Now that you’ve established your ultimate career goal — becoming a dentist — it’s time to start thinking about how to achieve it.
Becoming an ASDA member will give you something to talk about when you meet with dental school admissions and introduce you to important dental issues through ASDA communications and national events. You'll also receive a free copy of ASDA's "Guide to Getting into Dental School" when you join. This handbook includes information on preparing for the DAT, tips for interviewing and writing letters of recommendation and a comprehensive listing of each of the 65 dental schools. Use this guide to find out each school’s requirements, tuition, degrees offered and more.
Resources that can help you on your journey to dental school:
This timeline has suggestions on when to take your prerequisite classes during undergrad and what other activities will best prepare you to be a good dental school applicant and dental student.
Preparing for the DAT
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) serves as a standard of comparison for all applicants. This resource covers the four sections of the DAT, information on scheduling your test, study tips and more.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation allow dental schools to learn more about you as a person. Use this tips to make the recommendation process easier.
Every school's interview process is different. Use this resource to prepare for potential questions and find ways to leave an impression on your interviewers.
Choosing a school
Choosing the right dental school is mix of several variables. Asking the right questions during your interview can help you understand which school and program will be the right fit for you.
U.S. dental schools
It is important to know about the school(s) you are interested in. Research the different programs that are available to understand the opportunities at each school.
A Day in the Life of a Dental Student
Get insight into the lives of other predentals as well as dental students just starting their first year all the way through finishing up their fourth year. Find out about the challenges students face at each stage of dental school and what they wish they had known before each year.
Map of ASDA chapters
Reach out to ASDA members near you to get first-hand insights from students at the schools you are interested in. Check out the chapter websites to see if there are any predental events taking place in your area.
Predental Club Resources
Download this resource to increase engagement at your predental club. If you don't have one at your school, you can find out how start one too.
Non-traditional student resources
ASDA has developed a guide to help non-traditional students navigate the dental school application process. Download this guide and see other resources to help non-traditional with getting into dental school.
"I got to meet so many great people. By the time I was actually applying to dental school, I felt like I had this great support system from students across the nation."
Daryn Lu, Oklahoma '15
"The various resources I received from being an ASDA predental member was essential in my acceptance into dental school. I highly recommend anyone interested in dentistry to become an ASDA predental member!"
Andrew Grillo, Michigan ’15
Predental Articles in ASDA Publications
Only ASDA members can receive our two print publications, ASDA News and Mouth, throughout the year. Each issue features a predental article to help prepare you for dental school. Members also are encouraged to read ASDA's blog, Mouthing Off, at www.ASDAblog.com for more tips.