Application Timeline Overview

  • Applications are submitted 12-15 months before the desired dental school enrollment date.  Applications can be submitted in June for the following year.
  • It is helpful to create a timeline for yourself when applying to dental school.  Having an academic plan, a plan to complete extra-curricular activities, and a plan for test preparation all contribute to your timeline. The ADEA website has a general timeline that covers an applicant’s four years at a college or university.

Preparing to apply

  • Talk to the potential writers of your Letters of Recommendation. Give them plenty of time to write the letters.
  • Continue with your volunteer, shadowing, or research activities until you have received an acceptance letter from a dental school.  Do not stop these activities until you have an official offer of admission. It may take more than one application cycle to gain admission, so you need to be continually improving your application until you do.
  • Prepare for and take the DAT – Register for the DAT and take it by the end of May in the year you submit your dental school application.
  • Consult the ADEA Offical Guide to Dental SchoolsAlways confirm school-specific requirements by checking each school’s website directly.
  • Consider subscribing to the Online ADEA Dental School Explorer.  A subscription is $25 for a year.
  • Continue to save money for the application process.

Application Timeline

Dental School Application Timeline (PDF)