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  1. I might be wrong but I think they just introduced that this year. Don't remember it being rolling admissions when I applied last year.
  2. I was and I would be interested in that if anybody makes one.
  3. Has anybody started their application and noticed that they've changed some things about the application? One is just a minor thing where they ask about our manual dexterity skills but another is that you can't apply with a DAT score from any year now, it has to be from within the last 3 years. Also we now require 2 references. Up until now references weren't required for the UBC application. Being IP, deciding on dental school late and not having super high grades I knew UBC was my only shot so I never bothered trying to develop relationships with people I could ask for dental school references. Now I don't know what to do anymore. One requirement is just a general reference which I'm fine with but the other needs to be an upper level science professor you studied under or a dentist. I graduated a couple years ago and never got to know any of my profs so that's out the window. There is a dentist I've shadowed but he's a family member with the same last name as me and it says no family members are allowed. I was able to interview at UBC last cycle and did well on the MMI but scored low on PBL. I was confident I could improve on that this time around. However, now I don't even know if I'm going to be able to apply. I was hoping to submit my application by Aug 30th and be considered for early interviews (which are also new, I think?) so that I would have time to consider going to Australia since their schools start in January. I know not planning ahead in case a change like this was made was stupid of me but any advice? I feel like unless I want to wait a whole year to work on my application, my only option is to delay submitting this year's application until the deadline on November 1 and finding a dentist to shadow for 2 months in the meanwhile.. Shadowing for a short period like that only to immediately ask for a reference feels it would be disingenuous of me, idk.
  4. do you know anything about the spatial awareness test? can't find much info about it and don't know if I should be preparing for it
  5. Anyone know if/how much the waitlist has been moving?
  6. Anybody applying to CSU have any idea how to approach the personal statement?
  7. Start an excel spreadsheet and start doing the math. Consider the tuition costs at the different Australian dental schools, the exchange rate, the tuition at the Canadian schools you think you have a shot at, the cost of living in the different cities and scholarship money. Also take into account the length of the programs, some will be 4 years and some will be 5. Try to think of different factors/scenarios as well i.e. the potentially missed income as a dentist if it takes you 2 cycles to get into a Canadian school. There's a lot of different scenarios possible and at a certain point you may find it worth it to go to Australia. Also remember you won't be able to 100% accurately estimate all these numbers, try to underestimate your potential income and overestimate the expenses just in case.
  8. You can find the admission stats for previous years on UBC's website. There are two steps to the admission process. For the first part they look at your GPA, DAT and CASPer scores. If you're competitive enough you get an interview. After the interview only your interview score if looked at and if you do well, you're in. Extracurriculars aren't considered at any point of the admissions process. They can be useful to incorporate into your answers during the interview if you get one but it's not necessary. As for how much GPA matters, nobody really knows but looking at trends from previous years it seems like it used to be about 50/50 GPA and DAT. If you had a low GPA it was possible you could make up for it with a very high DAT and vice versa. But now CASPer is thrown into the mix and it's hard to say how much it's weighed. Imo, GPA and DAT should still be the focus, don't bank on doing well on CASPer to make up for things. As for your chances, I have no idea. UBC uses percentages so I'm not sure what a 3.2 translates into. Also you need to take into consideration that they'll drop your worst year when determining your average. I don't think it makes a difference when you take your pre-reqs. What you should do is determine your GPA in a percentage with the worst year dropped, make some comparisons to the past entrance stats and then assess from there. Keep in mind that you'll need to put in a lot of work to do well in the science pre-reqs and the DAT if you don't have a strong science background and are just now making the switch.
  9. Was anyone who got rejected able to schedule an advising appointment? The rejection e-mail said we could but I just got an automated reply saying they're busy with admissions and that was a week ago.
  10. Yeah UBC is pretty much the only school I have a chance at in Canada lol so I'll def be applying again. And thanks 5-7 years sounds reasonable and that's a good point about remaining flexible about locations and moving around. I'm sure the employability that comes with the degree is what makes it doable and that's one of the reasons for the high tuition like someone else mentioned. Def not going to worry too much about this stuff right now, it was good to get some real opinions.
  11. Yeah that's pretty much what I figured in terms of owning a practice. I'm still a long way from seriously thinking about those things but I feel like I'd be more comfortable working as an associate largely because of the things you already said ie stress, going into more debt etc. The want of being able to pay off the high initial school debt asap is the only thing that made me mention it. I do think that the pros vs the cons makes it worth it for certain people though.
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