Admissions Process

Applicants must meet all admission requirements before they can be processed by the Office of Admissions and are then presented to the Admissions Committee. This committee compromises faculty, alumni, and upper-level student representatives. Careful review of applications is ongoing. Consideration is given only to candidates who have submitted completed AADSAS applications and fees. If an applicant has a fee reduction waiver letter from AADSAS, a copy of this letter should be submitted so that the supplemental application fee can be waived.

Materials should be mailed to:
Office of Student Affairs/Admissions
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street, Suite 2114
Pittsburgh PA 15261-1945

 

Personal Interview

In fairness to all applicants, no personal meeting or tour will be given during the application cycle. Applicants will receive a tour of the facilities on the day of their interview. Periodically, open houses are scheduled. Contact us by email to find out the dates and times we have available for this year.

Interviews are by invitation only and sent after thorough review of submitted material. Most interviews take place during the fall term of each year and are full-day events. The day is comprised of a personal interview with a faculty member and presentations by various department chairs and directors. Applicants enjoy lunch with our students and tour the School of Dental Medicine facilities. 

During the interview, applicants are expected to display evidence of personal exposure to the field of dentistry, as well as qualities of maturity, motivation, and integrity. Personal interviews do not guarantee admission.

 

Minority Recruitment

The SDM is committed to recruiting, enrolling, and graduating a diverse population of students.

"The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations."

–From the University of Pittsburgh Graduate and Professional Bulletin

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to preparing culturally competent world class clinicians, educators and scientists that are as diverse as the challenges faced and populations served. Applicants from population segments underrepresented in dentistry are encouraged to apply for admission.
Opportunities for diverse immersion experiences are afforded by the eight chartered student organizations at the School of Dental Medicine as well as more than four hundred other student organizations in this academic community.

 

Offers of Admission

The Admissions Committee of the School of Dental Medicine is the sole determining body that decides to whom offers of admission will be made.  Admission is offered based on criteria discussed above.
By general agreement among schools, the earliest date of acceptance to American dental schools is December 1. A rolling admissions process begins on this date and continues until the class is filled. The School of Dental Medicine class size is limited to 80 students. Applicants are notified initially by phone, followed by written acceptance and matriculation agreements.

Candidates who receive the offer of acceptance are asked to return the admissions materials and both non-refundable deposits of $1000 each, postmarked by March 15th. Deposits are applied to the first semester tuition.

Upon submission of a successful Certiphi background inquiry, as well as successful completion of planned course work and the documented achievement of degree objectives, as listed on the documents submitted to AADSAS, a final admission offer is determined. Misrepresentation of credentials by an applicant is reason for immediate revocation of admission offer.

 

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