Choosing Dental Schools

One of the biggest challenges students face is deciding on the schools to which they will apply.  There are a large number of criteria that could be taken into consideration.  It is up to you to decide what is most important to you and choose schools accordingly.  You should begin researching schools early and make a spreadsheet listing their qualifications in order to help you decide where to apply.  We even have a sample spreadsheet to get you started.  Several criteria you may want to include are:

- Where do you want to live?  In a specific region of the country?  In a big or small city?

- Will you have a support system of family and friends nearby?

- How much does that school cost?

- What is the class size?

- Have you completed or will you complete the school's prerequisite coursework?

- What are the average GPA and DAT scores of admitted students?

- Does the school accept out of state students?

- Will you be required to or have opportunities to get involved in research at that school?

Several resources are available to you in researching dental schools.  The ADEA publishes an Official Guide to Dental Schools that is available for purchase online.  The biology advising office (BNR 101) also has a copy available for students use.   This guide contains the relevant information for all of the dental schools in the U.S., including admissions criteria, mission statements, and application and acceptance statistics.  Alternatively, you may look up each individual schools website to find the information.