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Top 10: Best Things To Do If You Didn't Get Accepted by Dental School This Year

Stuff happens. You didn't get that admission letter you were hoping for. Most likely because you applied late right? Let your worries fade away and let the strength in you shine, because it's time you got to work! First thing is first, just make sure you apply early next time. What can you do during your year now? Here we go, the Top 10 best things to do if you did not get accepted by dental school this time around:

Top 10 Things To Do If You Did Not Get In This Year To Dental School

1. Analyze your situation
You probably know why you didn't get in. It's sad but true. Since you know your weakness, try to improve it! If you seriously don't know why you didn't get the admissions acceptance letter this year... well it's your lucky day, just read the rest of this Top 10 List.

2. Re-write your admissions exam
That's right, re-write that DAT examination. It's a pain in the behind, I know... but it's the best thing you can do. An even better score can help you clinch that spot next year in a jiffy. Great scores will wow AdComs and they will drool over you instead of passing you over. I have a personal friend that did this... he had 23's across the board on the DAT the first time he applied and got rejected (which are already impressive scores). He simply re-wrote... achieved even more impressive 26's across the board, and had mulitple offers of admission the second time around. See our post on how to do well on the DAT if this applies to you!

3. Continue on into a Masters program
I am assuming that you completed a Bachelors program before you applied. If you didn't even finish a Bachelors, do that first. If you did, maybe consider a Masters. Most of them require at least 2 years more, and a research project. It's tough, but worth it, especially if you can do well and get A's. Our insiders hint to you? There are 1-year Masters programs at certain universities that are lecture based only. This will avoid you the torture of research, and allow you to finish your Masters within the one year that you would have been idling anyways. Do your research and try to find one of these 1-year Masters programs! A lot of universities in the US offer programs like "GMS" or a Masters in Graduate Medical Sciences. These are ideal for people in your position!

4. Find a job in your intended field
You're interested in dentistry, so the ideal job for you would be a dental laboratory technician. These types of positions are often hired for without any experience, and training is provided. Perhaps consider working in a dental clinic as an auxiliary. Not only will you be clinically more competent and faster than your classmates once you get into dental school... the getting in part will be that much easier!

5. Volunteer in your intended field
Naturally, this is similar to finding a job in your intended field, but you don't get paid for it. Usually, the involvement is of a lesser degree as well. In terms of patient contact, this is usually something in which you superfically deal with patients, and less directly than a person employed. This is usually due to liability reasons, and as such, finding a job can be more helpful than simply volunteering. Don't get me wrong though, volunteering is something that definitely enhances your application the second time around.

6. Contact the schools you applied to
After the admissions cycle is over for the year, you can contact the schools you applied to, explain your situation, and ask for their advice. Some schools are often willing to let you know how you can improve your application. Certain schools look for specific things which you can accomplish easily! This is a no-brainer especially if you are really pushing for one specific school such as your local one! Just keep in mind that you should act professionally and cordially. The person you end up contacting may remember you, and if you asked questions in a positive and friendly manner, this may actually help you in your re-application process.

7. Pursue research positions within your undergraduate school
This may seem tough especially if you have already graduated with a Bachelors degree. It isn't tough at all though. If push comes to shove, you can go from lab to lab and ask to volunteer! Professors are always looking for lackeys that they can utilize to perform menial tasks. If you can obtain a proper research position in a laboratory, all the better! Although you may hate research like I did, it's well worth that effort when you see that acceptance letter the second time you apply.

8. Contact your local pre-dental student society
Chapters of various pre-dental student societies and associations exist in almost all undergraduate universities. Use them! You might have to purchase a membership first. They may be able to answer your specific questions and provide insight and support to you. I personally recommend pre-dental ASDA (American Student Dental Association) chapters for pre-dental students who are looking for support.

9. Pursue high-level extracirriculars
This won't apply to many people, but if you're an extraordinary athlete or chess player or something of the sort, pursue your extraordinary ability. If you can end up competing in state-level, national, or even international tournaments, it will definitely improve your application! Now if you can get to the Olympics, that would be ideal, but not all of us can do this. This is something to think about if you fall into this category.

10. Travel
This is at the end of the list, as this may not enhance your application that greatly. It will give you more depth into your personality and character in any subsequent interviews though. It will also give you something to chit-chat about. Plus, its more enjoyable and exciting than anything else on this list right? :)

I hope this helps. We know you're disappointed, but we know you can do it. Keep up the hard work, and one day your dreams will come true. Just don't give up!

Top 5: Latin Terminology for Dental School

When a student joins the medical world, be it as a student physician or dentist or veterinary, there is a whole new language to learn. Bio-scientific and medical terminology mainly derives it roots from Latin and Greek. Now I am assuming that you know some basic Latin and Greek derivatives if you are visiting this page... such as "-itis" and all that. So lets get on with it!

Top 5 Latin and Greek Stems of Medical Terminology to Know for Students

1. ENTER(o) - "intestine" (Greek)
Enterobacteria, Anenterous, Enterolysis... etc. You'll know a word with this stem refers to something to do with the intestines! Keep in mind that this usually refers to the small intestines.

2. HEPAT - or HEPAR - "liver" (Greek)
Hepatitis, Heparin, Hepatolysin... these conditions or descriptions refer to those related to the liver.

3. SQUAM - "scale" (Latin)
Mainly squamous, which refers to flat, nucleated, simple epithelium (or top most, or skin-like layer).

4. STAPHYL - "bunch of grapes" (Greek)
It's good to remember the main pathogens or organisms that can invade and infect the body. Staphylococcus aureus is a prime example. So now you know that Staph looks like a bunch of grapes under a light microscope. Good to know actually.

5. STEAR - or STEAT - "fat" (Greek)
Ever heard of steatorrhea? You might have guessed it: diarrhea with fat in it.

Top 10: Easiest US Dental Schools to Get Into (admissions)

First off, it should be made clear that no dental school is easy to gain admission into. This ranking is about the easier dental schools that students worried about admission should aim to include on their application lists. Everyone wants the averages of the easiest US dental schools to get into. Published numbers aren't always current, and numbers don't give you the complete picture. Keep in mind that GPA is not everything! The DAT is also an important factor, as well as other factors such as tuition. For example, a school with the lowest GPA average may have one of the most stringent DAT requirements. Some of you may dispute this ranking list, however, keep in mind that this is just for a general sense of which dental schools may be easier to gain admission into. ***These schools are mostly PRIVATE schools, not state schools, and US residents should apply to their in-state dental school on a priority basis before applying to out-of-state and private institutions*** Students claiming minority status in certain situations may be able to obtain admissions to alternate dental schools more easily. The 10th spot on this ranking is a special designation ranking for the easiest schools to obtain admissions into for minority pre-dental students.

Top 10 Easiest Dental Schools to Gain Admission Into Based on Incoming Class Statistics and Other Factors as of 2008

1. New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dental)
Generally regarded as one of the priciest dental schools in the country, the admissions average remains low as applicants tip the scales as they choose affordable dental schools over this one. In fact, this dental school is ranked as the 2nd most expensive. If you're in a rut in terms of GPA and/or DAT scores, NYU should potentially appear on your application list. Although this school is easy to get into, we are aware that NYU's quality is still superior. The New York City environment adds to the cost of living, however, for the 'money is no object' type of applicant, this remains a prime choice. Students should be aware that a small % of freshmen students do drop out of classes as it is promoted to the sophomore year.

2. Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple Dental)
A relatively high cost of tuition/living, high crime zone, and negative reviews regarding faculty contribute to this school's ranking as one of the easiest dental schools to get into. DAT score averages remain low as well as GPA averages of the incoming classes. Some readers may argue that they enjoyed their education at Temple Dental, however one of our editors' personal interviews at this dental school gave him the insight from speaking to Temple dental students that this school was not highly regarded.

3. Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BU Dental)
Generally one of the easier dental schools to obtain admissions into in terms of having a low undergraduate average GPA and science GPA. BU Dental does seem to have a preference towards a high DAT score. Year in and year out for the past few years, and what seems to be some ways into the future, BU Dental remains a stronghold for many pre-dental applicants seeking "back-up" options in case they don't obtain admission into other dental schools. So why is this one of the easier schools for admission? COST! The tuition is costly and the cost of living in Boston does not help the situation at all. BU is ranked as the 4th most expensive dental school. BU Dental seems to be regarded as a school with a relaxed atmosphere. See more information on Top 10 Reasons to Attend BU Dental.

4. Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (Tufts Dental)
Look towards BU Dental, as essentially the same circumstances apply. In fact, these two schools are not even that far apart. If you didn't already know, Tufts is in Boston too. Boston's a great city though, check out why we say that. Also in-step with the Boston environment, Tufts is the 5th most expensive dental school.

5. Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLU Dental)
On paper it seems as if it is a relatively easy school to obtain admission into. There's a reason for that. Loma Linda is a Christian school and they tend to integrate some Christian values into their programs. Enough said.

6. Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU Dental)
VCU Dental is located in a high crime rate area, consistently mentioned for the high murder and assault rates reported. Living in a decently safe area requires you to commute to this school. The main reason this school is considered easier to gain admission into is actually due to the low GPA and DAT averages required, however it should be noted that extracirricular activities, and personal background factors (life experience, unique circumstances) are more highly recognized than other dental schools. This factor allows students with lower core statistics to gain admission, but this is offset with a higher expectation of other facets of the applicants portfolio.

7. University of Southern California School of Dentistry (USC Dental)
Expensive, expensive and expensive. This school is ranked as the #1 most expensive dental school in the United States. A pricey atmosphere coupled with PBL. A problem-based learning (PBL) cirriculum at this school scares applicants away... at least those ones with prior exposure to PBL! Admissions averages remain low relative to other schools, most likely due to the high cost of tuition.

8. University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (UoP Dental)
Expensive again, see a trend? This school is the 6th most pricey. Expensive schools tend to have incoming classes with lower admissions averages. The location and quality of this school is decent, and the 3-year program tends to attract some applicants pushing this school towards the bottom of this list. See Top 10 Reasons to Attend Pacific Dental (UoP) if you want more information about why this school is a good choice.

9. Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (Case Dental)
A poor neighborhood in terms of crime and safety. Low regard of the dental school within Case Western Reserve University itself, and a strong presence of LDS (Mormon) affiliated dental students describes this school. Slightly pricey (7th most expensive school) with an average set of facilities, this school still lands within the Top 10 easiest dental schools to get into.

*10. Howard University College of Dentistry and Meharry Medical College Dental School
This ranking is only mentioned with a special status as these schools cater to students of color and disadvantaged backgrounds. Minority students should seek to apply to these schools to improve their chances of admission.

That's all. We know this post may create friction and raise tensions for some readers... but that's our goal! We are here to post rankings, which do tend to create controversies as certain readers may have an affiliation with a particular institution which may have gotten a bad rap.

Top 10: Ways or methods on HOW to do well on the US NBDE Part 1 (Dental)

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<***SPECIAL UPDATE: As of present, the Joint Commission of National Dental Examinations has unanimously voted to move the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I and II to a pass/non pass format by 2010. Additionally, there is an idea circulating among dental educators to merge the two board exams into one single, clinically relevant and integrated exam. Currently, the JCNDE is conducting surveys and collecting opinions to help decide how to implement these changes. More regarding this format change will be updated as information is acquired by Top 10 Nation. This change in format would affect international dental applicants as well as current and future dental students and current dentists, especially those interested in post-graduate residency programs. For now, this Top 10 List still applies as to how to do well on the NBDE Part I.***>
Dental school... and boards, an inevitable encounter that all dental students experience. What is this exam all about? More importantly, how do you study for this exam? It all depends on the goal here! Do you want to just pass, or do you want to achieve a 90+ score to obtain admission into a specialty or residency program?

Top 10 Ways or Methods on HOW To Do Well on the US NBDE Part I

1. Dental Decks
Yes, you've heard this hundreds of times. The Dental Decks are an excellent resource. Why? They are concise, dense, and packed full of high-yield information. Exactly what you need to know to pass and do well on the NBDE Part 1. If you are simply looking for a passing score, reading the decks ONCE or TWICE over will help propel you to a 'good enough' level. Review it carefully TWO or THREE times if you want to obtain a 90+ score. How long does it take to review the dental decks? Depending on your personal drive and how much time you spend studying per day, ONE THOROUGH reading will take anywhere from one month to 2 weeks. My personal opinion is that the dental decks also adapt to changes in this exam quite tastefully. Therefore it is strongly advised to obtain a recent copy of the Decks.

2. Personal drive and minimizing inappropriate procrastination
How do you do this? Everyone has a different method. I will share with you a method that works consistently for me. Write down your goals. This is a simple way to determine, clarify, and solidify your future performance on this exam. If you're a procrastinator... you better be a 'higher-end' student! Students that have the ability to absorb large amounts of information in a short period of time? They should spend at least 2 weeks preparing for this exam.

3. Wikipedia
Come across some terminology that you don't understand? Wiki it! Often for this exam, you need to know what a certain word means. Even simple knowledge of what a particular term means or is related to can help you pass this exam and do well.

4. Old examinations
A lot of you might complain about the lower ranking of old exams on this list. A few years ago, I would have placed old exams at #2 on this ranking list. Old exams are still important to understand what the current board examination consists of, but guess what? The current NBDE Part I (into 2008 and beyond) is rapidly changing. Testlets are appearing, pictures may soon arrive, and the 100% digitization and randomization of this exam means that old examinations are losing their lustre. Obviously, I do not have any inside information regarding this, however, my personal opinion is that in the past, the old examinations were more useful, and that there were quite a few instances of repeat questions. In the current versions of the exam, it seems that a different style of questions is appearing. Still, use the old exams, but know the limitations. Shy away from OLDER exams (70's and 80's), and try to focus on old exams that are less than 10 years old. Where do you get old exams? My strong suggestion is to use ASDA released exams. At least this way, you know the answers you are studying are correct. I DO NOT SUGGEST THE USE OF UNRELEASED OR REMEMBERED QUESTIONS. These will not give you an edge. The answers they provide are usually not correct. This type of a "resource" will only confuse you! In fact, you should report this type of information to the Joint Commission On National Dental Examinations.

5. First Aid for the NBDE Part I
This concise book gets an honorable mention from me. I did not use it personally so I cannot advise on the appropriateness or the value of the information contained within this publication. I mention it though because LOTS of my classmates used this book and gave positive feedback. I do have some negative information regarding this book though. There are many errata (errors) within this book (as of 2008). This may lead to confusion and may result in you wasting your time to confirm correctness of facts.

6. Classmates and upperclassmen (and women)
Yes, you will have a few of those wild and crazy classmates that decide to rip through the board exam early on. Listen to their advice, they can tell you which sections to focus upon (like... know your fungi!). They can also advise you as to the style of the examination, and other tidbits of information that is current and relevant. In fact, you should have already been using this resource for dental school in general right?!

7. Professors
Ask your professors during your first and second year classes about what you need to know for the boards. They can point you towards the proper direction well in advance of this exam. This will allow you to know what type of information you need to know... and it will be just that tiny bit easier to remember for when the board exam does come around.

8. Inter-school resources
This depends on your school. Some schools offer a databank of past questions and furnish other personalized information for their own students. Sometimes a student from another school is able to forward this information to you, or sometimes your school actually provides you a review course or information. This is something that you should take advantage of!

9. Mock exams
Institutions, organizations, and clubs such as your local ASDA chapter often hold mock board exams to help you prepare and get a feel for what the exam situation feels like. If you tend to develop stress or you tend to become nervous during exams - this type of a resource may help you!

10. ADA Candidate Guide and online tutorial
Last... and least... this won't exactly help you do any better for the NBDE Part 1, however, it will help you understand the rules and processes that are in effect for this exam. Get to know how the exam is structured and scored. Get to know the timing of your breaks, and other details before you step foot into that Prometric Center to take your exam!

Top 10: Reasons to Attend Pacific Dental (UoP Dental)

Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (UoP) conducts annual student surveys. AdComs reports those findings, and here is why students like Pacific! Now please note that this list is actually released by this school. I will relay this list to you as well, however note that I don't agree with these reasons in such order. I would place emphasis on the 3-year cirriculum as a major interest generator for this dental school. Students look at this school and see a place at which they can finish a year earlier and still end up with a degree that's just the same as you would get from a 4-year school. That being said, let's go for it - the Top 10 reasons to choose Pacific for dental school.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (according to the school [see original source])

1. Clinical strength and emphasis on practice management
Most freshmen acknowledge an early clinical experience is integral to their choice.

2. Advanced simulation laboratory
Students enjoy the access to the facilities available to them. Described as state-of-the-art, Pacific's new simulation lab is an excellent addition to a top-tier dental school in this nation. Students also comment about the attractive environment at this school.

3. Friendly atmosphere
Faculty treat students as respected individuals starting from day one. This school claims to place emphasis on the development of self-confidence and self-esteem. I personally feel that this reason arises not as a reason to choose this school, however as an indicator that students are treated fairly (as they are at most dental schools).

4. Three-year cirriculum
"Cram session," describes it. Four academic years of instruction in three calendar years appeals to many applicants. Everyone wants to transgress the school phase quickly. My opinion on this is that this is by far the primary reason people choose to apply to this school. Other reasons include obviously if you are a local, but out-of-state students look at this as a place that they could 'skip' an extra year of stress and just finish earlier.

5. Quality of staff
The school claims to have faculty available to students with an added focus on quality. This is an excellent reason as some schools may not have a supportive atmosphere, however, note that in my opinion, many schools have a reasonably appropriate atmosphere for students. A rare professor here or there may not click with you at most schools.

6. Simulation Lab
I know, this already appeared at "Top 10 Reason #2." The school's report is uhhh.... repeating itself.

7. Reputation of Pacific for producing excellent clinicians
This is perhaps an ego-centric claim on the school's part. I feel that even if students surveyed responded in such a manner, that their opinions are potentially misguided with a haze of school pride. Students reported that many groups of contacts recommended attending Pacific.

8. "Pacific family"
Again a repeated reason which is simply a rehash of "Top 10 Reason #3." Students enjoy the interaction with Pacific alumni and staff.

9. Curriculum
Ok, not because it's a three year program... no, this is a completely new reason. Students like the mix of basic and clinical sciences. They prefer the clinical experience which starts early on in their program.

10. Location
San Francisco is a major city in the United States. It's in a good area too! California obviously has great weather and a great lifestyle! San Francisco itself is renowned for its tourism. Studying in San Francisco would certainly add character to an already remarkable school experience.

So that's it. I still think that the three-year thing makes this school one of the best dental schools in the United States.

Top 10: Best Dental Schools in the US and Canada (Ranking)

Please see our 2011 Best Dental School Rankings

Dental professionals will undoubtedly say that it is improper and unfair to rank dental schools. We agree, it is not the best idea to provide our readers dental school rankings because each school provides similar education and each school has unique characteristics. For this reason, this list remains debatable, however, our main intent is to provide a general road map of which schools are leaders in their small niches, and why they are unique. This ranking of the Top 10 Best Dental Schools involves the amalgamation of multiple metrics and rankings from media sources as well as other sources and reports. Our primary intelligence is our dental student and faculty insiders at dental schools across the United States and Canada. All dental schools in the US and Canada are excellent, and the reader should note that that all dental students eventually graduate with equivalent DDS or DMD degrees.

Top 10 Best Dental Schools in the nations of US/Canada as of 2008

1. University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB), Baltimore College of Dental Surgery

This is a newly renovated dental college with the distinct history of being the first dental college in the world. This school is undoubtedly the pioneer of dental education. Founders Drs. Horace H. Hayden and Chapin A. Harris are the world renowned fathers of dentistry. These names may not strike pre-dental students as important, however, most dentists or current dental students can recognize these tremendous players in the development of dentistry. History aside, unique post-graduate programs such as experimental pathology to seven of the eight accredited post-graduate residency programs available are offered at this exciting school. Many of these post-graduate programs have renowned faculty. Overall, undergraduate dentistry here offers excellent faculty, a student population with a strong admission average, constant curriculum innovation, and a solid patient base. The compilation of which, we believe is the best mix for an excellent dental student experience. The new UMB Dental building that opened its doors in 2006 takes this first place finisher from historical to modern.

University of Maryland Dental School Building

2. Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine
Harvard Dental is the first ever university-based and university-affiliated dental school in North America. Before Harvard Dental came along, dental schools and the field of dentistry itself was not recognized as an important sub-specialty of medicine. The legacy of this school in this regard cannot be overlooked. Harvard is a world-class educational institution overall - leading most rankings across the world in broad categories. Harvard's School of Dental Medicine is a dental school with a strong research backbone and this school has obtained an excellent legacy for discoveries within its walls. Harvard leads in integrating new discoveries from the laboratory to transforming such discoveries into a solid curriculum offered to their students. While research is it's strength, clinical training is also keeping pace. Minor negative points are that Harvard Dental's clinics are somewhat problematic for patients in terms of continuing care and that it ranks as the 10th most expensive dental school.

3. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School
A solid foundation and a great mix of professors. A cooperative atmosphere contributes strongly to this dental school's excellence. Junior and senior off-campus clinical rotations enhance the students' exposure to the clinical world of dentistry. UTHSCSA Dental offers unique 'selectives' that allow their students to excel in a field that they choose. These selectives include courses such as molar endodontics, introductory orthodontics, in-depth financial planning, periodontal flap surgery, and even enteric sedation. Excellent training, and in-depth exposure to advanced aspects of dentistry are sure-fire ways to have a dental school stand above the rest of the crowd.

4. University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry
Strong education, strong research, and a strong sense of service to the community. This dental school is one of the top dental schools in the nation due to its strong performance across most benchmarks. As North Carolina's only dental school, a lack of patients for students doesn't become an issue, and UNC Dental's lucky students have a fantastic clinical experience. Upperclassmen are known to assist fresh faces as they wind through all the hurdles a dental school can throw at a new student. Camaraderie, curriculum, research opportunities, and limitless patients make for a great experience at UNC.

5. University of Michigan, School of Dentistry
The first dental school in history to be loosely associated with a university, this school helped to incorporate dentistry as a true profession. The main reason this school is a top-tier institution is because of an excellent and solid education, with good reviews from many media sources and reports, and a comparatively affordable tuition. Students report overall high levels of satisfaction. Great faculty and dynamics (as reported by students) result in this school being a Top 10 choice! The fact that this school offers separate cubicles for senior students and the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry located within the dental school are adjunct reasons that a prospective student may consider in their search for a dental school. Although unrelated to the ranking, it is interesting to note that the museum is one of only a handful of dental museums across the world, with over 10,000 exhibits.

6. The University of Toronto, The Faculty of Dentistry
The premier research center for dentistry in Canada and well recognized internationally, UofT Dental scores strong among dental schools in North America. Only top-tier students are accepted, as admission averages to this dental school are extremely competitive, rivaling institutions such as Harvard. A multidisciplinary approach is applied at this institution, resulting in extremely rigorous education. The program offers its students many off-campus opportunities for patient treatment as well. This large, well-endowed dental school, with a legacy in Canada that can't be beat is as a result, Canada's best, and our Top 6th dental school.

7. University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine (UPenn)
A nationally high ranking school with impressive rates of funding from the NIH, UPenn Dental scores in the Top 10 with its curriculum strongly integrated with medicine and an added interdisciplinary approach. Incoming students into UPenn Dental can expect a rigorous educational experience in both clinical and biomedical sciences. UPenn also boasts a new clinical facility that opened in 2002 - combined with a decent patient population - provides an enjoyable clinical experience for UPenn dental students. On the downside, a relatively larger class size, and dreary dungeon-like classrooms are still a mainstay at this institution.

8. McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry
New facilities and an impressive reputation propels this dental school well above the average dental institution. A diverse student population, along with a strong clinical background gives students a unique experience. McGill University's Faculty of Dentistry is one of a handful of dental schools embedded within a hospital setting. Students in 3rd and 4th years spend time in the hospital dental clinic which provides an added benefit of treating medically compromised patients. Students also rotate through other disciplines within the hospital as well. Overall, this lends McGill graduates a more confident 'leg-up' over other dental graduates. As an aside, Montreal is a city known within Canada as a "party city" and McGill dental students have a reputation that does not disappoint. Interestingly and unrelated to the ranking, it's worthy to note for our readers that our insiders tell us that McGill dental students are (coincidentally?) a good looking bunch.

9. University of Washington, School of Dentistry
This excellent dental school ranks #4 in terms of funding from NIDCR. Pass rates and average scores (although these numbers are not released) consistently show that NBDE Part I and II test takers from this school are among the highest scoring within the country. Excellent training perhaps? WREB passing rates (98.2%) for graduates simply solidifies what all of the other benchmarks also scream: "We teach our students exactly what they need to know!" A diverse student population, and a choice of advanced electives for students in their junior and senior years contributes to the strong academic environment. Students also report a higher level of satisfaction.

10. Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine
This dental school, located in exciting New York City, is an excellent choice for those seeking dual degrees. Columbia offers both the DDS/MPH and the DDS/MBA. A total of five dual degrees are offered at this college. Location, degrees offered, and students' experience enriched with advanced and unique subjects lends Columbia an environment that's inviting for their student population. Columbia is an expensive dental school though, ranking as the 8th most expensive dental school. With a strong reputation and excellent student life, Columbia rounds off the Top 10 List of the Best Dental Schools for 2008.

ATTENTION: Readers should note that that these rankings are simply a "road map" to what top-tier dental schools are able to offer to their students. Essentially, this ranking list simply outlines the unique characteristics of each of these schools. ALL US/CANADIAN DENTAL SCHOOLS ARE EXCELLENT INSTITUTIONS PROVIDING SUPERIOR AND ACCREDITED DENTAL EDUCATION. We suggest that dental students consider all aspects of a dental school including, but not limited to cost of attendance, safety of location, and availability of patients before selecting their final choice. Cost of attendance is in our opinion what the astute dental applicant would consider as their primary determinant in applying for and agreeing to attend any given dental school.

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