Scumbag Steve's Ultimate Guide to the 2017 Application Cycle (and the universe)

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  1. schmoob

    schmoob SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

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    Eh, I couldn't do it alone. If it wasn't for my wife I doubt I would be where I was. There is so much to do; the logistics are mind-boggling.
    Now we have to couch-surf with family for a few weeks until our lease starts.
    Are you going to live near school? It's so expensive in the city! Or are you considering finding a cheaper place like in Queens or Jersey? If you haven't yet, check out Streeteasy. The apartment fees to move into a place are outrageous. 1 month fee plus 1.5 month security deposit plus first months rent is like $8K-10K up front!
     
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  3. nateriver

    nateriver SDN Silver Donor Silver Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Wow lucky you have that amazing support ! Yeah me and my roommate wanna live close to the school , we've been literally living on street easy and apartment hunting in order to try and avoid the realtor fee cause they wanna be paid 2 months rent, its crazy, but the apartments flip so fast , if you find a place you gotta jump on it, but were just now gonna be able to start signing leases for the month of august so we should have an idea of where we will be within the next week or two, when do you start classes?
     
  4. JLT223

    JLT223 2+ Year Member

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    You haven't found housing yet?

    Edit: just read the above post that didn't load
     
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  5. schmoob

    schmoob SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

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    Living close to school is the way to go I hear, especially the first 2 years. And those fees are outrageous! I'm glad you have a roommate to split the expenses with. Stay on top of it and I'm sure you'll find something.
    Orientation starts the last week of August. I already got myself a sweet new Mac :)
     
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  6. nateriver

    nateriver SDN Silver Donor Silver Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Nice ! I was gonna get a new Mac but I think mines good for now lol, and yeah couldn't do it without a roommate . Lucky ! My orientation starts mid August lol


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  7. dentist_dude

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    Do you list the class as incomplete if you received a W and do you listed as Repeated course when you take it again?
     
  8. dentist_dude

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    Do you list the Merit/Trustee scholarship that you started receiving when you got accepted to college under awards and do I list it for every semester that I got it
     
  9. Meeza

    Meeza SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Looking for a little advice please.

    I'm considering leaving a section blank ("N/A"), but am unsure if I should try to add some fluff about myself. Any academic blemishes, etc. have already been discussed in my AADSAS. Basically, I don't want to look careless by leaving it blank yet don't want to look silly by writing something useless.

    For UAB's supplemental:
    "(20) Please state if there is anything of particular importance that the Admissions Committee should know about you."
     
  10. JLT223

    JLT223 2+ Year Member

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    That's really not a question you want to leave blank.
     
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  11. ash01

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    when did you receive the supplemental? and when was your application mailed out?
     
  12. Meeza

    Meeza SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    The supplemental was post marked June 28th and I think I had it in my hands on the 30th. My app was mailed out on June 24th. All that's changed in my life is I've gotten a new job as a server. :/ But as @JLT223 said, it's probably not something I should leave blank. So I have to decide what is of *particular importance* without being repetitive or cliche.
     
  13. gangazi

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    Hi future dentists, I am in need of advice.

    I received 2 letters from my chemistry professors, 1 from dentist I shadowed, and 1 from VP at the company at I volunteered.

    Should I even apply to Columbia and University of Maryland?
    Columbia requires 3 letters from science faculty and Univ. of Maryland requires 1 letter from Chem professor and 1 letter from Bio professor. I was not able to get the 3rd biology letter due to personal situations (1 professor didnt care/1 professor was out of town all the semester and I couldnt build relationship lol).
    I really want to apply to Columbia and University of Maryland as I would regret in the future if I do not...
    Getting another letter is not an ideal option for me...

    Is there anyone who was in a similar position as me?
    Thank you so much SDN
     
  14. Softballchic11

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    I am in the same position as you for Maryland. The biology department at my university doesn't care about the students at all. I got the same types of letters as you and I just applied. Maryland hasn't said anything about to me since June, so I'm assuming that the letters are ok.
     
  15. schmoob

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    With that DAT score, find the cheapest place you can go. You have lots of options. Seriously, you killed it! Don't limit yourself.
     
  16. dentist_dude

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    For Oklahoma University, do we have to send transcripts directly to their school? That's what it says on their website
    ""OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
    Applications are considered incomplete until all applicable documents, including official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions and Records. Applications are subject to immediate denial by some OUHSC programs if transcripts are not received by the application deadline. Students are advised to review and follow instructions given by the college major. "" or if we already sent them to AADSAS we should be fine
     
  17. forensicDr

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    Is it too late to apply for 2017 cycle now?
     
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  18. schmoob

    schmoob SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

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    If it's ready to go, no. If you're just starting the process, yes.
     
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  19. forensicDr

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    Thnx

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  20. journeyofhope2017

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    How bad are student loans actually? Is Columbia worth 400K+ or will my state school get me to the same place in life that I want to be at?
     
  21. Scumbag_Steve

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    Try to avoid them as best you can. People have discussed and will discuss this topic ad nauseam so there's no real point in getting into it here, but UAB Dental and Columbia will get you to the same place in life if you are a hard working person who cares about their patients and their family/hobbies. It will also do it for less than half the price.
     
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  22. Incis0r

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    I just can't get over how beautiful this quote is. 10/10.
     
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  23. Ashish

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    They say navy suit with brown Johnson and murphy's is the way to go right now lol
     
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  24. Meeza

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    Do some schools just never contact unsuccessful applicants? Have not yet received rejections (or anything since supplementals) from Pitt, Penn, or Mich and am unsure if I should wait or just throw down my deposit. Curious if anyone else has experience eternal limbo by these schools?
     
  25. Likkriue

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    Penn is still giving out interviews.

    Not sure about mich or Pitt.
     
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  26. anoda013

    anoda013 GPA-DREAMFIGHTER 2+ Year Member

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    Great post


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  27. Rekker

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    If you haven't heard anything then you're still under consideration. I know BU never lets you know tho, they just let the clock run out on you.
     
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  28. Likkriue

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    I know a few who haven't heard back and they are finishing up their residency lol.
     
  29. Meeza

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    Dang, so cold lol
     
  30. schmoob

    schmoob SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

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    If you are holding acceptances, I would wait another week or so and drop you deposit on the school you've received an offer from. If you receive an offer from your top choice later on, the worst that happens is you lose your deposit. If you don't do that, you are risking losing your seat and not getting offers later in the cycle.
    Keep in mind, many people will do this. More seats will open up.
     
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  31. htdt

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    That's what I plan to do: wait for another week and pay the $1000 deposit to a school. $1000 is not a small amount of money for me, but I still have another interview in Jan and if I get accepted I'll be more than happy to lose my $1000 deposit.

    P.S: A few schools that I still heard nothing from are Pitt and BU.
     
  32. rayeray

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    Hi! This is amazing stuff!!

    Do you know by any chance the Canadian friendly school? How much itll be? which ones accept the Canadian DAT?

    Thanks
     
  33. Likkriue

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    Most private schools UDM NYU BU etc etc and 400k+.
     
  34. DOC YANKEM

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    A bit outdated, but very useful nonetheless for 2014-2015. I hope there is a recent spreadsheet released by ADEA for last year.
     

    Attached Files:

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  35. Samin23

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    Hey @Scumbag_Steve, will there be a new Guide made for the 2018 cycle or will this one be sufficient?

    Thanks for sharing this, btw!
     
  36. Scumbag_Steve

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    Despite the numbers in the link being one year more outdated, I think the guide should still stand. Whenever more current ADEA info is published I can just replace the link!
     
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  37. Likkriue

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    You could always revise it and make a new thread for 2018 and have a moderator pin the new one. But who are we kidding, you are probably loaded with stuff to do at Uconn lol.
     
  38. Scumbag_Steve

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    Chances for me re-doing that post before I graduate are literally zero lol
     
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  39. lifecycle

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    :)
     
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  40. lizzyybethhh

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    Prepare for the stupid questions...

    I am in the process, maybe, of a career change.

    From veterinary medicine to dentistry...
    I cannot seem to understand the application process, from looking at VCU's application page. Is it a year long process basically or longer? Can someone talk to me like I'm a toddler, maybe I'll understand then. It's hard to be so on the path to one career and then abruptly switch.
     
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  41. Likkriue

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    I think the courses you take for science classes is the same for vet school med school and dental school. Look up the pre reqs you may be missing for VCU. That is the most time consuming part, taking courses. Next you have to start studying for the DAT which can take 1 month to 3 months depending on how fast you learn. And then of course you need to start shadowing a dentist/dentists to see what dentistry is really about. It is a year long process if you commit to it. I would suggest preparing right away for the 2019 cycle. The 2018 cycle starts in 4 months and who knows what classes you may be missing.

    this is assuming you have a stellar gpa.
     
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  42. lizzyybethhh

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    All my pre-reqs are finished. Just need the DAT.

    What I'm asking is about the actual application. For vet school you submit in September, get interviews and know by April to start in August. Is this the same with dental applications?
     
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  43. DOC YANKEM

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    Aadsas portal opens June 1. It is rolling admission so the earlier you apply, the earlier you receive an interview and an acceptance. The general consensus is you should apply before August for the first batch. The earliest you will get an acceptance is December 1. Acceptances given between December 1 and February 1, you have 30 days to submit your deposit. Acceptances between February 1 and May 1 have 15 days to submit the deposit. Some schools require one deposit, where as others require 2 payments. Most schools finish interviewing in February and March. April 1 is when schools figure out who is holding multiple seats amd can take the acceptance offer back. Acceptances after May 1, schools can request your decision on the spot in order to fill up their seats as soon as possible. Classes can start at soon as August, each school is different so do your research wisely.
     
  44. Fets

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    Michigan even starts June 26th. I wonder if anywhere else starts sooner than that?
     
  45. lizzyybethhh

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    Oh that's awesome. Thanks!
     
  46. 0rgansm

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    How exactly does submitting LORs work? When I open the application on June 1st, will there be a section that I have to fill out with my writers information & upload the LOR for them?
     
  47. Likkriue

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    No they upload it. But if you are using inter folio I don't know, I didn't use that.
     
  48. Alpha Centauri

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    I know I'm 5 months late but seriously reading that quote just know when it is all said and done made me feel fuzzy inside
     
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  49. smile matters

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    Do W's count as a F? I keep hearing both sides. Some say they don't count towards your GPA and some say it's an F.
    I also don't want to retake the class I took a W in because I have other choices and because it's a lab it gets filled up really fast. Is it okay if I take another lab?
     
  50. spressomfs

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    Opinions on glasses for interviews?? Also- sunglasses in a sunny city for outside? Is that a good idea or does nobody really do that


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  51. Fets

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    Doesn't matter whether you wear glasses or not. As for sunglasses, if it's an outside tour during the interview, I probably wouldn't wear them myself. I'd feel like I was trying to be incognito or something. Doesn't matter ultimately.

    Just don't wear sunglasses during your interview. Or do, and let us know how confused and uncomfortable the interviewers were.
     
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