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How can I contact the Office of Admissions at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry?

You can contact us by mail at:

University of Maryland Dental School
Office of Admissions
Dean’s Suite - 6th Floor South, Room 6410
650 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD  21201


You may also contact us by: 

Phone:  410-706-7472
Fax:  410-706-0945


May I stop by to schedule a meeting or tour?

We cannot accommodate unscheduled visits, however, we routinely provide three tours during the summer after our interview cycle has ended.  These tours are based on availability and you will need to sign up on our website.  Space is limited and is first come first served.

If you are seeking admissions information, please refer to the comprehensive amount of information provided on our website.

Do you admit students that are not residents of Maryland?

Yes we do admit out-of-state students.  In 2016 our class was 50% Resident and 50% Non-Resident.

Do you accept International students into the DDS program?

Yes, however all international students should understand that they are ineligible to receive financial assistance from federal or state programs and must meet all University-monitored visa requirements.

How will I know the Office of Admissions has received my application from AADSAS?

It generally takes around four weeks for us to receive your application after you have applied through AADSAS.  Once the Office of Admissions has received your AADSAS application, you will be notified via email. 

What is the deadline for applications?

Your complete and verified AADSAS application must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than December 31st.

Where will I find the supplemental application for the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and do I need to complete it?

Candidates whose applications meet preliminary screening criteria will be invited to continue with the admissions process and will receive an email inviting them to complete the University of Maryland supplemental application. Completing the supplemental application does not guarantee an interview.

How many students are admitted into the DDS Program each year?

We currently admit 132 students into the dental program each year.

Is there a minimum GPA I must attain? What was the average overall GPA of your most recent incoming class?

To be competitive, the Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions recommends a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

The average overall GPA for the most recent incoming class was 3.6.  The average overall science GPA was 3.5.


Do I need a Bachelor's Degree for Admission into the DDS program?

The Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions strongly encourages applicants to earn a bachelor’s degree prior to dental school matriculation.  However, applicants who have successfully completed at least three academic years (90 credit hours) at an accredited university may be considered for admission.  No more than 60 of the minimum required credits will be accepted from a community college or junior college.  Furthermore, these credits must have been validated (i.e., accepted for transfer credit) by an accredited college of arts and sciences. Applications from students without a bachelor’s degree are not as competitive.

Do I have to major in Biology, or one of the sciences?

While the majority of students applying do major in biology or one of the sciences, students who are majoring in non-science disciplines are encouraged to apply.

What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisites are as follows:

  • 8 semester hours of general biology (with laboratories)
  • 8 semester hours of inorganic chemistry (with laboratories)
  • 8 semester hours of organic chemistry (with laboratories)
  • 8 semester hours of physics (with laboratories)
  • 6 semester hours of English composition
  • 3 semester hours of biochemistry

A) The English requirement may not be simply English literature. We require writing intensive courses to meet this requirement.

B) Grades in prerequisites may not drop below a grade of C. A grade of C- will not be accepted; that course will have to be retaken.

Do the prerequisite course need to be taken within a certain time frame in order to be considered valid?

It is not necessary for you to have completed all of the required prerequisites prior to applying. However, all admission requirements must be completed by June 30th of the desired year of matriculation.

We prefer that the prerequisites are taken within 5-7 years of matriculation. They may not be older than 10 years.


Do you accept AP credit or credits received from distance learning courses?

These are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions. 

In addition to the required undergraduate courses, are there any other suggested courses?

Examples of other suggested courses include anatomy and physiology, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience and general pathology at the graduate level.

What do I need to know about the DAT?

The average Academic Average and Total Science DAT scores for all enrolled, year-one DDS students in 2016 was 20.

 A score of 18 or higher will be considered but no single science score may drop below a 17. 

Scores higher than 18 will make an application more competitive.

Scores are valid for three years and the test may be repeated only three times and we do accept Canadian scores.

We recommend taking the DAT early enough that:

  • your application can be considered (we can’t review an application without DAT scores)
  • you will have time to retake the exam if your scores are not competitive

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What does the committee do with my application if I am retaking the DAT after I have submitted my application?

If you have indicated on your AADSAS application that you intend to retake the DAT, your file will remain on hold and will not be reviewed until our office receives your new scores.  If you indicated on your application that you are retaking the DAT and decide not to retake the DAT, please notify our office
so that we will know to review your file with current scores and you application will no longer be “on hold.”

If I took the DAT more than once, will the committee look at all scores, the average, the highest or the most recent?

The Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions will review all scores, but emphasis will be placed on the most recently taken DAT scores.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

The Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions strongly prefers to receive a recommendation package, or committee letter, from the applicant’s institutional pre-professional committee.  If an applicant does not provide a committee letter, the Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions may request an explanation as to why the pre-professional committee at the applicant’s undergraduate school was not utilized.


If a pre-professional committee is not available, letters of recommendation from one professor each in the departments of biology and chemistry may be substituted.

May I submit more than the required number of letters of recommendation and where should I have these letters sent?

All letters of recommendation should only be uploaded directly to your AADSAS online application; you may upload up to four letters of recommendation may be uploaded to your AADSAS application.

No letters should be sent directly to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry Office of Admissions.

Do I need to have an official transcript sent directly to your office?

No, academic transcripts should NOT be sent directly to the University of Maryland unless specifically requested by the Office of Admissions. We may ask for official transcripts once you have been accepted.

Is shadowing required?

Yes. We like to see at least 100 hours of shadowing spread across the various dental disciplines. This gives the applicant a more comprehensive perspective of the scope of the profession.

What kind of dexterity is important?

We like to see applicants who have developed fine motor skills such as those gained from needlepoint, cross-stitch, model building and pipetting. The eye/hand coordination gained from playing sports is not comparable.