Ready for Dental School Admissions?

Are you ready to start applying to dental school? Know the answers to these five questions before you start.

Does your application demonstrate that you belong in the program?

When applying to dental school, think of yourself as the product and your application as your marketing document.

"Marketing" yourself doesn't mean that you should lie or stretch the facts. You simply need to make a lucid and convincing presentation. Everything on your application should contribute to an overall picture of you that clearly demonstrates that you belong in the class and you'll make a solid contribution. Sell yourself.

How will I pay for school?

A good DAT score can mean more than admission to your target program; it can also open the door to assistantships, fellowships, and financial aid opportunities—it can help you pay for school. It pays to prep, so enroll with Kaplan and experience the unmatched expertise and personalized prep that not only means a great DAT score, but could also mean a great financial aid package.

Am I applying to the right schools?

Choosing the right school involves the consideration of many factors. Among the things to think about, concentrate on the following:

  • Reputation
  • Curriculum
  • Workload
  • Location and size
  • Cost
  • Academic placement
  • Job placement services

There aren't many dental schools, so admission is very competitive. It may make sense for you to cast a wide net. Consider all the factors of each school and rank them in a target list.

How effective is my essay?

Think of your essay as an opportunity to show admissions officers what you're made of. They want to know why you want to attend their dental program, and this is your chance to tell them—so be as clear and compelling as you can.

Essays are the best way for admissions officers to determine who you are, so don't hesitate to go beyond your current experience. Feel free to discuss other events that help define you, and if you have overcome significant obstacles, say so. If you've won awards, describe the award and what you did to achieve recognition.

Am I ready for my interview?

Before your interview, be sure to review your application—the interviewer is likely to ask specific questions about it. Other important tips:

  • Be open and honest
  • Ask good questions
  • Follow proper business decorum
  • Be aware of your non-verbal clues, like eye contact and posture
  • Be courteous to the administrative staff
  • Write a thank-you note

While not every school requires an interview, for many it is an important requirement for admission. Some schools also use interviews to evaluate borderline cases.