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Application Procedures


We strongly advise applicants to apply early, to submit all materials as requested, and to promptyly resolve any problems or questions that may arise to ensure timely review and decision notification.

1. APPLICATION: Applications are processed through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). The application is available on June 1 and must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Oct. 15. It is advised that you begin your AADSAS application early as late applications will not be considered. 

Starting in the 2017-2018 cycle, UCSF supplemental questions are in the UCSF School section of the AADSAS application. These biographical statement questions are listed below:  

We are interested in learning more about you as a person and the unique experiences, interests, skills that set you apart from other candidates. Your biographical statements are used to expand upon the information in your AADSAS application. The replies to these questions should not be a repeat of what you wrote in response to the questions in the AADSAS application.

  • DENTAL OR OTHER HEALTH CARE EXPERIENCE: Please choose one experience that you had in dental/health care field listed on your application. Describe what you learned from this experience and how it influenced and/or reinforced your career choice. (500 characters limit)
  • LEADERSHIP SKILLS OR SELF-INITIATIVE: Describe your most difficult leadership experience and tell us how it was resolved. Why was it difficult? What did you learn about yourself? (500 characters limit)
  • COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS: What did you learn from your community work that you were surprised by or did not expect? What influenced you to be involved in community work? (500 characters limit)
  • WHY SHOULD UCSF OFFER YOU ADMISSION? Please state briefly why you should be chosen for admission to the UCSF School of Dentistry over other applicants with similar experiences and qualification. (500 characters limit)
  • OTHER (optional): Please use this space to tell us anything additional that you believe is relevant to your admission application.  (OPTIONAL and 500 characters limit)

2. TRANSCRIPTS: Official copies of transcripts for all college-level work you have completed at an accredited U.S. institution (or Canadian institution where English is the language of instruction) must be submitted to AADSAS by the Oct. 15 deadline. Please do not submit copies of these transcripts to UCSF until instructed. Applicants with foreign transcripts: please see foreign transcript section. 

3. DAT: The US Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is also required. It is recommended that the DAT be taken no later than Sept. 15 so that your scores may reach UCSF by our application deadline of Oct. 15. Applications without DAT scores received by the deadline will be regarded as incomplete and will not be reviewed. Test scores are valid for only two years from the opening of the admission cycle. Scores accepted for the 2018 admission cycle must be dated no earlier than June 1, 2015. Unofficial/faxed score reports are not accepted.

4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Three letters of recommendation are required and only accepted via the AADSAS application. One letter should be written by a college science professor, one by a dentist with whom you have volunteered, or an advisor / researcher / mentor; and one from an individual of your choice. Or, you may have one composite letter sent from a pre-professional health advisory committee in lieu of the three required letters. All letters must be received at AADSAS by the Oct. 15 deadline.

5. UCSF APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE: The University of California requires a non-refundable application processing fee of $75 on our Online Payment System. A limited number of application fee waivers are available to socio-economically disadvantaged applicants. If you would like to be considered for an application fee waiver, please request a fee waiver application by sending your request to:

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Applicants educated at institutions where English was not the official language of instruction must meet the regular requirements for admission to UCSF School of Dentistry and to the dental school and prove, through the successful completion of at least one year of college work in the United States, that they can compete in the US educational system. The required courses in English Composition must be taken in the US. It should be noted the UCSF financial aid is limited to United States citizens and permanent residents; therefore, you must be able to fund your own education and living expenses for the entire program.

To ensure smooth processing of international transcripts, we recommend the steps below:

1. Applicants are required to report their entire academic history as part of a complete application. Request that official copies of all transcripts (detailed marks reports, etc.) and degree certificates (if applicable) be sent directly from the issuing institution to UCSF at the address listed below:

Office of Admissions
UCSF School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Avenue S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

2. Order a course-by-course credential evaluation by either World Education Services (WES) through AADSAS or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly with ECE by Oct. 15. The WES ICAP report will fulfill the transcript and evaluation requirement.

3. If you wish to apply international coursework towards the prerequisites, you also must email or send course syllabi to UCSF, as the information provided in transcripts does not provide enough information for us to determine if the course work will satisfy our prerequisites.

All international documents sent to UCSF must have a postmark no later than Oct. 15.

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Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Those who are selected will be invited for an interview. 

The Admissions Committee is composed of faculty members and students. We take a holistic approach to our admissions process. The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of the application including academic background and ability as shown on transcripts of record and DAT scores, motivation toward a dental career, and the potential for future success in dentistry indicated by past achievements and present commitments. Other major factors include desire to practice in a medically underserved community and how well applicants present themselves in an interview. The school welcomes applications from all economic, social, and cultural segments of society, and is committed to increasing the number of professionals from underrepresented minority groups.

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