The DMD/DDS admissions process is long, and it begins even before you officially apply to dental school school. During your junior and senior year as a pre-dental student, be sure to stay on top of completing all of your academic requirements, reaching out to recommenders, and (increasingly) studying for the DAT. This timeline assumes that you hope to matriculate immediately following your undergraduate degree.
Junior Year, Spring Semester: Letters of Recommendation and the DAT
If you have completed your pre-dental coursework, it is possible for you to begin the application process by your junior spring. Make sure you reach out to recommenders early in your second semester junior year so that they have time to write and submit your letters on time. Furthermore, this spring semester is the ideal time for you to sit for the DAT, as an applicant should have their DAT score in hand by the time they submit their AADSAS application. To play it safe, this means you should take the DAT early enough to receive your scores by the time application submissions open in June. Registering for the DAT at the beginning of the year will afford you plenty of time and also give you the opportunity to retake the test before applying if you’re not happy with your score.