How to apply to Dental School


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How to apply to Dental School

  1. 1. How to Apply to Dental School Presented by: Brian T. Trecek Jennifer Haluzak Director of Admissions Assistant Director of Admissions Marquette University School of Dentistry and Laurie Goll, Pre-Health Professions Advisor
  2. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>About AADSAS </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the Dental School Admissions Process </li></ul><ul><li>Your Application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completing/submitting/monitoring the application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timing is critical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application Life Cycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Statement/DAT/Transcripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording your science and non-science grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extracurricular/Volunteer/Dental Experiences </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. AADSAS <ul><li>A service of the American Dental Education Association </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>54 of the 58 U.S. Dental Schools participate in AADSAS </li></ul><ul><li>( 4 schools in GA, LA, MS and TN do not participate) </li></ul><ul><li>2010 cycle opens June 1, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized application service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collects applicant information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collects transcripts and letters of recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verifies academic records </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Processing takes 4-8 weeks after your application, transcripts and payment is received </li></ul><ul><li>Students should monitor their application (status option on AADSAS) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Admission Application Timeline (AADSAS opens June 1) Junior Year, Spring June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Aug Senior Year Take DAT Apply Committee work/ Interviewing Offers Made Dec 1, Jan 15, Feb 15 School Begins
  5. 8. Applicant Responsibilities <ul><li>Complete your AADSAS application no later than June, even if you don’t have your DAT scores or letters of recommendation yet </li></ul><ul><li>Print and keep a copy of your AADSAS application </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the AADSAS FAQ section before you log in to check each school’s requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to monitor the status of your application by logging onto your AADSAS application and checking personal email messages </li></ul><ul><li>from AADSAS </li></ul>
  6. 9. Letters of Recommendation <ul><li>Should go through the Office of Pre-Professional Studies (OPPS), Marquette Hall, 208 </li></ul><ul><li>Peggy Jones, Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM </li></ul><ul><li>Print out a Letter of Evaluation matching form for each letter and bring to OPPS </li></ul><ul><li>Committee letter </li></ul><ul><li>Send directly to AADSAS, and can send to MU Dental directly </li></ul>
  7. 10. More Application Tips… <ul><li>Print out a transcript request form for each undergraduate institution you have attended and bring to the Office of the Registrar in Marquette Hall, 310 – ask that they attach the request form to your transcript </li></ul><ul><li>Send DAT scores directly to each dental school </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Writing Center in Raynor Library, 207 before May 15 to review your personal statement </li></ul><ul><li>Record all science courses – e.g. BISC 113 or 115 are considered science courses, HEAL courses are “other science” </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to record all dental/clinical experiences – make a list of all activities before you apply </li></ul>
  8. 11. Common Pitfalls <ul><li>Late applications – timing is critical! </li></ul><ul><li>Delaying application because your DAT scores or letters of recommendation are not ready </li></ul><ul><li>Incomplete transcripts – send one for every school you have attended </li></ul><ul><li>Typos or other errors on the application </li></ul><ul><li>Not researching schools you are applying to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplemental applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applying “smart” (in-state vs. out-of-state) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 12. AADSAS 800-353-2237 [email_address] Laurie Goll [email_address] 414-288-3256 Marquette University School of Dentistry Brian Trecek and Jennifer Haluzak 414-288-3532 Contact Information