No longer a rumor. I called usc and asked. Last year usc scored a 70% on part II of the boards. FYI a 75% is a pass. Want to know the answer for yourself? Dont ask sdn people. Call up usc and ask the admissions officer what the part II of the board is for last year. they will tell you 70% The excuse usc used that students go into speciality programs dragging down the score is bogus because they still need to pass the boards. right now students are failing the boards. it is *NOT* because they are going to specialize. if you get a 70% you are not going to specialize. you get a 70% and you are not going to graduate on time! If seansk or brmboy19 come here to defend the school know that i agree that your grades do depend on your effort, but I dont think dental students are dumb and I dont think that 144 USC students are lazy. there is obviously big problems with usc if the average part II board scores is a failing 70%. I think anyone who gets into dental school is smart and if a class average has 5% lower than failing that is bad news! From the ADEA website it says that "The minimum passing score on the examination is then reported with a score of 75" Source: page 30, http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/nbde02/nbde02_candidate_guide.pdf Want proof? Call up usc and ask. I did and found out that usc board scores are failing and I will be going to another dental school!