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DDS Admissions Process

The School of Dental Medicine currently admits approximately ninety individuals into the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program as first-year students. The DDS program requires four years of full-time study. There is no provision for part-time study.  The DDS program does not accept transfer students from other dental schools.

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine’s Student Admission Committee wishes to admit individuals who will benefit from and contribute to the educational environment and the dental profession and be prepared at graduation to enter into a wide range of practice options. Assuming that posted GPA and DAT minimums have been met (see GPA and Dental Admissions Test sections further below) the Admissions Committee reviews each application for admission in its entirety.  The major factors given consideration by the Admissions Committee are:  academic background and ability; critical thinking and problem-solving ability; demonstrated compassion and service to others; demonstrated investigation of the profession of dentistry; interpersonal and communication skills; leadership skills; life experiences; and personal attributes. 

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is committed to ensuring equal educational opportunity and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status.  The School of Dental Medicine adheres to the University at Buffalo's Notice of Non-Discrimination.  The full statement may be viewed at:  http://affirmativeaction.buffalo.edu/about.htm

Following initial review of applications, selected applicants are invited to visit the school to meet with faculty and students, and to acquaint themselves with the facilities of the School of Dental Medicine and the university. An integral part of the admissions process, the visit to the School of Dental Medicine also provides an opportunity for members of the Student Admissions Committee to become acquainted with applicants. Applicants are invited to interview at the school between mid-September and February each academic year.

Following the visit to the school, the applicant's application is presented to the Student Admissions Committee. After a complete review, an admission decision is reached by a vote of the entire committee, and applicants are informed by mail of the committee's decision within two weeks after December 1.

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting materials is December 1.

Late applications will not be considered. 

The admissions process is rolling throughout the cycle, and early application is strongly encouraged. Waiting until the December 1 deadline is a poor strategy that results in an applicant competing for far fewer positions in the entering class.

Keep in mind that it takes 6 to 8 weeks on average for AADSAS to forward your application to us.

DDS Application Processing Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

Q: When can I submit my 2018 application?

A: You can submit your AADSAS application beginning June 1, 2017.

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Q: Is early submission encouraged?

A: Yes. We have a rolling admissions process. This means the earlier we receive your completed, verified application, the earlier our committee conducts a full file review of your application and you can be considered for an interview. Therefore, early application is strongly encouraged.

Waiting until the December 1 deadline is a poor strategy that results in an applicant competing for far fewer positions in the entering class.

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Q: What is considered a complete application?

A:  Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee only after the following items have been made available to the UB School of Dental Medicine through AADSAS and transcript verification has been completed by AADSAS:

(1) AADSAS application including official DAT scores. Note: scores must be taken within valid timeframe.

(2) $75 application fee paid online at UBePay

(3) Letters of Evaluation from either a preprofessional committee (preferred) or three required individual faculty letters of evaluation

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Q: What is the deadline to submit a completed application?

A: December 1. Your application will not be considered if you fail to submit any of the required materials by December 1.

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Q: How will I know if my application is complete?

A: Our admissions committee will send you an e-mail notification once your application is complete. You are welcome to e-mail the admissions office with any questions.

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Q: What does AADSAS verification mean?

A: This is the process by which AADSAS verifies your dental school transcripts and calculates your GPA. Our admissions committee uses AADSAS verified transcripts and grades when reviewing your application. Please note that our school does not verify AADSAS applications.

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Q: What if my AADSAS application isn’t verified by December 1?

A: If you’ve completed your application (as outlined above), but your transcripts haven’t been verified by December 1, you can still be considered. However, our committee will not give your application a full file review until you have been verified in the AADSAS portal.

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Q: How will I know if my AADSAS application has been verified?

A: You will be able to see this in your AADSAS portal.

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Q: Does your DDS program have a secondary or supplemental application in addition to AADSAS?

A: No. However, we do have a $75 supplemental application fee. This fee can be paid online via the EPAY portal.

How to Apply

Application to the School of Dental Medicine is made through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). The completed application submitted to AADSAS will automatically be forwarded to all participating dental schools designated by the applicant.  AADSAS formats demographic information and calculates grade point averages in a standardized fashion, but plays no part in the selection process.  For more information, please visit the AADSAS web site.   Following submission of the application to AADSAS and verification of its accuracy, all contact concerning the application should be made directly with the UB School of Dental Medicine.

Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee only after the following items have been made available to the UB School of Dental Medicine through AADSAS and transcript verification has been completed by AADSAS:

(1) AADSAS application including official DAT scores

(2) $75 Application Fee paid online at UBePay

(3) Letters of Evaluation from either a preprofessional committee (preferred) or three required individual faculty letters of evaluation

Supplemental Application Fee

· There is a $75 USD supplemental application fee required to apply to the University at Buffalo DDS Program.

· The application fee must be received by the School of Dental Medicine prior to the initial review of the application.

· The application fee is non-refundable and is not credited toward any charges when an accepted applicant registers as a student.

· This is separate from the AADSAS application fee.

· This payment can be made online at UBePay.

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver

Supplemental application fee waivers are available to students who demonstrate unusual financial need.  There are two ways to request the $75 application fee waiver:

1. Applicants who have been approved for the ADEA AADSAS Fee Assistance Program should submit a copy of approval via e-mail to sdmadmit@buffalo.edu

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2. Provide sufficient documentation of your participation as an undergraduate student in an EOP, HEOP, or SEEK program, or as an undergraduate participant in the CSTEP, MARC, PREP, RISE, LSAMP, or McNair Scholar programs on any campus, or as an applicant through Project 1000. Please submit a copy of partipation via e-mail to sdmadmit@buffalo.edu