I have a close friend who has a 3.5 GPA (roughly same for Science GPA) and a double major (I am only a single major). He is also a graduate of UIC, like me. We both took community college credits and we were both on the "five year plan". He had a 16 for his DAT, and midway through last cycle (November) took his DAT for the second time and got a 19 AA. He received a 23 BIO, 23 PAT, 24 ORGO, 22 G.Chem but a 15 R.C. and a 15 Q.R. (he's a non-native speaker from India). He was rejected by all 9 schools he applied to - no interviews. I am applying this cycle, but I have a lower GPA (3.08 or 3.1, can't remember), lower science GPA (~3.3), and less dental experience than my friend. I have a 20 AA, but lower science scores. I got a 15 in Q.R. (lost track of time), but a 23 in R.C., 21 BIO, 19 G.Chem, and I think a 20 or 21 in Orgo. (Don't have my printout with me ATM). If someone with a 3.5 and a 19AA is getting rejected without even an interview, I feel almost like it is hopeless to battle against my GPA. The only thing that gives me hope is that perhaps he wasn't considered because his DAT retake was so late in the cycle, and I hear that a low R.C. is frowned upon heavily. I guess I just need to hear some opinions, I'm meeting with the admissions director for UIC to discuss this soon, but it might not be until after the 15th, in which case I will have already spent a ton of money on something that might be pointless!