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A minimum of three years of study (90 semester hours) must be completed in a U.S. accredited college or university. However, the completion of four years of college and a B.A. or B.S. degree are highly desirable before entrance into dental school. Students may major in any academic discipline as long as they have completed the courses required for admission. Applicants are considered on the basis of their performance on the DAT, undergraduate grade point average, recommendation letters, involvement in extracurricular activities, and personal interview held by the individual school's admissions committee.
In the spring of a student's junior year, letters of recommendation are collected, mock interviews are held, and the student is evaluated by the Health professions Committee. The Texas dental schools have come to expect this evaluation from ACU. The student's chances of acceptance are greatly reduced without this cooperation and documentation. Early applications are strongly encouraged, with the latest being September 1 of the student's senior year.
The application process can now be done online which allows the applicant to apply to any or all of the three schools in Texas.
To apply call (512)499-4785 or online go to http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas.
AADSAS is a centralized application service for students who wish to obtain a doctorate in dentistry allowing applicants to apply to 50 of the 55 dental schools nationwide. AADSAS saves applicants time and effort by eliminating the need to complete multiple applications.
UTHSCSA has a program where ACU students may receive a conditional acceptance into dental school during their freshman year. If accepted, and certain criteria are met, the student completes 104 hours at ACU for the Health professions Cooperative Degree, and then enters dental school. After completion of the first year of dental school, the participating student will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree from ACU. http://dental.uthscsa.edu/admissions/dual_degree.php
Current estimated expenses for Texas residents completing four years of dental school range from $80,000 to $95,000 with non-residents ranging from $125,000 to $140,000. There are 245 seats available each year in Texas dental schools, with over 1,000 applicants applying for those seats. Baylor has admissions compacts with New Mexico and Arkansas. UTHSC and UTDB limit non-resident enrollment to 10% or less.