Guidelines for Applying to Dental School

1. DAT

Make arrangements to take the DAT if you have not done so already.  Continue to prepare for the test.   **Please release your DAT scores to the UAlbany pre-health advisor.**

2. Centralized Applications

Access the ADEA AADSAS application on the web.  YOU must submit the application online.  Read the General Instructions prior to beginning the application.

http://www.adea.org/DENTAL_EDUCATION_PATHWAYS/AADSAS/APPLICANTS/Pages/default.aspx

NOTE:  The application will open on June 3, 2013.  If you have not yet taken the DAT, we highly recommend that you spend the bulk of your time and energy on DAT preparation.    That being said, you want to apply early.  An August submission is a good goal.
**Please release your application information to the UAlbany pre-health advisor. **
 

3. Official Transcripts

  • Make arrangements to have your official transcript sent from the UAlbany Registrar’s Office directly to AADSAS.  There is a Transcript Matching Form in your AADSAS application. This request can be made online through myUAlbany.  AADSAS will use the official transcript to verify your application.  The pre-health advising office DOES NOT send out transcripts.  Please see the Registrar’s Office website for more details: http://www.albany.edu/registrar/transcripts.html
  • AP and IB credits are not identified on your official transcript as particular courses.  They will be identified by the number of credits only (i.e. transfer credits: 7).  If you have AP or IB credit that you want to use to fulfill some of your pre-requisites (i.e. AMAT 112 or AENG 121), you can request that the Registrar’s Office writes a letter attachment to your official transcript that verifies that you have 4 credits of AMAT 112 and 3 credits of AENG 121, etc (whatever the AP credits are).  Dean Knapton is generally the person in the Registrar's office that does this.
  • If you have transfer work, you must also have transcripts sent directly from each institution you’ve attended (even University in the High School credit). 
  • The COURSEWORK section of the application requires you to list every college course ever taken.  We recommend that you request an official transcript(s) for your own personal use to fill out this section.  Be as error free as possible to avoid problems in verifying your application later.

4. Letters of Evaluation and Committee Evaluation

The Pre-health advising office sends a PDF document of your letters to AADSAS.  In addition to the pre-health committee evaluation, the Pre-health advising office will also upload the individual letters of recommendation from your pre-health file.  We DO NOT send resumes or personal statements (you will be asked for this info in another part of the application).

  • You may submit a maximum of four individual Letters of Evaluation OR one Committee Letter/Report plus the option of one additional individual letter.
  • Pre-health Advisory Committee letters:  If you interviewed with the pre-health committee and we wrote you a committee evaluation, check the box to indicate this is a committee letter/report.  We will send the committee evaluation plus the other letters of recommendation from your file as part of the Committee Letter/Report.  You still have the option of sending one additional individual letter on your own if you wish.
  • Choose to have your Letters of Evaluation submitted ElectronicallyWe DO NOT send paper copies.
  • Use Kimberly Kerker's email and contact information as the evaluator of the committee letter

5. Submitting Your Letters of Recommendation to AADSAS

Once you complete the information above for LOEs and submit your application, AADSAS will email Kimberly Kerker so that she can submit your letters electronically.

Once you’ve submitted your AADSAS, email Kimberly Kerker (kkerker@albany.edu) with the following information so that we can keep your pre-health file up to date:

1. AADSAS ID #

2. List of all dental schools to which you are applying. 

6. Some Last Thoughts

  • Read the Instruction Manual!  Also, the AADSAS FAQ and HELP sections are extremely useful when you have questions about the application.  Please see these sections first before contacting us.
  • Early submission is good, but Error Free is better.  Be complete and accurate in your application.
  • Before submitting, print out the application to double check your data.  If there are mistakes, the dental schools will see them!
  • Log back into the application periodically to check on your application status.
  • Keep your contact information up to date with AADSAS and Advisement Services.
  • Know your deadlines and keep track of them!

 

7. Contact Information

Kimberly Kerker                            
Pre-health Advisor                             
Advisement Services Center
LI 36
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12222
KKerker@albany.edu
518-442-3974

Donna LaHue
Pre-Health Office Manager
Advisement Services Center
LI 36
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12222
dlahue@uamail.albany.edu
518-442-3964