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Applying to Dental School

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) provides a centralized application service called "AADSAS" (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) that allows applicants to submit one initial, primary application in order to apply to multiple dental schools. Most dental schools participate in AADSAS, although there are some that do not.

The process of applying to most dental schools works like this: 1) you fill out one online primary application, choose the schools you would like to receive the application, and send any supplemental materials requested by them; 2) those schools receive your application, review it, and if they would like to consider you further for admission they send you supplemental application materials or contact you to schedule an interview.

For the AADSAS primary application you will create your own User Name and Password that will allow you to create your online application. You can log in, fill out part of the application, and save your changes before logging out. Once you are satisfied that everything is accurate and complete, you submit it electronically and it is sent to AADSAS for processing.

The AADSAS application used to apply for the summer or fall 2017 entering dental school class will be available here beginning on June 1, 2016.  It is recommended that you try to complete and submit this application by mid-June, in order to leave ample time for processing.  You should also make sure that all supplemental materials are submitted to dental schools by early August, so that dental schools may have time to review your application and invite you for an early fall interview.

If you are getting ready to apply to dental school please plan to attend one of the HPPLC Dental School Application Workshops in the spring semester and obtain a current edition of the HPPLC publication, A Guide for Applicants to Dental Schools.  It is important that you thoroughly read this guide and follow its instructions to avoid errors that could result in denial of admission.  Watch for announcements on the HPPLC email list or consult the HPPLC events calendar  for the dates of upcoming workshops.