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College of Dental Medicine

Admissions: DMD Program

Deadline for UNE's College of Dental Medicine is November 1, 2013

 UNE is seeking 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 for a wide variety of patients in our Portland, Maine clinic and in clinics through New England.

CODM5Our primary admissions goal is to select applicants who share the school's 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

Admission Criteria 2013-2014 Cycle

Prerequisite Courses

Courses Specifics
Semester Hours
Quarter Hours
General Biology (Zoology is acceptable)
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
  16 24
English Composition/Technical Writing
  3 4

Recommended Courses:

  • Studies that include Human Physiology are strongly recommended.
  • Others:
o Human Anatomy
o Physics
o Business, computers
o 3-Dimensional Art (e.g., Sculpture)
o Communications
o Ethics
o Histology and/or Genetics

Academic / Experience Requirements

  • College/University Education: formal minimum of three years college or university coursework from a regionally accredited school (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours); however, 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 November 2nd of the application year and scores must be sent directly to ADEA AADSAS from the American Dental Association.
  • Demonstrated Community Service: Applicants must 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.

Prior to Matriculation accepted students must meet the following:

  • Health Standards: Complete and submit the following to the Student Health Center on the Portland campus of UNE (Health Forms)
o Evidence of immunizations
o Health history questionnaire
o Physical examination
  • Criminal Background Check: Consent to and have an acceptable criminal background check prior to matriculation and periodically throughout the 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 June 3, 2013.
  • 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 March of each year.
  • UNE follows the AADSAS “traffic” rules and accepted applicants are notified by mail on or after December 1st 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. 
  • International applicants must submit the International Student Supplemental Application Form at time of acceptance to the university.
  • 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. English Proficiency requirement must be completed at the time of 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)

The Admission Committee reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to the admission policies and procedures without notice when it deems such a decision is appropriate.

For additional information about the DMD program please access the College of Dental Medicine website.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit
No transfer credit will be granted.

Advanced Placement
No Advanced Placement will be granted.

Experiential Learning
No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.

For More Information

UNE Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Telephone:  (800) 477-4863 or (207) 221-4225


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