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Pre-dent GPA issues..

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by nmsufuturedds, May 21, 2014.

  1. nmsufuturedds

    nmsufuturedds 2+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Hey all,

    A little background information: I just finished my sophomore year with a very, very poor overall GPA. I have a 3.2 overall; my academics are abysmal. Over the past two years I've had about 40 hours of shadowing experience, leadership positions in the Pre-Dental Society at my school (I'm the VP) and another organization, and around 200 hours of volunteer work. This summer I'm participating in the SMDEP at UT Houston, and plan on shadowing a lot and studying for my DAT (which I'll take in the spring of 2015).

    Is there any way I can get into a dental school if I a) improve my GPA and b) get a kick-ass score on my DAT?

    In case you're wondering, I'm not stupid. I just partied way too hard my freshman year and am now suffering the consequences (I brought my GPA up significantly since a year ago).

    What can I do to improve my application? Do I have any chance of getting in whatsoever? I'm really freaking out about this.. Help me out guys! :-(
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  3. shulk

    shulk 5+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2012
    3.2 overall is definitely not a death sentence. What is your science GPA?
    It's definitely important for you to get a very very good score on your DAT (perhaps mandatory)
  4. Roosevelt


    Dec 23, 2013
    Just apply broadly??
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  5. nmsufuturedds

    nmsufuturedds 2+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    I'm not sure what my science GPA is.. But I've never gotten below a B in any of my science classes except for a C in physics lab. So I'd imagine it's not as bad as my overall.
  6. sjv

    sjv Moderator 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    You can still get into dental school with a 3.2 but likely need to apply broadly and/or make up for it with other factors.

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