just wait until you have Shin, good luckJust to clarify some things.
UCLA is Pass/Fail. So, students will strive for an "A" however, from what everyone at school says and even what I noticed this quarter, students quickly realize that you only need to pass, so they are striving for a C- (70%+) rather than an A. This made finals weeks and studying with others students very stress-free. Even with a bunch of passes and a pass on the boards, UCLA manages to match any student that desires to specialize. We have a great administration that stays on top of applications and lobbies for you during the application process.
However, many people also say "if you are going to specialize, go to UCLA, if not, go somewhere else." I am not planning on specializing. I received the NHSC scholarship and fully plan on being a general dentist for the rest of my life. UCLA is BY FAR the best option that I saw for this. There is no stress of grades. Passing your classes at UCLA (and I think I can say this because I just took seven finals and saw my grades) is not THAT difficult. Yes, you have to study, but I don't think you have to study more than students at other schools... I would venture to say, you study less. There were multiple times during finals week that I said "ok, to pass, I need to get a 35% on this final." Granted, I always tried for the highest grade, but, any pass I received in my classes looks just as good as a grade at another school. So, you can see why I think that UCLA is probably a better route for students desiring to go into general dentistry.
Maryland was an amazing school. I loved it when I visited. It just did not have what I was looking for.