Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dental application timeline (junior year to acceptance)

Good morning! My breakfast today is a yogurt pancake with a side of oranges and chocolate. Let’s get started with the dental school application timeline.

Although my undergraduate institution only had a few pre-dental students, we had Dr. McD, the most amazing advisor to walk the humble roads of this planet. I adapted my timeline from the Predental Timeline at American Student Dental Association and our pre-health advising guide. This timeline is for those applying the summer between junior and senior year.  If you are taking a gap year like I did, add a year.

Junior year is really the toughest. If everything goes as planned, you will be done with most of the application process by the start of senior year.


Junior Year Fall
-Inform Letter of Reference writers about intent
-Find a dentist to shadow and establish a weekly schedule (Aim for 20+ hours)
-Study for and take the DAT during winter break (This gives you time to take it again if needed)
-Think about where to apply
-Write your personal statement

Junior Year Spring
-Submit necessary information to the health advising office
-Drop off a personal files folder to your Letter of Reference writers
-Continue shadowing your dentist
-Finalize your dental school list
-Make final polishes on your personal statement

The Summer
-Apply through AADSAS (ASAP when it opens early June)
-Study for the DAT and take again if needed (you can apply through AADSAS without a DAT score)
-Send in supplemental applications
-Check pre-requisites to take senior year as needed

Senior Year
-Check application status
-Wow them at interviews
-Hear back from schools on December 1st
-Graduate!

Whew! Then hopefully you can look forward to starting dental school in the fall. Until then, you have the entire summer to celebrate and relax.

8 comments:

  1. Hii! Your blog is honestly so informative and I'm so happy to have stumbled upon it!

    I had a question about the DAT and applying thru the AADSAS....
    Say if I take the DAT at the end of the summer btw my junior and senior year, can I still apply (with all my information) to AADSAS without my DAT score?

    Thank you!
    L

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    1. You need to enter your DAT ID number into AADSAS. If you take it in the summer, your file will probably be on hold at the schools- earlier the better!

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