How to Select the Right Dental School

No matter what field you plan to go into, it behooves you to do your homework on institutions of higher learning rather than simply picking a name out of a bag. After all, you want to get an education that will help you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed (especially when it comes to a healthcare field), as well as a diploma prestigious enough to land you a job with a respectable practice upon graduation (or even help you to start your own private practice). But how do you go about finding the dental school that best suits you? Here are just a few things you should consider when you're looking for dental schools to apply to.
1.       Requirements. Like any college or university, different dental schools are going to have varying requirements for entrance (from GPA and prerequisites to extracurricular activities and volunteer work), so the first thing you need to determine, before you even ask yourself if you're interested in a particular institution, is whether or not you are eligible to apply. And this information can quickly be discovered with a call to the admissions office or by looking online (in most cases).
2.       Location. For most people this is an important consideration. There are students that would like to save money by living close to (or at) home. And some just aren't prepared to give up living in a city they love in order to attend school. Others are keen to fly the coop and get as far away from Mom and Dad as possible, or perhaps they think they are more likely to avoid distractions by moving to a place where they don't know anyone. More likely it's just easier to have the full college experience without parents in the picture. Of course, there's also a good chance that you'll have to move to attend some of the best schools (or at least the schools that offer you admission).
3.       Cost. Whether your parents are helping you out, you're shooting for financial aid, scholarships, and student loans, or you're working to pay for school on your own, cost is a major consideration for nearly every student. Although you want to go to a prestigious dental school, and you may even get accepted, you need to be honest about your chances of getting a job immediately following school and your earning potential since you are likely to owe some money once you graduate.
4.       Reputation. Some kids are keen to continue on to 13th grade by attending a major party school, while others just don't want to have to work too hard. This is fine for some kids. But if you want the best chance to be successful in your chosen field you need to select a school that has a strong reputation for academics and the stats and ranking to back it up.
5.       Placement programs. Unless you want to settle for operating as a doctor in pharmacy settings, you need to select a school that is going to give you the best shot at job placement upon culmination. Most schools won't make any guarantees, but you should ask if they offer plenty of internships and whether or not they have programs in place to help you secure a job once you have a degree in hand.

1 comment:

Dillon Dental said...

Thanks for this post. It will help a lot of starters to decide which school is better to go to.


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