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What should my GPA be for more competitive dental schools?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by bb9931, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. bb9931

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    Hey guys, I'm a sophomore at Wayne State University in Detroit and I was wondering what kind of GPA's are competitive for schools like (UPenn, Harvard, Columbia, UCSF, UCLA etc...). I know what they are on the websites, but I was curious about what people did to get into those schools. I am planning on taking my DAT next summer, I'm a biochemistry and chemical biology major with a 3.66 GPA (Science GPA 3.62). I have no C's or anything (just 1 B-). What would be a good goal for my DAT?
     
  2. cjb04

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    Check out the schools you're interested in on predents.com. I believe it would be safe to assume that 3.7+ GPA, 22+ DAT, good extracurriculars and plenty of exposure to the field would make you a more attractive candidate. Unfortunately, there are plenty of applicants with these credentials and better who DON'T get interviews at some of these "top schools". Do your research, do well on the DAT, and apply to plenty of schools and you should be ok to get in somewhere.
     
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    As high as f*cking possible
     
  4. Contach

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    no, don't go too high. because then it's bad.
     
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  5. Northside

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    Haha, biochem and chemical biology... do they have any differences?

    Well, regarding your question, shoot for 21 average with no score less than 18 and you should gain acceptance to lots of schools (taking into account your current GPA which is nice).
     
  6. PDizzle

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    Getting into UCSF is easy as hell......just be dead sexy!!!! That's what I did!

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    supraman Boston Celtics
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    shoot for a 24 GPA and 3.8 DAT.
     
  8. doc toothache

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    I think you're in the safe zone for now. Of course you wanna get as high as possible!!! ALWAYS SHOOT for 4.0's!!! Just don't sacrafice too much of your social life fot it!!!
     
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  10. JamesOSU

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    make sure you actually want to go to those schools... this isn't undergrad, and the 'prestige' of a dental school doesn't merit much after the fact, except higher loans to pay back.
     
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    You'd probably be better off going to Michigan or Detroit Mercy, both of which are pretty well regarded, and much cheaper.

    If you're intent on those other five schools though, you'd better have a higher GPA and a high DAT as people have said, especially since you went to a lesser known undergrad (which is not a disadvantage unless you have low scores).
     
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    Harvard said they review everyone's entire application regardless of scores so no one knows the magic numbers that get you into that school - obviously high scores, but people with great stats sometimes don't even get an interview

    UCLA only interviews 20-25 out-of-state students so you really have to be up there. I would shoot for a 3.8 minimum and no section below a 20 on the DAT. AA needs to be at least a 22. Out of state is tough at UCLA.

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