2012-2013 Dental School Application Timeline

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This blog post is the timeline for applicants who entered dental school in 2013. 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.

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 residents applying to 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 supplemental (secondary) application. The final step in the admissions process is an interview.

Here is a timeline for the 2012-2013 dental school admissions cycle to help you with your planning:

2011

September-December

  • 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 prerequisites 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, 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 during the next year.

2012

January -March

  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty and dentists individually or obtain a committee letter per your undergraduate institution’s protocol.

April-June

  • 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 opens on June 4.
  • TMDSAS cycle opens in early May.

July-September

  • 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.)

September 2012– spring 2013

  • Continue submitting secondaries.
  • Interviews begin at dental schools.
  • Schools notify applicants of acceptances beginning December 1 and continue until the class is full.
  • Stay in contact with schools you are waitlisted at.

Fall 2013

Begin dental school!

Need the help of an advisor experienced with dental school applications? Contact Dr. Eaton at (626) 768-2154 or info@prehealthadvising.com for a free 20-minute phone consultation.

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3 thoughts on “2012-2013 Dental School Application Timeline”

  1. Ashtin Alves says:

    You saved me with this plan! Thank you so much!!!

  2. deidrianna duke says:

    I’m majoring in general biology is that a good path to take towards going to dental school.

  3. Raina says:

    Hello Dr. Eaton!

    So I have taken the DAT twice already and got a 17. My GPA is 3.01 and I am applying to dental school for this cycle. I am planning to take the DAT one more time and have scheduled to take it next week. However I don’t feel prepared enough so I was wondering, should I aim to take it in September? All the dates for August are filled unfortunately and I don’t really know what to do. Please let me know what you think! Thank you

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