Getting into dental school is no easy task; gaining admissions requires hurdling through massive time commitments to excel in school, paying for DAT courses and the actual DAT fees, admissions consulting services, flying out to interviews and the accompanying travel costs, and more.
So when it comes to the actual application process, the AADSAS fees and supplemental school fees can add a lot of burden. Here's what you can expect:
$285 AADSAS Application fee (which includes sending the application to ONLY ONE SCHOOL)
$85 per school AADSAS Application fee for sending your application to each school after the first, free school.
$60 - $125 per school supplemental application fee.
With that breakdown, the cost of applying to just 10 dental schools quickly becomes staggering, at a price tag around $2000.
On top of that, add flight, hotel, ride share and other costs and it becomes clear why it's important to apply to a targeted list of schools.
A proper school selection program should include a curated list that includes a handful of "target" schools, some "safety" schools, and a few "reach" schools should be applied to that fit with your specific profile.
Choosing your list of dental schools can be extremely stressful because there are over 66 dental schools to apply to, and you're already bogged down with your personal statement, getting your letters of recommendation, and completing the AADSAS application to submit your application early in the cycle.
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About the Author: Andrew Ghadimi
Andrew is the National Pre-Dental Liaison for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the same organization that runs the dental school application, ADEA AADSAS. He also serves on the District 11 (California) ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows Board, as the Pre-Dental Chair. Ghadimi is a dental student at UCLA's School of Dentistry and is the Founder and President of Predenting LLC. He has helped 700+ pre-dentals on their journey to dental school over 4+ years.
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this article belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to UCLA School of Dentistry, ADEA, or any other organization.