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hi, I applied to 8 schools this year, but didn't get any interviews:(. I am non-trad applicant and took all prerep in CC. I have 3.5 oGPA and 4.0 sGPA (all from CC) and 19AA 20TS and 21PAT.

I shadowed 200+hrs last year and willing to shadow dentists more. I am def reapplying next cycle and hoping to get in next year:xf:. can you give any advice if there's anything that I can focus to be stronger applicant?
 
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hi, I applied to 8 schools this year, but didn't get any interviews:(. I am non-trad applicant and took all prerep in CC. I have 3.5 oGPA and 4.0 sGPA (all from CC) and 19AA 20TS and 21PAT.

I shadowed 200+hrs last year and willing to shadow dentists more. I am def reapplying next cycle and hoping to get in next year:xf:. can you give any advice if there's anything that I can focus to be stronger applicant?
Did you apply late? Take a few upper level bios at a University:

Microbiology, Biochem, Anatomy....things like that. Sorry it worked out that way. Work on your Personal statement, letters of recommendation.
 

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Yeah taking all pre-reqs at CC definitely is not helping you, also, apply early this next cycle, unless you already did this cycle.
 
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Check the schools. Alot of schools say that their requirements cannot be fulfilled at community college. Its almost like not taking them. Find a school that is okay with it. I don't even think taking advanced bios will help. For example, I know UMDNJ doesn't take AP's and that taking advanced bios won't fulfill their bio req.
 
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Reading stories like this really makes me wonder if I should be taking classes at CC myself. I'm a non-trad student as well and am only taking chem right now because bio1 and chem1 were full at my local 4 year school. Your scores seem good enough to at least get one interview, unless you applied late or wrote an awful personal statement.
 
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You don't need any more hours of shadowing. I would focus on your EC at this point. What schools did you apply to?
 

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hi, I applied to 8 schools this year, but didn't get any interviews:(. I am non-trad applicant and took all prerep in CC. I have 3.5 oGPA and 4.0 sGPA (all from CC) and 19AA 20TS and 21PAT.

I shadowed 200+hrs last year and willing to shadow dentists more. I am def reapplying next cycle and hoping to get in next year:xf:. can you give any advice if there's anything that I can focus to be stronger applicant?
When exactly did you apply?
 
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I dont necessarily agree with the anti-CC sentiment...it seems like a great, cost effective way to inflate the GPA. Besides, since your DAT scores match a high GPA, this is viewed positively. I've seen plenty of posts on here with 3.9GPA from CC and a plethora of their acceptances. I think the only drawback would be you cannot apply to Tufts (maybe others), or if you don't get a high GPA (3.8+) that might hurt you.

Some questions you have to ask yourself would be: enough leadership positions, enough research, did my application timeline make sense (early enough), and is my personal statement good or bad?
 

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hi, I applied to 8 schools this year, but didn't get any interviews:(. I am non-trad applicant and took all prerep in CC. I have 3.5 oGPA and 4.0 sGPA (all from CC) and 19AA 20TS and 21PAT.
I shadowed 200+hrs last year and willing to shadow dentists more. I am def reapplying next cycle and hoping to get in next year:xf:. can you give any advice if there's anything that I can focus to be stronger applicant?
One would expect a higher AA score from someone with a 4.0 sGPA.
 

dentalWorks

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this is the reason why I always tell people to stay away from CC courses. Why take a chance during these ultra competitive times?

From this point forward, start taking upper level sciences at a 4-year univer, If you haven't done this already, your gonna bascially apply again this year with the same stats as last year and I personally don't know how negativly this will impact you since your application looks the same as last year.

You can still apply again this year, but instead of 8 schools, aim for 15+ and make sure none of the ones You apply to have issues with CC credits... In the same time, start doing post-bacc with upper level sciences at a 4-year univer incase you don't get in this cycle again....

Good luck to you
 
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I applied on june, but the app was submitted very late (end of oct). so basically the app was completed at the end of oct...
I will def take upper level science courses at 4 yr univ next semester. I am thinking about taking genetics and microbio.
I really appreciate your advices and hope I can get in next year :thumbup:!
 

dentalWorks

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I applied on june, but the app was submitted very late (end of oct). so basically the app was completed at the end of oct...
I will def take upper level science courses at 4 yr univ next semester. I am thinking about taking genetics and microbio.
I really appreciate your advices and hope I can get in next year :thumbup:!
umm... well maybe you didn't get in anywhere because you applied very late. I mean late october is 1 month away from final deadline of submission

But I think your new plan is good, it can only help you right? Good luck to ya :)
 
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umm... well maybe you didn't get in anywhere because you applied very late. I mean late october is 1 month away from final deadline of submission

But I think your new plan is good, it can only help you right? Good luck to ya :)
Check the schools. I know Ohio State says on their list of requirements that the prereqs CANNOT be fulfilled with CC credit. You have to find the right schools.
Is October really that late? I had my application in by then but I told my school to wait until January when I retook my DATs and I got in...