In reality, dental school is not that hard to get into if you have consistant good grades and a slightly above average DAT. Relax and enjoy your college years while you can. I got waitlisted at UF and I am a UF senior (this is my last semester). I’ve worked at the dental school and also did the Shand’s shadowing thing.
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 .
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.
Your major in undergraduate school doesn’t matter as long you have some basic science classes taken. 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.
Top 10 Easiest Dental Schools to Get Into Ohio State University . University of Missouri – Kansas City. Augusta University . University of Washington. East Carolina University . 11.3% Acceptance Rate. University of Utah. 11.1% Acceptance Rate. New York University . 11.1% Acceptance Rate. University of Iowa . 10.6% Acceptance Rate.
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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.
He also said that the first year of dental school is more difficult because on top of taking all the sciences the medical students take, we have to spend endless hours in the lab mastering our handskills. The classes/exams themselves aren’t inherently difficult , it is more so the volume of material.
Yes, you have a chance. I have a 3.0 oGPA/sGPA and I have two interviews this cycle.
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 .
You should retake because biology is below 17 . It’s an important subject in the DAT and will be important to determine your success as a future dental student. If you get a 17 or below on PAT, you should consider retaking the DAT . PAT is an important section of the DAT and also to your success in dental school .
The exam is scored on a scale from 1 – 30 with an average of 17. That means that with a score of 17, you are scoring greater than 50% of test-takers. Competitive scores of 19-20 put you in the top 25% of test-takers. Scores of 21 and above are in the top 10% of test-takers.
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.
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.
Dental school is the most expensive professional-degree program in the US. During the 2015-16 school year, private nonprofit dental schools charged on average more than $71,000, while public in-state dental schools charged about $38,000, according to the Urban Institute.