Friday, April 13, 2012

The application cycle: It's not over until it's over.

(The post title reminds me of the rain scene in The Notebook- Picture)
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When is the application cycle actually over? In short, when you receive a letter of either rejection or acceptance from the school. But it's more complicated than that: "over" is when you start your first day at another dental school OR the school's first day goes by and you don't get a phone call.

There have been instances where someone who did not get into any schools receives a phone call from his dream school- classes begin tomorrow and someone dropped out, still want to be a dentist?

Many schools wrap up interviews early spring. If you are invited to interview pre-December 1st, that's a good sign. If spring rolls around and you haven't heard back from schools you've interviewed at, hold onto hope until their first day of school. But until then, you should prepare to re-apply through next year's cycle. If you don't have any interview invitations come early spring, realistically you should look onto the upcoming application cycle as well.

According to the ADEA, only 40% of applicants enrolled at any dental school for the 2007-2008 cycle. For the 2008-2009 cycle, the number was still around 40% (4871 enrollees out of 12210 applicants). That implies there will be many re-applicants in any given year. In fact, many of my supplement applications specifically asked if I was a re-applicant.

I just got a phone call last week inviting me to an interview. This was one of my favorites, so it was hard to turn down- but another evidence that the application cycle isn't over yet. And we are now approaching summer. (I also know this because kiddos refuse to go to bed when it's still light outside.)

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