Step 1: The University of Washington School of Dentistry (UWSOD) only accepts applications through the AADSAS portal on the ADEA website. Online applications are available in early June at the AADSAS website. The deadline for the AADSAS application is October 1st for each cycle.
Step 2: Submit DAT or Dental Admission Test scores to AADSAS. There are no exceptions to completing the DAT. Applicants must take the DAT prior to the due date of September 31 each year. Scores from a test after that date are not considered during the current cycle. Competitive DAT scores for entering students have averaged between 19 and 21 in recent years.
Step 3: Official transcripts are only requested after a student has been admitted to the school. All transcripts AND letters of recommendation should be sent to AADSAS, as part of your application. Letters of recommendation will only be accepted from AADSAS. Please follow the instructions on the AADSAS website for proper submission guidelines.
Step 4: Competitive Applications will have a minimum of 50 hours of dental knowledge/shadow/observation and 50 hours of community service. These hours must be completed at the time of submitting an application.
Step 5: Secondary applications: Unlike many dental schools, UWSOD does not send out secondary applications automatically. Once we receive and screen your application you will be notified of any secondary application materials needed. UWSOD gives primary consideration to residents of Washington and WICHE states. The UWSOD invites select candidates (approximately 15% or 165-180) from the applicant pool for interviews.
Note: The UWSOD uses a rolling admissions process where the Admissions Committee makes decisions on a continual basis beginning on December 1 and ending on or about March 1. It is recommended that applicants apply and complete their files well before the October 1 deadline, although individual decisions are not based on the date the application was received.
The UWSOD typically receives over 1000 applications per year. The entering class size is 63.
The University of Washington School of Dentistry curriculum provides students with opportunities to learn the principles significant to the entire body of dental knowledge. Our curriculum is organized around a collection of “threads” that encompass the core competencies of general dentistry. These threads not only inform first- and second-year instruction, but also link to our system of third-year clerkship and fourth-year general practice models designed to duplicate the real world of private practice. Curricular threads include:
Our curriculum, which is predominantly active learning, is year-round (approximately 47 months) with opportunities in independent study, research, community health experience, and seminars on a variety of topics and specialties. Please consult our Course Catalog for more information about our curriculum.
The Class of 2020 is scheduled to attend a mandatory orientation July 18-22, 2016, followed by a four-week period of instruction (Early Clinical Immersion) from July 25 through August 19, 2016. Block 1 Courses are scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 6 after the Labor Day holiday.
UWSOD welcomes applications for admission from US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented individuals who qualify for HB 1079, which allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities starting July 1, 2003. All prospective students will be reviewed under the same admissions criteria regardless of status. See Eligible Non-Citizens.
A typical entering class is composed of 85-90% Washington residents and the remaining 10-15% primarily from WICHE states (Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming). View annual updates to the Residency Classification information.