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Please help me narrow down my dental schools list

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Member 8586, Jun 17, 2012.

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  1. Member 8586

    Member 8586 2+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Please help me narrow down my list - I think I want to apply to about 20 schools

    Background info:
    NJ resident
    Undergrad GPA - 3.1 with a general uptrend
    Post-Bacc Masters in Biomedical Science from UMDNJ - 3.3
    DAT - Bio22/GC24/OC29/TS24/PAT20/RC22/QR23/AA24

    West Virginia
    Midwestern AZ
    Midwestern IL
    University of Pittsburgh
    Case Western
    University of Kentucky
    University of Louisville
    University of Maryland
    Roseman/University of Southern Nevada
    Loma Linda
    Detroit Mercy

    University of Colorado
    University of Tennessee
    Nova Southeastern
    Oregon Health Science
    University of Minnesota
    University of Michigan
    University of Nevada
    University of Oklahoma
    University of Missouri-KC

    Any schools to remove from the first list? Am I missing any that I should add in possibly from the Maybes list or unlisted ones?

    I know many will say remove Howard unless URM but I know some non URMs that attend there so I think Ill just apply (I'm Asian-Indian)
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
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  3. Member 8586

    Member 8586 2+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2011
  4. periopocket

    periopocket 5+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    North East
    I think your a great candidate this year! But my advice to you is to get rid of University of Kentucky (not OOS friendly; few seats), West Virginia (not OOS friends; few seats), Loma Linda (go online look at their stats for this past year 70% SDA, 1 bloody Asian the rumors are true) and Howard (having a masters and high DAT they will probably not take your application seriously to their school). I would then add from the maybe list: Marquette (they take 50% out of state), nova (they value graduate students and high DAT's), Minnesota (good chunk out of state), Michigan, and UNLV (like high DAT out-staters). Add UOP (they drool over high DAT and older folks). This is all from my own personal studies, experience, and opinions.
    Lainez and T00thFa1ry like this.
  5. trinstudent

    trinstudent 7+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Your GPA is far to low for UConn to consider you as an OOS.
  6. Member 8586

    Member 8586 2+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    thank you for your input..im glad some of my further research agrees with a lot of what you said

    from my maybes, list i decided to add Marquette and University of Nevada, and was thinking about Minnesota and Michigan but wanted to verify their OOS numbers, but no answer when I tried calling.
    I removed Loma Linda because of their religous preference and I saw they require a letter from a spiritual leader (yea..dont have that) and removed Uconn because they only take 10-15% not from CT or New England area, and removed University of Missouri-KC because they take only 5-8 students not from Missouri and states like Kansas, Hawaii, and some other states without dental schools.

    Nova, I was hesitant because on their website, they said they pretty much require a 3.25 GPA or higher and Im afraid mine will be very borderline or under depending on how AASDAS calculates my GPA with undergrad/masters

    UoP - I heard they take big preference on volunteer work which I may have only 100 hours max so Im not sure if this is enough. Also, I noticed only 15% OOS?
    EDIT-just called and the woman said they typically have 40-50/143 students OOS. But HOLY **** to their 86k/yr pricetag that's WITHOUT living expenses and other fees!

    Kentucky - PreDDS has them at 30% OOS which was borderline for me..but do they have any agreements with other states or surrounding states for that 30%?

    West Virginia - I saw 17% according to their numbers on their site for OOS; woman on phone told me 20-40% but class size is only 52 so might be removing this one
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012
  7. periopocket

    periopocket 5+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    North East
    Dude deff apply to UOP (they dig high DAT): you will be done in 3 years its deff worth the cash. Trust me on Kentucky---there one of those schools that has some agreements with neighboring states. But extra schools never hurts! Best of luck. Check out Predents.com to when you get a chance.
  8. Member 8586

    Member 8586 2+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    ohhI forgot UoP is 3 years, so I guess that helps justify the tuition A BIT lol...any word on how much tougher the course load is?

    and yeah its looking like Kentucky is probably out

    do you have any input on U of Colorado, Tennessee, Oklahoma, or Oregon Health Science?

    Nova - have you heard anything about their 3.25 cutoff?
  9. AwesomeTeeth


    Feb 21, 2011
    All those are not out of state friendly. Don't bother applying.

    Loma Linda actually takes a ton of Asians. Not sure where you got the 1 Asian rumor.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012

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