Early Assurance Program (DDS)

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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.

Application Availability

The application is now OPEN. Apply here!

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2020 cycle is June 1, 2020.

Less Stress, More Freedom

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.


The predoctoral dental education program (DDS) is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA

In order to be considered for the Early Assurance Program, an applicant must have completed two years of undergraduate study (approximately 60 credit hours) from a U.S. or Canadian institution and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 /4.0.

Prerequisite Courses

While there is no major course of study required, the applicant must have completed the English prerequisite and at least two of the five science prerequisites listed below prior to submitting the application to the program.  The prerequisite courses are:

  • 2 semesters = 6 credit hours = 8 quarter hours of English including composition
  • 2 semesters = 8 credit hours = 12 quarter hours of General, inorganic chemistry (including laboratory)
  • 2 semesters = 8 credit hours = 12 quarter hours of Organic chemistry (including laboratory)
  • 2 semesters = 8 credit hours = 12 quarter hours of General biology (including laboratory)
  • 2 semesters = 8 credit hours = 12 quarter hours of General physics - algebra or calculus based (including laboratory)
  • 1 semester = 3 credit hours = 5 quarter hours of Biochemistry (does not require a laboratory component)

Application Process

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is June 1, 2020. The online application and all required documents must be received by the School of Dental Medicine on or before the application deadline. No exceptions will be made. In order to complete their application folder, applicants are required to provide the following:

1.     Online Application Form

2.     Official Original Undergraduate Transcripts

  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) of grades from all colleges or universities attended by the applicant. This must include all grades received and must be in signed, sealed envelopes.
  • All transcripts should be forwarded to:

University at Buffalo

Student Admissions / Attn: Early Assurance

School of Dental Medicine

315 Squire Hall

Buffalo, New York 14214-8006

3.     Pre Professional Committee Recommendation Letter or Three Letters of Recommendation

  • A letter of recommendation from the pre-professional committee at their undergraduate school. Our DDS Admissions Committee prefers a composite letter of recommendation.
  • In the event a committee letter 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 the online application, applicants will submit the e-mail addresses of three references.  These referees will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after an applicant submits their application for formal review.

4.     $85.00 Application fee paid electronically


The Student Admissions Committee will begin the review of all completed applications after June 1.  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.

Admissions Decisions

  • All applicants will be informed of the committee's decision on or before July 15.
  • 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.

Accepted Student Requirements

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.

Grade Point Average

  • Following acceptance into the Early Assurance Program, participants will be required to maintain minimum total GPA and total Science grade point average as specified in the contract signed upon admission to the Early Assurance Program. 
  • A successful applicant will be required to carry a minimum of fifteen credit hours per semester throughout the remaining two years of undergraduate study and complete a bachelor's degree.

Dean of Students Letter

  • 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.

Clinical Experience

  • 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. This letter should be submitted to our office.


Luke Ramey
Assistant Director of Student and Community Initiatives