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Should I apply to orthodontic programs?

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    Hello! Just to go straight to the point my stats are:

    40/110 (should go up if we ever get ranks for this year after clinic gpa almost 4.0)
    Research experience for 3 years in ortho
    Leadership and community service heavy

    My biggest concern is obviously the class rank. Its not anywhere close to where I would consider competitive for orthodontic programs however I really want to do it. I am struggling between the debt load of non match schools but knowing that's probably where my application belongs. Does anyone have any advice for me or schools I should apply to?

    Thank you!
     

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      Hello! Just to go straight to the point my stats are:

      40/110 (should go up if we ever get ranks for this year after clinic gpa almost 4.0)
      Research experience for 3 years in ortho
      Leadership and community service heavy

      My biggest concern is obviously the class rank. Its not anywhere close to where I would consider competitive for orthodontic programs however I really want to do it. I am struggling between the debt load of non match schools but knowing that's probably where my application belongs. Does anyone have any advice for me or schools I should apply to?

      Thank you!
      How much will you owe for dental school? Going to an ortho residency that’s $300,000+ would be very unwise, I my opinion, if you already owe $400,000+.

      Big Hoss
       
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        Careful with costs as Big Hoss has said. You never know until you throw your name in the hat. An AEGD/GPR or PP experience for 2 years or so would make you a more competitive applicant. If you don't get in, just retry for 2 cycles and see what happens if this is really what you want to do.
         
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