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UCSD or UOP pre-dentistry?

summertwilightsummertwilight Posts: 3Registered User New Member
I got into both UCSD and University of the Pacific for their accelerated pre-dentistry program. I'm so conflicted about where to go!

Can anyone compare these two schools for me, in terms of academics, social life, nightlife, student body, campus, etc?
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Replies to: UCSD or UOP pre-dentistry?

  • astrinaastrina Posts: 3,029Registered User Senior Member
    a nice place to start would be to read up on the relevant topics for each school.

    UOP dentistry is a good program, i have two friends in it right now. i don't know if the accelerated prep program is also based in SF, i hope it is, 'cause the main UOP campus in stockton is ... uh ... ick. (i live 30 miles away)
  • i_losei_lose Posts: 589Registered User Member
    i concur. uop in stockton is not very nice. (i got into the acc. pre-pharm program and decided not to attend) but likewise, i heard the dentistry program is pretty good and people have definitely heard of it.

    i'd IMAGINE everything is about the same, other than campus size and location.
  • deutschdeutsch Posts: 577Registered User Member
    i got in UOP prepharm, but I think I'm going to pass it for UCSD. UOP has such a small undergrad body. The small amount of freshman makes it seem like you're back at high school all over again.
  • flam253flam253 Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    yeah uhm go for UCSD......DUH
  • jasonlee576jasonlee576 Posts: 543Registered User Member
    If you are sure you want to be a dentist, then UOP is the better choice.
  • onedayoneday Posts: 518Registered User Member
    Here's why I picked SD:
    -UoP only guarantees you an interview, not a spot at their dentistry school. For that, you still have to work your butt off for.
    -$$$$$$$$ UoP is three times more expensive
    -If you realize during the middle of your undergrad years that you dont want to be a dentist, well, you just wasted money and your time.
    -I was drawn to ucsd, I felt nothing towards the UoP campus/location.

    BUT, you should still visit both schools and learn about their differences before making your choice.
  • i_losei_lose Posts: 589Registered User Member
    If you got into their pre-dent program, you probably got a big scholarship (5-10k a year)...at least, this was how it was for me. This should cut down the costs so it's 25k or so...which makes the price a bit more expensive than UCSD.
  • deutschdeutsch Posts: 577Registered User Member
    what if UOP gave more money and now it's even cheaper than UCSD? Apparently the only reason you can graduate in 5 years for these pre- programs is because they expect you to be doing summer class.
  • MR. TubbzMR. Tubbz Posts: 422Registered User Member
    don't know too much about the program but as a Stockton native i can def say it's not as bad as people say. and UOP is a beautiful and self- suffient campus
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