I remember it perfectly, sitting down to fill out the application for the Dental Admissions Test and then… WHAT? I have to know which schools I want my scores sent to?! I knew this was something that I would have to figure out, but didn’t expect it to come so soon. I needed to have an idea of which schools I could see myself spending four years at, but how was I going to do this?
Ever have the same thought? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. You don’t need to know exactly where you want to end up, but it is good to learn about different schools to determine if you are interested in applying. Here are three ways to get started with this decision-making process.
- Attend tonight’s webinar: “Choosing the Right Dental School” – 7-8:30 p.m. CT
- Use your copy of ASDA’s Getting into Dental School to get an overview of each school. The book provides the perfect amount of information on all 65 dental schools including tuition, the school’s GPA range, DAT score range and more. Don’t have a copy of your own? Register to become a predental ASDA member today and you will receive a free copy in the mail!
- Contact ASDA chapters at schools you want to learn more about. By talking with current or past students, you are able to get information beyond what can be found in a brochure. You can get an idea of the culture and true feeling of what it is like to be a student at that school. Does a certain school feel like they are one big family, or does it have a competitive vibe? Many ASDA chapters have a section of their website specially designated for predental students, so here is a great place to start.
Every applicant will have different reasons for liking each school, whether it be that it is cost-effective or that it offers a specific program that he or she is interested in. Some will want to be adventurous and travel to the other side of the country, while others will be happy to stay close to family and friends. At the end of the day, you have to go to the school where you feel that you belong and there is no special formula to determine that.
~Cassandra Hainer, University of Wisconsin – Madison ’15, Predental Advisory Committee member