Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the education requirements for Dental School?
    The best source of information regarding prerequisites for the program can be found at The Texas Medical Dental Schools Application Service
  • How do I apply to your Dental School?
    A central application center processes applications to all medical and dental schools of The University of Texas System. Texas residents are required to apply through the UT Application Center. Applications may be obtained from:
    (Required for Texas residents)
    The University of Texas Medical and Dental Application Center
    702 Colorado, Suite 620
    Austin, Texas 7870
    phone: (512) 499-4785
    Website: - students apply on-line.

    (For non-Texas residents only)
    Applications are also accepted from the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). Applications may be obtained from:
    American Association of Dental Schools Application Service
    1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
    Washington, DC 20005
    Website: - students can apply on-line.

    2013 Admissions Cycle
    Please be advised that application processing for 2013 will begin in August 2012. Applications are accepted between May 1 and October 1 of the year preceding anticipated matriculation. All actions on admission are the prerogative of the Admissions Committee of the Dental School. Applicants to UTHSCSA are responsible for instructing the Division of Education Measurements of the ADA to send DAT results directly to The University of Texas Medical and Dental Application Center or to AADSAS. Please refer to appropriate information section on Dental Admission Test.
    Once your application has been completed and received from the application center, you will receive the following e-mail communication:

    “Acknowledgement of the receipt of your application. At this time, your application will be under review.”

    The Admissions Selection Subcommittee reads all completed applications in their entirety. This process may take up to four weeks, depending on the volume of applications to be screened. The greatest volume occurs in August, September, and October. The Admissions Selection Subcommittee takes the entire application into consideration when deciding on the candidates to invite for an interview.
  • When do I need to apply?
    May 1 - October 1
    application period in year prior to desired admission. (TMDSAS Deadline)
    August - School begins interviewing applicants.
    October 1 – Deadline for submitting applications (TMDSAS Deadline)
    December 1 – First offers of admission and deadline for receipt of DAT scores. If necessary, additional acceptances will be made again on a rolling basis.
    January – School concludes interviewing applicants.
  • When do I take the DAT?
    It is recommended that the applicant take the DAT in the spring or summer prior to applying, but no later than December 1 of the application cycle. The applicant's latest exam scores will be taken into consideration. Canadian DAT scores are acceptable. For further information, please log on to: Dental Admissions Testing Program. Our school does not accept unofficial DAT scores.
  • How do I find out the status of my application once you receive it?
    Once our school has received your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt. Your application will be under review through the end of January.
  • Is an interview required?
    Applicants who are invited for an interview will be notified via email. Applicant interviews are granted on a competitive basis and begin in August. If you are invited to interview, you will be notified 2-3 weeks in advance of the interview date. You will be required to confirm your attendance as instructed in the invitation letter.
  • Who will interview me?
    A faculty member and a third or fourth year student conducts the interview. As part of the interview day, you will have an opportunity to obtain information about our School’s program, financial aid, and meet with enrolled students over lunch.
  • How will I be notified of acceptance?
    The first round of acceptance letters will be sent electronically followed by a formal letter by mail on December 1. You will be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $60 to matriculate.
  • I interviewed but I did not receive an acceptance letter on December 1, what is the status of my application?
    Additional acceptances will be made again on a “rolling basis” beginning in January. If you are among those accepted, you will receive a formal letter by mail. We maintain an unranked alternate list each year should the class fall below capacity. Acceptances will continue until the class is filled.
  • How many students are admitted into the entering class?
    As many as 100.
  • What are the average GPA and DAT?
    For the entering class of 2011, the average GPA is 3.68 and the DAT 20.
  • How can I become a competitive applicant?
    Enrolling in upper-level courses that are considered electives in terms of gaining admission such as Microbiology & Virology, Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Physiology, Pathology and Endocrinology.
    Questions? E-mail the registrar's office at
  • How do I schedule an appointment with an Advisor?
    We do not have advisors; if it’s a question about pre-requisites please contact TMDSAS via email at or at 512-499-4785 or the pre health advisor at your University of enrollment.
  • What are the approximate cost of fees and tuition?
    Texas resident
  • What scholarship opportunities are available?
    The Associate Dean-Student Affairs Office disseminates all scholarship information as we receive it.
  • I would like information regarding the Dual Degree/Early Acceptance (3+4) Program (DEAP).
    Please go to our DEAP information page at