Your Dental School Application

After having decided where and when to apply, your next step is to obtain application forms from the various schools that you've selected. Call the admissions offices around January (a year and a half before you're planning to attend), and have them put you on their mailing lists. Also check the school's Web site.

Most dental school applications are completed through the AADSAS, but if you're applying to other schools, make sure you've received all the applications by April. Once the applications begin arriving, you'll notice one thing quickly: No two applications are exactly alike. But despite their differences, most follow a general pattern with variations on the same kinds of questions.

The Application Is Your Marketing Tool.

When it comes to applying to dental school, think of yourself as "the product." Your application is your marketing document. Marketing yourself doesn't mean that you should lie or embellish the facts. It simply means that you need to make a lucid and convincing presentation. Everything on your application should contribute to an overall picture of yourself that clearly demonstrates that you belong in the class and will make a solid contribution to the learning of your peers. Sell yourself. Your application should be as clear as possible, typed or very neatly printed. Use your full name on everything, even the little cards and other trappings that schools often request.