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Hi everyone! I am thinking of applying to UWO and UofT. I'm finishing up my public health masters currently as well. Here are my stats:

GPA: 3.9/ 87-88% (best two years), 3.7/ 84-85% (best 3 years)

DAT: RC:21 PAT:20 C:17 (rip) B:18   I'm retaking it this november and hopefully it'll go better 

ECs: Volunteering, many club/ leadership positions, retail work.

Unfortunately I have minimal shadowing and was hoping to do it this summer but none of the dental clinics where I live were/are accepting any shadowing students. I also have no experience in research (only a few projects for class but not "hard" science) :/

Do you guys think I have a chance at any of these schools? tbh I'm kind of feeling hopeless at this point 

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I don't think so based on what it says on their website and what students have received in previous years.

First time writing the DAT and was honestly expecting worse (didn’t finish 9 PAT questions, and felt iffy for bio). However I’m still super unsure about how to feel about my chances. Bio 21

Hey there! For u of t, I believe you would need to apply after your degree is completed for them to only consider your best three years.  For western, because you didnt take full time in 2nd

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So, I did not get a interview invite this year for UBC (home school and province). I am also planning on taking the DAT this year in Nov. I was wondering do I have a chance at other schools in Canada or the US with my stats.

CDAT: 20AA (23 Chem, 20 Bio, 17RC) 21 PAT Retake?

GPA: Worst year dropped = 86.7%

Degree: Biology degree completed from UBC

EC: I thought my pre-reqs were pretty good, including things like plumbing work, shadowing dentists (120 hours), volunteering for almost 1500+ hours, multiple executive club positions at school, soccer outside of school, working at nike, admin work at UBC and at a soccer club outside of school, and cultural dance. I also thought my reference letters were pretty solid as well. 

 

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gpa: 80-82% depending on how they calculate it, strong upward trend if it matters at all 

didn't take the DAT yet but my MCAT score is 512 (~85th percentile). i figure i'll need a very high DAT score to even have a slight chance. how would a 512 MCAT roughly translate into DAT percentiles?

used to be a premed so my ec's are pretty stacked but none of them are dental-related. do they factor in ec's at all?

thanks for your help!!

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Hello, first time posting here (and first time applying to dental schools). I applied to UBC (IP) this year and didn't get an interview. Was wondering how my stats measure up to other applicants, and what I could do to improve them? I took the Canadian DAT for the first time this November.

Background info: BSc in Biology from UBC, recently graduated this past May. Average: ~85% (if lowest year is dropped, 86%. Upwards trend from 2nd to 4th year, but course load was slightly less).

CDAT: RC 27, Biol 22, Chem 25, Science Total 23, AA 25, PAT 21. PAT was lower than I was hoping, but I believe this score is still in the competitive range (?) so I don't think I need to retake the exam.

ECs: ~85h and counting shadowing a dentist since August. Don't have much else, and they aren't really dental related either so I'm looking to improve this area: Mentor for upper-level lab course at UBC (1 semester), student volunteer at a pharmacy (~9 months, but this was back in senior year of HS), currently have the head-position making a small video game with a team of people (5 years, also has a small community [~5k people]).

Thanks for any feedback!

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I recently got DAT results back from the Nov 2020 exam and scored a 28 on RC, 25 AA, 21 PAT. I honestly didn't expect to get a decent score because I only studied for 2 weeks. I have a low-ish GPA though, about a 3.84 on OMSAS. I'm not sure I qualify for weighting because I did co-op and had 1 semester where I took 4 courses instead of 5 (also had 1 semester with 6 but had co-op terms between these). I can't really take anymore courses because I've already applied for graduation and don't want to delay that. Is it worth applying to UWO and UofT next cycle? My ECs are mostly biomedical research-related including a pub.

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Hi!

So I applied to UofT for the first time this year and these are my stats:

GPA: 3.92 (worst year dropped)

DAT: 20AA, 18PAT (November 2020)
 

Also, I am in province and just graduated from my undergrad in June 2020. I am also currently enrolled in a one year course based masters which will finish in August 2021. Unfortunately, I did not receive an interview this year (most likely due to my DAT scores). I am writing this to get advice on whether I should rewrite my DAT and keep trying or if I am wasting my time and should start looking into other schools, possibly outside of Canada. Also, is it possible that I could be more competitive next year with the same statistics as I will have completed my masters by then? I would appreciate any guidance. Thank you.

 

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Hey, I definitely think you have a chance at UofT next year. I was in a similar situation as you. The first year I applied, I was in my 2nd year of thesis-based masters (didn't graduate at the time), with undergrad GPA below the average of interviewed candidates and 20AA & 20PAT DAT scores. I didn't get an interview at UofT that year.

So I applied again after getting my masters degree, with improved DAT scores (22AA & 22PAT). This was the first year that UofT introduced the essays. I think my masters, extracurricular and improved DAT all helped me get into UofT. So I'd say focus on finishing your masters, try to do better in DAT and give it another try, good luck!

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On 1/10/2021 at 12:08 PM, kinpredent said:

Hi!

So I applied to UofT for the first time this year and these are my stats:

GPA: 3.92 (worst year dropped)

DAT: 20AA, 18PAT (November 2020)
 

Also, I am in province and just graduated from my undergrad in June 2020. I am also currently enrolled in a one year course based masters which will finish in August 2021. Unfortunately, I did not receive an interview this year (most likely due to my DAT scores). I am writing this to get advice on whether I should rewrite my DAT and keep trying or if I am wasting my time and should start looking into other schools, possibly outside of Canada. Also, is it possible that I could be more competitive next year with the same statistics as I will have completed my masters by then? I would appreciate any guidance. Thank you.

 

You can definitely get in. Improving your DAT scores would help you get a better chance. Also with U of T they give a 0.05 GPA bump for those who completed a masters or PhD

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55 minutes ago, dragonslayer12 said:

Does that apply to applicants who are currently in the final year of a master's or PhD? 

If you will have completed your masters by the end of the semester then I believe so yes. Best to ask the admissions office regarding that. 

FYI that is why about half of U of T's dental class has completed a masters or PhD.

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hello, I was wondering if I can get into dental school with a gpa of 3.5/4.3 and a gpa of 3.78 excluding my first year (3 year bachelor program in kinesiology) and I was wondering if anyone knows about it. my first year was really bad however I've kept an upward trend on my grades so I was wondering if it possible for me to get into university of Toronto 

thank you very much

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Hi Everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone can give me advice on what other pathways I can do to get into UofT dental school? I have always wanted this career but my undergrad GPA at UofT can only get to 3.7 assuming I get straight As this year (lowest year dropped). I am also only eligible for UofT because I took 4 courses in my winter semester last year and this year. Western requires full credits for the last 2 years.  

Please give me any advice on other pathways I can do. I understand that my GPA is poop but I tried very hard :(

 
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On 2/20/2021 at 1:51 AM, help_sos said:

Hi Everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone can give me advice on what other pathways I can do to get into UofT dental school? I have always wanted this career but my undergrad GPA at UofT can only get to 3.7 assuming I get straight As this year (lowest year dropped). I am also only eligible for UofT because I took 4 courses in my winter semester last year and this year. Western requires full credits for the last 2 years.  

Please give me any advice on other pathways I can do. I understand that my GPA is poop but I tried very hard :(

 
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Hey!

Have you thought of doing a second undergrad?

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On 1/10/2021 at 12:30 PM, doodobro said:

Hey, I definitely think you have a chance at UofT next year. I was in a similar situation as you. The first year I applied, I was in my 2nd year of thesis-based masters (didn't graduate at the time), with undergrad GPA below the average of interviewed candidates and 20AA & 20PAT DAT scores. I didn't get an interview at UofT that year.

So I applied again after getting my masters degree, with improved DAT scores (22AA & 22PAT). This was the first year that UofT introduced the essays. I think my masters, extracurricular and improved DAT all helped me get into UofT. So I'd say focus on finishing your masters, try to do better in DAT and give it another try, good luck!

Hi! Just wondering, how do they calculate GPA after masters? I have a 3.7 GPA (lowest year dropped) and I am considering to maybe apply to masters (but not sure how likely it'll increase my chances) or international school. What do you recommend?

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