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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
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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.
Yes we do admit out-of-state students. In 2016 our class was 50% Resident and 50% Non-Resident.
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.
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.
Your complete and verified AADSAS application must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than December 31st.
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.
We currently admit 132 students into the dental program each year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions.
Examples of other suggested courses include anatomy and physiology, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience and general pathology at the graduate level.
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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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.”
The Committee on Dental Recruitment and Admissions will review all scores, but emphasis will be placed on the most recently taken DAT scores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.