A fourth year wrote this to me in response to similar questions I had about patient availability and "ghost scheduling" (signing up for a chair weeks in advance without a patient because of a lack of chair time):
We have more than enough patients. I have already finished 95% of my
requirements and I still have 6 months left. 144 per class is no big
deal, the clinic floor still operates at only 60% full on most days.
Ghost scheduling does happen but its because of students not being
organized. I do it all the time becuase I know one of my patients will
want the chair and I just put a random patient in therer until I
decide who I should see that day. Its actually nice to be able to
Ghost schedule since you don't neeed to know who you will see 2 weeks
If you want to specialize I would say USC is the place. With PBl the
grades are relatively highter than at other schools and with no class
rank the atmosphere is much less competitive and makes for a much more
enjoyable four years ( you're not having to compete with your class
mates, and instead everyone helps each other out.). USC gives you
ample time to study for the boards and most everyone in the country
study from the decks. Since the boards are changing to pass/fail by
the time you are ready to take them you don't have to worry if PBL
taught you well enough to score in the 90's. And yes there are many
people that score in the 90's here.
It's a great place and I have enjoyed my time here. Also if you are
married an dyour wife gets a job at USC you get half off the tuition.
It makes us concerned but if it is your only choice then you should take chances. At the end of the day, I want to become DDS and I also know there are some other folks who are not even accepted to any school yet!
I am accepted to USC and NYU. I was actually comparing USC and NYU cost...USC tuition is 72,000 75,000 78,000 53,000 and NYU 62,000 per year. Cost of living for USC is estimated as ~26,000 and NYU ~31,000. Still NYU is cheaper than USC and obviously NYU is lecture base which is preferred for many students.
I think first we need to make sure there is no interview or acceptance coming-up and then finalize our decision.
I think NYU's cost of living is significantly higher than USC. If you have a car, you can live in the surrounding LA areas for pretty cheap so that 26000 number is more like 15000. Based on cost of going to each school, it's about the same i figure.