I've touched on this before, but I've concluded that all else being equal, the best service you can do yourself if you want to go to dental school is to enroll in Brigham Young University as early as posssible in your undergrad career. I got this inside info from two folks that I know very well and who are in dental school(neither one attended BYU). BYU flat out prepares its pre-dents to be exceptional dental school candidates and successful first year dental students. The main reason for this is that dentistry is viewed by many Mormons to be a very family friendly health care profession in which to be engaged (it allows one wage earner to provide a comfortable living for the entire family while working daytime hours between Monday and Friday). Consequently, BYU being rightfully ammenable to the feelings of its core constituency and benefactors, has developed a strong, and I mean STRONG, pre-dent undergrad program. Remember I said "all else being equal" Great candidates are prepared for entry to dental school by hundreds of universities across the nation. And it is the student not the university who still has to do all the hard work.