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Dentistry Entry Discussion and Questions 2019

Yvette

New Member
I'd say 6.75 to be competitive. 6.875 was the lowest reported score on this forum for last years entry, for 2017 entry it was 6.66 and the year before that was 6.63 if my memory serves me correctly.
Hi Yamster, Thanks for this, it seems the GPA is getting higher and higher :(
 

Yamster

Dental Moderator
DJ May
These are just grades that were reported here though, the actual entry score could be lower! Fingers crossed for you. :)
 

MakaveliDre

New Member
Hello everyone,
I've just completed my 1st year of undergrad Biomedicine at Uni Melb with a GPA of 6.3125 (could've been way better - but was being very lazy all year :(). I'm looking into applying at Griffith University for their dentistry course once I complete my undergraduate degree, in hopes of obtaining a GPA of 6.75 or above. If I was to apply with a GPA of 6.75 or above by the end of my undergrad degree, as well as qualifying as financially disadvantaged (Centrelink recipient), would I be able to secure a place in Griffith Uni? Thank you. :)
 

Yamster

Dental Moderator
DJ May
Hey MakaveliDre, it's hard to say unfortunately as cutoffs change each year depending on the application pool. Who knows if 6.75 will be competitive in the next 4 years or so as it seems the entrance score slowly creeps up each year so it's really hard to say!

GU has one of the highest GPA requirements, if not the highest, out of all the undergrad universities due to the fact that they do not consider the UCAT/interviews/written applications. Have you considered applying to other undergrad uni's which do? Your GPA might get you into one of those universities + a good UCAT, application and/or interview, eg. LaTrobe, UAdel, CSU, UQ?
 

hellomotto

New Member
Hi
just curious as to what the lowest ATAR that got into this course (BDSc at UQ), so I can be a bit more confident that I can get in. My UMAT is high enough, but not sure my ATAR is. So if any who is currently in the first year of this course, could tell me the lowest ATAR they have heard of that someone in their cohort got?

Thanks a tonne.
 
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LMG!

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Most Helpful Member and Staff Member of the Year 2017-2018
Hi
just curious as to what the lowest ATAR that got into this course (BDSc at UQ), so I can be a bit more confident that I can get in. My UMAT is high enough, but not sure my ATAR is. So if any who is currently in the first year of this course, could tell me the lowest ATAR they have heard of that someone in their cohort got?

Thanks a tonne.
It looks to be similar to Med in that you need OP1/99.00.

2017-18 Dent schools Selection Criteria Y12s & Non-standards
 

Tomato

New Member
Hi
just curious as to what the lowest ATAR that got into this course (BDSc at UQ), so I can be a bit more confident that I can get in. My UMAT is high enough, but not sure my ATAR is. So if any who is currently in the first year of this course, could tell me the lowest ATAR they have heard of that someone in their cohort got?

Thanks a tonne.

Please see QTAC homepage. This information is included in their course admission criteria section.
 

Crow

Moderator
Most Active 2018
Hi
just curious as to what the lowest ATAR that got into this course (BDSc at UQ), so I can be a bit more confident that I can get in. My UMAT is high enough, but not sure my ATAR is. So if any who is currently in the first year of this course, could tell me the lowest ATAR they have heard of that someone in their cohort got?

Thanks a tonne.
Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) - Future Students - University of Queensland The lowest was an OP 3 or rank of 95 (ranks are on a scale of 1-99) with adjustment factors. You receive bonus points to inflate your ATAR if you studied Maths C equivalent or LOTE. ATAR is used as a hurdle only - once you’ve met the 99 hurdle place offers are made entirely off UMAT score.
 

hopefulgal

New Member
Can someone please explain how exactly the UMAT is used for entry into UQ dent? According to their site (Applying for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)) the S1 score is used as a tiebreaker, but does that mean if you had a overall score above the threshold, but an S1 score below the tiebreaker, that you wouldn't meet admission requirements? for example in 2018 entry the overall score required was 175, and S1 tiebreaker = 63. If I had an overall score of 180 but an S1 score of 60, and another candidate had 180, S1: 63, does this mean that they would get in and I wouldn't? Not sure if my question/scenario makes sense haha
 

A1

Admissions Speculator
Moderator
Can someone please explain how exactly the UMAT is used for entry into UQ dent? According to their site (Applying for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)) the S1 score is used as a tiebreaker, but does that mean if you had a overall score above the threshold, but an S1 score below the tiebreaker, that you wouldn't meet admission requirements? for example in 2018 entry the overall score required was 175, and S1 tiebreaker = 63. If I had an overall score of 180 but an S1 score of 60, and another candidate had 180, S1: 63, does this mean that they would get in and I wouldn't? Not sure if my question/scenario makes sense haha
The S1 tiebreaker applies only to the scores right on the cutoff (175 in this case). It doesn't matter if you are above the 175.
(Another way is to see S1 like decimal points so 180.20 is > 175.65 > 175.55)
 

NecroTed

New Member
Does anyone know what the intake for Adelaide Dentistry might be? Also, when does La Trobe dentistry application close? I’m a non-standard applicant and I understand you may need to to provide a personal statement on VTAC, just wondering when that might be due.
 

Potater

New Member
Does anyone know what the intake for Adelaide Dentistry might be? Also, when does La Trobe dentistry application close? I’m a non-standard applicant and I understand you may need to to provide a personal statement on VTAC, just wondering when that might be due.
pretty sure the intake for Adelaide Dent is 38 domestic people with 2 spots being reserved for rural applicants,
taken from: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/sites/default/files/docs/Dentistry-admissions-guide.pdf
 

A.stan

New Member
So I'm looking at two possible dental schools - UQ and Griffith. I believe my grades are enough to get into both (fingers crossed i'm on my knees praying). I was wondering what are the pros and cons for each school? Is one of them superior/inferior to the other? Teaching/education quality? Job prospective? If someone could enlighten me I'd be grateful ;-;
 

LMG!

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Most Helpful Member and Staff Member of the Year 2017-2018
So I'm looking at two possible dental schools - UQ and Griffith. I believe my grades are enough to get into both (fingers crossed i'm on my knees praying). I was wondering what are the pros and cons for each school? Is one of them superior/inferior to the other? Teaching/education quality? Job prospective? If someone could enlighten me I'd be grateful ;-;
The final two years at Griffith are full fee paying and I don’t believe this is the case at UQ. Tbh, over everything else, that would be the deciding factor for me.
 

NY Mentality

New Member
So I'm looking at two possible dental schools - UQ and Griffith. I believe my grades are enough to get into both (fingers crossed i'm on my knees praying). I was wondering what are the pros and cons for each school? Is one of them superior/inferior to the other? Teaching/education quality? Job prospective? If someone could enlighten me I'd be grateful ;-;
For dentistry, job prospects don't really matter on the university you attend. UQ might be a Go8 university and more "prestigious" but ultimately, that really doesn't matter unless you're at law school.

Having said that:

UQ is HECs for all 5 years.
Griffith is full fee for the final 2 years which makes Griffith a significantly more expensive option.

That big criteria alone would make UQ Dentistry a better option if you're capable of gaining entry.

If you want to nitpick, for location, Griffith is closer to the beach but Brisbane is the much bigger city with more amenities. Rent is fairly cheap for both(SE Queensland is alot cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne). The UQ Campus is more beautiful but as a dental student you'll be based mainly at Herston so I guess that doesn't matter so much lol.

If you ask me for non-tuition criteria, personally prefer Brisbane over the Gold Coast but that is my opinion :)
 

Yamster

Dental Moderator
DJ May
The final two years at Griffith are full fee paying and I don’t believe this is the case at UQ. Tbh, over everything else, that would be the deciding factor for me.
LMG is correct. Also consider the fact that Griffith's FFP Masters program will literally use up nearly all your FEE-HELP loan as it won't go under the undergraduate HECS scheme. This limits things if you plan on specialising in the future as you now don't have any available loan scheme for the post-graduate specialisation courses so you'd have to pay out of pocket (and those courses are $$$ too).
 

Troy92812

New Member
For those of you who are at UQ studying Dentistry- Which dental instrument pack (one dental or Henry Schein) would you recommend buying? Do we also need to purchase both a lab coat and protective eyewear before the academic year starts, or could we do that later in the year?
Thanks :)
 
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