2021 Application Cycle


The spring semester in 2020 has brought many unexpected changes to higher education as universities, colleges, and testing centers respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many of these changes are outside of the control of applicants to dental school. The University of Florida College of Dentistry Office of Admissions will not disadvantage any application that is impacted by changes made outside of the applicants’ control (e.g. delays due to testing center closures and changes in university grading policies).

This section will address how the admissions process at the University of Florida College of Dentistry will accommodate some of these changes for applicants. This section contains the most current information available and will be updated as needed by the team in the Office of Admissions at UF College of Dentistry.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (updated May 12, 2020)

  • November 16, 2020 – The deadline to apply to UF College of Dentistry is November 16, 2020.
  • We will continue to monitor ADEA AADSAS Important Dates.

GRADES (updated June 12, 2020)

  • If your school gives the option to receive letter grades OR pass/fail (also referred to as satisfactory/unsatisfactory) for courses completed during the 2020 calendar year, we strongly recommend that applicants choose to receive a letter grade – especially for prerequisite courses and other science courses.  
  • If your school gives no option and courses completed during the 2020 calendar year will be pass/fail (also referred to as satisfactory/unsatisfactory), we will not automatically require a signed letter from your advisor (this is an update). Please locate your school’s webpage that outlines the policy details and save that link.
  • Applicants will receive instructions via email regarding how and when to submit the link to their school’s grading policy.

DAT (updated November 13, 2020)

  • The deadline to submit DAT scores has been extended to January 8, 2021. Applicants who submit DAT scores after January 8, 2021 will be considered on a space-available basis.

ONLINE COURSEWORK (updated May 13, 2020)

  • We will accept online courses completed during the 2020 calendar year, provided the courses meet all prerequisite requirements. No changes have been made to the prerequisite course requirements, which can be viewed in full here.

INTERVIEWS (updated June 12, 2020)

  • We have adjusted our interview schedule to start later than usual this cycle to accommodate as many applicants as possible who’ve had to delay taking the DAT due to reduced capacity at testing centers.


The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS⤷) is a centralized application service that simplifies the application process by providing one standard dental school application for ADEA AADSAS-participating dental schools. Individuals applying through ADEA AADSAS complete one application which is sent to all dental schools designated by the applicant. Please be aware that it can take 4-6 weeks⤷ for ADEA AADSAS to process and forward applications.


Deadline November 16th – Applicants must submit all of the following materials to the UF College of Dentistry Office of Admissions by November 16th:

  1. Verified ADEA AADSAS Application as specified by ADEA guidelines
  2. DAT Scores
  3. At least 3 Letters of Evaluation or one committee letter

Applicants who submit these materials after November 16th, will be considered on a space-available basis.


An application will only be reviewed if the applicant is a United States citizen or United States permanent resident (green card holder) at the time of submission.

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 lists on the ADEA AADSAS application. Visit Becoming a Competitive Applicant for additional information.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants can apply before completing all prerequisite courses, but all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation with a letter grade of C or better from a regionally-accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada. No pass/fail credits are allowed*. Visit our matriculant requirements page to see the complete list of prerequisite courses.

  • Target Date June 1st – For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, we strongly encourage all applicants to complete their prerequisite courses by June 1, 2021. Completion of prerequisite courses is an important factor when extending offers of admission to candidates on the waitlist.

*AP/IB credit is accepted if an undergraduate institution counted the AP/IB credit toward a degree and it is listed on official undergraduate transcripts as course-specific credit.

Dental Admission Test

Applications will not be considered before DAT⤷ scores are submitted. A minimum score of 15 in all sections is required from a single test date. 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 16th.


We do not require a minimum GPA.


Accepted students are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation in August. Additionally, accepted students are required to complete any degree program (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or other professional degree programs) in which they are currently enrolled prior to matriculation.

Letters of Evaluation

Three individual letters or one committee letter are required. (Letter types defined by ADEA). We do not require letters to be written by specific professors or professionals. Letter writers should submit letters via ADEA AADSAS. UF College of Dentistry reserves the right to verify letters of evaluation for authenticity.

Supplemental Applications

After a holistic review of the ADEA AADSAS application, some applicants will be invited by email to complete the UF College of Dentistry supplemental application which includes a $37 fee. (Not every applicant will be invited to complete a supplemental application.)


Select candidates will be invited to an in-person interview with the admissions committee. Interview invitations will be sent via email. An interview is required to be eligible for admission.

Offers of Admission

For the 2021 Application Cycle, the earliest an applicant will be notified of an offer of admission is December 15th. Applicants will have 30 days to respond if accepted on or after December 15th. If accepted on or after February 14th, applicants will have 15 days to respond.

To secure a place in the entering class, applicants must complete a Matriculation Requirements Acknowledgement form and a $200 non-refundable tuition deposit by the deadline specified in the acceptance letter.