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Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements
The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you have met the application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry
Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate
Admission to the program is highly competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. View our Competitive Candidate page to review what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.
Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application
The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline.
Frequently Asked Questions
ADEA CAAPID Application
- A completed ADEA CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists) is a requirement for entry to the program.
- Both U.S. citizens and international students requiring an F-1 student visa may apply for admission.
Transcripts and Evaluations
- All coursework taken from non-U.S institutions (excluding English-speaking Canadian institutions) must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course evaluation. No other evaluations will be accepted. Evaluation must include letter grades, pass/fail or credit/no credit, and must specify which courses are considered undergraduate, graduate and professional. Completed evaluations should be submitted directly to ADEA CAAPID.
- Official transcripts for any courses completed at U.S. institutions must be submitted directly to ADEA CAAPID.
English Language Proficiency
- Applicants must be proficient in English speaking and reading comprehension.
- All applicants whose native language is not English must submit official ETS TOEFL score results as part of the CAAPID application.
- A minimum score of 79 for the Internet-Based test must be submitted at the time of application.
- TOEFL scores are valid for two years. For the 2023 entering class, test dates prior to March 4, 2020 are NOT acceptable.
- The TOEFL exam will be waived for permanent and temporary residents of the United States who have completed at least six semester units of College English/English Composition from an accredited institution in the United States.
- English courses taken from foreign countries whose native language is English will be accepted (e.g., Canada, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and the British West Indies).
National Board Dental Examination Requirements
- Applicants must have passed NBDE Part 1 and Part II, or the Integrated NBDE.
- Official NBDE score reports must be submitted via CAAPID application.
Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
- ADAT scores are accepted and will be considered, but are not required for admission to the program.
Letters of Evaluation
- Two letters of evaluation in English are required from dentists who can attest to your character, conduct, and professional ability. At least one of the letters must be from a dentist who is full-time faculty at a dental school.
- If the letter is not in English, provide the letter in its original language along with a certified English translation.
- Letters must be no more than 6 months old, and are accepted through the ADEA CAAPID system.
- A supplemental application must be electronically submitted by July 20, 2022.
- The non-refundable supplemental application fee of $200.00 must also be submitted by July 20, 2022.
- Qualified applicants will be invited to an onsite interview. An additional fee will be assessed for onsite interview to cover costs of dexterity testing.
Proof of Legal US Residency – If Required
- International applicants, or any other applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who are living in the U.S., must provide proof of legal U.S. residency prior to matriculation.