Early Assurance Program
Applications available January 5 - June 1
The Early Assurance Program at the School of Dental Medicine was developed to offer the opportunity for early acceptance to academically strong undergraduate students focused on a career in dentistry. Application to the program is made at the end of the second year of undergraduate study. Accepted applicants go on to complete the remaining two years of college and attain a bachelor's degree before entering the School of Dental Medicine. This program is designed to free students from the pressures and expenses associated with the dental school application process and to allow participants the freedom to select from a wider range of courses in the last two years of college.
In order to be considered for the Early Assurance Program, an applicant must have completed two years of undergraduate study (approximately 60 credit hours) and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 / 4.0
While there is no major course of study required, the applicant must have completed the English prerequisite and at least two of the four science prerequisites prior to application to the program. The prerequisite courses are:
One year (two semesters) of English including composition
One year (two semesters) of general chemistry including laboratory
One year (two semesters) of organic chemistry including laboratory
One year (two semesters) of general biology with laboratory
One year (two semesters) of general physics with laboratory
- One semester of biochemistry (does not require a laboratory component)
The application and all required documents must be received by the School of Dental Medicine on or before the application deadline. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 1. In order to complete their application folder, applicants are required to provide the following:
A completed on-line application form.
A letter of recommendation from the pre-professional committee at their undergraduate school. The committee prefers a composite letter of recommendation. In the event this is not possible to obtain, an applicant may substitute three letters of recommendation from course directors in undergraduate courses. At least two of these letters must be from course directors in science courses. Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically. In the recommendation section of this online application, you submit three referees with their email addresses. They will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after you submit your application for formal review.
Official transcript of grades from all colleges or universities attended by the applicant. This must include all grades received.
$75.00 Application fee paid electronically on UBePay
All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Dental Medicine by the individual or institution providing them. Documents provided by the applicant cannot be considered in the committee's review process.
Each applicant receiving serious consideration for admission to the Early Assurance Program will be invited to visit the School of Dental Medicine to meet with members of the Student Admissions Committee. Following the visit to the school and a review of all submitted materials, the Student Admissions Committee will make a decision. Applicants will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision.
Failure of an applicant to be accepted into the Early Assurance Program or discontinuance following acceptance will not preclude application to the School of Dental Medicine through the regular application process, nor will it disadvantage the candidate in any way.
Early Assurance Applicants must provide a DENTPIN on their on-line application form. The DENTPIN (DENTal Personal Identifier Number) is a unique personal identifier for applicants and students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs. It will be used on your application to a dental education program or application service, your application to take and/or report your scores for the DAT test.
DENTPIN numbers are free of charge and are issued by the American Dental Association. To apply for a DENTPIN, simply go to the ADA Website and apply on-line at: http://www.ada.org/dentpin.aspx.
DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
Individuals accepted into the Early Assurance Program will be required to complete the DAT during the third year of undergraduate study. To be enrolled through this program, a participant must achieve minimum scores in the Academic Average, PAT (Perceptual Ability Test), and Reading Comprehension sections of the DAT as specified in the contract signed upon admission to the Early Assurance Program. All of the required minimum scores must be achieved on the same attempt at the DAT. Candidates who were accepted into the Early Assurance Program in 2015 were required to to achieve minimum scores of 20 in the Academic Average, PAT, and Reading Comprehension sections of the DAT (all on the same attempt) to continue in the program; these minimums are subject to change for candidates accepted in future years.
Continuance in the Program
Following acceptance into the Early Assurance Program, participants will be required to maintain minimum total GPA and BCP (biology, chemistry, physics) grade point average as specified in the contract signed upon admission to the Early Assurance Program. Candidates who were accepted into the Early Assurance Program in 2015 were required to maintain a minimum GPA and BCP GPA of 3.7/4.0 each semester to continue in the program; these minimums are subject to change for candidates accepted in future years. A successful applicant will be required to carry a normal course load (fifteen credit hours) throughout the remaining two years of undergraduate study and complete a bachelor's degree. All predental prerequisite courses must be completed. As future members of the dental profession, participants must remain in good moral and ethical standing. Prior to matriculation in the DDS program participants will be required to submit a letter from their undergraduate Dean of Students verifying their good standing.
All participants in the Early Assurance Program must gain experience in clinical dentistry. The experience must constitute at least 100 hours in a private dental office (general practice or specialty practice) and/or clinic (hospital or dental school). This requirement should be completed during the third year of study, but experience gained before admission into the Early Assurance Program may be included. The nature of this experience should consist of gaining knowledge of the day-to-day aspects of patient care. Participants will be asked to provide letters from supervisory personnel, describing the nature of the experience and the amount of time spent in participation.
All required items should be forwarded to:
University at Buffalo
Student Admissions / Attn: Early Assurance
School of Dental Medicine
315 Squire Hall
Buffalo, New York 14214-8006
The Student Admissions Committee will begin the review of all completed applications after June 1. All applicants will be informed of the committee's decision on or before July 15.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Barbara Weinberg, DDS Admissions Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org