Timing in the Application Process
Applying early to a school that receives thousands of applications each year from the entire nation is of utmost importance to minimize the chances of available interview slots being depleted. Completion and submission of all materials in June or early July enhances the chance of admission for each student. By agreement between dental schools, no school may issue an acceptance before December 1st of each year. Many schools begin interviews in the summer (typically August for the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University) and have selected their class or filled most of the seats by December 1st, accepting any remaining seats on a rolling basis thereafter.
Below is a suggested timeline for application to begin Dental School 2018. The official dates have not been announced yet.
|Prior to Fall 2016||
|May-June 2017||Continue any of the tasks above not yet completed, study for the DAT, and take the DAT before September 30, 2017.|
|August 2017||DCG and several other dental schools will begin interviews for students with completed files, including secondary applications. Generally, secondary application requests go out if the school is considering an interview for the student and always before an interview is scheduled.|
|August-Dec. 2017||Interviews proceed.|
|December 1, 2017||The first day applicants may receive acceptances. Some schools will have their entire class selected on that day.|
After Dec. 1, 2017
|Schools with remaining open seats will continue to interview and begin to accept on a rolling basis.|
|Dental School Class of 2018 begins.|