Questions About the 4-Year Program

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 contacted for an interview.

3. What constitutes a complete file?

A complete file includes 1) the application from AADSAS; 2) the AADSAS supplemental questions; 3) the $60.00 application fee; 4) a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation; 5) and official DAT scores.

4. Is AADSAS the only application that UCLA uses?

Yes, the Personal History Form (PHF) or secondary application is no longer required as of the fall 2018 cycle.

5. What is “rolling admissions”?

Rolling admissions at the UCLA School of Dentistry means that the admissions committee evaluates applications and makes acceptance decisions on a continual basis. Applicants are informed of the committee’s 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 31.

7. Do letters of recommendation have to come from professors?

No, letters may come from any objective source familiar with your accomplishments and 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 review this website and if you can’t find the information you need, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Affairs at
dds_admissions@dentistry.ucla.edu.

9. Do you accept transfer students to your program? 

No, we do not accept transfer students.

10. Where do I submit an application?

All applicants to the 4-year DDS program must complete an application electronically through the AADSAS website. AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) is a service of ADEA (American Dental Education Association).

Mailing address:
ADEA
655 K Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001

AADSAS customer service contact information:
Hours: Monday – Friday (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST), except federal holidays
Phone: (617) 612-2045
Email: aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.org