I have absolutely no clue whether I will apply to specialties, but just in case, I would like to know further information regarding residency. When you apply to a specialty program, do schools still consider in-state and out-of-state applicants separately? Some schools right now for example (pre-doctoral program entry) give preference to their in-state students (ex: MCG, LSU, SIU, etc.); do those schools still have those preferences to students when it comes to post-doctoral applicants? Also, if I end up going to a dental school outside of my current home state, what will I be considered when I apply to post-doctoral specialties? Out-state? I am guessing that I will not be filing taxes in dental schools because I will have no income. I am also guessing that my parents will continue to consider me as a dependent throughout those 4 years. Sorry, I have no experience when it comes to residency issues; me and my family have lived and paid taxes in our current state for the past 15 years.