Selection Process

Thank you for your interest in our 4-year DDS program. We pride ourselves on admitting a diverse student body and we welcome your application.The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in July of each year. Candidates are selected for interviews based on information submitted to the American Dental Education Association -- Associated American Dental Schools Application Service, including the supplemental questions. Interviews are scheduled between the months of July and January.

The following criteria is used when making decisions about applicants:

  • Scholastic record, including science GPA, overall GPA, and GPA

  • Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores including science, academic average, and PAT

  • A holistic review of the applicant’s shadowing, volunteering, research, academic enrichment, and employment experiences

  • Substantive letters of recommendation from any objective source (minimum of 3 but 4 are recommended)

  • Personal Interview

Meet the Class of 2024

  • Diverse and talented

  • Comprised of 52 females and 36 males

  • Come from nine states

  • Range from 20-40 years of age

  • Years of college range from four to ten

  • Overall GPA is 3.74

  • Science GPA is 3.68

  • DAT Academic Average score of 23

  • Average of 22 PAT and 23 Total Science

  • 83 have a Bachelor’s degree

  • 4 have a Master's degree

  • 1 has a Ph.D.

  • Majors include: anthropology, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, business administration, chemical engineering, chemistry, English, exercise science, finance, mathematics, microbiology, neuroscience, nutritional science, pharmaceutical sciences, physiology, psychobiology, psychology, and sociology.

  • 23 Graduated Summa Cum Laude

  • 15 Graduated Magna Cum Laude

  • 7 Graduated Cum Laude

Contact Us

If you have questions related to the interview process and selection factors, please call:

Office of Student Services
Phone:
(310) 794-7971
dds_admissions@dentistry.ucla.edu