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*sigh*.. applying again a second time. Chances?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by roblu, May 26, 2008.

  1. roblu


    Aug 18, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Hey guys,

    Just wondering what my chances are this year. I remember last year I applied to 30+ schools and not even an interview was passed my way. I don't know... I guess my GPA sucks a bit since it was a 2.98. The problem is that I'm so far into college with so many credits that it's hard to pull my GPA up even if I do decent from then on. In my first year and a half of college, I was getting below 3.0 and even an 'F' in Biology so trying to pull that up is a bit hard since ALL grades are counted in even when I did second grade option. But I've been trying to get my GPA up. So far in the last 3 semesters, I have gotten 3.63, 3.31, and 3.54. My last semester was 4 upper level Biology classes where I got A, A-, A-, and B. My average DAT is 19 for science and 22 for PAT. My average GPA is now a 3.08, which is also where my science average is around. So, what do you guys suggest? I mean, before I got the 3.54, I was 3.01 and it brought me up only 0.07 from where I was at... I'm done with college with a degree in Biology and not a clue how to go about this right now.

    Also, are there any programs where I can do like a 1 or 2 year thing which betters my chances of being accepted? Thanks.
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  3. Quattro DMD

    Quattro DMD 5+ Year Member

    May 20, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Your best bet is do do a masters program and show a good post-bacc GPA. I know there's lots of schools that have one year masters programs for biomedical sciences. Look around on this forum for post-bacc programs that other people have done or are doing.

    OR....... you could try to retake your DAT and score above 22 on everything.
  4. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    This is a good advice.

    First, take more postbac classes to bring your GPA over that 3.0 hurdle. Quite a few schools have cut-offs at 3.0 so without that your application might not even meet adcomms eyes.

    Then you should go ahead and do a master as suggested. And of course, do well on the DAT.
  5. xtractime

    xtractime 5+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    i would say go and do a SMP (special master's program). the post bacc will get lumped into your undergraduate GPA if i'm not mistaken. whereas the graduate GPA will show up in a separate column on AADSAS. the master's program usually is very rigorous and will be looked upon favorably by the ADCOM if you do well. at some colleges, it is hard to sign up for classes as a post bacc because there are not enough seats for full time students.
  6. litldime

    litldime D2 Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    I suggest you either take some post-bac classes or enroll in a masters program. I don't think you should take the dat again though.
    good luck
  7. blankguy

    blankguy 7+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2003
    Unless the DAT expires in 2 or 3 years.
  8. Dentalishus

    Dentalishus 2+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2007

    I agree. You will be able to start a new GPA by enrolling in a masters program. You will then be able to average the two and possibly raise your GPA.

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