Getting into dental school is so competitive that a 3.0 grade point average ( GPA ) is the minimum you’d need to even have a chance. A 3.3 GPA or above would set you apart, and you should aim for the same GPA in your science courses.
However, getting accepted into dental school is not easy. Only 55.3% of dental school applicants who sought admission to the 66 accredited dental schools in the U.S. for the 2018-19 school year actually enrolled in one that year, according to admission statistics from the American Dental Association.
According to the American Dental Education Association, in 2000 only 54.5% of applicants were accepted and enrolled in a dental school . In 2018, the most recent year for which data are available, the number was identical. But that unchanged statistic leaves out the changes and trends over that nearly 20 year period.
A GPA standing of 3.6 will be good enough by dental school standards, because even though the minimum GPA prerequisite will differ between institutions, they typically still range between 3.0-3.5, which you would clear regardless.
while private schools like Harvard, Columbia, Penn, Detroit, Case, Nova etc have averages at 3.6+. Other private schools like Loma Linda and Creighton favor applicants of a certain religion, which make them even more difficult to get into .
Most dental schools have a cutoff GPA for both an overall and science GPA of 2.75. This means that if you have anything below a 2.75 that your application will automatically be rejected. In addition, if your GPA is anywhere close to or below a 3.0 it is going to be difficult to land interviews for dental school .
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Low GPA – The average GPA for students matriculating into dental school is about 3.5. If one’s GPA is 3.3 or below they may have difficulty receiving interviews.
Getting into dental school is so competitive that a 3.0-point GPA is a minimum you’d need to even have a chance. A 3.3 GPA or above would set you apart, and you should aim for the same GPA in your science courses.
Many dental schools will not consider an application with a GPA below 3.0, meaning that the best option is to either take post baccalaureate courses or seek a master’s degree to raise your GPA above that minimum.
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BU Dental) Generally one of the easier dental schools to obtain admissions into in terms of having a low undergraduate average GPA and science GPA. BU Dental does seem to have a preference towards a high DAT score.
Overall, the MCAT is usually considered more difficult than the DAT by most test-takers. The MCAT focuses more on responding to lengthy passages, so you’ll need to be able to synthesize, understand, and analyze written passages quickly to do well on the exam.
Yes, you have a chance. I have a 3.0 oGPA/sGPA and I have two interviews this cycle.
Typically, you need at least a 3.0 GPA to be competitive in dental school admissions. A 3.3 GPA will put you closer to your competition, and a 3.5 GPA or above will give you the best chance of admission.
Go to school and get a good GPA (alternatively, not if you have a better plan like working and volunteering?). Study hard and retake the DAT if you got a less than stellar score. Beef up your resume with things that make you a better candidate. Re-apply as soon as applications open next year.