Chances at Dental School With a Low GPA? ⠀


Students reviewing chances at dental school
So what are the possibilities?

Everyone take a deep a BREATH!⠀⠀⠀

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✨ Should you put off applying?⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Depends on how low it is. You’re competing against really impressive applicants. GPA on the other hand is not everything. If you feel your 3.0 still needs to be heard because of your killer DAT, incredible essay, and other unique aspects of your application, you’re probably right! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

✨ Do you have a low GPA with an upward trend? ⠀⠀⠀⠀

One thing is bombing undergrad consistently until the day you graduate for no reason, and another thing is having a bad start that puts you in a GPA hole that is too hard to climb out of despite solid improvement. Having a bad start and excelling afterwards for a consistent amount of semesters, is key. Having a reason for it and explaining how you GREW from that point, is even more important.⠀⠀⠀⠀

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✨ Have you identified the reason for your low GPA? ⠀⠀⠀⠀

Be honest! It’s important to identify this because dental school takes WORK. I dislike the word “smart.” The reality comes down to, how much work are you putting in for your abilities? Is this what you really want or is this what your parents want? Did you improve and become a great student by the end of undergrad or are you still unsure as to what you need to adjust? Imagine somehow getting in and none of this has been addressed? Failing out is a very expensive ordeal, so just be sure you’re ready. ⠀⠀⠀⠀

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✨ Post-Bacc or Masters?⠀⠀⠀⠀

I see a lot of people jump the gun with this one, and lots of people that don’t take this option sooner. This goes back to the question above. Take some time before you jump into a commitment this big. This will be one of your last chances to show admissions that you mean business! It’s also another year of tuition, while you’re not in dental school. Many of these programs exist in PRIVATE universities and it’s a lot of money to pay to not do well! ⠀⠀⠀

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CONFIDENCE IS KEY! The world is not black and white. Some schools will do stats cutoffs and some schools are more holistic. Apply to the right schools for your background and you might just see your dreams come true! 🥳⠀⠀⠀

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Good luck to all of our applicants! 🥰

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