Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Admissions

The UNE College of Dental Medicine seeks high-quality, self-motivated, ethical applicants to become dentists through our program that incorporates the latest in dental practices, equipment and technology, as well as principles in public health, health policy, and business. During our program, you will provide care to a wide variety of patients in our clinic on the 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. We are looking for a diverse and balanced student population, and will consider both academic and non-academic criteria in assessing candidates for admission. A “whole file review” process is in place to assess applicants in the areas of academic record/ability, leadership potential, community service experience, career goals, personal qualities, interpersonal skills, and maturity.

Application for Fall 2019

  • All applicants must apply through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).
  • AADSAS application portal opens June 5, 2018 for Fall 2019 admission.
  • The deadline for electronic submission of AADSAS application is November 1, 2018.
  • Campus interview sessions will be held September through January by invitation only.
  • Initial offers of acceptance sent to candidates will be sent December 1, 2018.

Processing of applications

  • You are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application and additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • Verified applications will undergo preliminary review as received.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application with application fee.
  • Applicant files will be fully reviewed once the supplemental application and fee are received.
  • Invitations to interview will be sent to applicants after full review by the college.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and any other supporting materials.

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

Admissions

PREREQUISITE COURSES

COURSES*

SPECIFICS

SEMESTER HRS

Quarter hrs

General Biology (Zoology acceptable)

Lab

4

6

Human Anatomy

Lab 

4

6

Microbiology

Lab

4

6

General Chemistry

Lab

4

6

Organic Chemistry

Lab

4

6

Biochemistry

 

3

4

Additional Biology, Chemistry and/or

Physics courses

 

12

18

English Composition/Technical Writing

 

3

4

* 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
Others:

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

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

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 of 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 2 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.

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • 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 fall and early spring 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.

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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.

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