Dental School Timeline (or how to make it easier on yourself and your schools)
Remember that bad things happen to those who wait until the last minute. Oh, the stories we could tell…
Fall (two years from matriculation)
*Prepare for DAT.
*Determine where you’re applying and make sure you’ve met all requirements. Use the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools available at http://www.adea.org/publications/Pages/OfficialGuide.aspx or in our offices.
*Start identifying and cultivating your letter writers. What are your schools requirements? Who can write a knowledgeable letter?
*Review this document and plan your budget. It’s expensive!
*Attend Applications workshop.
Spring (1.5 years from matriculation)
* STUDY for the DAT! Take practice exams until you can do them well in your sleep!
*Begin soliciting letters of evaluation. See Guidelines at http://www.uwyo.edu/preprof/applying-to-professional-school/letters-of-evaluation.html.
*Begin thinking about your essay. Remember, “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” (Henry Kaiser) SHOW them what will make you an exceptional physician.
*Take DAT. Students who take the DAT after mid-July rarely do well.
*Have all your letters of evaluation solicited. Pay special attention to your schools’ requirements. Check regularly to be sure they’ve arrived.
*Attend AADSAS and essay workshops.
*Open your AADSAS application. Have transcripts sent from all institutions attended, even during high school or if the courses appear on another transcript. Check regularly to be sure that all have arrived.
*Have your residency certified if you’re a resident of a WICHE state and WYDENT, if you’re a Wyoming resident. (Deadline October 15---don’t wait that long; many schools, including our WYDENT schools want that information before offering a secondary application).
*SUBMIT your completed and well-done applications. It’s scary, I know, but you gotta do it. Now is better than later. Remember that it can take 6 weeks to have your application verified and disseminated to your schools. And—it’s a very labor intensive process for your schools—they’ll have thousands of applications to review. Make it easy for them. Your application can go without DAT scores or letters received.
*Remember that we are here for you through the entire process and are able to assist you every step of the way. You can make an appointment at http://www.uwyo.edu/preprof/index.html.
AUGUST—IF YOU HAVEN’T SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION, YOU’RE LATE! REMEMBER THAT IT TAKES 4- 6 WEEKS TO PROCESS BEFORE GOING TO YOUR SCHOOLS. July-October
*Complete secondaries, if given. You should NEVER take longer than 2 weeks, even if they give you longer.
Attend interview workshop. See Helpful Hints at http://www.uwyo.edu/preprof/additional-resources/interview-tips.html.
DECEMBER 1—DENTAL SCHOOLS BEGIN MAKING OFFERS. MANY CLASSES, INCLUDING WYDENT, WILL FILL AT THAT TIME REGARDLESS OF THE ADVERTISED DEADLINE. Remember that you have to give the schools time to review your applications and schedule interviews.