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Hi all,

First time posting on here, so I am sorry if this has already been discussed!

I am a senior graduating this semester from UC Berkeley. I will be ending with a 3.6 GPA with BS in Molecular Bio, but I have not yet finished all the pre-reqs for dental school and would also like to increase the GPA before I apply.

I am looking into either UC Berkeley or UCLA Pre-health postbacc. I was originally going to just stick with UCB because that is what I am familiar with. I am from SoCal though and would much rather prefer to stay here, which is why I am considering UCLA's.

For the most part I understand the gist of each program. They are both more DIY which I appreciate, and I understand that UCLA is more expensive than Berkeley's (if I decide to do the certificate program rather than a la carte). I would like to know if one program is better than the other? Or if anyone has any experience at one of them?

Thank you :)
 

PerioDont

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don't really need to increase your GPA. stay at Berkeley. See if you can avoid graduating this semester and just knock out pre-reqs. How many do you have? can you finish them over the summer?

at least at my university once you graduated, they started charging you more $$ per credit hour than when you were in undergrad. So delay graduation and just finish your classes. Or go back home to SoCal and go to one of the CSU campuses. You don't need a full degree just pre-req courses, look into the cheapest option to get those classes done in a setting you can excel in.
 
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don't really need to increase your GPA. stay at Berkeley. See if you can avoid graduating this semester and just knock out pre-reqs. How many do you have? can you finish them over the summer?

at least at my university once you graduated, they started charging you more $$ per credit hour than when you were in undergrad. So delay graduation and just finish your classes. Or go back home to SoCal and go to one of the CSU campuses. You don't need a full degree just pre-req courses, look into the cheapest option to get those classes done in a setting you can excel in.
What @PerioDont said. cheaper if you stay longer as undergrad. Once you are out, way more expensive. UCLA Extensions were more affordable back then.
 
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look more into the ucla program, i believe they only accept disadvantaged students
 
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