What percentage of dental school applicants are accepted every year?

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  1. DAT_MAN

    DAT_MAN 2+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    I know med school is like 50%. I believe dental school is a little bit higher. Anybody know?
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  3. collegeboy30000

    collegeboy30000 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    May 25, 2006
    Total applicants for 2005: 10,699
    Total seats: 4,688

    Estimated total applicants for 2006: 12,475

    Source: American Dental Education Association

    [Its from a PDF that ADEA sent to all pre-health advisors, my advisor forwarded to me.]
  4. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Yeah, i've actually remembered it being lower than half. You have to remember that there are not nearly as many dental schools as there are medical schools, and for the most part a lot of medical schools I have seen have bigger class sizes.
  5. purduephigam

    purduephigam SuPurdueper Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    It's actually much lower than half. I don't have exact figures, but I've heard AADSAS say that this year there were approximately 13,000 applicants. And for roughly 3,500 spots, the math comes to be around 1/3. Given this is a very general, and rounded-off estimation, but keep in mind that the field is becoming more and more attractive; you'll have pre-med kids making the switch to dentistry, and of course the re-applicant pool will increase each year, making the overall applicant pool larger.
  6. Nasem

    Nasem 2+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Lansing, MI
    Thats not really adding up...... for 2006 there were about 4600 spots, for this year only 3500??? whys that?

    I have looked at the history of dentistry, the largest spike was during 1977-1979 period where the number of applicants was about 16000, during those times the dental schools were accepting close to 6000+ applicants..... Its usually balanced out so that approximatly 35-45% of the students who apply get accepted.... and I bet you, if the number of applicants keeps on increasing, newer and newer schools will start to open up and the number of seats will increase as well.

    Think of it as supply and demand lol, more applicants = more seats (eventually)....
  7. jrstephe

    jrstephe 2+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2006
    Farmville, VA
    I don't think we are going to see much of a spike in # of dental schools. I think part of the reason there are not more now is to keep the profession exactly that, a profession. If schools start springing up everywhere then the profession will lose its value, and we won't be making as much money and then not as many applying.

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