schools, countless students do it every year. However, you have to improve on your application if you want to be considered for an acceptance. Why would a dental school accept you the second time around if you have done nothing to improve your credentials? If you do need to reapply, make sure you take additional classes, do a post-bacc program, or even a masters program to increase your GPA. You can also re-take the DAT, continue volunteering, and continue your shadowing by shadowing different specialists. You need to do SOMETHING to improve your application, otherwise you'll just be wasting money and time.
Well said:thumbup: