Dental School Application Timeline for 2015-2016 (for applicants planning to start dental school in fall 2016)
For Latest TimelineThis blog post is the timeline for applicants who entered dental school in 2016. If you are applying for entry starting fall 2018, you can read my 2017-2018 dental school application timeline.
Since most dental schools have rolling admissions, applying early is important. As the cycle proceeds and spots in the class are filled, admission for the remaining spots can become more competitive. The entire application process takes nearly a full year to complete. By familiarizing yourself with the application process early on, you can develop a schedule for the many application-related tasks you will need to complete and submit a high quality application early in the cycle. This dental school application timeline summarizes the application process with general guidelines on when you should complete each step.
Dental School Application Services
There are two separate centralized application services for U.S. dental schools:
AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) https://portal.aadsasweb.org/
TMDSAS (Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service) – For Texas dental schools. http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas/
In addition to submitting a primary application through one of these services, most dental schools require a secondary or supplemental application. The final step in the application is an interview.
Dental School Application Timeline
Here is a dental school application timeline for the 2015-2016 admissions cycle to help you with your planning:
September – December 2014
Become familiar with the application process. Good sources of information are the AADSAS and TMDSAS sites and your pre-health advisor.
Gather information about dental schools. The ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools is updated each spring and available for purchase at the ADEA site.
Check to make sure that you are on track to complete the pre-requisites courses for dental school.
Find out if your undergraduate institution school offers a prehealth committee letter and the process for obtaining one. If your school does not have a committee letter, make sure that you check with the dental schools you plan to apply to regarding their requirements for letters of reference, as they vary from school to school.
Continue to gain dental, community service and/or research experience throughout the next year.
January – March 2015
Request letters of recommendation from faculty and dentists individually or obtain a committee letter per your undergraduate institution’s protocol.
April – June 2015
Register for the DAT. Information regarding the DAT may be found at the American Dental Association (ADA) site http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx
Prepare for and take the DAT. Take the DAT earlier if preferred, but do not delay past June in order to have scores submitted to the schools early in the cycle.
AADSAS applications become available online in mid-May but may not be submitted until the cycle opens around June 1.
TMSDSAS cycle opens in early May.
July – September 2015
Take or retake the DAT if needed.
Complete secondary applications. (Note: a few schools request that secondary applications be submitted at the same time as the primary application.)
Sept 2015 – Spring 2016
Finish submitting secondaries in the fall if they were not already completed.
Interview at dental schools.
Schools notify applicants of acceptances beginning Dec. 1 and continue until the class is full.
Stay in contact with schools you are waitlisted at.
Begin dental school!
The application process to dental school can be time-consuming, so plan ahead so that you can complete each step early in the cycle.