Admissions

Dental Program Admissions

Students are enrolled in the College of Dentistry each August. Candidates apply for admission approximately one year before they wish to be admitted to the College. 45 students are admitted yearly.

Procedure
The College of Dentistry participates in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), and therefore, does not provide its own application form.

AADSAS application is done online at the following: http://www.adea.org/

Applicants will be requested to submit transcripts from each college attended to AADSAS and to the College of Dentistry. A separate application and processing of $50.00 is charged by the College of Dentistry.

Application Deadline
The application deadline is December 15. Early application is strongly encouraged and early applicants are given preference. Applicants should not wait for DAT scores, transcripts, or other application materials before applying through AADSAS. Applicant files will be updated as these material are received. Application prior to November 1 is strongly encouraged.

Interviews
Applicants under serious consideration will be contacted to arrange personal interviews with the Admissions Committee. Interviews will not be granted at the request of applicants. Applicants who are not interviewed may counsel with their predental advisers or the Admissions Committee coordinator.

Letters of Recommendation
The College of Dentistry does not require letters of recommendation, however, evaluations of a student's progress and potential by a predental adviser or committee are appreciated.

Applications for Advanced Standing
Students may be admitted with advanced standing in the dental program.

Example of Timetable

1. Apply through AADSAS application packet during the spring or summer.
2. Interview during the fall.
3. Take the DAT so that the results are available no later than mid-November. (Preferably take the DAT during the summer.)

Dental Admissions Test
The DAT can be taken almost any day of the year through the Sylvan Learning Center. Requirements for the DAT as well as instructions for registering may be obtained at the American Dental Association Web site.

The College of Dentistry is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, handicap, race, color, religion, veterans status, national or ethnic origin.

Selection Factors
The College has no specific requirements regarding the absolute minimal scholastic average or DAT scores. In some cases, applicants who have a low scholastic average will be evaluated on their performances over the last three or four semester of college. Applicants with this type of situation should have included some science courses in their schedule, with a suggested load of 14-16 hours per semester, and shown significant improvement.

All students considered for admission must be academically prepared. Students must possess the intellectual capability and stability, social and perceptual skills, along with the physical capability to observe, communicate, and perform the motor skills adequately to satisfactorily complete the full curriculum.

During the early stages of the application cycle, those applicants under serious consideration will be contacted to arrange a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. After December 1, of any cycle year, applicants will be contacted by phone and certified letter and informed of their acceptance to the entering class.

Important factors in a selection include the following:

  • Academic Background (grade point average and science grade point average
  • DAT Scores
  • State of Residence
  • Campus, Community, and Dental Career (shadowing) Involvement

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