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Is Dentistry school difficult to get into?

JaxSurfJaxSurf Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
edited May 2011 in Careers in Medicine
How difficult is it to get into? Are the Ivies pretty much impossible, and the rest are similar difficulties to their undergraduate counterparts?

what kind of gpa should I have?

Is dentistry school hard? Do like half the people drop out after a year or less?
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Replies to: Is Dentistry school difficult to get into?

  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,731 Senior Member
    Is it hard to get into? Yes, roughly the same as medical school because there are fewer spots.(Dental schools matriculated 47% of applicants in the 2004 - 05 application cycle, medical schools matriculated 45% in the 2005-2006 application cycle) I don't have any real data, but I'm willing to bet that applications to dental school are increasing at a faster rate than med school applications - at least by % increases (probably not raw numbers).

    Dental Schools do not match their undergraduate institutions in terms of difficulty of getting into. All dental schools are difficult to get into including the state schools. For example the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry has had the highest incoming GPA for first year students 10 out of the last 14 years. Plus, for the state schools, there is a big advantage for in-state students.

    You should have the best GPA you can muster. A 3.5 is probably a good place to start. I can't find the average entering GPA of matriculants, so I can't give you an idea (for medical school it's 3.6 so I would think that dental school would be close to that). You don't have to have a 4.0, but again you want to aim high. Same thing for the DAT. You also need to make sure that you have clinical experience (most likely shadowing), volunteer hours, perhaps research, campus involvement, leadership experience, and anything else that might show you're dedicated to the field (working in a dental lab perhaps).

    Dentistry school is hard, but like medical school, once you're in, they're going to do what they can to keep you there, even if that means remediation of a course you failed or even a whole year at some schools. Law school is really the only professional school that makes an effort to get people to drop out (b/c there are too many lawyers).
  • california_love8california_love8 Registered User Posts: 1,097 Senior Member
    ummm dent school is cake compared to med school admission. A former student of my current math teacher that was my kaplan SAT tutor got into a dental school with a D, thats right, a D in calculus, which is pathetic if you ask me. He also told me that he got as many "B"s as "A"s, so I'm guessing his GPA is 3.4, which is pretty bad IMHO. So to answer ur question (sorry for the digression), it isn't something like eng where most people get it if they just try, and its not something like med school where very qualified candidates get rejected, its somewhere in between to give you a general barometer
  • LuckMC11LuckMC11 Registered User Posts: 807 Member
    um...wat dental school did he get into
  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,731 Senior Member
    I got into medical school with a 3.49 which included C's in Organic chemistry. Considering that the average matriculant to medical school has an average GPA of 3.6, there are probably a sizable number of people accepted with below a 3.4. I have a friend of a friend who got in with a 3.1 and 23 on his MCAT.

    It's still difficult to get into, the competition is increasing, and considering I know MANY people who are extremely well qualified to get into dental school and haven't, I stand by my original statement.
  • audiophileaudiophile Registered User Posts: 2,569 Senior Member
    Bigredmed's post #2 is right on the money.

    Average GPA of entering freshman to Penn Dental School (my alma mater) the past few years has been in the 3.6 range. There's not a big difference in schools, so I would expect other dental schools to be similar.
  • LNFR27LNFR27 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    @ Bigredmed
    What school did you go to?
  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,731 Senior Member
    I don't disclose that publically, but since the question I usually get is "did you go to Cornell?" I can promise you that I have never attended a school east of the Mississippi River.
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