First Professional DMD Program

Admissions Requirements
Application Procedures
Dental Admission Test
Letter of Recommendation
Minority Recruitment
Offers of Admission
Transfer Students

Admission Requirements

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (SDM) welcomes applicants from varied educational backgrounds. Both science and non-science majors are welcome to apply. The well-rounded applicant has a foundation in both the sciences and humanities, including the following requirements for admission:

A minimum of 120 semester hours of study is required. Applicants must also have a minimum of 60 semester hours completed before making application. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college is preferred, but not required, prior to matriculation at the dental school. A GPA of 3.5 and a DAT academic average of 21 is considered competitive. Click here for average class statistics.

The following required course work must be completed prior to matriculation:

Course Subject

Semesters

Quarters

English

2

3

Biology (with lab)

2

3

Physics

2

3

General (Inorganic) Chemistry (with lab)

2

3

Organic Chemistry

2

3

Biochemistry

1

1

The admissions committee does not consider applicants who have been enrolled for more than one-third of coursework (both general and required courses) in community colleges or junior colleges. Grades of B or better are expected in prerequisite courses.

Additionally, the strong applicant will display interest and knowledge of the dental profession by having participated in ongoing observation of dental practices, volunteer work in the medical/dental field, and participation in scientific research.

Application Procedures

Deadline is November 1, 2014.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply through AADSAS prior to September, as most interview dates are scheduled in the fall.

All of the following documents should be submitted directly to the AADSAS application service, with the exception of the application fee and the photograph.

Dental Admission Test

Applicants must submit their DAT scores directly to AADSAS. An academic average of 21 is considered competitive with greater than 18 on all sections.

Letters of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation, submitted directly to AADSAS, from a Pre-Health Advisory Committee or three letters of recommendation are required to complete an application for admission to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. While any three letters of recommendations will be accepted, it is preferred that the applicant submit three academic letters. An academic letter can be written by a professor from whom you took a class, a pre-health advisor, or a research mentor(s).

The following documents should be submitted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine:

  • A non-refundable processing fee of $50 (check or money-order) for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and a fee of $75 (check or money-order) for international applicants (including Canadian applicants) must be mailed to the SDM for application processing, with your AADSAS number clearly printed. Checks should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • A 2" x 2" electronic image submission using .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png with dimensions no larger than 640x480 pixels is preferred or a 2" x 2" recent photograph (labeled with name and AADSAS number). Please label the electronic file with your name and AADSAS number.

Materials should be mailed to:

Office of Student Affairs

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine

3501 Terrace Street, Suite 2114

Pittsburgh, PA 15261-1945

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine has no secondary application. Please direct questions regarding admissions to dentaladmissions@dental.pitt.edu.

 

Fee Assistance Program

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine has a strong commitment to working with all students in addressing the cost of applying to dental school. While UPSDM does not provide fee assistance, students who apply for, meet the criteria, are granted and used an ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program fee waiver may be considered for a waiver of the UPSDM supplemental application fee. In order to be considered for this waiver, students must complete the attached form and submit it to ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program for verification. Please fill out the top half of the form and return to the following address:

Office of Student Affairs

Attn.: Katherine Adomitis

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine

3501 Terrace Street, Suite 2114

Pittsburgh, PA 15261-1945

The Office of Student Affairs will then submit the form to ADEA. Do not call ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program and ask them to verify your receipt of an ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program fee waiver.  All requests to ADEA will be submitted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

 

Minority Recruitment

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

The University of Pittsburgh, and the 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.

Academic as well as diversity scholarships are available.  All applicants are considered for scholarships at the time of offer of admissions.

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

How to Accept an Offer of Admission

Matriculation agreements are mailed along with acceptance letters. Candidates who receive the offer of acceptance are asked to return the matriculation agreement,  the preregistration form, and a non-refundable deposit of $1000. This amount, along with a second non-refundable $1000 deposit due April 1, will be applied to the first semester tuition as a tuition credit.

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.  All final transcripts must list the completed degree, graduation date, as well as the degree conferred. Questions regarding admissions may be directed to www.dentaladmissions@dental.pitt.edu.

Technology Requirement:

All students at The School of Dental Medicine are required to have a laptop computer with up-to-date processing capabilities.  Some software may be downloaded at no cost from the University of Pittsburgh. For further information please consult Computing Services and Systems Development.

Transfer Students
Depending on class availability, the Transfer Student Committee will consider transfer students who are in good academic and disciplinary standing from other accredited dental programs in the United States. These candidates must meet all entrance requirements and may be required to take written and/or practical examinations. An in-person interview will also be required for transfer requests. Transfer requests are not considered from schools outside the United States.

Consideration for transfer status will be given upon receipt of the following materials:

  1. Application Fee  ($75 money-order)
  2. Letter of intent which sets forth the reason for the transfer request
  3. Official Undergraduate Transcripts
  4. Official Dental School Transcripts
  5. Official DAT Scores
  6. Catalogue and Course Descriptions/Syllabi from Current Dental School
  7. Letter of Recommendation from at least one Dental School Faculty
  8. National Dental Board Examination Results (if Applicable)
  9. A 2" x 2" electronic image submission using .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png with dimensions no larger than 640x480 pixels is preferred or a 2" x 2" recent photograph (labeled with name)