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 application fee and photo.


How are applications processed?

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


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:

  • Submit the application early.
  • Post-baccalaureate courses can improve your undergraduate GPA.
  • Obtaining a master's can also improve your application.
  • Gain more experience through 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 and letters of recommendation and application fees.


What are the residency requirements for SDM?

There are no residency requirements for either application or admission to the University of Pittsburgh. 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 class holds 80 students in the DMD program.


How can I schedule a tour of Pitt Dental?

In fairness to all applicants, no personal meeting or tour will be given during the application cycle. Tours and meetings are by invitation onlyApplicants 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.


Is there a personal interview?

The admissions committee contacts selected applicants with interview invitations. A personal interview is a requirement for admission. However, an interview invitation does not guarantee acceptance. Interviews occur on selected Mondays.


Are there research opportunities for students?

Yes. We have many opportunities including the Dean's summer research which supports a three-month summer research experience to incoming First Professional dental students each year. Other 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, located of the fourth floor of Salk Hall, provides 80 students workstations fully equipped with closed circuit video monitors, dental units, operatory lights, computers, and even simulated patients. This modern facility provides an ideal interactive environment for instructors and students.


Why Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is an ever-growing city with many opportunities. Magnificent buildings create a scenic skyline, people come to applaud performances of theater, dance, and world-class music; streets are alive with shoppers, cafes, and bistros; and fans flock to watch championship teams battle at PNC Park, Heinz Field, and Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh has emerged to become 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, Pittsburgh has become a place of entertainment that draws visitors from far and wide who came to sample all the city has to offer.

It's no surprise that over the years Pittsburgh has been rated as the #1 most livable city by the Economist Magazine, and by

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