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I'm a second time applicant and am still waiting to hear back from three interviews (USC, MWU, UNLV). If I don't get in my plan is to do a one year masters/SMP and reapply for next fall. These are my stats:

3.44o/3.4s from University of California, Irvine
19 AA, 20 TS, 19 PAT, 18 BIO, 22 GC, 19 OC, 22 RC, 15 QR
ECs: 2 yrs Research, 250+ hrs shadowing, volunteer work, etc

My question is if I do a masters should I still retake the DAT? (i've already taken it twice). I would think I'd probably be fine with just the masters itself right? Please advise!

Thanks!
 
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when have you been submitting your application? have you been applying to more than 5 schools?!
 

dentalWorks

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If I was in your shoes, I wouldn't do SMP. I would just enroll myself in an informal post-bacc and just apply again this cycle. If they ask "what have you been doing" tell them post-bacc.

SMP is a HUGE commitment, your going to be taking dental/medical level courses, if you don't do well, its going to REALLY hurt your chances of getting in. You have nice overall stats, you just need to apply to 10-15 schools this cycle and choose your schools wisely
 
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when have you been submitting your application? have you been applying to more than 5 schools?!

this cycle i submitted my app right away in June! and yes i applied to 12 schools.. all the california schools and the rest midwest and east coast. which schools would you recommend are easier to get into?
 

SugarNaCl

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I'd think you would be ok provided you applied to enough schools, but... QR is a bit low. It doesn't matter as much to certain schools, but many don't like to see under an 18 in any category and below 16 sometimes is a cutoff from what I understand. That said, I don't remember what I received in QR anymore, but I remember it not being too impressive.

I did an MS program and I think it helped. It all depends on the school.