Admission with Advance Standing
Office of Admissions
In order to be eligible for admission with advanced standing as a transfer student, applicants must be currently enrolled in a US or Canadian dental school, and in good academic and professional standing. First consideration will be given to applicants whose personal circumstances compel them to transfer.
While the University of Maryland School of Dentistry does not have a specific program designed for candidates seeking admission to the DDS program with advanced standing, it is possible for exceptionally talented dental students currently enrolled in a US or Canadian dental school to be considered for admission with advanced standing contingent on space availability. To initiate the process, applicants need to submit a detailed letter describing the reason for the transfer request to the Office of Admissions no later than March 1st. Applications will be sent out pending projected space availability for the upcoming academic year. The completed application should be returned to the Office of Admissions along with the following:
- A detailed letter describing the reason for the transfer request
- The $350 application fee (payable to the University of Maryland)
- A letter from the Dean of the dental school, verifying that the student is currently enrolled and is in good academic and professional standing
- Official undergraduate transcript
- DAT score report
- Official dental school transcript
- National Board score report (where applicable)
- Current dental school catalog
After required materials have been submitted, the Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions will review complete applications. Candidates being considered for admission will be interviewed by the Committee.
Based on the outcome of the interview, and at the request of the Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions, candidates who are recommended for possible admission will need to provide copies of all course syllabi for courses completed and in progress at their current dental school. Dental School department chairs (or their designees) will review the course syllabi and, if necessary, communicate directly with candidates when further clarification is needed. Department chairs/designees will provide the Office of Academic Affairs with recommendations regarding placement within the curriculum.
Admissions and Placement Decisions
The Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions makes the final decision regarding admission. The Progression Committee develops specific recommendations regarding placement or modification to the student’s curriculum or course requirements to accommodate individual needs. The Office of Admissions and the Office of Academic Affairs coordinate final placement arrangements. The Assistant Dean of Admissions and Recruitment notifies applicants regarding admission decisions and, if indicated, placement decisions. Space must be available within the projected class in order for an offer of admission to be extended.