4-Year DDS Frequently Asked Questions
1. Besides grades and DAT scores, what additional factors are considered by the Admissions Committee?
The Committee will consider significant work experience, community involvement, graduate studies, economic or educational disadvantage, rigor of undergraduate major, course load and indications of growth and maturity. All information in the personal statement and letters of recommendation are given careful consideration.
2. Do you grant interviews?
An interview is part of the review process. Applicants who are considered most likely to be accepted or to be included on the list of alternates are interviewed.
3. What constitutes a complete file?
A complete file includes the application from AADSAS, the Personal History Form, the $60.00 application fee, a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation, and official DAT scores.
4. Is this the only application that UCLA uses?
In addition, all qualified applicants will receive a notice to download a secondary application, “Personal History Form”, from us once we have received your AADSAS application.
5. What is “rolling admissions”?
Rolling admissions at the UCLA School of Dentistry means the Admissions Committee reads files and makes decisions on a continual basis. Applicants are informed of decisions between December and the end of May. Although individual decisions are not based on the date the application is received, applicants are urged to apply and complete their files as early as possible. This will allow all applications to be completed and ready for review as soon as possible.
6. What is the latest date the DAT can be taken for Fall admissions?
The DAT must be taken no later than December 31st.
7. Must letters of recommendation come from professors?
No. Letters from objective sources who are familiar with your accomplishments which could include employers, supervisors where you have volunteered, as well as college teachers, college recommendation committees, college counselors and other appropriate individuals. If you have had significant involvement in research, a letter from your research supervisor is desirable.
8. How can I obtain additional information?
We ask that applicants visit our website at www.dentistry.ucla.edu or contact the Office of Student Affairs at (310) 825-9789.
9. Do you accept transfer students to your program?
Complete AADSAS application
AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) is a service of ADEA (American Dental Education Association).
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
AADSAS Customer Service Contact Information
Hours: Monday-Friday (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time), except Federal holidays.
Phone: (617) 612-2045
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