kramkrap

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Hi guys,

I have a question about what happens after you get accepted. So I understand I have 45 days after my dec. 1st acceptance. Now does that mean that I can absolutely wait until january 15th to make a deposit? Or is it rolling admissions, where all accepted students fight for the seats until it's filled even before January 15th.

Also, how does the adcom pick (accept) students post dec 1st. I have a post december 1st interview at upenn, sbu, and buffalo. There all in December, but am I at the crap end of the stick? So for like Buffalo, they have 86 seats, would they accept 120 for pre dec 1st? and then not everyone fills, so like a few ppl are left to accept, so do they then go on to post dec1st interviewers? Are my chances really poop? Does anyone have statistics on which schools fill up with deposits for the pre dec 1st interviews?

Also, how do deposits work. Can I deposit my money for a school and still continue interviewing? Can other dental schools find out about that? Do i get my deposit money back? So hypothetically, if I get accepted into my last choice school pre dec 1st, but not confident of an acceptance post december 1st, should I just put my deposit in just in case I dont get accepted anywhere?

I know that was a lot of writing, so thanks for your input guys.
PS good luck tomorrow everyone!
 

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You have 45 days (probably more like 35-40) to let the schools know you deny their offer of admission or accept their offer of admission. Usually your deposit must be in their hands by the end of the 45 day period, meaning you must mail the check so it is in their hands by January 15th or it must be postmarked by this date. All schools are different in what they want, so read the letter carefully. Also, it is important to send your check certified return receipt, or delivery confirmation, or priority, or next day, or a combination of any of the above. You do want to make sure it arrives, and that your or the post office are not at fault for it not getting there.

Very few schools, if any send enough acceptances out to fill their class on December 1st. With that being said, everyone who is accepted December 1st, has the 45 day period to make a decision. Some people will have multiple acceptances, and will deny an offer or offers, and when the school receives notice (usually written) they will send another acceptance out, hence rolling admissions. Some schools will wait until the 45 day period is up and see how many spots they have open after all the checks have come in to hold spots, and then send out another round, all the while they are still interviewing people.

Because your interviews are in December, I would imagine most schools will let you know whether you are accepted in January, the next big mailout of acceptances. The people accepted in the next big batch have 30 days, then after that, the next group has 15, and then it is at the school's discretion, usually asap come March onward.

Some people unfortunately will hold more than one spot, and there is nothing you can do about it. And some people will hold a spot at maybe their 2nd or 3rd choice, hoping a higher choice comes through later on. When this happens, they drop their current spot, once the new school has received their deposit or whatever it is that they require. NEVER withdraw a spot from a school until you have confirmation that the school you plan to attend has everything they need from you.

Most schools do not give your deposit money back. It is a way for them to make money, and a way for you to hopefully commit to them later on. Some schools ask for a second deposit later on, others do not. And some schools give a portion of your deposit back if you decide not to go there. And some schools don't require a deposit. You can always continue interviewing even though you have placed a deposit. And you absolutely place a deposit down to hold a spot if you have an acceptance, just in case you are not accepted anywhere else. It would be stupid not to.
 

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Thanks for a great reply to the op's questions. I needed a few things cleared up myself.
 
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just to add to what mamelons has eloquently written:
f) Applicants holding positions at multiple institutions. [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]Dental schools participating in AADSAS will report to AADSAS by May 1, the names and identification numbers of candidates who have paid a deposit and/or hold a position in their entering class. After May 5, AADSAS will report to each institution the names of candidates in their entering class who are holding acceptance(s) at additional institutions. Dental schools will have the option of rescinding an offer of admission to candidates who have paid deposits and are holding positions at multiple institutions. Dental schools with candidates holding multiple positions on May 1of the year of admission will give such candidates a minimum 15-day notice if they choose to withdraw them from the entering class. This policy will be evaluated every two years by the ADEA Section of Dental School Admissions Officers to assess its impact on applicants and dental schools and provide applicants a reasonable time-frame to complete their enrollment process.
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