Hello to all future dentists and newly accepted students! Congratulations to those of you that have already received an acceptance! After reading number of posts in this forum, I realize that we have an elite group of applicants in this forum with GPA in 3.5s and DAT in 20/20s!! WOW!!! I'm going to be realistic here as a non-traditional applicant and say that my number ARE NOT anywhere close to what I've seen in this forum. Here's my scoop: Then: Undergrad: Overall GPA 2.76 (on transcripts) 2.43 (on AADSAS application) and Overall Sci. GPA < 2.5 First round DAT: Academic 17 and PAT 24 - 1999 Now: Post-Bac: Midwestern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine: Overall GPA 3.33 Second round DAT: January 2, 2002 - aiming for 20s AADSAS application submitted in early November 2001 Schools applied: Marquette U. Tufts U. BU U. Penn Columbia Temple Nova NYU UOP For the eight schools that I'm applying through AADSAS, I have contacted all of the admission coordinators and directors and sometimes even the Deans themselves about my admission chances! The majority of them stated that with my past and current academic credentials, my chances of earning an interview and a seat in the class of 2006 will greatly enhance if I do well on my second round of the DAT, 20s, in January! With everything against my applications, the low undergrad GPAs and submitting my AADSAS application late in the application cycle, I am excited to see how far my applications will go with encouragements from admission coordinators/directors! I have ample orientation in academic and clinical dentistry as an applicant and I think that will help my application a bit. So for some of you out there that are nervous about your own applications, I am a living proof to embark on the "competitive" dental applicant pool with a blemish stats and record! I have enclosed some of the actual encouragements from dental schools about my application concerns: ------------------------------------------------- Here's what Dr. Martin J. Davis D.D.S, Associate Dean of Admissions at Columbia University School of Dentistry, wrote to me: Our DAT Acad Aver is 21+ and the gpa science is 3.4+. All depends on how the DATs turn out. An improving record is helpful; we all had tough freshman years! BUT the total end picture is heavily dependent on the cross the board measure: the DATs. Here's what Samantha Balzano, Admission Coordinator from BU, wrote to me: It seems like you have the potential to be a great candidate. I think you should wait and apply through AADSAS when your semester is over and you have re-taken the DAT. If you apply in December your application will get here in January. That still leaves you plenty of time to interview and be accepted. Here's what Helen Yarenis, Admission Coordinator from Tufts, wrote to me: As for your post-bac programs, that is definitely a step in the right direction. Your exposure to the field of dentistry is impressive and I am interested to see your DAT performance. Here's what Corky Cacas, Admission Director of U. Penn., wrote to me: Sorry I can not advise you on how to improve your application. You seem to have a good plan in place already. We look forward to reviewing your application. ------------------------------------------------ If you have any questions or inputs, please post! I would love to hear from all of you.