Admissions FAQ

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2021-2022 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. 



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.


Where can I pay my non-refundable supplemental application fee?

Pay your non-refundable $75 supplemental application application fee here


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 that 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

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