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Undergrad vs. Grad GPA?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by terpsbb9, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. terpsbb9

    terpsbb9 2+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    I noticed a thread earlier on the subject of undergrad grades vs. graduate school grades, but not many questions were answered on admissions. I had a 3.06 overall and 2.75 science from Maryland and now I have a 4.0 in graduate school in pittsburgh. I've tailored my research towards the dental field as well and have a good application. My concern is that the schools will frown upon my application due to the undergrad grades. What are my chances of gettin in anywhere (i applied to 14 schools) with these scores and a DAT score of:

    18 AA
    19 TS
    20 bio
    20 orgo
    17 chem
    17 QR
    18 RC
    20 PAT
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  3. Hysteria24

    Hysteria24 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2002
    Looks like we had similar backgrounds. Its almost a little freaky because my undergrad and grad GPAs are almost identical, and I too got a 18AA, 19TS, 20PAT on the DAT.

    Last cycle I applied to 18 schools, got 2 interviews, and 2 acceptances. Yes schools won't be thrilled with your undergrad grades, but it can be overcome. You have shown recent improvement in you GPA, as shown by your performance in grad school.

    Just make sure the other parts of your app are solid, interview well, and you can get in.
  4. camshaft

    camshaft Loves mucosal tissue 7+ Year Member

    May 30, 2006
    Just out of curiosity, what was your grad degree in?

  5. Hysteria24

    Hysteria24 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2002
    Me or the OP?
  6. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Check the mean and range of scores for GPA/DAT for the schools that are on your list.
  7. terpsbb9

    terpsbb9 2+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    I am getting my masters in biology. My research is geared toward the dental field as well. Its basically your typical grad classes: Neuro, Physio, gross anatomy, biochem, biostat., etc.
  8. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    Undergrad grades matter A LOT more than grad grades. Grad school is just easier.. not the courses, but generally you take less of them at one time. An MS degree shows dedication. If you had high DAT scores >21 on AA and at least 20 on PAT I think you would be fine. With your stats, you have a shot likely only if you apply to quite a few schools. You likely won't be able to be choosy. If you don't get in the first time, you will be more likely to get in if you reapply though. That is the silver lining.

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