2020-2021 Application Cycle information for prospective applicants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
The COVID-19 global pandemic of 2020 has presented institutions of higher education across the country with challenges in teaching and learning, as well as in the assessment of academic performance. As a consequence of these challenges, The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is committed to adapting and adjusting in response to the new challenges we now face.
Pitt Dental Medicine will take into account the important disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak when reviewing student transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their screening practice to ensure holistic reviews of individual applications and supporting materials. Specifically, we will accept online prerequisite coursework for the fall semester due to the challenges of Covid-19, and additionally, will require that all course grades moving forward be earned in a letter grade format to be considered to fulfill prerequisite coursework.
If a student's institution has instituted a pass/fail grading system for the fall semester, documentation will be required from the institution's registrar's office confirming this for such coursework to be considered.
This response by Pitt Dental Medicine is to ensure that no applicants are disadvantaged by the overarching decisions made by their colleges/universities as a result of this unprecedented public health event.
Frequently Asked Questions about the application process in response to COVID-19
What will your interview format be?
In the best interest and safety of our prospective applicants, faculty, residents, students and staff, all interviews for the 2020-2021 application cycle will be held in a virtual format. More information regarding the details of the virtual interview format will be provided to students selected to interview for a seat in the class of 2020.
How does my delayed DAT figure into the admissions process?
Pitt Dental Medicine will accept applications from applicants who were unable to take the DAT due to COVID-19 related test cancellations. At Pitt Dental Medicine, a holistic review of applications has always been our practice in the admissions process and we will continue to do so. For those affected, we will base decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that DAT testing resumes in the fall, Pitt Dental Medicine will require applicants to have taken the DAT before they are considered for admission to the Class of 2025. If DAT testing does not resume by October 1, 2020, Pitt Dental Medicine will reevaluate this requirement at that time. Applicants should not delay submitting their applications simply because a DAT score is not yet available.
Will you accept pass/fail grades from my current institution?
Pitt Dental Medicine will be flexible in the grading requirement for pre-requisite coursework if an applicant attended a university that made system-wide grading changes due to COVID-19. We will accept Pass/Fail grades for Spring 2020 coursework taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Baccalaureate degree required prior to matriculation.
- Only University of Pittsburgh applicants accepted as an undergraduate student who have successfully completed the requirements for early admission to the DMD program may matriculate without a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- A minimum total GPA of 3.2 (overall, science and prerequisite) and a DAT academic average of 19 with subsection scores of 17 or higher are preferred for consideration to the DMD program. If an applicant takes the DAT more than once, the Admissions Committee will consider the scores from the test with the highest academic average. DAT Scores reported may not be more than three years old at the application deadline of November 15th.
- Admissions Committee reserves the right to request further information in regards to an applicant's academic performance.
- **Please see the the Delayed DAT statement above if your DAT test has been cancelled or rescheduled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.**
- Prerequisite grades of B or higher taken onsite at a four year institution are strongly preferred. A minimum grade of C or 2.0qpa for prerequisite courses are required for consideration to the DMD Program. All Science prerequisite coursework must be completed within the last five years.
- **The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine will accept pass/fail grades for Spring 2020 coursework considering many changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.**
- It is preferred that no more than 1/3 of an applicants’ credits are earned from a community college or junior college. No more than 60 of the minimum required credits will be accepted from a community college or junior college. Classes taken in an onsite format are preferred.
- AP/IB credits will be accepted for prerequisites if the degree-granting institution awarded college credit toward an applicant’s bachelor’s degree.
- Admissions requirements are subject to change without prior notice.
- $75 non-refundable supplemental application fee. Pay Now
Successful completion of the following is required prior to matriculation:
|English*/Writing Intensive Course||English I||English/Writing Intensive|
|Biology (with lab)||Biology I (with lab)||Biology II (with lab)|
|Physics||Physics I||Physics II|
|General Chemistry (with lab)||Chemistry I (with lab)||Chemistry II (with lab)|
|Organic Chemistry (with lab)||Organic Chemistry I (with lab)||Organic Chemistry II (with lab)|
*At least one of the two English courses should be an English/Literature course
*All Science prerequisite coursework must be completed within the last five years
*Anatomy (3 semester hours) is recommended, but not required.
*The Admissions Committee reserves the right to modify prerequisites when additional courses are neccessary to improve an applicant's preparation for Dental School.
There are no residency requirements either for 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.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation must be submitted through AADSAS, and must be either:
- From a Pre-Health Advisory Committee (preferred)
- 3 letters from separate individuals. 2 of which must be a professor/advisor/mentor.
DAT scores must be submitted through AADSAS.
- If an applicant takes the DAT more than once, the admissions committee will consider the scores from the test date with the highest academic average
- DAT Scores may not be more than three years old at the application deadline of November 15th
Technology requirements can be found here.
Health requirements can be found here.
Essential Program Standards
Essential Program Standards can be found here.
Serving as a patient details here.
1. Review all of the information above
2. Apply to AADSAS by November 15th
3. Pay your Non-Refundable $75 supplemental application fee. PAY NOW
If you have any additional questions, please contact Pitt Dental Admissions.