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For specific application deadline dates, you should always check the ADEA AADSAS website. It is always a good idea to apply early. 

Here is a timeline that you should consider prior to and while applying to dental school.

Prior to Applying

  • Take prerequisite courses and meet with advisors
  • Begin to establish and develop “contacts” with professors, GSI’s, campus staff members, community members, employment supervisors, etc.
  • Open an Interfolio account to store the letters written for you
  • Begin researching dental programs
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities to acquire the skills and experience to stand out as an applicant, e.g. join a student org, volunteer, work or research activities.
  • Dental shadowing is required by most programs to confirm your interest in dentistry.  Most schools require between 25-100 hours of shadowing. 
  • Prepare for & take the DAT –  It is recommended you take the DAT  in advance of applying to dental school, but no later than June of the year that you are applying.
  • Order and collect official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have attended.

June – August of the Application Cycle

  • Confirm deadline dates for AADSAS and dental schools. The application cycle is typically June 1 – Feb 1.
  • AADSAS application is available in June. Begin to fill out and submit application. Contact AADSAS directly for specific questions that are not found in their instruction manual
  • Have letters of recommendation sent to AADSAS – check individual schools for specific criteria
  • AADSAS verifies primary application & begins releasing application to schools (Late June)
  • Submit supplemental application materials, if required by individual dental schools. Generally you should try to submit supplemental applications within two weeks of receipt.

August – November of the Application Cycle

  • Early Fall – submit supplemental application materials if required by individual dental schools. 
  • Schools begin interviewing
  • Make an appointment for a Mock Interview (Handshake)
  • Big Interview offers a Dental School Interview 

December – February of the Application Cycle

  • Interviews are completed and dental schools inform applicants of admission status. Admissions decision processes and timelines vary between dental programs but you may learn of an acceptance as early as December/January.