To facilitate the application process, the UConn School of Dental Medicine participates in the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). AADSAS transmits to a dental school the biographical and academic data required by admissions committees, thereby relieving the applicant of the need to complete multiple, repetitious individual applications. It is advantageous to start the application process as early as possible. More information may be obtained from AADSAS.
Applications may be initiated as early as June of the year prior to intended registration, but no later than December 1 of the intended registration year. It is permitted to apply prior to the completion of prerequisite course work and the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
At the time the application is sent to AADSAS, any supplementary materials (if requested) should be forwarded to:
UConn School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 3905
Farmington, CT 06030-3905
The application fee of $75 can be paid online at https://enrollmentfees.uchc.edu/DentAppFees.html. For further information call 860-679-2175.
Dental Admission Test (DAT)
All applicants are required to take the Dental Admission Test. The test is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual abilities. The DAT is offered in a computerized format which can be taken at any time. Additional information is available from the Dental Admission Testing Program, American Dental Association Division of Educational Measurements, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1846, Chicago, IL 60611-8099; 312-440-2689 or 800-621-8099. DAT registration and test information can also be obtained at the American Dental Association website.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be forwarded from the predental advisory committee at the applicant's undergraduate school directly to AADSAS. If no predental advisory committee exists, then letters from three faculty members are acceptable.
An interview at the School of Dental Medicine by invitation of the Admissions Committee is required prior to final evaluation. During the visit, an applicant will receive information about the curriculum, talk with dental students and faculty, and explore the School's facilities.
Applicant Selection and Review Process
All applicant files are initially reviewed by the Chairman of the Admissions Committee (Associate Dean for Admissions) for completeness of prerequisites, required documentation and evidence of minimum academic performance. Minimum academic standards, including science GPA and DAT scores, are established by the members of the Admissions Committee at the beginning of every admissions cycle. Applicants meeting all requirements may be invited for an interview. Applicants not meeting minimum Committee standards, but who show strong potential, may be granted an interview by the Associate Dean of Admissions.
Interviews are mandatory for consideration for acceptance. Interviews are part of a day-long orientation that includes an overview of the School of Dental Medicine and the curriculum by the Associate Dean for Admissions. Lunch and a tour of facilities is conducted by students.
All interviews are conducted by basic science and/or clinical faculty. Interviews are designed to assist the Admissions Committee in evaluating the overall potential of each candidate and suitability for admission into the program. Interviews are also used to help clarify an applicant's record and allow candidates an opportunity to ask questions.
Interviewed applicants are evaluated by the full Admissions Committee during regularly scheduled general meetings. Selection factors include:
- Overall strength of the predental academic record
- Scores on the DAT
- Personal statement
- Commitment to learning
- Motivation for seeking a career in dentistry
- General impressions formed at the interview
- Quality and objectivity of references
A summary of each applicant's entire record is presented to the Committee by their respective interviewers. Applicants are rated on a scale from one to three (one being the strongest) by each Committee member; the mean score from all Committee members establishes that individual's priority. Offers are made to applicants with the highest priority scores consistent with AADSAS notification date guidelines. Preference is given to Connecticut residents and New England residents during the admissions review. Applicants not receiving initial acceptances are placed on a wait list and ranked according to their priority scores.
All Connecticut residents who are not accepted are invited to schedule a counseling visit with the Associate Dean for Admissions to discuss their application.