Dental Program Admissions

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. Forty-eight students are admitted annually.

Apply Online
The College of Dentistry participates in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). All materials, including transcripts and letters of evaluation, are submitted online through the ADEA AADSAS application process.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Applicants: Application and timeline differs than what is listed on this page. For application steps go to APRDP Health Professions Degree Program. 

Admissions Timeline

May or earlier:  Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) so that  results are available prior to October 1.

June - September: Apply by using the AADSAS online application. Early application in June, July, or August is recommended. All transcripts and letters of evaluation are submitted through AADSAS. Please send the $60 application and processing fee to UNMC College of Dentistry. Application deadline is October 1.

August - November: Candidates under serious consideration will be invited to interview with the admissions committee during this time.

December: First round admission notifications are sent in early December.

December - January: Alternates will be selected and notified.

Application Deadline
The early application deadline is October 1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in June, July, or August. 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.  

Supplemental Application
A separate nonrefundable application and 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. No other supplemental application is required.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
Each applicant must complete the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The DAT can be taken almost any day of the year through the Sylvan Learning Center, and should be taken so that scores are received prior to the October 1 application deadline.    

Letters of Evaluation
Letters of evaluation are not required but 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. See the ADEA for more information about letters of evaluation.

Applicants under serious consideration will be invited to interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews are not granted at the request of applicants.

Selection Factors
The college has no specific requirements regarding the minimum scholastic average or DAT scores. In some cases applicants who have a low scholastic average will be evaluated on their performance over the last three or four semesters of college. Applicants with this background should include rigorous science courses in their schedule, with a suggested load of 14-16 hours per semester, and have 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 rigorous curriculum.

Important factors in selection include the following:

Applications for Advanced Standing
Students can be admitted with advanced standing in the dental program. Applicants must have completed, at minimum, a 24 month postgraduate program in a clinically-related dental discipline at an ADA accredited institution in the United States or Canada. To apply, contact the College of Dentistry at

Nebraska Residency Requirements
Nebraska Residency Requirements can be found on the UNMC Office of Student Services webpage.

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.