Holistic Admissions

Find out more about Holistic Admissions at UBSDM.

Holistic Admissions Criteria

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, 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
  • Personal attributes

Community Service

Although not required to gain admission to the DDS program, community service and volunteer work is a great way to enhance your application. We are not looking for a specific number of volunteer hours.