Pre-Dental Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Establish good study skills. Academics come first!
  • Become familiar with the university and all of the resources available to you.
  • Evaluate your interests and think about the major(s) that you may wish to consider. (Meeting with a Career Counselor may be helpful.)
  • Meet with the Pre-Dental Advisor at least once per semester.
  • Stay focused. Poor performance during freshman year will come back to “haunt” you academically.
  • Consider health-related volunteer opportunities.
  • Become familiar with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) website.
  • Read extensively in science and non-science areas.

Sophomore Year

  • Maintain academic focus.
  • Meet with the Pre-Dental Advisor at least once per semester.
  • Narrow your choice of academic major.
  • Take the time to develop relationships with faculty members. Remember, you will need letters of recommendation for professional school!
  • Continue to read extensively.

Junior Year

  • (First semester) Begin to study for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) exam.
  • Consider enrolling in a commercial prep course if you feel that you would benefit from this experience.
  • Plan to take the DAT during the spring or summer.
  • (Second semester) Continue to study for the DAT exam.
  • If you have not already done so, begin to request letters of evaluation.
  • Take the DAT (or plan to take it in early summer).

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Prepare to submit the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). The AADSAS application now becomes available in mid-May. (Contact non-AADSAS dental schools directly for their application.) Submit your application as soon as possible. Early application is critical.
  • Take the DAT exam if you are dissatisfied with your spring test scores and/or you did not take the DAT exam in spring.

Senior Year

  • In the early summer (June-July) contact the individual dental schools to which you plan to apply and request their application. Although application deadlines are often listed as late as March, it is very important that serious candidates apply early (i.e. complete the application process by July 1st if possible!).
  • Many dental schools interview candidates. (Marquette usually interviews out-of-state candidates in October and Wisconsin residents in November.)
  • Most Dental schools begin offering admission on December 1st.
  • Finish undergraduate studies/graduate!