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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.

Program Details

· Degree Classification: Professional

· Related Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery

· Format: In Person

· Length: 4 Years, Full Time

· Class Size: 75-80


Admission Requirements:

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

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 for Total Science and Academic Average

PAT scores are valued heavily as well for future dentists!!!

The average grade point average for successful candidates in 2022 was 3.20.


Application Schedule

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 15th.  Final interviews are held in January. 

  • 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 will be e-mailed to applicants by December 15th

  • After December 15th, decision notices are mailed to applicants on a rolling basis as deemed necessary.

  • Applicant must respond to acceptance within thirty (30) days of receiving the December 15th offer.

  • Requests for future consideration (deferment) after acceptance must be in writing. The request may be honored 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 courses are not acceptable for the pre-requisite coursework. 

Advanced placement and/or college-level entrance program credits are not acceptable for pre-requisite courses.

Community College credits from an accredited college are accepted for pre-requisite courses if the student receives the Associate of Science Degree from the same college.  24 Semester Hours/36 Quarter Hours of Community College credits for students enrolled for pre-requisite completion will be accepted  



                                                                     Semester             Quarter

  • English Composition and Literature                 6                          9 

  • General/Introductory Biology with Lab            8                         12      

  • 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

Recommended Coursework:

Physiology (unless taken with Human Anatomy)                                4                           6

Microbiology                                                          4                           6

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