Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Admissions

The UNE College of Dental Medicine seeks high-quality, self-motivated, ethical applicants to become dentists through a program of study that incorporates the latest in dental practices, equipment and technology, as well as principles in public health, health policy and business, while providing care to a wide variety of patients in the clinic on our Portland Campus and in clinics throughout Northern New England.

Our primary goal is to attract students who share our educational objectives and can be successful in the curriculum.

The College seeks a diverse and balanced student population, and will consider academic and non-academic criteria in selecting applicants. A “whole file review” process will be used to assess applicants in the areas of:

  • Academic record and scholastic ability 
  • Leadership potential
  • Community service experience 
  • Career goals 
  • Personal qualities 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Maturity

Important Dates to Remember

  • June 1 ADEA AADSAS 2017 Application portal opens
  • November 1 Deadline for application

PLEASE NOTE:  UNE requires two letters of recommendation to be submitted via AADSAS in order to be reviewed by the admissions committee. One letter of recommendation is required from a science professor. It is recommended that the second comes from a dentist.  Committee letters are accepted in place of the two required letters. All recommendation letters must be submitted via AADSAS in order to be reviewed by the admissions committee.

AADSAS will send your application to UNE after the application file is complete and verified. Please be sure to check the status of your AADSAS portal account to be certain that all of your materials have been received and your application has been sent to your selected schools.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle. Applications are reviewed as they are received and qualified applicants are invited to interview after review.

On-campus Interviews will be held September–January by invitation only .

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.






Quarter hrs

General Biology (Zoology acceptable)




Human Anatomy Lab  4 6





General Chemistry




Organic Chemistry








Additional Biology, Chemistry and/or

Physics courses




English Composition/Technical Writing




* AP credit does not count toward meeting prerequisite courses.

(Upper level courses in any of the necessary prerequisite subject areas with a "C" or better may be considered for their fulfillment.)


Recommended Courses:
Studies that include Human Physiology are strongly recommended


  • Physics
  • Business, Computers
  • 3-Dimensional Art (e.g. Sculpture)
  • Communications
  • Ethics
  • Histology and/or Genetics


Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPA and number of hours of direct patient care for students accepted into the program are well above the minimum requirements.  Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.

  • College/University Education: formal minimum of three years college or university coursework from a US regionally accredited school, or international equivalent, (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours) at time of enrollment; however, a baccalaureate degree is preferred.
  • US Dental Admissions Test (DAT): Applicants are required to take and submit DAT scores. The DAT examination must be taken by October 3 of the application year and scores must be sent directly to ADEA AADSAS from the American Dental Association.
  • Community Service: Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment.
  • Clinical Dental Experience: Minimum of thirty (30) hours dental experience is required.
  • Technical Standards for Dental Medicine: Applicants must meet all technical standards for the profession.

Note: Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to meet all health immunization requirements; to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status.  Please visit Student Health Care for details.

Students must consent to and have an acceptable criminal background check prior to matriculation and periodically throughout the DMD program.


  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).
  • Applications must be submitted to AADSAS by posted deadline. Given the normally heavy volume of applications, it is strongly encouraged that completed applications be submitted as early as possible in the cycle. The AADSAS application portal opens at the beginning of June each year.
  • Upon request, submit supplemental application and all supplemental materials directly to UNE by the posted deadline.
  • On-campus interviews, by invitation only, are required for admission to the program.
  • Applicants are selected for interviews on a rolling basis, with interviews taking place between September and January of each year.
  • UNE follows the AADSAS “traffic” rules and accepted applicants are notified by mail on or after December 1 until the class has been filled.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution. See International Applicants for a list of educational credential evaluators.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Applicants.  If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application.
  • Official transcripts for degrees and other prerequisites completed after the submission of the AADSAS application must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions prior to matriculation. (This includes all degrees/coursework in progress and planned at the time of submission of the AADSAS application).

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the Dental Medicine website.

Policy exceptions

The Dental Medicine program and the DMD Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.


Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit will be granted.

Advanced standing

No Advanced Standing is available.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.