Applying to Dental School
Students interested in applying to dental school should contact the specific institution for information on the application process. However, potential applicants should also be aware that the American Dental Education Association provides an Associated American Dental Schools Application Service that permits students to apply to multiple participating schools with one on-line application. Their application process begins June 1 and should be completed by the end of January.
Dental Aptitude Test
Most dental schools require that applicants take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT). The DAT is administered by computer at Prometric Testing Centers and students can register for the DAT through the American Dental Association's DAT website. The DAT generally covers natural sciences, reading comprehension, quantitative ability and perceptual ability and may soon add a section assessing critical thinking.
The application process for dental schools begins in the summer a year before entering dental school. Many schools have rolling admission policies. This means they will review applications on an on-going basis, as submitted. Applicants who submit materials well before the deadlines may receive earlier interviews and consideration for admission. For early consideration, it is advisable to complete your primary application by July 4th.
After reviewing your primary application, a school may send you a secondary application specific to that institution. Secondary applications typically include additional essays and an application fee. These are not usually due until winter. You should submit the secondary application as soon as possible, however, to secure an interview.