Dental School

2021-2022 Dental School Application Timeline (for applicants starting dental school in fall 2022)

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 …

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Getting Ready to Apply to Dental School for Fall 2016 Entry: Steps to Take Over Winter Break.

If you’re planning to apply to dental school for 2016 entry, winter break is a great time to start tackling some of the items on your “to do” list for the application. Here are a few steps to take:   Research dental schools. The ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools is an excellent resource for …

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Gaining Dental Experience as a Predental Student

After grades and DAT scores, dental experience is one of the most important areas of the application. Volunteering, working or shadowing in a dental practice allows an applicant to determine if dentistry is truly the right profession and demonstrates to dental schools that the applicant has made an informed choice. Yet applicants are often unsure …

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The Dental School Admissions Interview

After months of writing your personal statement, filling out seemingly endless secondary applications, and waiting to hear from the dental schools, an interview offer is concrete evidence that you have advanced in the admissions process. Exhilaration is often quickly replaced by nervousness when an applicant is notified of an invitation to interview at a dental …

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Letters of Recommendation for Medical, Dental or Veterinary School Applications

Strong letters of recommendation can be a significant asset to an application, yet this is an aspect of the admissions process that too frequently gets treated as an afterthought by applicants who are in the midst of writing the personal statement and taking practice tests. In order to put together a set of letters that …

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The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) for Medical School or Dental School

In recent years, some medical and dental schools have switched to the Multiple Mini Interview format in lieu of traditional interviews. This approach was used initially by medical schools in Canada and Australia and has been adopted by a number of medical and dental schools in the U.S. in recent years. During an MMI, the …

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Post-bac Programs for Premedical, Predental and Preveterinary Students

What do you do if your decision to become a physician, dentist or veterinarian was made after you completed college? How do you obtain the science courses necessary to apply? Or, perhaps you made the decision early on, but your grades in college are not competitive for admissions into med or dental school. Then what? …

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Open File versus Closed File Interviews: What’s the Difference?

One of the most significant differences between types of interviews is whether they are open or closed file. In an open file interview, the interviewer has access to your application materials. Prior to the interview, he or she will already be familiar with your GPA, test scores, extracurricular and work activities and personal statement. By …

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