Admission Factors

Dental schools generally consider the following factors when deciding who to admit.

Academic ability

Clinical experiences

Students should strive to obtain exposure to the dental health field through volunteering in a dentist's office or clinic, shadowing a dentist and/or informational interviewing.

Such experience is vital in determining whether dentistry is a good fit for you and will be necessary in answering the personal essay/interview question "Why do you want to be a dentist?"

Obtaining clinical experience:

Letters of recommendation

Generally, dental schools prefer letters from science faculty, faculty/others with whom the applicant may have special experience (e.g., research, internship, special project, summer enrichment program, etc.) and a dental professional with whom the applicant has mentored, shadowed and/or discussed experiences as a practicing dentist.

Resources:

Interview

Other factors