Doctor of Dental Surgery
To be considered for admission to the predoctoral program, a student
will need to have completed the required courses, have taken
the Dental Admission Test, and have attended a personal interview. The
School does not select or give preference to a particular undergraduate
major field. The Admissions Committee encourages diversity in majors.
Courses in the social sciences and the humanities are also important and
reviewed by the Committee.
The School of Dentistry is a state supported institution and participates
in the student exchange program provided by the Western Interstate
Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) which supports students from
western states without dental schools. Although all applications are
carefully reviewed, preference in admission is given to residents of
Washington and WICHE states. Required courses are: general chemistry-2
quarters or 1 semester; organic chemistry-2 quarters or 1 semester;
general biochemistry-2 quarters or 1 semester, general physics-3 quarters
or 2 semesters; general biology or zoology-3 quarters or 2 semesters;
general microbiology-2 quarters or 1 semester. The School enrolls a
first-year class of 55 students and is committed to diversity
within the dental school student body and the dental community.
Transfer Applicants: The School rarely, and only under exceptional
circumstances, admits transfer students from other dental schools.
Foreign Applicants: The School does not provide a special program for
Health Sciences Minority Student Programs: To increase diversity of
students, the School supports the Health Sciences Minority Student
Program. In addition to advising and career counseling, this office works
with Health Sciences schools to provide student development and support
programs, networking opportunities, and summer research programs. The
HSMSP Office activities include participation on several Health Sciences
and campus-wide committees for purposes of collaborating and exchanging
strategies on effective methods for recruiting and retaining a diverse
student body; as well as promoting and celebrating diversity.
The School belongs to the American Association of Dental Schools
Application Service (AADSAS). The School has established November 1 as its
AADSAS priority filing deadline. Only those applications received in the
AADSAS Washington, D.C. office by the priority filing date will be
forwarded to the University of Washington for consideration. Applications
are available online at www.adea.org.
Information about the Dental Admission Test may be requested from
the American Dental Association, Dental Admissions Testing Program, 211
East Chicago Ave., Suite 1846, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, 312-440-2689,
For information on admission to the University of Washington School of
Dentistry contact either Kathleen Craig, Office of Student Services,
Admissions and Outreach,
School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Box 356365, Seattle, WA
98195-6365, 206-543-5840, fax 206-616-2612, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.dental.washington.edu, or Jason Boyd, Predental Advising Office,
University of Washington, 171 Mary Gates Hall, Box 353760, Seattle, WA
Once the AADSAS application has been received, a preliminary screening
determines if an applicant meets the Admissions Committee's criteria to
receive a supplemental application and request for the following
- A supplementary application which includes a short personal
- A nonrefundable application fee of $35.
- Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should
include one from a science instructor who can evaluate the applicant's
academic and intellectual qualifications, a second from a dentist who is
familiar with the applicant's knowledge of and motivation toward the
dental profession, and the third (character reference) from someone who
can indicate the applicant's community service or volunteer experience.
If a predental committee exists on the applicant's campus, a combined
recommendation from that committee may be used to replace all three
recommendations. The School of Dentistry accepts letters of
recommendation processed by AADSAS.
- Dental Admission Test scores. Test must be taken by October 31 of the
year prior to entry.
- Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.
- A list of current and future courses.
- Acknowledgment of having read, understood, and of being able to meet,
with or without reasonable accommodation, the Essential Requirements of
Dental Education at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (to
be sent with the supplemental application form).
- Conviction/criminal history information. Washington state law requires
that all faculty, students, and staff disclose background information
concerning crimes and offenses against vulnerable populations. A complete
copy of the law is available from the School's Office of Student Services,
Admissions and Outreach
and will be forwarded upon request. Applications will not be considered
until completed disclosure forms have been returned.
Completed applications are screened. Invitations for an interview are
based on the seven areas listed. The interview is conducted by members of
the Admissions Committee and is an opportunity for an open and friendly
discussion. In addition to the interview, the applicant will have an
opportunity to receive information about financial aid, meet with enrolled
students, tour the School, and meet the Dean and/or Associate Deans.
Following the interview, the Admissions Committee, which is composed of
faculty and dentists from the community, will make a decision concerning
admission status. In their deliberations, the following seven areas are
- Level of Pre-professional Education: The majority of applicants will
have a baccalaureate degree by the time of entry. Admission may be offered
to applicants without a baccalaureate degree but only to those applicants
who have completed all predental requirements and have an extremely
competitive academic record. A minimum of three years' full-time
coursework is required.
- Dental Knowledge: Knowledge of the field of dentistry through
experience in a dental setting (dentist's office, clinic, etc.),
introductory dental course work, and exploration of the dental literature
are considered as admission factors. A qualified applicant will have a
clear understanding of the profession and a demonstrated interest in the
- Communication Skills: Verbal and written skills are important to the
delivery of oral health care.
- Academic Preparation: Overall grade-point average (GPA) and GPA of
predental required science courses are reviewed. College grades are an
important indicator of dental school performance and success.
Evidence of Psychomotor Skills: DAT (Dental Admission Test). The test,
sponsored by the American Dental Association, covers several areas:
quantitative reasoning, survey of natural sciences (including biology,
general, and organic chemistry), and perceptual ability (including form
development, apertures, angles, cubes, and orthographic projections). At
the University of Washington the scores are reviewed to identify an
applicant's areas of strength. The test must be taken no later than
October 31, one year prior to matriculation.
- Contribution to Diversity: Diversity in the student body contributes
to the development of oral health care professionals prepared to address
the needs of society.
- Life Experiences: Community service, research and teaching efforts,
travel, and work experience are some of the life experiences that are
considered important. Such experiences demonstrate the breadth and level
of maturity of a candidate.
Although interviews begin in October, the earliest the Admissions
Committee will notify applicants of its decision is December 1. The School
uses a "rolling admission" format, so interviews and committee decisions
will continue to be made between December and March. The Admissions
Committee will make one of three decisions regarding all applications:
- Offer of Acceptance. Admission application has been accepted. The
applicant will have a specified time to reply to reserve enrollment in the
entering first-year class. In addition, enrollment will be contingent on
timely submission of the following requirements: required registration
deposit, transcripts showing completion of predental courses, registration
for autumn quarter of the upcoming academic year, completion of required
immunizations, and a Basic Life Support CPR course.
- Alternate Status. Applicant is offered a position on the Alternate
List. The applicant will have a specified time to reserve a position on
this list, which is maintained until the beginning of the school
- Denial of Admission. The Committee has considered the application but
cannot offer a position or alternate status.
Once accepted, applicants receive information about registration
procedures, financial aid, curriculum, student organizations, required
immunizations and Basic Life Support CPR, and the Big Sibling and Peer
Adviser programs. A mandatory two-week orientation called Prep is held
prior to the start of autumn quarter that includes course instructions
and an off-campus retreat where students socialize and participate in
activities to build an cohesive class.