Right Before You Apply

Saving Money

Make strategic decisions with your money. Sure, everyone knows that professional school is expensive once you are in, but the application (and matriculation) process can be quite expensive too. If you are struggling financially there are some options available. Some applicants take a growth year ⤷ to improve their financial situation. Expenses to consider:

  • ADEA AADSAS application fees
  • Supplemental application fees
  • DAT fee
  • Interview attire
  • Travel/transportation costs
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Background check
  • Immunizations & Eye Exam
  • Tuition deposit(s)
  • Health insurance
  • Final transcripts
  • Scrubs
  • Housing deposits, utility deposits, etc.

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 ADEA 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. 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. To view the entering class DAT averages please visit: Entering Class Stats.

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 1st 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 upload you unofficial score report to “Documents” on your ADEA AADSAS application.

Letters of Evaluation (LOEs)

Three individual letters or one committee letter are required. We do not require letters to be written by specific professors or professionals. 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 with guideline to help prepare your letters of evaluation. Please note that UF College of Dentistry reserves the right to verify letters of evaluation for authenticity.

Personal Statement

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.

State Residency

Preference is given to residents of the state of Florida. Approximately 10% of our entering class is comprised of out-of-state students. For application review purposes, we must follow the state of legal residency listed on the ADEA AADSAS application. However, the University of Florida Office of Admissions determines state residency for tuition purposes without any consideration for what an applicant listed on their ADEA AADSAS application.

We have previously admitted students who were listed as out-of-state residents on the ADEA AADSAS application who were able to claim and prove Florida residency and pay Florida resident tuition upon enrollment. Additionally, we have previously admitted students were listed as Florida residents on the ADEA AADSAS application who were unable to provide proof of Florida residency and paid out-of-state tuition upon enrollment.

For more information about how UF determines residency for tuition purposes, please visit UF Office of Admissions and UF Registrar.

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