because no one can predict the future. I graduated in 2010 but could not apply to dental schools due to not having my permanent residency. My family applied for green card in 2004 and normally it takes 5 years to have it but I got it in 2012. So even if this is expensive, I wanted to maximize my chance of getting into somewhere. Therefore, I applied to all these schools nearly everywhere in the country.
I get your point. I must not complain. instead, I must be very thankful. Best wishes to everyone and if I am accepted at any of these schools, I will provide as much input as possible to help other applicants.