Message to Applicants: COVID-19 and Admissions 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive and will continue to provide challenges for prospective applicants in the spring and summer of 2020. In light of the present reality, please consider the following information.

AADSAS Submission Information

  • Applicants were able to begin submitting information through the ADEA AADSAS (Associated American Dental School Application Service) on June 2. There is a new optional question that prompts applicants to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their preparation in applying for dental school.

  • The UNMC College of Dentistry requests a November 1 submission of the AADSAS application. However, we do encourage early applications in June, July or August, if possible.  

  • Please note: We are committed to being as flexible as possible and will take into account any disruptions that have occurred due to the pandemic, i.e. closing of testing centers, possible delays in acquiring transcripts and letters of recommendation, etc. When you are able to apply, UNMC stands ready to holistically review your application.

  • If you are having issues submitting your application prior to November 1, and for any questions or comments, contact us at: We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will make adjustments to admissions deadlines if necessary. Updates are posted on the ADEA AADSAS website.

Prometric Test Centers and the Dental Admission Test

  • The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is being administered. In June, testing capacity will be limited to 50% to allow for proper social distancing. There is a possibility that this 50% capacity requirement will be extended into July and August.

Pass/Fail Credits

If your institution has made a change in grading for 2020 spring and summer courses, you are not alone. Following is UNMC's policy on pass/fail credits:

  • UNMC will accept pass/fail credits for 2020 spring and summer prerequisite courses. If necessary, consideration may be given for 2020 fall courses also. UNMC will not place a credit limit on pass/fail courses for 2020 spring and summer sessions. Realizing that some programs changed to a pass/fail grading system for 2020 spring courses, UNMC feels that applicants should not be placed at a disadvantage for circumstances over which they had no control. Should circumstances warrant, UNMC may reevaluate this policy.

  • However, applicants are strongly encouraged to limit the number of courses that are taken on a pass/fail basis.

  • Please note: UNMC holistically reviews applications. Many factors besides grades, DAT scores and course loads are taken into consideration. In conversations with other dental admissions officers around the country, it appears most programs will be taking into account these unusual circumstances and be extending leniency in response to the pandemic.
Selection Factors 

We strive to recruit students with diverse backgrounds by promoting a culture of inclusion that embraces the richness of diversity and respects individuals for their cultures, contributions and points of view.

The UNMC College of Dentistry does not require a minimum grade point average or DAT score. All students considered for admission must be academically prepared. Students must possess intellectual capability and stability, social and perceptual skills, and physical capability to observe, communicate and perform motor skills adequately to satisfactorily complete the rigorous curriculum.

Important factors in selection include the following:

  • Academic background - grade point average and science grade point average
  • DAT scores
  • Campus, community and dental career (shadowing) involvement
  • State of residence - One of our missions is to develop Nebraska’s oral health workforce; however, 40% or more of our enrolled students come from across the country. View Nebraska residency requirements.
  • Letters of evaluation are strongly encouraged. Evaluations of a student’s progress and potential by a predental adviser or committee are appreciated. Letters of evaluation are to be submitted through AADSAS.

For consideration for admission, students must complete 90 semester hours, and are strongly encouraged to complete a four-year degree program, prior to matriculation into dental school. Predental work may be completed at any accredited university, college or community college in the US or Canada.

Required Courses
English Composition, two semesters (6 hours)
Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
Organic Chemistry with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
Biology with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
Physics with laboratory, two semesters (8-10 hours)

Suggested elective courses: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, comparative anatomy, embryology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, physiology, psychology, scientific Greek or Latin, statistics.

Admissions Steps & Timeline 

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

The early application deadline is November 1. Applicants are encouraged to apply in June, July or August.   

May: Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) so that results are available prior to the early application deadline of November 1. The DAT can be taken through Prometric Test Centers.
June - October: Apply by using the ADEA AADSAS (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) online application.*
August - November:  Candidates under serious consideration will be invited to interview with the admissions committee during this time. Interviews are offered by invitation only.
December:  First round admission notifications are sent in December.

*Applicants should not wait for DAT scores, transcripts or other application materials before applying through AADSAS. Applicant files are updated as these materials are received. A processing fee of $60 is required by the College of Dentistry. A link and instructions to pay the fee online will be emailed to you following the submission of your application.
China Scholarship Council (CSC) through UNMC’s Asia Pacific Rim Development Program 
Enhancing professional doctoral training, in addition to academic doctoral training in health sciences, has become an important need in Chinese society. UNMC responded to this need by developing the first-ever Health Professions Degree Program for Chinese students. View the D.D.S. program details and learn about the program application process.
Rural Health Opportunities Programs 
The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) and Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) are designed to address the special needs of rural Nebraska by encouraging rural residents to pursue a career in the health care fields. Selected students receive tuition scholarships and are guaranteed admission to the UNMC College of Dentistry upon satisfactory completion of all requirements. Learn more.