What are my chances...? HELP

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  1. Illinitrack

    Illinitrack 2+ Year Member

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    Ok so im a senior about to take the DAT in about a month, been studying like crazy!

    Biology Major. My gpa is 3.52 overall, and 3.2 science. a TON of research hours, 600+ shadowing hours. I am VERY active in my community (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity...etc)

    I also am a Division 1 athlete at my school:
    -Big Ten Champion
    -2nd team All American
    -4x NCAA qualifier
    - 6x Academic All-Big Ten


    Also to mention, I am an URM & TX resident.
    (from a very low income household)

    with all that in college it was very difficult to have time to study and be an athlete.
    What do i need on my DAT, and what are my chances????
     
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  3. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    You already know your chances, provided you don't make below an 18 on the DAT. :) A 3.2, especially with all of your ECs and being a URM, isn't a deal-breaker. I'd honestly aim for about a 20 on the DAT and I'd say you're golden. Have fun getting an inexpensive dental education in Texas! We're all jealous, LOL.
     
  4. Illinitrack

    Illinitrack 2+ Year Member

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    So an 18 would be solid right? The DAT is the most troublesome part im having right now...
     
  5. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Meh, no, it wouldn't really be solid. I think it'd be risky. You have a lot going for you EC-wise, and being a URM is going to help. That being said, your GPA is below average. I wouldn't couple that with a below average DAT score. I'd aim for 20s across the board.
     
  6. fatham878

    fatham878 Class of 2018! 2+ Year Member

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    I think an 18 would be alright, no guarantees for this score though. 19 would be solid. 20 would be even more solid :). High scores in the sciences will help compensate for your lower sGPA though.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2014
  7. Naphen

    Naphen 2+ Year Member

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    I do not know how much weight your involvement and achievements in sports will bring into your application, but your GPA and Science GPA is decent.
    If you want choices I would aim for AT LEAST a 20. My GPA was around yours, and I got a 20 on the DAT and had 5 interviews, 3 waitlist, 1 acceptance.
    Applied to 17 schools though
     

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