Letter of Recommendation Requirements List for Dental School?

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Hi,

Does anyone know if there is is a Dental School Letter of Recommendation Requirements list where we can check to see which dental schools require what number/what types of LOR's (like on excel, a website, etc.)? I believe there is a list for Medical Schools but there I cannot seem to find one for Dental Schools.

And please do not say.. "Just get a letter from a 3 science professors, a non-science professor, and a dentist and you're set". If I don't need a third science LOR, for example, then I would prefer not to drive back a long way to campus to "hunt down" a third professor during the summer.
 

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This was an excel sheet someone made posted here on SDN and updated in 2011:

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=817919

I've also compiled a list, so it's pretty much redundant information...

Letter of Recommendation Requirements 2012-13:

ALABAMA
University of Alabama at Birmingham


ARIZONA
Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health


Midwestern University


CALIFORNIA
University of California, Los Angeles



University of California, San Francisco


  • You must also send to AADSAS three letters of recommendation.
  • 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.
  • Source: http://dentistry.ucsf.edu/admissions/dentistry-dds/application-procedures

Loma Linda University



University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni



University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry


  • Two letters of recommendation are required from lecture-based science professors in biology, chemistry, or physics.
  • We highly recommend that one of the letters be from a DDS.
  • A committee letter may be substituted if your undergraduate institution offers this service.
  • Note: Letters from research or lab-based professors will not meet the requirement; the letters must be written based on your performance in the lecture component of class.
  • Source: http://dentistry.usc.edu/programs/dds/admission/

Western University of Health Sciences


  • Obtain one (1) letter of recommendation from your undergraduate institution's pre-professional committee; or
  • Obtain three (3) letters of recommendation:
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from science professors
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a dentist or another professor
  • Source: http://prospective.westernu.edu/dentistry/requirements

COLORADO
University of Colorado


CONNECTICUT
University of Connecticut

  • Letters of recommendation should be forwarded from the predental advisory committee at the applicant's undergraduate school directly to AADSAS.
  • If no predental advisory committee exists, then letters from three faculty members are acceptable.
  • Source: http://sdm.uchc.edu/prospective/predoctoral/index.html

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Howard University

  • Letters of recommendation must come from an advisor, counselor or instructor who is familiar with your academic background.
  • Exceptions may be made for applicants who have graduated and are now working. In this situation, we will accept a letter from the applicant's employer(s).
  • Note: I do not see a "number" of required letters, if someone can provide this information please contact me and I will update.
  • Source: http://www.dentistry.howard.edu/admissions.htm

FLORIDA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I cannot for the life of me find the LOR requirements for this school.


Nova Southeastern University



  • An evaluation by a preprofessional health adviser or committee, if this evaluation cannot be provided,
  • Three individual letters of evaluation from undergraduate instructors:
  • Two of these should be from science instructors
  • the other one from a liberal arts instructor.
  • a letter of evaluation from a dentist (highly recommended, but not required)
  • Note: If possible, these letters should be from faculty who know the applicant's scholastic abilities and personal character; otherwise, they should be from individuals (nonrelatives) who can provide an evaluation to the committee on admissions.
  • Source: http://dental.nova.edu/doctoral/procedures.html

University of Florida

  • You need to submit either three individual letters of evaluation or one composite letter from the pre-professional committee at your school.
  • To strengthen your application, two of the letters should be from college-level science professors who can speak personally of your work.
  • The third letter should be from a dentist or other qualified person who knows you and your accomplishments. It can also be from another professor.
  • Source: http://www.dental.ufl.edu/Offices/Admissions/DMD/faq.php

GEORGIA
Georgia Health Sciences University


  • Three forms of letters of recommendation are required.
  • One copy of the form is to be completed by a dentist.
  • A second copy is to be completed by a college advisor, committee or instructor.
  • A third copy is to be completed by an additional reference. This person can be another dentist, another college representative or a personal reference who can also offer comments about an applicant.
  • Source: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/dentalmedicine/admit/admissions.html

ILLINOIS
Midwestern University - Illinois


  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One must be from either a predental/premedical advisory committee or a science professor
  • The CDMI prefers other letters from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or professionals who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
  • Note: Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
  • Source: http://www.midwestern.edu/Programs_and_Admission/IL_Dental_Medicine.html#Admission Requirements

University of Illinois at Chicago


  • The College requires three letters of recommendation.
  • One committee letter of recommendation will satisfy the three-letter requirement.
  • We strongly recommend submitting two academic references, with at least one from a science professor.
  • A third letter from a dental professional is highly preferred.
  • Source: http://dentistry.uic.edu/depts/admissions/dmd/requirements.cfm?m=2&o=2

Southern Illinois University

  • One evaluation from a pre-dental or pre-professional committee. Or,
  • Two letters from course instructors in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and English and
  • one additional letter form a course instructor of the applicants choosing.
  • Also, character references are not required, but you may submit them.
  • Source: http://www.siue.edu/dentalmedicine/prospective/faq.shtml#require

INDIANA
Indiana University

  • One evaluation from a pre-dental or pre-professional committee
  • Three academic letters of evaluation from faculty members whose subjects you have completed at the university you attended.
  • At least two of the three should be from your science professors;
  • the third can be from any of your professors.
  • Note: Personal letters of evaluation are discouraged unless they document dental exposure, manual dexterity skills, or community service. IUSD does not accept character references.
  • Source: http://www.iusd.iupui.edu/prospective-students/admissions/dds-faq/

IOWA
University of Iowa

  • We request three letters, however candidates may submit up to four
  • Letters from an instructor, faculty member, dentist or physician, academic adviser, or employer would be appropriate.
  • Note: Information about non-academic characteristics of a student is most useful as academic information is already in the application.
  • Source: http://www.dentistry.uiowa.edu/missions/education/dds_application_process.shtml

KENTUCKY
University of Kentucky

  • Applicants are required to submit at least three (3) letters of evaluation from persons (e.g., two faculty and one dentist) who can support their admission to dental school.
  • The letters should be written by faculty (preferred) or other individuals who know the applicant well and can share with the Admissions Committee insights about his/her achievements, personal qualities, potential for success in a rigorous curriculum, and motivation for a career in dentistry.
  • A pre-professional committee evaluation may be substituted for the three letters.
  • Source: http://www.mc.uky.edu/dentistry/students/dmd/adminindex.html

University of Louisville

  • Pre-dental committee report or university pre-professional evaluation.
  • If that is unavailable, three letters of recommendation (2 from science professors and a third from a personal reference).
  • Source: https://louisville.edu/dental/dmd/application

MARYLAND
University of Maryland

  • Admissions strongly prefers to receive a recommendation package from the applicant's institutional pre-professional committee.
  • If no such committee is available, letters of recommendation from one professor each in the departments of biology and chemistry may be substituted.
  • Note: Letters of recommendation should NOT be sent directly to the University of Maryland, except upon specific request by the Office of Admissions.
  • Source: http://www.dental.umaryland.edu/admissions/adm_new/dds_lors.html



LOUISIANA
Louisiana State University


MASSACHUSETTS
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine


  • Two or three faculty evaluations, including two from science faculty. The applicant should request references from faculty who can evaluate the student's performance in the academic setting.
  • One letter of recommendation from a dentist mentor is requested, if the applicant has dental shadowing experience.
  • If the applicant's college or university has a pre-dental or pre-health advisory committee, its composite or committee evaluation is requested. The committee evaluation fulfills the letters of recommendation requirement.
  • Source: http://www.bu.edu/dental/admissions/dmd/application/

Harvard School of Dental Medicine


  • Three individual letters of recommendation or one committee letter are required.
  • HSDM will accept up to four letters of recommendation, or one committee letter and one supplemental letter.
  • Three letters should be from professors who can speak to your academic abilities (including coursework, lab work, or research)
  • and at least two of these letters must be from professors in the sciences.
  • An additional (fourth) letter may be submitted from a supervisor, dentist, or other professional relation. HSDM does not accept personal references.
  • Source: http://www.hsdm.harvard.edu/index.php/academics/dmd/application_components

Tufts University

  • Two letters of evaluation (One from a Biology professor and one from a Biochemistry, Chemistry, Math or Physics professor) or a pre-professional composite committee letter;
  • A letter from a dentist providing proof of at least 30 hours shadowing experience-preferably a general dentist-please note this letter must include approximate number of hours
  • Note: Although Tufts welcomes any additional letters of evaluation from professors or employers, they will not be sufficient to complete an application.
  • Source: http://dental.tufts.edu/1176295338385/TUSDM-Page-dental2w_1186496760237.html#application

MICHIGAN
University of Detroit Mercy


  • One Composite Letter from Pre-Professional Advisory Committee or Two Letters from Science Faculty.
  • A composite letter of recommendation is required if your university has a pre-professional advisory committee. If no such committee exists, two letters are required from science faculty by whom you have been instructed. The Dental Admissions Committee strongly recommends that the letters are written by faculty within non plant or non environmental disciplines of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • All prospective applicants are encouraged to spend time in a dental office and are also required to provide a letter of recommendation from a dentist that also attests to the applicant having spent a reasonable amount of time with the practitioner exploring the dental profession.
  • Note: 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.
  • Source: http://dental.udmercy.edu/admission/procedure/index.htm#letters

  • University of Michigan
  • Three letters are required.
  • .Two letters of recommendation must be from science professors (instructors with whom you've taken a course, have given you a grade and can write about your academic qualities), and one letter of recommendation from a non-science professor OR a dentist OR an employer..
  • .Alternatively, some institutions offer evaluation letters written from a preprofessional committee. This is acceptable in lieu of the three letters of recommendation..
  • .Source..: http://www.dent.umich.edu/admissions/home/dds/prerequisites.

MINNESOTA
University of Minnesota


MISSISSIPPI
University of Mississippi
Can't find the requirements for this one.

MISSOURI
University of Missouri-Kansas City


  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • If there is a pre-health advisory committee at your school, they must submit a letter for you.
  • If there is not a pre-health advisory committee but there is a pre-dental advisor, a letter must be submitted from that person. In addition, we suggest that you seek recommendations from faculty members at your school, employers, dentists you have talked with or observed, physicians, clergy, etc. Ask people who can give us information regarding your maturity and self-reliance, how you accept responsibility, your interest in dentistry, your work ethic and discipline, your critical thinking ability, what kind of student you are, your readiness for rigorous professional study, etc. You need to use your own judgment regarding the actual number of letters you submit.
  • Source: http://dentistry.umkc.edu/Future_Students/DDSAdmissions.shtml

NEBRASKA
Creighton University



University of Nebraska



NEVADA
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


NEW JERSEY
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


NEW YORK
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine


  • Three CONFIDENTIAL letters of recommendation from science professors or
  • one composite letter from a pre-health committee.
  • Note: Additional letters of recommendation from employers or non-science professors will be accepted, but will not satisfy the requirement.
  • Source: http://dental.columbia.edu/education/app_proc.html

New York University



University at Buffalo


  • The Student Admissions Committee prefers a composite letter of evaluation generated on an applicant's behalf by an undergraduate health sciences preprofessional committee.If the undergraduate school does not have such a committee or a mechanism for providing a composite letter,
  • letters of evaluation from three faculty members written by instructors in prerequisite science courses who have worked closely with the applicant, however this is not a mandatory requirement.
  • Source: http://dental.buffalo.edu/Education/DDSProgram/DoctorofDentalSurgeryDDS/Admissions.aspx

Stony Brook University


NORTH CAROLINA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



East Carolina University

  • .For applicants who are attending or have attended an institution that has a pre-health professions committee, the Admissions Committee requires a committee letter rather than individual letters of recommendation. .
  • .Alternatively, for applicants whose institution does not offer such an option, two recommendation letters - one from a Biology professor and one from a Chemistry professor, both of who have taught the applicant and know the applicant well - may be substituted..
  • .Each applicant should also provide one letter of recommendation from a (non-relative) dentist, currently practicing or retired from practice in North Carolina, describing how well the dentist knows the applicant, and describing the dentist's assessment of the applicant's character, ethical bearing, maturity and commitment to serving the community. This letter MUST be on official letterhead..


OHIO
Case School of Dental Medicine

  • If a pre-professional committee is in operation at your college/university, it is the School of Dental Medicine's preference that your letters come through that committee.
  • Should such a service not be offered at your institution, then we ask that you submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation from science faculty (biology, chemistry, physic, zoology) that have taught you in class or lab.
  • Additional letters beyond those from science faculty could come from instructors in other academic disciplines or dentists with whom you have spend time observing/shadowing.
    Source: http://dental.case.edu/dmd/apply.html

The Ohio State University

  • Applicants are required to electronically submit two letters of recommendation.
  • One should be from a college science professor – someone who has worked closely with you and is able to write about your academic qualities.
  • One should be from someone who knows you very well – someone who has first hand knowledge of your personal qualities and characteristics.
  • Letters from dentists observed and employers are acceptable.
  • Note: Additional letters from congressmen, senators, governors, mayors, alumni and members of the clergy are not helpful.
  • Source: http://dent.osu.edu/admissions/recommendation_letter_requirements.php

OKLAHOMA



OREGON
Oregon Health and Science University

 
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PENNSYLVANIA
University of Pennsylvania


University of Pittsburgh

  • The Admissions Committee prefers a composite letter or recommendation packet from the candidate's pre-professional advisory committee.
  • If no such committee exists, a minimum of three letters from science faculty in prerequisite areas are required.
  • Up to three additional letters from non-science faculty or dentists familiar with the applicant's commitment to dentistry may be submitted.
  • Source: http://www.dental.pitt.edu/students/first_professional.php#requirements

The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University


SOUTH CAROLINA
Medical University of South Carolina


TENNESSEE
Meharry Medical College

  • Health Professions Advisor or Advisory Committee should submit a letter from this person or committee
  • If no such institutional letter is available, the applicant should explain this on the Meharry Medical College supplemental application and substitute a minimum of three individual letters, including two from Science professors.
  • Source: http://www.mmc.edu/admissions/applydental.html

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

TEXAS
Baylor College of Dentistry


  • BCD requires three recommendation/evaluation letters be submitted for out-of-state applicants.
  • The letters should be submitted by the predental advisor, a practicing dentist and a personal friend (ex. employer, mentor/advisor or someone who knows the applicant well).
  • Source: http://www.tambcd.edu/education/admissions/dental/appsteps.html

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston



University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Can’t find the requirements for this one.

UTAH
Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

  • .If a student is attending a school that has a health professions advisory committee, a letter of evaluation from the Committee is required. .
  • .If a student is attending a school that does not provide committee letters, three letters of evaluation are required. Two of these letters must be from science faculty who can evaluate the applicant’s performance in the sciences. The third letter can be from another faculty member (any field) or from a health professional who knows the student well, except family members..
  • Source: http://www.roseman.edu/node/201

VIRGINIA
Virginia Commonwealth University

  • VCU will accept a minimum of three letters of evaluation, two from science professors, plus one from a dental practitioner who knows the candidates' professional abilities through direct observation via shadowing or volunteer work.
  • Note: VCU will accept more than 4 letters; The pre-health office of each undergraduate college or university has its own distinct method of handling letters of recommendations. One method is to have a pre-health advisory committee that interviews the candidate for dental school and then writes a letter from the committee. This committee letter often is accompanied by individual letters from faculty who taught the candidate, or from dentists who can attest to their dental knowledge and experience.
  • Source: http://www.dentistry.vcu.edu/prospective/dds/advice.aspx

WASHINGTON

University of Washington

  • Three different types of recommendation.
  • One from a science faculty (can evaluate your academic and intellectual qualifications), one from a dentist (familiar with your knowledge of and motivation toward the dental profession), and one character reference (someone who can indicate your contribution to humanity and community).
  • A committee evaluation is also acceptable. One will have to inquire about obtaining a committee evaluation from your own university.
  • Source: http://dental.washington.edu/sites/default/files/prospective-students/DDS_Admissions_FAQs.pdf

WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia University

  • If a pre-professional committee or comprehensive recommendation is available at your institution, please request the committee or your adviser send it directly to the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).
  • If no such committee or comprehensive recommendation exists at your institution and your major is one of the sciences (biology, chemistry or physics), a recommendation should be obtained from each of the sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics).
  • If your major is not one of the sciences noted, please submit two recommendations from instructors in your major field and one from the sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics).
  • If you cannot get a recommendation from an instructor as required above, a written request for a substitute recommendation from another instructor may be considered. The reason for the substitution must be detailed and submitted to the Office of Dental Admissions for approval.
  • Once the guidelines above have been fulfilled, up to two additional letters from instructors, community leaders, professional persons or others who know you well are acceptable. Quality rather than quantity of such letters should be of primary importance.
  • Source: http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/Admissions/Frequently-Asked-Questions#Q24

WISCONSIN
Marquette University

  • Applicants are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation.
  • It is preferred that 2 of the letters be obtained from science professors and the third may be from someone of the applicant's choosing.
  • The Admissions Committee will accept a committee letter in lieu of 3 individual letters.
  • Source: http://www.marquette.edu/dentistry/admissions/AppReq.shtml
 

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This was an excel sheet someone made posted here on SDN and updated in 2011:

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=817919

I've also compiled a list, so it's pretty much redundant information...

Letter of Recommendation Requirements 2012-13:

ALABAMA
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Prehealth Advisor/Committee Letter (required if available) or


ARIZONA
Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health


Midwestern University


CALIFORNIA
University of California, Los Angeles



University of California, San Francisco


  • You must also send to AADSAS three letters of recommendation.
  • 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.
  • Source: http://dentistry.ucsf.edu/admissions/dentistry-dds/application-procedures

Loma Linda University



University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni



University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry


  • Two letters of recommendation are required from lecture-based science professors in biology, chemistry, or physics.
  • We highly recommend that one of the letters be from a DDS.
  • A committee letter may be substituted if your undergraduate institution offers this service.
  • Note: Letters from research or lab-based professors will not meet the requirement; the letters must be written based on your performance in the lecture component of class.
  • Source: http://dentistry.usc.edu/programs/dds/admission/

Western University of Health Sciences


  • Obtain one (1) letter of recommendation from your undergraduate institution's pre-professional committee; or
  • Obtain three (3) letters of recommendation:
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from science professors
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a dentist or another professor
  • Source: http://prospective.westernu.edu/dentistry/requirements

COLORADO
University of Colorado


CONNECTICUT
University of Connecticut

  • Letters of recommendation should be forwarded from the predental advisory committee at the applicant's undergraduate school directly to AADSAS.
  • If no predental advisory committee exists, then letters from three faculty members are acceptable.
  • Source: http://sdm.uchc.edu/prospective/predoctoral/index.html

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Howard University

  • Letters of recommendation must come from an advisor, counselor or instructor who is familiar with your academic background.
  • Exceptions may be made for applicants who have graduated and are now working. In this situation, we will accept a letter from the applicant's employer(s).
  • Note: I do not see a "number" of required letters, if someone can provide this information please contact me and I will update.
  • Source: http://www.dentistry.howard.edu/admissions.htm

FLORIDA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I cannot for the life of me find the LOR requirements for this school.


Nova Southeastern University



  • An evaluation by a preprofessional health adviser or committee, if this evaluation cannot be provided,
  • Three individual letters of evaluation from undergraduate instructors:
  • Two of these should be from science instructors
  • the other one from a liberal arts instructor.
  • a letter of evaluation from a dentist (highly recommended, but not required)
  • Note: If possible, these letters should be from faculty who know the applicant's scholastic abilities and personal character; otherwise, they should be from individuals (nonrelatives) who can provide an evaluation to the committee on admissions.
  • Source: http://dental.nova.edu/doctoral/procedures.html

University of Florida

  • You need to submit either three individual letters of evaluation or one composite letter from the pre-professional committee at your school.
  • To strengthen your application, two of the letters should be from college-level science professors who can speak personally of your work.
  • The third letter should be from a dentist or other qualified person who knows you and your accomplishments. It can also be from another professor.
  • Source: http://www.dental.ufl.edu/Offices/Admissions/DMD/faq.php

GEORGIA
Georgia Health Sciences University


  • Three forms of letters of recommendation are required.
  • One copy of the form is to be completed by a dentist.
  • A second copy is to be completed by a college advisor, committee or instructor.
  • A third copy is to be completed by an additional reference. This person can be another dentist, another college representative or a personal reference who can also offer comments about an applicant.
  • Source: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/dentalmedicine/admit/admissions.html

ILLINOIS
Midwestern University - Illinois


  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One must be from either a predental/premedical advisory committee or a science professor
  • The CDMI prefers other letters from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or professionals who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
  • Note: Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
  • Source: http://www.midwestern.edu/Programs_and_Admission/IL_Dental_Medicine.html#Admission Requirements

University of Illinois at Chicago


  • The College requires three letters of recommendation.
  • One committee letter of recommendation will satisfy the three-letter requirement.
  • We strongly recommend submitting two academic references, with at least one from a science professor.
  • A third letter from a dental professional is highly preferred.
  • Source: http://dentistry.uic.edu/depts/admissions/dmd/requirements.cfm?m=2&o=2

Southern Illinois University

  • One evaluation from a pre-dental or pre-professional committee. Or,
  • Two letters from course instructors in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and English and
  • one additional letter form a course instructor of the applicants choosing.
  • Also, character references are not required, but you may submit them.
  • Source: http://www.siue.edu/dentalmedicine/prospective/faq.shtml#require

INDIANA
Indiana University

  • One evaluation from a pre-dental or pre-professional committee
  • Three academic letters of evaluation from faculty members whose subjects you have completed at the university you attended.
  • At least two of the three should be from your science professors;
  • the third can be from any of your professors.
  • Note: Personal letters of evaluation are discouraged unless they document dental exposure, manual dexterity skills, or community service. IUSD does not accept character references.
  • Source: http://www.iusd.iupui.edu/prospective-students/admissions/dds-faq/

IOWA
University of Iowa

  • We request three letters, however candidates may submit up to four
  • Letters from an instructor, faculty member, dentist or physician, academic adviser, or employer would be appropriate.
  • Note: Information about non-academic characteristics of a student is most useful as academic information is already in the application.
  • Source: http://www.dentistry.uiowa.edu/missions/education/dds_application_process.shtml

KENTUCKY
University of Kentucky

  • Applicants are required to submit at least three (3) letters of evaluation from persons (e.g., two faculty and one dentist) who can support their admission to dental school.
  • The letters should be written by faculty (preferred) or other individuals who know the applicant well and can share with the Admissions Committee insights about his/her achievements, personal qualities, potential for success in a rigorous curriculum, and motivation for a career in dentistry.
  • A pre-professional committee evaluation may be substituted for the three letters.
  • Source: http://www.mc.uky.edu/dentistry/students/dmd/adminindex.html

University of Louisville

  • Pre-dental committee report or university pre-professional evaluation.
  • If that is unavailable, three letters of recommendation (2 from science professors and a third from a personal reference).
  • Source: https://louisville.edu/dental/dmd/application

MARYLAND
University of Maryland

  • Admissions strongly prefers to receive a recommendation package from the applicant's institutional pre-professional committee.
  • If no such committee is available, letters of recommendation from one professor each in the departments of biology and chemistry may be substituted.
  • Note: Letters of recommendation should NOT be sent directly to the University of Maryland, except upon specific request by the Office of Admissions.
  • Source: http://www.dental.umaryland.edu/admissions/adm_new/dds_lors.html



LOUISIANA
Louisiana State University


MASSACHUSETTS
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine


  • Two or three faculty evaluations, including two from science faculty. The applicant should request references from faculty who can evaluate the student's performance in the academic setting.
  • One letter of recommendation from a dentist mentor is requested, if the applicant has dental shadowing experience.
  • If the applicant's college or university has a pre-dental or pre-health advisory committee, its composite or committee evaluation is requested. The committee evaluation fulfills the letters of recommendation requirement.
  • Source: http://www.bu.edu/dental/admissions/dmd/application/

Harvard School of Dental Medicine


  • Three individual letters of recommendation or one committee letter are required.
  • HSDM will accept up to four letters of recommendation, or one committee letter and one supplemental letter.
  • Three letters should be from professors who can speak to your academic abilities (including coursework, lab work, or research)
  • and at least two of these letters must be from professors in the sciences.
  • An additional (fourth) letter may be submitted from a supervisor, dentist, or other professional relation. HSDM does not accept personal references.
  • Source: http://www.hsdm.harvard.edu/index.php/academics/dmd/application_components

Tufts University

  • Two letters of evaluation (One from a Biology professor and one from a Biochemistry, Chemistry, Math or Physics professor) or a pre-professional composite committee letter;
  • A letter from a dentist providing proof of at least 30 hours shadowing experience-preferably a general dentist-please note this letter must include approximate number of hours
  • Note: Although Tufts welcomes any additional letters of evaluation from professors or employers, they will not be sufficient to complete an application.
  • Source: http://dental.tufts.edu/1176295338385/TUSDM-Page-dental2w_1186496760237.html#application

MICHIGAN
University of Detroit Mercy


  • One Composite Letter from Pre-Professional Advisory Committee or Two Letters from Science Faculty.
  • A composite letter of recommendation is required if your university has a pre-professional advisory committee. If no such committee exists, two letters are required from science faculty by whom you have been instructed. The Dental Admissions Committee strongly recommends that the letters are written by faculty within non plant or non environmental disciplines of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • All prospective applicants are encouraged to spend time in a dental office and are also required to provide a letter of recommendation from a dentist that also attests to the applicant having spent a reasonable amount of time with the practitioner exploring the dental profession.
  • Note: 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.
  • Source: http://dental.udmercy.edu/admission/procedure/index.htm#letters

  • University of Michigan
  • Three letters are required.
  • .Two letters of recommendation must be from science professors (instructors with whom you've taken a course, have given you a grade and can write about your academic qualities), and one letter of recommendation from a non-science professor OR a dentist OR an employer..
  • .Alternatively, some institutions offer evaluation letters written from a preprofessional committee. This is acceptable in lieu of the three letters of recommendation..
  • .Source..: http://www.dent.umich.edu/admissions/home/dds/prerequisites.

MINNESOTA
University of Minnesota


MISSISSIPPI
University of Mississippi
Can't find the requirements for this one.

MISSOURI
University of Missouri-Kansas City


  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • If there is a pre-health advisory committee at your school, they must submit a letter for you.
  • If there is not a pre-health advisory committee but there is a pre-dental advisor, a letter must be submitted from that person. In addition, we suggest that you seek recommendations from faculty members at your school, employers, dentists you have talked with or observed, physicians, clergy, etc. Ask people who can give us information regarding your maturity and self-reliance, how you accept responsibility, your interest in dentistry, your work ethic and discipline, your critical thinking ability, what kind of student you are, your readiness for rigorous professional study, etc. You need to use your own judgment regarding the actual number of letters you submit.
  • Source: http://dentistry.umkc.edu/Future_Students/DDSAdmissions.shtml

NEBRASKA
Creighton University



University of Nebraska



NEVADA
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


NEW JERSEY
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


NEW YORK
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine


  • Three CONFIDENTIAL letters of recommendation from science professors or
  • one composite letter from a pre-health committee.
  • Note: Additional letters of recommendation from employers or non-science professors will be accepted, but will not satisfy the requirement.
  • Source: http://dental.columbia.edu/education/app_proc.html

New York University



University at Buffalo


  • The Student Admissions Committee prefers a composite letter of evaluation generated on an applicant's behalf by an undergraduate health sciences preprofessional committee.If the undergraduate school does not have such a committee or a mechanism for providing a composite letter,
  • letters of evaluation from three faculty members written by instructors in prerequisite science courses who have worked closely with the applicant, however this is not a mandatory requirement.
  • Source: http://dental.buffalo.edu/Education/DDSProgram/DoctorofDentalSurgeryDDS/Admissions.aspx

Stony Brook University


NORTH CAROLINA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



East Carolina University

  • .For applicants who are attending or have attended an institution that has a pre-health professions committee, the Admissions Committee requires a committee letter rather than individual letters of recommendation. .
  • .Alternatively, for applicants whose institution does not offer such an option, two recommendation letters - one from a Biology professor and one from a Chemistry professor, both of who have taught the applicant and know the applicant well - may be substituted..
  • .Each applicant should also provide one letter of recommendation from a (non-relative) dentist, currently practicing or retired from practice in North Carolina, describing how well the dentist knows the applicant, and describing the dentist's assessment of the applicant's character, ethical bearing, maturity and commitment to serving the community. This letter MUST be on official letterhead..


OHIO
Case School of Dental Medicine

  • If a pre-professional committee is in operation at your college/university, it is the School of Dental Medicine's preference that your letters come through that committee.
  • Should such a service not be offered at your institution, then we ask that you submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation from science faculty (biology, chemistry, physic, zoology) that have taught you in class or lab.
  • Additional letters beyond those from science faculty could come from instructors in other academic disciplines or dentists with whom you have spend time observing/shadowing.
    Source: http://dental.case.edu/dmd/apply.html

The Ohio State University

  • Applicants are required to electronically submit two letters of recommendation.
  • One should be from a college science professor – someone who has worked closely with you and is able to write about your academic qualities.
  • One should be from someone who knows you very well – someone who has first hand knowledge of your personal qualities and characteristics.
  • Letters from dentists observed and employers are acceptable.
  • Note: Additional letters from congressmen, senators, governors, mayors, alumni and members of the clergy are not helpful.
  • Source: http://dent.osu.edu/admissions/recommendation_letter_requirements.php

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OREGON
Oregon Health and Science University

Thanks man.
 

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Are these LOR's that go beyond what is uploaded onto aadsas? Does aadsas only allow so many to be uploaded or can you have unlimited lor's? Or do each college require additional LOR's when submitting your supplemental application?
 

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Are these LOR's that go beyond what is uploaded onto aadsas? Does aadsas only allow so many to be uploaded or can you have unlimited lor's? Or do each college require additional LOR's when submitting your supplemental application?
AADSAS has a limit of 4 letters. For the most part, the LORs you submit via AADSAS will fulfill the requirements of the dental schools you're applying to, and you won't need to submit any extra directly or with a supplemental.

This only occurs when a) a school specifically requests an additional LOR(s) or with their supplemental, like UAB for example, or b) you didn't meet their LOR requirements with the letters you submitted via AADSAS (e.g. you submitted letters from 2 science professors, a dentist, and a non-science professor, but Columbia requires 3 science professors, you'd have to submit that 3rd science LOR directly to Columbia.)

The purpose of this list and any list for that matter, is so when you do submit your LORs to AADSAS you'll know which types you should submit to meet the LOR requirements set forth by the school's you're be applying to.
 
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Amazing. Thank you all so much.

I just read Tufts LOR requirements and it says 1 Letter from a Biology professor and 1 Letter from a second science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Math OR Physics. I'm not quite sure what this "second science" means? I have a LOR from a physiology professor and a genetics professor.... do you think those would fulfill the LOR requirement for Tufts?
 
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Any idea if a specialist such as an orthodontist or oral surgeon will usually fulfill the dentist requirement? I noticed one school specifically said "general dentist" but wasn't sure if all school want this or if this specific school said that just as a formality.
 

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Any idea if a specialist such as an orthodontist or oral surgeon will usually fulfill the dentist requirement? I noticed one school specifically said "general dentist" but wasn't sure if all school want this or if this specific school said that just as a formality.
I'm sure any specialist would fulfill the requirement, unless otherwise noted as in your example, which is probably just there because they want it as part of proof of your shadowing a general dentist, which I personally think is a must for any pre-dent.

When in doubt, call the school's admission's office. :)
 
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Thank you. I was wondering if there is a list like this the other day. Anyways I got excited when I read what you have posted for UNLV since I only have 3 LORs right now.. but here is what I found on UNLV website....... :(
Letters of Evaluation
A letter of evaluation from a college's pre-health professions committee will satisfy this requirement. If the school does not have a committee, an applicant must submit four individual letters of evaluation (at least 2 from science professors). A letter from a dentist for whom the applicant has worked or shadowed is required in both cases.

 

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Thank you. I was wondering if there is a list like this the other day. Anyways I got excited when I read what you have posted for UNLV since I only have 3 LORs right now.. but here is what I found on UNLV website....... :(
Letters of Evaluation
A letter of evaluation from a college's pre-health professions committee will satisfy this requirement. If the school does not have a committee, an applicant must submit four individual letters of evaluation (at least 2 from science professors). A letter from a dentist for whom the applicant has worked or shadowed is required in both cases.

Okay, I found that reference just now as well, and updated my list. It must be something fairly recent, or something they snuck in, because it's not on Mowgli's list either (from 2011, which is newer than the 2010 list from BYU). Dymm I'm sorry you're seeing different info, I think you should absolutely call UNLV's admissions office and ask them about this, cite that they list two different sets of requirements for LORs on their web site as to why you're confused. They likely forgot to update one page. Again, call them, it's the only way to get a true answer. :(

Edit: Sorry, I just re-read that (hve had a bit of wine tonight), I think they must have typo'd, because they say 4 but only list 3 required sources, they probably meant 3. AGAIN, you absolutely should call to verify.
 

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So it seems like most schools do not mind if you get a science professor that taught a lab course to write a LOR? It seems like USC was the only school that specified that it does not accept one from a lab course.
 

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So it seems like most schools do not mind if you get a science professor that taught a lab course to write a LOR? It seems like USC was the only school that specified that it does not accept one from a lab course.
I think what it might come down to is whether or not your lab instructor was a student or not. Often times they're MS students and sometimes PhD students, in these situations it's probably advisable to have the lecture instructor or chair co-sign the letter.

I had one letter from a lab instructor, but he was a PhD in physics and was just doing it part time from his regular job at a museum. I also had a guy with just an MPH, but he was a full professor, not a student.

Just my thoughts on your supposition, when in doubt contact admissions (I should put this in my signature or something... :p)
 

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I think what it might come down to is whether or not your lab instructor was a student or not. Often times they're MS students and sometimes PhD students, in these situations it's probably advisable to have the lecture instructor or chair co-sign the letter.

I had one letter from a lab instructor, but he was a PhD in physics and was just doing it part time from his regular job at a museum. I also had a guy with just an MPH, but he was a full professor, not a student.

Just my thoughts on your supposition, when in doubt contact admissions (I should put this in my signature or something... :p)
Oh gotcha thanks, that makes sense. Yeah, the lab instructor I have in mind is an actual full-time professor and faculty member and not just a grad student/TA so I feel like the letter would be meaningful and add weight to my application.
 

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Oh gotcha thanks, that makes sense. Yeah, the lab instructor I have in mind is an actual full-time professor and faculty member and not just a grad student/TA so I feel like the letter would be meaningful and add weight to my application.
Agree. :thumbup:
 
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Do you guys know if it matters a lot on whether or not the submitted LOR match the requirements? Like I submitted 2 Bio professors, 1 work, and 1 dentist letter (4 which is max on AADSAS app) but it doesn't satisfy the requirement for all of the schools I want to apply for.
 
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I think what it might come down to is whether or not your lab instructor was a student or not. Often times they're MS students and sometimes PhD students, in these situations it's probably advisable to have the lecture instructor or chair co-sign the letter.

I had one letter from a lab instructor, but he was a PhD in physics and was just doing it part time from his regular job at a museum. I also had a guy with just an MPH, but he was a full professor, not a student.

Just my thoughts on your supposition, when in doubt contact admissions (I should put this in my signature or something... :p)
I'm getting a letter from a science professor whom I know pretty well. I wasn't in her science class, but I was in a special mentoring program that she was in charge of. I'm also going to be a TA for this program as well. Could I still use her letter to fulfill my science letter requirement? I have another science professor that is writing my letter, but these two are the only ones I have at the moment.
 

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hey, is it mandatory to have a date mentioned in the recommendation letters?
I'm not sure if it's mandatory or not... but I would suspect it's recommended. Otherwise, dental schools can't know if you're using a letter that is 10 years old, or something like that.
 
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Related to some of the earlier comments regarding how Columbia (as well as Harvard) require three science LORs...if I already filled up my ADEA app with LORs that only include two science recs, would I still be able to apply to Columbia and Harvard? Their websites say that the recs have to come from the ADEA application but I am not able to delete any of those. Thanks!
 

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Related to some of the earlier comments regarding how Columbia (as well as Harvard) require three science LORs...if I already filled up my ADEA app with LORs that only include two science recs, would I still be able to apply to Columbia and Harvard? Their websites say that the recs have to come from the ADEA application but I am not able to delete any of those. Thanks!
did they allow you to have only 2?