Letters of Evaluation for Pre-Dental
Letters of Evaluation
The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) allows for up to four letters of evaluation to be electronically submitted. All dental school applicants should familiarize themselves with the types of letters of evaluation each dental school requires. Students should check the website of each school where they intend to apply. If there are strong preferences of types of letters, it will be indicated. If the school does not give any guidance about the letters they expect, the "model" typically followed by our successful applicants is two hard science professors, one general dentist and another “professional” reference.
As of January 2016, the Pre-Health Advising Office will no longer serve as a repository/submission service for letters of evaluation to dental school. The absence of a "committee" or "pre-dent" letter will not adversely affect a student’s application.
Click here for AADSAS Instructions for Letters of Evaluation
Whom should I ask for a letter?
Individual dental schools are quite specific in the types of letters of evaluation they expect from applicants. Therefore, it is important for students to be selective in who they ask to submit letters on their behalf.
Students will submit a maximum of four letters of evaluation. Two should come from faculty members that the student has taken hard science courses with and one should come from a general dentist with whom they have shadowed or volunteered. The Pre-Health Advising Office also recommends that for the fourth letter, to choose someone the student may have worked closely with (for instance, as part of their double major, minor, or certificate program), other dentists or healthcare professionals they have shadowed under, or supervisors from any jobs they have held while an undergraduate.
How should I ask for a letter?
When asking for a letter of evaluation, it is important to do so in person. Emailing
or calling to set up a meeting or appointment is acceptable but the request should
be face to face. Further, the student should schedule an appointment with each of
their evaluators by early Spring (no later than May) of the year they wish to apply
to dental school.
Due to the size of UGA, it is expected that not every applicant can generate letters from college faculty who know them very well and can offer significant insight into their character traits and capacity for entering the profession of dentistry. Therefore, it is important to provide evaluators with as much information as possible:
- Recent copy of resume (with picture)
- Detailed instructions for how the letter should be submitted (AADSAS or Interfolio)
- Brief statement of educational goals
- Rough draft of personal statement
- Guidelines for how to write a letter of evaluation
Note: Always waive your right to view your letters of evaluation.
How do I submit my letters of evaluation?
Using Interfolio (Recommended)
The UGA Pre-Health Advising Office strongly encourages applicants to use Interfolio to collect and submit their letters of evaluation. With an established Interfolio account, the applicant can have their letters of evaluation submitted directly to AADSAS for a delivery fee. Another advantage of the service is that the letter writer may submit a letter to Interfolio as soon as they establish an account. However, nothing can be submitted to AADSAS until the application cycle opens in early June. Interfolio offers free accounts to store documents with a flat rate of $48 per year for 50 deliveries. According to Interfolio, even if your account expires, the letters will be maintained and you can renew your account any time you are ready.
How to use Interfolio:
Applicants can elect to use the AADSAS application service directly to upload their letters. When students submit the name and pertinent information of each of their evaluators into their AADSAS application, the AADSAS “Messenger” will send that evaluator an email to the email address provided by the student giving a link into their application and a password. Keep in mind that AADSAS application does not open until early June and will not keep the letters for the next application cycle.