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U of M vs. UOP

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by ckrupan, Jan 1, 2002.

  1. Well the 15th is drawing near and I'm still stuck between U of Mich and UOP. They are totally different schools, but still good at what they do. I'm a Cali resident and want to practice on the West coast. I don't even know if I want to specialize, but want to do some research just in case I do decide to specialize. Although UOP doesn't have a reputation like U of M, do you think it's important to go to a school in a state where you may potentially practice so that you can build affiliations, etc?? Anyone in same situation here? I would greatly appreciate any feedback or comments about either school. Thanks!!
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  3. DesiDentist

    DesiDentist G. S. Khurana, DMD, MBA Moderator Emeritus Exhibitor 10+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2001
    Washington, DC
    SDN Exhibitor
    I would choose UOP. You are a CA resident and since you want to practice on the west coast you would be better fitted @ UOP. Many people think that if you go to UOP you can't specialize, I don't think that to be the case since if you are one of the top students in the class you should have no problem finding an area to specialize. The pros for UOP are that it is three years, you are in CA, and you can build relationships with people around the area. Its always good to have your options open, but in your case I would recommend UOP. Also, if you have the urge to do research I'm pretty sure you can use that one year that you saved to find some school to do research for...(I don't know if this is a feasible task, but hey it doesn't hurt to try.) :p
  4. sirbuffnes

    sirbuffnes Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2001
    i'm in that problem, except i haven't gotten accepted to Michigan yet?

    I heard the interview is short and is during a lunch period either with a professor or a another student. Just wondering if they was true?

    another thing I heard was they have you write an essay question as well and I was wondering the type of question they as ask and how long do they expect and how much time as well. I guess i'm sort of worried about the writing aspect of the application as essay writing is not my strong point. any input would be greatly appreciated.
  5. sirbuffness,

    Well my dilemma of choosing UOP vs. U of M was solved when I got accepted at UCSF. Before UCSF, I chose UOP because I'm a Cali resident and UOP has a strong program. They have a very good support system for those who need it. Plus they have a pretty high pass rate for National Boards. Also, UOP is really unique in they spend many hours in practice management class that is taught by a well-known speaker. I think that's part of the reason why UOP has a really low default rate (0.8%).
    Well I think there are both positives and negatives of both schools. As for U of M interview, the interview is very relaxed. You talk to a faculty member during lunch for about 10-15 min. I forgot how long they give you for the essays, but I wouldn't worry about them. They just want to see if you can write coherently.
  6. Henna

    Henna Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2001
    Congratulations on your acceptance at UCSF ,, Caligirl !
  7. Yah-E

    Yah-E Toof Sniper 10+ Year Member

    Congrats on UCSF, California Girl!!! This means a potential empty seat at UOP for me (oh wait..I forgot...I didn't even get an invite for an interview at UOP yet?)!!

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