Undergraduate GPA vs Graduate GPA when applying to dental school

Oct 2, 2020
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Hey everyone! So I have applied to dental school this year and had a question - My undergraduate GPA is below average for admissions but I scored really well in my course based masters program (3.9), I know dental schools have a more holistic approach when looking at applicants, but I am just wondering will a lower Undergraduate GPA hold me back a lot? I have 21AA/21TS on my DAT and over 1500 hours of volunteer work and shadowing.
 

aubreyjokes

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Depends when it was; was it last year or 10 years ago. Also I think they weigh the science/prereqs courses more. I did well in my graduate and pre-req courses - which is what they want to see that you can do science at a high level. My DAT was lower and my gpa was <3.0. So in school there were LOTS (if not all) who had better incoming stats - and about 5/100 failed out. So stats serve as a filter but aren't indicative of success.

Getting in to school is way harder than dental school itself. And dental school is harder than actually being a dentist. Go figure
 
Oct 2, 2020
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Depends when it was; was it last year or 10 years ago. Also I think they weigh the science/prereqs courses more. I did well in my graduate and pre-req courses - which is what they want to see that you can do science at a high level. My DAT was lower and my gpa was <3.0. So in school there were LOTS (if not all) who had better incoming stats - and about 5/100 failed out. So stats serve as a filter but aren't indicative of success.

Getting in to school is way harder than dental school itself. And dental school is harder than actually being a dentist. Go figure
I graduated undergrad in 2019 and am finishing my masters this december. And its great to see someone who got in after graduate school! Congrats! I agree with what you said about stats not being indicative of success, thanks a lot for your input :)
 

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