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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Beagle, Mar 25, 2002.
Does Loma Linda only accept SDA's??
Does anyone know the stats on that?
No, LLU does not only accept SDA's but they do give preference to SDA applicants. I'm not sure on that stats though.
What's a SDA? Thanks!
SDA= seventh day adventist
i think LLU has preference for SDA's. I recall reading in the ADEA book, or online that there is preference for SDA's. My cousin, a SDA, applied to LLU's med school and was accepted. He only applied to Mid-west med schools and LLU (ended up at Rush). He applied to LLU, b/c he is SDA, and went to an SDA school for his pre-med.
My cousin went to Andrews University. Its a SDA school in Michigan. I am not sure if they ask on the application if you are SDA, or how you prove that you are, but if you come from a SDA undergrad I would assume, that they assume that you are SDA.
Well...I guess the few non SDAs that they do accept have to be exceptional students---the outsanding students on paper...
...Not me <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
I heard LLU is an odd school. Is it true that there are mandatory religious services? I also heard that they forbid eating shrimp and pork on campus. On that note, what does being a SDA have to do with dentistry? And you say there's a preference to SDA? So much for diversity. Anyway, i didn't apply to LLU cuz I missed their early deadline.
I also hear they rank last among US dental schools. True?
Yeah Luciddreamer..I totally agree with you!
I hate the fact that they favor based on your religion. I have no idea what SDA has to do with being a dentist!!!!
As far as the eating habits...haha, I have no idea, but I think it might be true. My mom went to a SDA school way back in teh days, and she told me similar practices they did in the colllege...
You are all right about having to be SDA to get preferance to go to their school. Not only does this apply to dental school, it applies to every program offered from Loma Linda University.
I have a friend who went there for graduate school in Public Health. She lived in the dorms and there was a requirement to go to church services on a specific day of the week (i think saturday). She also said that if you live in the dorms, they check to see that you are in your dorm room by 10:00pm.--something to this effect.
About the food--they are mostly vegetarians, therefore no meat is served in the University cafeterias or at least a very very limited amount of meat. She had to literally drive out of the city of Loma Linda to get most of the food she ate.
Wow that is very intersting! I did not know they were so strict.....Maybe I won't apply to LLU afterall? I did not know the whole city did not even have meat!!!
In the mid eighties when I was an undergrad. LLU requested a letter of recomendation from your pastor. If the pastor wasn't a SDA they could assume you weren't either.
If anyone is interested..
I found some stats on this forum..
70/90 students are SDAs in the LLU dental school...
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Ineedanassociate:
<strong>In the mid eighties when I was an undergrad. LLU requested a letter of recomendation from your pastor. If the pastor wasn't a SDA they could assume you weren't either.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">You can eat meat. Kosher meat. I think that if you're religious or have some sense of spirituality that would help you get in if youre not SDA.
wrong quote, sorry bout that <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
This is hilarious. First, I am a student at Loma Linda right now, so I can tell you exactly what the conditions are like. You do not have to be a SDA to get into the school. I know this because I am not a SDA, and I am attending the school. As for the meat thing, they do not serve it at the campus for religious reasons, but there are a few places within walking distance of the school that serve meat(and it is is still in the city of Loma Linda). As for the religious services, Wednesday morning at 8:00 is mandatory, though you are allowed 2 misses every ten weeks. Also, this is only for your first two years. You also have a religious class your first quarter, and then a few later on. They are non-graded, and some students liked the class because it gave them 2 hours to study, though it was an interesting class. It is not as strict as you might think that it is, and the teachers are so nice. Our dean has thrown the football around with us, as have most of our professors. They are approachable, and very willing to help. Some even stay 4 hours after class just to help students learn, and that is on a regular basis. Although our didactic classes sometimes leave something to be desired, our dental classes are awesome, and we have over a 90 percent pass rate on the first board. Agai though, Loma Linda excells at clinic experience. We have more requirements than most school, and a very large patient pool because of the location. In other words, scholastics:good, clinic:great. If I didn't spell a word correctly please forgive me, I didn't have time to spell check.
Do I absolutely need to get a letter from a pastor to get into Loma Linda?
To be honest with you, I do not remember. If I did, it would have been in the secondary application. I know it seems weird that I don't remember if it was necessary. I just figured that they would like one from my pastor, so I got one anyway, and never looked to see if it was necessary. Search, <a href="http://www.llu.edu," target="_blank">www.llu.edu,</a> there might be some information there.
Happy Easter <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
I completely agree with Kawrou. I'm starting at LLU next year, and have visited the school and the area many times. Yes, most of the students are SDA (as am I), and LLU gives preference to them. However, the school is not some sort of radical, strange world that is impenetrable to non-SDAs. It's quite a friendly and accepting school, quite honestly. The SDA church obviously worships on Saturday, but going to "church" is not required. I believe on Wednesdays the school is required to meet up for a sort of assembly for announcements and a speaker(s), or "chapel" as it's called - and yes, religious overtones are used in keeping with the fact that it's an SDA school! Actually, the sentiment I keep hearing from friends who attend LLU in all the various schools remark that more and more non-SDAs are being admitted every year. LLU has an excellent clinical reputation in the dental community.
...I forgot to answer the question about the letter from a pastor. When I mailed in my secondary appl., it at first didn't include a recommendation from a pastor because I thought it didn't matter...to make a long story short, the admissions office told me that they would be looking for it and it was really important. In other words, it's not REQUIRED, but very RECOMMENDED. If you have a pastor of any faith...get a letter from them.
Another thing...isn't it too late to apply to LLU? Long ago, I think they told me that the class closes in March. Good luck!