DDS Program

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 currently 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.   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.

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:

(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

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.

Application Fee 

$75 Application Fee paid online at UBePay.

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.

Fee Waivers are available to students who demonstrate unusual financial need.  To be considered, applicants must have been approved by ADEA AADSAS for a Fee Waiver for their AADSAS application.  Qualified applicants may submit a written request via e-mail to  ub-sdm-admissions@buffalo.edu to the Director of Student Admissions, Dr. David Brown, and include the AADSAS Fee Waiver approval notice for consideration.

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to enrollment in the DDS program, with a minimum of 60 credit hours - two full years - at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university completed prior to application. Students are strongly encouraged to earn their bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment in the DDS program. Students who will not earn a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment must demonstrate a higher level of academic performance.

All applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university:

  • 6 semester hours (8 quarter hours) of English including composition
  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of General, inorganic chemistry (including laboratory)
  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of Organic chemistry (including laboratory)
  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of General biology (including laboratory)
  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of General physics (including laboratory)

Although not required, we strongly recommend that all applicants complete Biochemistry and Histology coursework prior to matriculation. 

Students are strongly urged to complete all prerequisite courses at a four-year institution. Although most applicants choose to concentrate their academic efforts in the sciences, there is no required undergraduate major area of study. Students are encouraged to pursue a major in an area of interest. Students who do not major in the sciences are encouraged to pursue additional coursework in biology and chemistry beyond the minimum required courses.

While dentistry is a discipline based in the biological sciences, the practice of dentistry is very much a "people" profession based on communication skills and an understanding of human behavior. Prospective dental students are encouraged to take courses in psychology, sociology, public speaking, composition, and the humanities to better interact with patients.

GPA

All applicants must have Undergraduate minimum overall and science college grade-point average of 2.70.  Exceptions to the minimums are given to all applicants who have completed the equivalent of two semesters of full-time Graduate coursework.

Dental Admissions Test

Applications will not be considered before official DAT scores are submitted to AADSAS. When more than one DAT score is reported, the most recent set of scores is considered.  Only scores from tests taken in 2013, 2014, or 2015 will be considered for Fall 2016 admission.  It is recommended that the DAT be taken no later than November 1 in order that your scores may reach AADSAS by the UB School of Dental Medicine application deadline of December 1.  Applications without DAT scores by December 1 will be regarded as incomplete and will not be considered.

The Canadian DAT is acceptable for Canadian applicants (www.CDA-ADC.ca).  Please note that candidates are encouraged to investigate the timing of score reports prior to taking the Canadian DAT to ensure that results will meet the application deadline of December 1.  Please note:  Score reports for candidates who took the November Canadian DAT exam are usually NOT received in time for consideration for that year's admission cycle.

         
DAT Reading Comprehension:
16 minimum score on most recent test date
              
All other DAT Sections:

 
15 minimum score on most recent test date


Experience in Dentistry

The Student Admissions Committee strongly encourages applicants to acquire adequate numbers of hours in health care settings in order to maximize their understanding of the health care field.  While this number will vary among applicants, we believe a minimum of 50-100 hours is a reasonable expectation.  Additionally the committee values a breadth of unique experiences over multiple hours in one setting.  

Letters of Evaluation

The UB School of Dental Medicine requires applicants to submit either a composite committee letter/report or three individual letters of evaluation.  The Student Admissions Committee prefers a composite committee letter/report. If the undergraduate school does not have such a committee or a mechanism for providing a composite letter, applicants may submit individual letters of evaluation.

All letters of evaluation must be submitted to AADSAS.  ADEA AADSAS allows applicants to submit a maximum of four individual letters of evaluation or one committee letter/report plus the option of one additional individual letter.  Although the School of Dental Medicine only requires three letters of evaluation, the Student Admissions Committee will consider all letters of evaluation submitted to AADSAS.

No letters sent directly to the school will be considered.

Proficiency in English for Non-Native Speakers of English

Because command of the English language is essential for successful professional school study, applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate their English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Students who have completed a full undergraduate degree in the United States qualify for a waiver of the TOEFL requirement.

Students must achieve scores at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.  Official TOEFL score reports must be received by our application deadline of December 1. 

Official TOEFL Score Reports must be submitted by using the codes below:

Institution Code:             2925 SUNY U at Buffalo
Graduate Study Code:     01
Name of Department:     Biological Sciences
Department Code:          38 Dentistry

The University's English Language Institute offers programs during the summer and the academic year for those students who want or need to improve their competence in reading, speaking, or writing English prior to applying to dental school. For more information about the English Language Institute, see their website at:  http://www.buffalo.edu/eli/

Proof of Financial Support for International Students

International students must document their ability to meet all educational and personal expenses for the duration of the program. Foreign students are eligible for assistantships and fellowships, but not for New York State or federal financial aid. Students should contact their own government or the American Embassy or Consulate for financial information.

Background Checks

All offers of acceptance and admission are conditional pending completion, at the applicant's expense, of an acceptable Background Check from a vendor approved by the UB School of Dental Medicine.  Once accepted, applicants will receive instructions on how to apply for the Background Check.  Admission offers may be withdrawn for applicants who refuse to submit to the Background Check or who receive an accurate unacceptable Background Check.
SDM Background Check Policy