Hi, been working on my personal essay for dental application and decided to take a break/do some research on possible dental schools and happened upon this site. this is awesome!! been reading through past messages and many of my questions have been answered.... anyway, a few more burning questions for y'all... 1) deferrment: i'm applying officially for 2002, but i'm considering taking a yr. off before actually attending; i've talked with admissions at different schools and gotten mixed responses... anyone have any idea? 2) suggestions for research: i've been looking at the diff. dental school websites, but it's hard to find the ans. to questions i'm really curious abt, e.g. location/city, class size, students' satisfaction, etc. etc./ know of any sites to browse? 3) research/clinical: i'm sure it's been asked and answered bef., but which schools are best known for research, which for clinical? (again, what would be the best place to find the answers...) 4) i keep reading abt. the stats for board passing rates or something like that... what is that, and how would u find the stats for the different dental schools? thanks thanks!! appreciate your help, and pls. ask me to clarify if my questions aren't clear....it's late and i should be sleeping.. nite!