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Hi everyone, I think I know where I'm leaning in these choices, but I would really appreciate any input you guys have towards these schools based on the pros, cons, and your knowledge of these schools. There's been a lot of stressful thinking when it comes to this.

UMich
Pros:
- Received scholarship that knocks COA to approximately in-state cost (~$350k)
- Top-tier program
- Fun college town (college-feel is important to me)
- Newly renovated facilities (by the time I'm in clinic at least)

Cons:
- Far from home
- Heard about high student stress and burnout (??)
- Cold weather
- Need two more undergrad classes to meet their long prerequisite list

USC
Pros:
- Location (I'd like to end up in California after graduation at some point)
- I enjoyed PBL quite a lot
- High ranked program
- Students seem un-stressed by the program

Cons:
- EXTREMELY expensive (~$600k COA)

UNLV
Pros:
- In-state
- Low-cost (~$300k)
- Lots of clinic experience across all specialities

Cons:
- Nevada is broke state right now (which directly impacts university funding)
- High student stress/burnout
- Location (no college feel here, purely a commuter school)
 

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Hi everyone, I think I know where I'm leaning in these choices, but I would really appreciate any input you guys have towards these schools based on the pros, cons, and your knowledge of these schools. There's been a lot of stressful thinking when it comes to this.

UMich
Pros:
- Received scholarship that knocks COA to approximately in-state cost (~$350k)
- Top-tier program
- Fun college town (college-feel is important to me)
- Newly renovated facilities (by the time I'm in clinic at least)

Cons:
- Far from home
- Heard about high student stress and burnout (??)
- Cold weather
- Need two more undergrad classes to meet their long prerequisite list

USC
Pros:
- Location (I'd like to end up in California after graduation at some point)
- I enjoyed PBL quite a lot
- High ranked program
- Students seem un-stressed by the program

Cons:
- EXTREMELY expensive (~$600k COA)

UNLV
Pros:
- In-state
- Low-cost (~$300k)
- Lots of clinic experience across all specialities

Cons:
- Nevada is broke state right now (which directly impacts university funding)
- High student stress/burnout
- Location (no college feel here, purely a commuter school)
do not even consider U$C
 
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like the previous comment stated... i personally don’t see any reason to consider USC. You could probably go to UNLV SDM 2x over with the COA of USC lolol.

If it were to come down to UMich and UNLV, I would go to UNLV considering the COA is in-state and pretty low. Knowing some D1&D2’s myself, UNLV’s faculty tries their best to help out their students if they see anyone struggling— i think having a great support system in your early years will lessen the feeling of burnout/stress (regardless, though, dental school is going to be stressful wherever you go).

The second thing that draws me toward UNLV is clinical experience. UNLV is located in a pretty populated city, and located specifically in an area where dental care is of high demand....that really equates to more ability to perform more procedures in your D3&D4 years. UNLV also has an outstanding community outreach programs that allow you to gain that experience and land you a decent-paying job straight out of UNLV.

Im not sure if you’re interested in specialty programs, but of the 3 (i think? i’m pretty sure it’s endo, pediatrics, & ortho), UNLV’s ortho program director greatly favors its UNLV students (though, it is pretty expensive from what i’ve heard).

If i knew more about UMich, I’d give you my honest opinion about there... judging from your pros/cons list on UMich, it doesn’t seem like a bad school at all (especially because of that scholarship). Message me if you have any questions!
 
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I hear Michigan is rigorous, it’s name carries weight when applying to residencies, clinical experience is patient pool dependent (some students are patient rich, some patient poor), ann arbor is nice if you like the small college town vibe and watching football, snows a lot.
 
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I hear Michigan is rigorous, it’s name carries weight when applying to residencies, clinical experience is patient pool dependent (some students are patient rich, some patient poor), ann arbor is nice if you like the small college town vibe and watching football, snows a lot.
In your opinion, is Michigan worth the extra ~$25k-50k ? It seems like the name of school may be worth that extra price?
 

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In your opinion, is Michigan worth the extra ~$25k-50k ? It seems like the name of school may be worth that extra price?
The costs are comparable, so if that’s where you want to go, it would not necessarily be a financially irresponsible choice. USC would be ha
 
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I think you can also take in consideration on whether or not you want to specialize when choosing between UMich and UNLV
 
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I think you can also take in consideration on whether or not you want to specialize when choosing between UMich and UNLV
I think that I plan on working right after dental school, but going back to specialize after some work experience. Would Michigan give me opportunities if I were to go that route?
 
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I think that I plan on working right after dental school, but going back to specialize after some work experience. Would Michigan give me opportunities if I were to go that route?
I don't think I can give you a good answer on that since I am not a dental school student yet, but I heard on sdn that more prestigious schools give you a better chance of specializing, especially UMichigan being the top dental school in the US.
 

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I think that I plan on working right after dental school, but going back to specialize after some work experience. Would Michigan give me opportunities if I were to go that route?
It may or may not help. The name of the game is to keep your rank high. If you are ranked high at michigan that could carry some significant weight with residencies, but if you rank below top 1/3rd, which can happen if you don’t stay vigilant in a competitive program like mich, then going there would hurt your chances.
 
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Don't consider USC. Between UNLV and UMICH can't go wrong based on what you're looking for. Would lean UNLV if you want to practice in California.
 
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It may or may not help. The name of the game is to keep your rank high. If you are ranked high at michigan that could carry some significant weight with residencies, but if you rank below top 1/3rd, which can happen if you don’t stay vigilant in a competitive program like mich, then going there would hurt your chances.
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