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Undergrad vs. Grad GPA?

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

  1. terpsbb9

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    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

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    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

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

    Thanks!
     
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    Me or the OP?
     
  6. doc toothache

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    Check the mean and range of scores for GPA/DAT for the schools that are on your list.

    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=527690
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=527700
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=502682
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?p=6808206#post6808206
     
  7. terpsbb9

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    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

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    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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