Application Procedure

Please send all admission questions to dental@udmercy.edu

  1. Fulfill academic prerequisites.
  2. Take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and send scores directly from the Dental Association (either American or Canadian).
  3. AADSAS Application: Apply through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) including submittal of all official transcripts, DAT scores and letters of recommendation.  AADSAS application processing typically takes 4-6 weeks.  Once your AADSAS application is received by the UDM Office of Dental Admissions, an acknowledgement will be sent to you via email or standard postal service.
  4. University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Supplemental Application: Submit a small photo with your signature on the back (for identification purposes), and a supplemental application fee of $75.00 (U.S. funds), made payable to "UDM School of Dentistry."

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE UDM SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION HAS BEEN CHANGED SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE ADEA AADSAS DENTAL SCHOOL SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION SECTION. APPLICANTS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO SUBMIT OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS DIRECTLY TO UDM WITH THE INITIAL APPLICATION.
  5. Contact the Office of Dental Admissions to follow-up on your application.

(313) 494-6650 - Carol
(313) 494-6611 - Danielle
(313) 494-6615 - Bethsave

Academic Prerequisites

It is recommended that high school students interested in dentistry as a career follow an academic science-oriented curriculum in a four-year degree program at a fully accredited college or university. Prospective students are advised to pursue a full-time program of studies at the undergraduate level leading to a baccalaureate degree. The choice of a major is not critical, however specific prerequisite courses are required and additional science courses are strongly recommended in order to prepare for the rigorous science-based dental curriculum. Prospective applicants are advised to take a full academic load (15-18 credits per semester or 10-12 credits per quarter).

Applicants to the School of Dentistry must have received credit for at least two years of college (a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours). However, most accepted applicants have four years of predental education (120-128 semester or 180-192 quarter hours completed at a four-year college or university), having minimally obtained a Bachelor's degree. In any event, no more than 60 semester hours may be taken at a community college and it is preferred that all prerequisites be pursued at a four-year accredited college/university. Applicants are also expected to be proficient in computer, word processing, and internet/web access skills.

Academic preparation must include the following specific requirements, both in time and in credit hours (Please note, eight semester hours in science and six semester hours in English are generally equivalent to a one-year course):

Chemistry:

  • Eight semester hours (12 quarter hours) of Inorganic or General Chemistry with laboratory.
  • Eight semester hours (12 quarter hours) of Organic Chemistry with laboratory.

Biology:

  • Eight semester hours (12 quarter hours) of General Biology or Zoology with laboratory.
  • Additional courses strongly encouraged include: Anatomy, Physiology, and Statistics.

Physics:

  • Eight semester hours (12-quarter hours) with laboratory.
  • Sufficient prerequisite mathematics should be taken as well as High School Physics.

English:

  • Six semester hours (9-quarter hours).
  • First year college courses in Composition will satisfy the requirement.
  • Three semester hours of credit in literature may be used to satisfy part of  this requirement if the course description confirms that writing was integral to the course.

Biochemistry:

  • Three or Four semester hours (2.7 quarter hours)

Microbiology:

  • Three semester hours (2 quarter hours)

The dental admissions committee reserves the right to modify the prerequisites when additional courses are necessary to an applicant's preparation for dental school. Grades of C or higher are expected in prerequisite courses; however, high B grades or higher are truly more competitive.

Courses in sociology and psychology, especially human behavior are highly recommended, as are business courses. If a student wishes to strengthen his/her academic credentials, he or she should consult with predental advisors at their present college/university regarding the proper course of action. When possible, the Director of Dental Admissions may be available t o offer specific guidance to prospective applicants; however, all applicants are strongly advised to consult with a counselor at their school.

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Application Procedure

The School of Dentistry utilizes the Associated American Dental Schools Application Services (AADSAS). This service is availa ble to all students applying to dental schools participating in the application service. When you use AADSAS, you complete just one application. Applications are available from mid-May through February 1 of each year. Simply visit the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA) website to submit your electronic application.  A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 (U.S. currency, money order) is due at the time of application and should be sent directly to the School of Dentistry , along with a 2”x2” photograph with the applicant's signature and AADSAS ID number on back. 

Office of Dental Admissions
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Detroit, MI  48208-2576 

By agreement among American dental schools, the earliest date of acceptance is December 1. Applicants are accepted from December 1 until the class is filled.

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Dental Admission Test (DAT)

All applicants for admission are required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT), a national standardized test. This computerized examination, administered at various Prometric test centers, is available almost any day of the year. The testing program is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability.  Scores from the DAT are an important component to one's application to dental school and should be recognized as such by the student.   Members of an admissions committee frequently use the DAT to predict a student's success or potential failure in the school's curriculum. Students are  encouraged  to  obtain  sample  DAT  information,  consult  commercially  available  preparatory  books  and  embark  upon  a systematic, planned study program. Additional information about the DAT can be obtained by visiting the American Dental Association's (ADA) website at  http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/dat/index.asp.

Students are advised to take the DAT only after basic requirements in chemistry and biology have been completed. An applicant should try to achieve competitive scores of 20 or higher in each section. Retaking the DAT, with the goal of achieving more competitive scores is encouraged; however, the applicant is encouraged to consult with the Office of Admissions when contemplating retaking the DAT. DAT scores older than two years from the time of the test are not acceptable . The Canadian DAT is acceptable for Canadian applicants  http://www.cda-adc.ca.


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Letters of Recommendation

A composite letter of recommendation is required from the applicant's college/university preprofessional advisory committee. If no such committee exists, a minimum of two letters from science faculty within non plant or non-environmental disciplines of biology, chemistry or physics - by whom the candidate has been instructed - are required. Applicants are encouraged to spend time in a dental office and are also required to have a letter from a dentist attesting to the applicant havi ng spent a reasonable amount of time with the practitioner exploring the dental profession. An applicant who feels that the application did not allow explanations of certain aspects of scholastic history may submit a written personal statement directly to the Office of Dental Admissions.

Additional Letters of Recommendation. Additional letters of recommendation are not required.  If additional letters are submitted, the Dental Admissions Committee respectfully requests that candidates carefully consider limiting the number submitted.  Additional letters of recommendation may be submitted through AADSAS or sent directly to the UDM Office of Dental Admissions.

General Guidelines for Letters of Recommendations: Letters of recommendation must appear on official college/university or business (dental office) letterhead.  Professionally, they must include an original signature with typewritten name beneath the signature as well as professional title.  Faculty should ensure the course (code, title and term) for which you were enrolled and they instructed is conveyed within the content of their letter.  It is highly recommended that letters of recommendation from TA's, Graduate Student Instructors or PhD Candidates be cosigned by the course director or department chairperson. 

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Academic Achievement

A minimum GPA in science courses of 3.0 is recommended, but GPAs of 3.5 or higher are considered more competitive. An academic record, which may appear weak initially but shows three to six terms of progressively increasing quality, may be looked upon favorably. If a candidate is able to demonstrate strong, steady academic improvement within an academically challenging biology/science curriculum, they may appear more competitive when compared with other applicants in a similar situation. A full-time academic load (15-18 semester hours) of three or four science courses each term is encouraged, particularly during the junior and senior undergraduate years.

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Selection Factors

The Director of Dental Admissions reviews all completed applications and together with the Dental Admissions Committee selects applicants for admission to the School of Dentistry. Selection is based upon various components of a dental school application which may include cognitive and non-cognitive components of an application: difficulty of an undergraduate curriculum, academic performance in undergraduate studies, DAT scores, and personal characteristics and potential for success as determined by letters of recommendation, personal statements, and personal interviews, to name a few. The dental admissions committee requests an interview for the purpose of gaining information not readily gained from the application. Interviews are BY INVITATION to applicants being seriously considered.

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Reapplication Requirements and Suggestions

Submit  your  application  early.  American  dental  schools  operate  on  a   "rolling  admission  cycle"  (applicants  are
accepted from December 1st until the class is filled). With numerous applications being received by dental schools each year, and an increased quality in those applications, dental schools have been filling their incoming classes earlier and earlier.

Continue  to  enroll  FULL-TIME  in  upper-division  (graduate)  biologically-based  science  courses  (non-plant  or  non- environmental). If you have already obtained your BS degree, it is suggested you begin working toward a Master's degree (preferably in an area of biology, basic medical sciences, or public health).

Maintain a  B+  or  higher grade  point  average.  If  you  are  able  to  continue to  demonstrate strong,  steady  academic improvement within an academically challenged biology program, this improved academic status may make you more competitive when compared with other applicants.

Submit new letters of recommendation. It is your responsibility to provide updated documentation on your academic activity. Letters of recommendation should be submitted from current professors each year you apply.

Update  and  revise  your  application  essay.  Over  time,  situations  change.  The  dental  admissions  committee  views updated, revised, or newly written essays positively. It also demonstrates initiative and motivation!

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Questions about admissions? dental@udmercy.edu