Admissions FAQ

When should I apply?

As early as possible. Although applications are accepted until November 1, we strongly suggest applying prior to September.

 

What documents do I need to send to the office?

All documents should be submitted directly to AADSAS with the exception of the University application fee. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a link to pay the $75 application fee. 

 

How are applications processed?

Applications are processed by the Pitt Dental Medicine Office of Student Affairs and are then presented to the Admissions Committee. This committee comprises faculty, alumni and upper-level student representatives. Careful review of applications is ongoing as applicant files are received. Consideration is given only to candidates who have submitted a completed AADSAS application and University application fee.

 

How can I improve my application for next cycle if I reapply?

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine receives numerous applications during the application cycle. An applicant who has not received an offer of admission is welcome to reapply during any subsequent application cycle. To improve your application, please consider the following:

  • Submit your application early.
  • Post-baccalaureate courses can improve your undergraduate GPA.
  • Obtaining a master's degree also can improve your application.
  • Gain more experience by volunteering and shadowing within the dental profession.
  • Retake the DAT after sufficient preparation or a prep course.

Applicants must reapply through AADSAS and must include all updated documentation, letters of recommendation and application fees.

 

What are the residency requirements for the School of Dental Medicine?

There are no residency requirements for either application or admission to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Applicants should be aware that federal Stafford Loans are available only to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

 

How many spots are available in the class?

Each DMD program class comprises 80 students.

 

How can I schedule a tour of Pitt Dental Medicine?

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

 

Is there a personal interview?

A personal interview is a requirement for admission. The admissions committee will send selected applicants an interview invitation, however, an interview invitation does not guarantee acceptance. Interviews occur on selected Mondays.

 

Are there research opportunities for students?

Yes. We have many opportunities for student research, including the Dean's Summer Research Program. which provides a three-month summer research experience for incoming first professional dental students each year. Other research opportunities can be found here.

 

Do you have a simulation clinic?

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine introduces predoctoral students to the practice of dentistry in a simulated learning environment. The simulation clinic provides 80 student workstations taht are fully equipped with closed circuit video monitors, dental units, operatory lights, computers and simulated patients. This modern facility provides an ideal interactive environment for instructors and students.

 

Why Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is an fast-growing city with many opportunities. Magnificent historic and modern buildings interrelate to create a scenic skyline. People come to applaud performances of theater, dance and world-class music. The streets are alive with shoppers, cafes and bistros, and fans flock to watch championship sports teams battle at PNC Park, Heinz Field and PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh has emerged as a city of vibrant nightlife, fantastic neighborhoods and wonderful people—a city full of excitement and endless possibilities. From the restaurants and bars of the South Side to the unique shops and markets of the Strip District to the acres upon acres of public city parks, Pittsburgh has become a place of entertainment that draws visitors from far and wide who can sample all the city has to offer.

It's no surprise that through the years, Pittsburgh has been rated as the #1 most livable city by both the Economist Magazine and Forbes.com.

Check out Cool Pittsburgh and Visit Pittsburgh for more information on places to live, eat, shop and explore—all over the city!