Right Before You Apply
Dental Admission Test⤷ (DAT)
- When registering for the DAT, select at least one ADEA AADSAS-participating school; this would enable your official DAT scores to be distributed to all schools designated on your AADSAS application (even if you only selected one ADEA AADSAS-participating school when you registered for the DAT).
Study hard and score high on the DAT. The entering class of 2017 averaged a 21 Academic Average, 20 PAT, and 21 Total Science. We require a minimum score of at least a 15 in each individual section of the DAT. There are many DAT preparation resources available to applicants, and we encourage you to choose a resource that works best with your learning style.
If you are unsatisfied with your scores, you must wait at least 90 days from your last attempt before retaking the DAT, so be sure to take the DAT early in the application cycle (May or June) to give you time to retake it and still meet our November 1 DAT deadline. If you wait to take the DAT in August for the first time, the earliest you’ll be able to retake it will be after our DAT deadline.
It can take a couple of weeks for your scores to show up on your ADEA AADSAS application. To expedite the review process, you can submit an unofficial score report to the UF College of Dentistry Office of Admissions via email or fax 352-846-0311.
When more than one DAT score is reported, the most recent set of scores is considered. Canadian DAT scores do not satisfy our admissions requirements. DAT scores must be received by our office no later than November 1.
- Choose letter writers who know you well and who can add value to your application. If all the letter writer knows about you is the grade you earned in his/her class, that doesn’t give the admissions committee new information about you (it doesn’t hurt your application, but it doesn’t help either). Be sure to ask in a way that allows your potential letter writer to decline. It’s better to have someone decline to write you a letter than for them to submit a mediocre letter or hold up your application because they don’t submit it in a timely manner due to a busy schedule, etc.
It’s more important for your letter writer to know you well than it is for him/her to have an important job title. It doesn’t add value to your application to have a letter from a high ranking government official whom you have never met.
Give your letter writer your resume/C.V. and personal statement to reference as they draft your letter. Make it as simple and easy as possible for your letter writer. Visit the ADEA AADSAS Supporting Information webpage regarding how to prepare your letters of evaluation.
We require three individual letters or one committee letter. We do not require letters to be written by specific professors or professionals.
- Having trouble deciding what to write in your personal statement? ADEA has put together some helpful ideas⤷ to get you thinking. Be sure that the majority of your personal statement is about you. You can use stories about the dentists you’ve shadowed or challenges your family members or friends have faced, but make sure that you always bring it back to you.
Proofreading is important! We strongly encourage you to begin drafting your personal statement many, many weeks before the ADEA AADSAS application opens. Have several people review it for clarity of thought and grammatical errors. Don’t wait until the last minute!