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Hi guys! I submitted my application to 3 schools due to getting the FAP waiver and it expiring- Western, LECOM, and UDM. Im planning on retaking my DAT in August and adding more schools when i get my new scores. I wanted to know if my school list is good, I really dont want to waste my money and im really hoping to only apply once so I would appreciate any advice thank you!
Date of submission: Verified 7/18
Overall GPA: 3.28
Science GPA: 3.14
DIY postbac at community college: GPA- 4.0 (17 units)
Starting a 1 year master program in the fall: Taking 16 units
DAT score (include AA and all sections): AA 18, TS 19, BIO 17, OC 20, GC 20, QR 17, RC 18, PAT 16 Retaking mid/late august hoping to get 20+ score
State of Residence: California

Major: biology
Minority? No- middle eastern- applied as white
Reapplicant? No
Nontrad? No

Shadowing Experience: 306 hours in general dentistry
Volunteering Experience: 800 hours
Employment: my dads business, freelance tutor/dog sitter
Research: 100 hours

LOR type and strength: 2 science- one is strong not sure about the other, 1 dentist- strong, 1 advisor- not sure of strength
Misc Info/Things not stated elsewhere: applied as disadvantage student and wrote an essay explaining my situation and reason for my low grades (not sure if this will help my chances)

School list:
Western-applied
UDM- applied
LECOM- applied
USC
UOP
Midwestern-IL&AZ
TUFTS
BU
AT STILL Az& Missouri
TOURO
NYU
Buffalo
UCLA & UCSF (my state schools, should I even apply to these or would I waste my money?)
UNLV
Roseman
NOVA
Creighton

Any schools I should add or remove? Thank you! :)
 
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I had similar academic stats as you. I won't apply to UNLV, Western, NYU, USC, Midwestern-IL, Tufts, AT Still. (all are crazy expensive and I would never have applied to schools like these again). I would definitely apply to your in state public schools, you don't have anything to lose

Since you have a upward trend in gpa and you are putting the money and time into a masters, I would focus the schools that are less expensive and would work hard on scoring a 21+ on the DAT.
 
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I had similar academic stats as you. I won't apply to UNLV, Western, NYU, USC, Midwestern-IL, Tufts, AT Still. (all are crazy expensive and I would never have applied to schools like these again). I would definitely apply to your in state public schools, you don't have anything to lose

Since you have a upward trend in gpa and you are putting the money and time into a masters, I would focus the schools that are less expensive and would work hard on scoring a 21+ on the DAT.
oh wow thank you for your advice! I was worried I was a weak applicant, I hope I can do well on the DAT so I can go to a cheaper school, thank you! Any other schools you recommend I add?
 
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the DAT can definitely help you, I won't apply to more than 10 schools aside from the one you applied through the waiver
 

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You must apply asap if you want to stand a chance this cycle. Borrow $, take out a credit card, etc, do what you have to do to apply early and give yourself a healthy shot this cycle. People with your stats I typically recommend 14-15 schools. USC, Midwestern-IL&AZ, AT STILL Az& Missouri, NYU, UNLV seem like good selections. Some of these are expensive, but given your stats, these are your best bets imo. Touro might be okay, not sure if they are oos friendly to west coast residents. The rest weren’t oos friendly to west coast residents when I applied. On top of the good selections, I suggest choosing 3 or 4 more additional schools basing your selections on whether they are oos friendly to residents from CA (you can find this info in the adea guide/explorer to dental schools). Do not apply to tufts and BU, they do not take cc credits. And yes, ucla, ucsf, uop would be an uphill battle given your stats.
 
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You must apply asap if you want to stand a chance this cycle. Borrow $, take out a credit card, etc, do what you have to do to apply early and give yourself a healthy shot this cycle. People with your stats I typically recommend 14-15 schools. USC, Midwestern-IL&AZ, AT STILL Az& Missouri, NYU, UNLV seem like good selections. Some of these are expensive, but given your stats, these are your beat bets imo. Touro might be okay, not sure if they are oos friendly to west coast residents. The rest weren’t oos friendly to west coast residents when I applied. Add 3 or 4 more schools basing it on oos friendly as determined by using the adea guide/explorer to dental schools. Do not apply to tufts and BU, they do not take cc credits. And yes, ucla, ucsf, uop would be an uphill battle given your stats.
yes im using the loans im getting from my master program to help pay. Im planning on taking my DAT aug. 22, I already submitted my application, do you think that will be late for this cycle due to covid? My CC credits are just extra classes I took to raise my gpa all my prereqs are from a 4 year institution should i still not apply to tufts or bu? Any other schools you recommend I add? I appreciate your help!
 

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yes im using the loans im getting from my master program to help pay. Im planning on taking my DAT aug. 22, I already submitted my application, do you think that will be late for this cycle due to covid? My CC credits are just extra classes I took to raise my gpa all my prereqs are from a 4 year institution should i still not apply to tufts or bu? Any other schools you recommend I add? I appreciate your help!
Send BU/tufts an email about cc credits, and specify that it wasn’t prereqs and see if they take any cc credits at all. They used to be strict about this. That puts you behind some but doesn’t take you out of the game. Since you're applying later you might also remove mwu-az since they interview very early. I told you download the adea guide/explorer and look at how many residents each school took from CA last year, it will open your eyes to the oos schools you should apply for and the ones you should avoid.
 
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Send BU/tufts an email about cc credits, and specify that it wasn’t prereqs and see if they take any cc credits at all. They used to be strict about this. That puts you behind some but doesn’t take you out of the game. Since you're applying later you might also remove mwu-az since they interview very early. I told you download the adea guide/explorer and look at how many residents each school took from CA last year, it will open your eyes to the oos schools you should apply for and the ones you should avoid.
okay I will definitely purchase that, thank you!
 
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