Application Guidelines For Doctor of Dental Surgery Program
All prospective applicants must apply through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). The application cycle opens in May and the deadline for submitting applications is February 1st of the year you expect to enter dental school. All accepted students must earn a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States prior to enrollment. Also, accepted students must complete any degree program in which they are currently enrolled prior to enrollment into the College of Dentistry.
· Degree Classification: Professional
· Related Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
· Format: In Person
· Length: 4 Years, Full Time
· Class Size: 75-80
All applicants must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). DAT scores may not be more than two years old. Applications are not considered without DAT scores, and only the most recent score is considered. Unofficial DAT scores may be sent via email to HUCDAdmit@howard.edu.
Please note that pre-requisite courses must not be older than 5 years at the time of your application. Should a student take multiple gap years following undergraduate studies, applications may be considered for upper-level science courses (masters level or post-baccalaureate) prior to the application.
If you are an international student, you are also required to demonstrate English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or providing some other assurance of proficiency in English.
Minimum Required Scores:
· 18-Total Science/20 Reading Comprehension/18 Academic Average
Our more successful applicants score 19 or above Total Science and Academic Average
PAT scores are valued heavily as well for future dentists!!!
The average grade point average for successful candidates in 2021 was 3.20.
AADSAS Application Dates for HUCD and other Dates of Importance
AADSAS Filing Period June 1st through February 2nd
Early application submission is highly encouraged. Howard University application and supporting documents/fees should be submitted no later than December 30th. Final interviews are held in January. Application files received after January 1st may be reviewed on a rolling basis and a decision made based on credentials in the file.
DAT scores at the time of submission cannot be older than two (2) years.
Pre-requisite courses at the time of submission cannot be older than five (5) years.
Application files will be acknowledged via email.
Following a review of files, interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis from August to January for competitive applicants.
Letters of recommendation MUST be on letterhead and include the writer's signature. Two letters must be written by a Professor in a science course.
First decision notices mailed to applicants by December 1st
After December 1st, decision notices are mailed to applicants on a rolling basis until the class is filled.
Applicant must respond to acceptance within thirty (30) days of receiving the December 1st offer.
Request for future consideration (deferment) after acceptance must be in writing. The request is good for one (1) year only and may require a second interview.
Admission to HUCD is highly competitive. The applicant's previous academic record(s), scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and letters of recommendation are significant credentials in the selection process.
All matriculants must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Online and introductory courses are not acceptable for the required coursework.
Advanced placement and/or college-level entrance program credits are not acceptable for required courses.
REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO HUCD:
· English Composition and Literature 6 9
· Inorganic Chemistry with Lab 8 12
· Organic Chemistry with Lab 8 12
· Biochemistry 3 6
· Human Anatomy with lab 4 6
· Physics 8 12
· Electives 22 33
Physiology (unless taken with Human Anatomy) 4 6
Microbiology 4 6