1. What do you find most helpful? Give us your feedback on the 2019 SDN Member Survey to help further the SDN mission (and win prizes!)
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, be sure to check out How To Get Into Dental School, our free downloadable PDF with step-by-step details for dental school applicants!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Dismiss Notice

URGENT: Quick Review On How To Apply

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by busupshot83, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    3
    After reading numerous past threads, I think I have a general idea of how to go about applying to dental schools. However, I just wanted to make sure I understand the process 100%:

    MAY
    - write your personal statement
    - Mid-May, AADSAS opens... fill out and submit electronic portion to the AADSAS as soon as possible
    - Submit transcript request forms to all attended university/college institutions
    - Collect letter of recommendations (LORs), with attached matching request form, and seal each individual LOR in its own envelope. Place each of the LORs' envelopes in a larger envelope.
    - Mail physical portion to the AADSAS, which should include the following:
    - application fee​
    - large envelope containing sealed LORs​
    - personal statement​

    JUNE
    - your entire AADSAS profile, including the electronic and physical portions, should be completed and in transit to the AADSAS. Once the AADSAS receives your fee, LORs, transcript, and personal statement, it takes about 8 weeks to process your profile. Therefore, according to this timeline, schools should get your application around August.

    JULY
    - If you haven't taken the DAT yet, take it now. It takes about 2 weeks for your DAT scores to reach schools. Therefore, the schools should get these scores around August.

    AUGUST- schools should begin receiving both your application and DAT scores. once both are attained, your application will be seriously considered, and interviews will be sent out.

    Is this correct? If not, point out which part is incorrect. Thanks.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  2. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2006
    Messages:
    773
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Dental Student
    You don't mail in your personal statement, instead you cut and paste it into the online application and send it in like that.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  3. Zanderale6

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    ... I'd also consider starting my personal statement now, rather than in May. It ended up taking me a LOT longer than I thought it would.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. lemoncurry

    lemoncurry tequila mockingbird
    Staff Member Administrator Dentist Verified Expert 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Messages:
    3,733
    Likes Received:
    882
    Status:
    Dentist
    LORs are generally mailed by the people who wrote them, at least that's how it worked for me last year.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  5. OP
    OP
    busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    3
    Correct me if I am wrong, but I was under the impression that you can opt to send them yourself. I thought you can seal each LOR in its envelope, have each recommender sign the sealed flap, and place all of the envelopes in a larger sealed envelope. :confused:

    Has anyone sent LORs themseleves?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  6. OP
    OP
    busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    3
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  7. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    Why so urgent?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  8. OP
    OP
    busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    3
    deleted
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  9. OP
    OP
    busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    3
    I'm an organization freak.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  10. Shermanmurman

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2007
    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Non-Student
    Yes- I think what you are saying is correct - but if your school has a chair/ committee, than you are suppose to do that, your university chair/ committee will mail out everything for you, along with their statement about you. Is this correct? I'm pretty sure:)
     
  11. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    lol.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  12. Dentalist

    Dentalist carpe diem
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2003
    Messages:
    349
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    my general advice is to make sure your application is complete at each school. speak to the admission office to confirm that they receive everything. also, definiely apply early and send the secondaries apps/fees as soon as you receive them.

    in the months of july, august & september, find some activity you enjoy, whether it is your hobby, academics or just plain work... waiting process simply sucks and you want to keep yourself occupied with something non-related to application process.

    best of luck to yall
     
  13. Streetwolf

    Streetwolf Ultra Senior Member
    Dentist 7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,801
    Likes Received:
    6
    Status:
    Dentist
    Doesn't it take like 3 days for the DAT scores to reach schools?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  14. OP
    OP
    busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2003
    Messages:
    2,247
    Likes Received:
    3
    I have no idea... I did a search and many people were saying 2-3 weeks.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  15. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    I believe it is around 2 weeks.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...

Share This Page