many people apply each year?
700 applications were received for the 2013
many people are accepted each year?
Louisiana residents given preference?
Q. What are the residency requirements?
A. Admission is restricted to legal
residents of the United States. Admission
preference will be given to residents of
Louisiana. Residents of Arkansas will be
considered under the guidelines of the Arkansas
Health Education Loan program. Up to five
students may be accepted from states other than
Louisiana and Arkansas. Residents of other
countries will not be considered for admission.
three college years enough to gain
A. Technically, yes.
However, an applicant completing only three years
of college would generally not be competitive
against degreed applicants.
out-of-state residents considered?
Yes, we accept up to 5 out of state applicants per
year, and up to 4 Arkansas residents per year.
Q. What kind of
GPA does the average accepted applicant
A. The average is about 3.6 on
a 4.0 scale.
Q. What is the
average DAT score?
Q. What other
items are of importance to the Admissions
A. Many things, DAT score,
letters of recommendation, your essay, your
interview, extracurricular activities, knowledge
of dentistry as a career, and work history.
the GPA the most important thing?
the overall academic record is more important.
Some very important factors that are taken into
consideration are where you went to school, the
courses you took and how many courses you took
each term, and how well you did.
I need to get a job in a dental office to be
A. No. Although any dental
experience is useful in helping determine whether
this is a good career choice for you, applicants
do not commonly work in a dental office
prior to entering dental school. It has been our
experience that such opportunities are limited and
it is not realistic to emphasize "employment". It
is important for you to shadow in a number of
dental offices to get a feel for what the
profession involves. We recommend 50-100 hours in the offices of at least two different
general dentists. The committee will not
consider applicants for admission who have not
shadowed in a general dentist's office.
Q. When should I
take the DAT?
A. This decision is
probably best made in conjunction with your
school's pre-dental advisor. However, most people
take it in their junior year after they have
completed the prerequisite courses in general
chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology,
although physics is an important prerequisite
course. It is strongly recommended that the
applicant take the DAT prior to the June AADSAS
will I know if I should retake the
A. We generally advise students to
retake the DAT if their score is 19 or below.
When will I hear if
I get accepted?
first acceptances are given after the first Monday in December and
are given throughout the interview year when final
decisions are made about individual applicants.
This can occur through March.
applicants with an international dental degree
do I apply?
are available from ADEA Associated American Dental
Schools Application Service (ADEA