Potential students often wonder about the things that will be weighed when measuring their suitability for a dental education. There are so many questions that it is difficult to answer them all. Is my DAT score high enough? Do I have the G.P.A. I need? How important is the essay? How important are my letters of recommendation?
Let’s discuss the importance of your undergraduate school on your admission to Dental School. The most accurate answer for this question is, unfortunately, mostly unknown.
There is no doubt that some members of an admissions committee will place some weight on where you gained your undergraduate degree, either good or bad. The good news is that in most cases it is a committee, and not an individual, who will make the decision as to your fitness for pursuing a dental education.
That is perhaps one of the reasons that Dental Schools use the DAT to “level the playing field” for students from diverse backgrounds.
If you have a good G.P.A. from an accredited college, and you have a competitive DAT score you will not likely be punished for attending an unknown university. It is unlikely that having a pedigree from a more well known institution of higher learning will give you the boost you need if you are applying with less than average statistics. There may be some degree of gain from attending such an institution if your scores are already competitive and you are being measured against a potential student with similar scores.