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Hey everyone! I just got accepted to my dream school which is unranked! Can anyone explain the benefits for having an unranked class vs a ranked class?

Also- is it better to be at an unranked school than at the bottom of your class at a ranked school? I’m considering specializing and want to be a competitive applicant. Thanks!
 
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Not competitive at all and very collaborative. My school is unranked and we share all study guides/any other materials that we make. Part of the reason why I chose the school I'm at now.
 
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Does it make it harder to specialize?

I think they’ll just look at your gpa more. It depends. I go to Penn and want to do OMFS so all that matters for that really is CBSE and probably a gpa above a 3.7/3.8. I’d assume ortho they look at the entire resume more and look for you to be above a 3.85 or so. Just keep your grades up!


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It really depends on the school as well.

Which school are you referring to?

Yes, it depends. As an example, UPenn although advertised as P/F, is not really, because they have a GPA and grades. Plus the first 10 people are ranked and not being in that top 10 cohort can hurt you for OMFS and Ortho and highly competitive specialties. The only school that is very truly P/F is Harvard Dental I believe. UPenn, Columbia, Roseman are not truly P/F (there is some level of internal ranking that is eventually reflected in dean's letters, etc.).
If you don't want to specialize then grades don't matter quite as much and in that case you should just go with the cheapest school possible.
 

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Yes, it depends. As an example, UPenn although advertised as P/F, is not really, because they have a GPA and grades. Plus the first 10 people are ranked and not being in that top 10 cohort can hurt you for OMFS and Ortho and highly competitive specialties. The only school that is very truly P/F is Harvard Dental I believe. UPenn, Columbia, Roseman are not truly P/F (there is some level of internal ranking that is eventually reflected in dean's letters, etc.).
If you don't want to specialize then grades don't matter quite as much and in that case you should just go with the cheapest school possible.
Don't think anyone advertises Penn as P/F, but it is unranked. I also think I saw Life of Pablo post somewhere that they don't actually rank the top 10 either but I'm not sure about that one
 
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Yes, it depends. As an example, UPenn although advertised as P/F, is not really, because they have a GPA and grades. Plus the first 10 people are ranked and not being in that top 10 cohort can hurt you for OMFS and Ortho and highly competitive specialties. The only school that is very truly P/F is Harvard Dental I believe. UPenn, Columbia, Roseman are not truly P/F (there is some level of internal ranking that is eventually reflected in dean's letters, etc.).
If you don't want to specialize then grades don't matter quite as much and in that case you should just go with the cheapest school possible.

Also, completely false that not being in Top 10 hurts you. Penn matches 15+ to ortho and double digits OMFS almost every year... so clearly it doesn't affect you.

Also yeah we're actually not sure if they rank top 10. heard a rumor that thats actually not true. none of my friends know if they're top 10 and they still have 4.0s.
 

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I would venture to guess that if you rank top 3 at whatever school you will likely have an edge over anyone that is coming from an unranked school. However, if you don't rank really high I am not sure if there are any advantages to having a rank. I attend a ranked school and I like it because it keeps me studying more than I otherwise would. It is competitive though and that can definitely get old and some people do not enjoy it.
 

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Hey everyone! I just got accepted to my dream school which is unranked! Can anyone explain the benefits for having an unranked class vs a ranked class?

Also- is it better to be at an unranked school than at the bottom of your class at a ranked school? I’m considering specializing and want to be a competitive applicant. Thanks!
What’s the price difference between the schools?

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