Pre-Dentistry Preparation: Dental School Admission Factors

Competition for admission to dental school is keen. When selecting students, dental schools consider scores earned on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), grade point averages, and information gathered through recommendations and interviews. You are responsible for applying to dental school and making arrangements to take the admission test.

Your Home-State School

The Indiana University School of Dentistry typically has openings for 20 or more non-residents per year. To be admitted to the Indiana University School of Dentistry, students must earn satisfactory scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

All dental schools require applicants to take the Dental Admissions Test given by the American Dental Association. You should take the DAT the spring or early summer before the application deadline, preferably only after completing the required biology and chemistry courses. However, dental schools are somewhat more flexible than medical schools about when you have taken the DAT. You should then formally apply early in the summer, or the summer following your junior year, 14 months in advance.

Dental School Application Process

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) can provide you with up-to-date information about how to apply to dental school.