I was actually in a somewhat heated discussion with a friend and she said that there are people who have like 3.0s and am 18 DAT or 3.0s and 26 MCAT and got into prestigious schools like UCLA, Harvard, etc just by knowing the right people. My argument was that no matter who you know, schools are investing in you and if you cant hack it since you basically "connected" your way into dental/medical school they are taking a huge risk. Now, there are some cases where knowing the right people will help if you have done the right things. Good GPA (or strong upward trend for the low gpa folks), good DAT, volunteering, shadowing, etc. IF you do these things, then good things are bound to happen. Not necessarily a guarantee but it cant hurt you. The reason I brought this up is because she claims that her premed friend knows a physician alum that is well known by his top choice school. This person has done the very minimum in everything and is seriously banking on the LOR by the doctor. He claims that "the doctor likes me very much." smh We live in a society where it has been proven that knowing the right people can seriously change your life for the better but is that even remotely true for professional school? With so much on the line for the school, is this thing really a myth?