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I know that the specific college isn’t what gets you into dental school, but what are some of the best/most common colleges dental, or even medical, students, go to? (besides the classic Stanford/Harvard ivy league)

I’m a Junior and since I’m taking the SAT this year, I really want to know what score to aim for based off of college options. I’ve done quite some college research, but it would be nice to have some more colleges to consider.
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Jeffrey’s Answer

Hey Emem! The most common colleges that students in post-graduate medical programs come from are all of the colleges that have medical schools. The obvious ones you named are common for obvious reasons (Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, etc.) but also some other schools like the University of Colorado (since you live in Colorado), Creighton, University of Utah, most of the California state schools like UC Davis, Irvine and San Diego, etc. Again, any college with a medical or dental school nearby or on campus is a major feeder into those programs. The benefits are that you have the opportunity to do research, gain mentors, take classes and meet current faculty and students. The drawbacks are that they're often much more competitive (you aren't the only one trying to meet that important faculty member) and it can be harder to stand out.

That being said, medical and dental students come from any and all colleges. I have classmates from those big name schools but I also have some from much smaller schools and even some who spent the majority of their time at community colleges. The name of your college doesn't get you into medical school, your grades, MCAT, letters of recommendation, life/work/volunteer experiences, research and life story do. Sometimes going to smaller colleges has advantages such as getting closer to professors so they can write you great letters, closer instruction to get better grades, more volunteer and research experiences, etc. Every accredited college has the necessary pre-requisite classes for admission to a medical field program.

Since you're a junior taking the SAT, all you can do now is focus on working and studying hard and trying to score as well as you can. Then working hard in school to get good grades and build relationships with your mentors at school so you can build the amount of people who will be pushing for you to get into college. If you know you tried hard then that's all that matters. Not scoring high enough to get admitted to Harvard doesn't mean that your dreams and goals are over. Finding the best college for you is more about the balance between funds, environment and the education. Good luck!

Thank you not only for giving some colleges that had medical schools/medical school nearby, but letting me know that the college isn't what gets you into medical school. I already had a little bit of an idea that that was the case, but the example you provided of your classmates who came from varying schools was very settling. I appreciate the time you took to write this answer and I plan to work hard this year! Emem U.

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Damon’s Answer

Each dental school has a “feeder” school. Inquire from each school. Many of these are private schools.

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Joseph’s Answer

Google is your friend :-) Top Dentistry Schools in 2020

all dentistry schools rankings


Do not be afraid to apply for overseas universities - I have lived all over the world and consider myself fortunate to have met so many wonderfully different people!

Dentists will have work wherever they go - my cousin is one and he has worked in India and is now working and living in Australia :-)

Good luck

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Estelle’s Answer

I went to UT in Austin and not only had an excellent experience, but also successfully went to medical school afterward. One of the benefits of large state schools in that they are affordable and also feeder schools to medical schools in those states.