Pre-Dentistry Advising Timeline

The following timeline represents a typical academic timeline for students who would like to matriculate into professional school immediately following their completion of undergraduate coursework. If you are planning on deferring entrance into professional school, please let us know so that we can create a timeline that works with your goals.

As a freshman:

  • Contact the Health Professions Office and set up an appointment with an advisor
  • Take introductory courses in chemistry and biology
  • Start to collect letters of recommendation from professors of freshman year courses
  • Join the Pre-Health Club and actively participate in meetings and community service initiatives
  • Start to build your application with a track record of involvement; look into summer internships, shadowing experiences, etc.

As a sophomore:

  • Continue to meet with the Health Professions Advisor
  • Continue to take courses in biology, chemistry and/or physics
  • Continue to collect letters of recommendation from professors
  • Continue to be actively involved in the Pre-Health Club
  • Look into DAT preparation and DAT review
  • Continue to build your application with community service, health-care related experiences and internships

As a junior:

  • Continue to meet with the Health Professions Advisor
  • Continue taking science courses
  • Study for and take the DAT
  • Meet with the Health Professions Committee
  • Start on 1st drafts of applications to dental schools
  • Continue activities with the Pre-Health Club
  • By  spring semester of junior year students should at a minimum have completed the following courses:            
          • 2 semesters of General Chemistry
          • 2 semesters of Biology
          • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry and 2 semesters of Physics

Summer between junior and senior year:

  • Complete AADSAS application and any school-specific supplemental applications
  • Retake the DAT if necessary

As a senior:

  • Dental school interviews
  • Finish up prerequisite courses
  • Meet with Pre-Health Advisor
  • Continue activities with Pre-Health Club

Associated American Dental School Application Service
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has a centralized application service for dental school applications. The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) allows applicants to apply to over 56 dental schools with one standardized form and application.  AADSAS assembles the student’s application file, verifies the information, and then forwards the application to the dental schools of the student’s choice. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact dental schools that they’ve applied to through AADSAS to see if there are any supplements or additional materials needed.

Application deadlines are set by individual dental schools and not by AADSAS. Applicants should check the websites of the schools they applied to for application deadlines.

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