Bolstering your application by incorporating several, or all, of these suggestions will transform you from numbers and letters on a page into a substantial and competitive candidate.

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Dental School Requirements: What’s a Good GPA?

Hey everyone! Ben Frederick here. I asked Kyle Smith (aka @askaDDSstudent) to put together some information on dental school requirements, specifically GPA. There’s a lot of great stuff in this article, so be sure to take a look. Required GPA for Dental School Admission One time. Only once, in the entire process of interviewing, attending 4 years of dental school, applying for associateships, and during my tenure as an associate dentist (almost 6 months as of writing this), have I been asked what my GPA was. The person who asked? A patient during my fourth year of dental school while discussing what my plan was after graduation. Many pre-dental students have asked me over the years what a “good” GPA is. My response is consistently something along the lines of “Your GPA isn’t everything.” A 4.0 is great, but any GPA above the school’s minimum requirements can get you accepted, as long as the rest of your application is competitive (See: -> Creating a Competitive Dental School Application) For those of you who are just dying to see some GPA stats, here are the basics:     *The statistics in this image were calculated from data found in the 2014 edition of the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools. This publication is an amazing resource that I would definitely recommend to all serious applicants. It contains TONS of specific details and admissions statistics (including GPAs and DAT scores) from each of the US and Canadian dental schools. You can purchase your own digital copy for only $10! Put It In Perspective Now, I’m not discounting the benefits of a...

“Don’t wait until the night before your application is due to begin this step.”

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Here are a few handy dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you move through the planning and writing stages.

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Personal Statement Preparation, Outline, Style, Content, and Voice

Outline & Preparation Although your first impulse may be to just jump headfirst into the writing stage of your personal statement, resist the urge to speed through! A little preparation and a thoughtful outline may seem time-consuming, but the small time investment will pay off hugely in your final product. Use these questions to get your thoughts flowing as you prepare to write: Why this school? Why this program? What traits do I possess that will help me excel in this field? Have I overcome any obstacles or hardships in order to succeed? What do I already know about this field? Who in this field do I admire, and why? What do I offer this program and profession? In addition to the above questions, there is one more crucial element to keep in mind during your preparation and outlining process: your intention with the personal statement. Remember when we said to consider your reason for attending a program the “theme” of your essay? Well, here’s where that really comes into play. When doing the outline, keep this theme always in mind, and make sure that everything points back to it. That will make your personal statement much more cohesive. Style, Content, & Voice Chances are, by the time you are applying for a college program, you have likely written at least a few essays in life. You may already have a clear idea of what your tone is as a writer. Maintaining that original voice is significant—but these few points on style and tone will help make the design spot-on for the personal statement. Show Don’t Tell Most relevantly, remember the importance of showing over telling. Don’t just tell your reader, “My strong work ethic has gotten me far and will suit...