Dentistry Four Year Timeline

Four-Year Timeline (Dentistry)


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  • Visit PAC for advising on Researching Schools, the DAT, and the Application Process.
  • Maintain a competitive GPA. Don’t forget to use academic resources like the Learning Emporium and Learning Assistance Center.
  • Continue to be involved in organizations/clubsresearch, and community service activities. Try to look for leadership opportunities in these areas.
  • Study and register for DAT.
  • Perform a realistic self-evaluation of how competitive you are in the application pool.
  • Make a list of all schools/programs to which you plan to apply using the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.
  • Visit schools in which you are interested.
  • Work on Personal Statement.
  • Take DAT (at latest in the spring semester of your junior year).
  • Request letters of recommendation from individuals who will serve as your references.
  • Request official transcripts from your school to be sent to the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).
  • Complete Primary Application via AADSAS in the summer (Application opens around May and can be submitted around June).
  • Complete and submit Secondary Application from school upon receiving it.








  • Complete Secondary Application from school upon receiving it.
  • Visit PAC for a Mock Interview.
  • Interview at schools (note: when scheduling interviews for mainland schools try to schedule them around the same time so that you only have to make one trip. Airfare can be very expensive!)
  • Maintain good academic standing. Don’t forget to use academic resources like the Learning Emporium and Learning Assistance Center.
  • Complete FAFSA financial aid application.
  • Accept offer (Should hear back around March or April).
  • Write thank-you notes to dental school admission officers and letter writers.
  • Prepare for your first year of dental school!