D.D.S. Admissions Requirements | UT Health San Antonio (2023)

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How to apply

For Texas and non-Texas residents, acentral application center processes dental school applications to all medical and dental schools of The University of Texas System. Applications may be obtained fromTexas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service.

Applications are accepted between May 1 and November 1 of the year preceding anticipated matriculation. All actions on admission are the prerogative of the Admissions Review Panel (ARP) of the School of Dentistry. Applicants to UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry are responsible for instructing the American Dental Association (ADA) Division of Education Measurements to send your DAT results directly to the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Services (TMDSAS). Please refer to the appropriate information section on the Dental Admission Test.

TMDSAS Timeline for application/admission process

May 1 - November 1 -Application period in year prior to desired admission. (TMDSAS Deadline)

August - School begins interviewing applicants.

November 1 -Deadline for submitting applications (TMDSAS Deadline)

December 15 -First offers of admission and deadline for receipt of DAT scores.If necessary, additional acceptances will be made again on a rolling basis.

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January- School concludes interviewing applicants.

Minimum Admission Standards for Pre-Doctoral DDS Program:

DomainAdmission StandardsMinimum Requirement
Academic PerformanceGPA - Science2.8
DAT - Academic Average17
Total hours of course credit90
Grade of C or higher for all required courses
Activities and Related ExperiencesShadowing - Multiple offices
Community Service - include healthcare-related
Personal Evaluation2 Letters of Recommendation or HPE packet

Our holistic review process

Approximately 100 students may be admitted to entering classes of the School of Dentistry. The curriculum of the Doctor of Dental Surgery program is structured to present basic science courses during the first two years, with some clinical experience beginning in the first year and increasing each year until it predominates in the junior and senior years.

Admission to the School of Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio is highly competitive. Successful applicants are those who show evidence of consistently performing well academically and having extracurricular interests and achievements.

Applicants are considered on a competitive basis with attention given to the undergraduate grade point average, DAT scores, evaluation by preprofessional advisors or professors, extramural achievements and interviews conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. Preference is given to legal residents of Texas. Only outstanding nonresidents will be considered or accepted.

An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree under the "academic fresh start" statute, Texas education Code, Section 51.929, will be evaluated on the grade point average of the coursework completed only for that baccalaureate degree and the other criteria stated herein.

All other dental schoolapplicants are reviewed and granted interviews based on consideration of the following factors:

  1. Breakdown scores on DAT, especially the science scores for Biology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry sections.
  2. Course loads, upper division science preparation, university/college attended and timeframe.
  3. Academic and personal background, including high school, parents education, extenuating circumstances affecting academic qualifications.
  4. Socioeconomic situation and barriers to achievement.
  5. Work experience, campus/community involvements and personal accomplishments.
  6. Geographic issues, including South Texas and home in rural or underserved area.
  7. Letters of evaluation/recommendation.
  8. Personal essay in application and evidence of commitment to dentistry.

Applicants who are granted an interview then compete for a place in the first-year class based on the following process:

The Admissions Review Panel, an Ad Hoc committee consisting of six faculty members, reviews and evaluates each applicant. Admissions Review Panel members are faculty members with diverse backgrounds and roles within the school, and all have experience with admissions matters. Evaluation is based on consideration of a number of academic and subjective criteria that may include the following, not listed in any preference:

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  • personal interview conducted by members of the Admissions Committee and additional trained volunteers
  • bilingual language ability
  • educational attainment of the applicant's family
  • hometown or county of residence that has been designated a medically underserved and/or health professions shortage area, with particular emphasis on South Texas
  • employment history, especially as it occurred simultaneously with undergraduate academic preparation
  • socioeconomic history (educationally and/or economically disadvantaged)
  • positions of leadership held
  • race/ethnicity
  • public/community service "volunteer"-related activities
  • "volunteer" activities in health care-related areas
  • awards and honors of distinction for humanitarian service
  • awards and honors for public speaking
  • prior experience in providing health care-related services
  • extracurricular activities
  • awards and honors for academic achievement
  • prior military service with training and experience in a health care related area
  • success in overcoming adverse personal, family, or "life" conditions/ experiences
  • graduation from another accredited health care-related curriculum
  • verbal communication skills-as demonstrated in a personal interview
  • commitment/desire to serve in a medically underserved region of the state following graduation [written personal statement, or at interview]
  • reference letters or recommendations
  • research accomplishments
  • applicant's future goals [written personal statement or at interview]
  • knowledge of, and preparation to enter, the profession of dentistry gained through observing or volunteering in a dental practice
  • Texas resident status, or permanent Texas resident alien

Preference is given to Texas residents. Only outstanding nonresidents are considered.

Determining residency for the applicant pool is different than determining residency for tuition purposes. Residency for admission and tuition purposes at a public college or university in Texas is different from residency for voting or taxing purposes. Visit the College for All Texans Residency Informationfor more detailed information.

Residence status

Generally, individuals who have resided in Texas for 12 months immediately preceding enrollment are classified as residents. If dependents, they must have resided with their parents/guardians in the state for the 12 months preceding enrollment. Applicants whose residency status is unclear should complete a Residence Questionnaire, available from the Registrar's Office or the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service in Austin. Other substantiating documents may be required.

U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and legal permanent residents of either country will be considered for admission.

Education requirements for dental school

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (or 134 quarter hours) at aregionally accreditedU.S. or Canadian college or university.
  • All pre-dental requirements listed in the table below must have been completed at a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian university/college. Foreign coursework willnotcount towards meeting any of the prerequisites, even if transfer credit has been given for them by a U.S. or Canadian school.
  • Each required course, listed in the table below, must be completed with a grade of C or better. Courses taken Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit willnotcount towards meeting the requirement.
  • Advanced placement credit is acceptedonlyif the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. Lump sum credit is not accepted.
  • Graduate coursesdo notsatisfy the 90 hour requirement ORthe required coursework.
  • All required course work must be completed beforeORby the time of enrollment into the dental school.
  • Baccalaureate degrees are highly desirable. However, exceptionally mature students without a degree, who have outstanding academic records, superior performance on the respective admissions test and highly desirable personal qualifications may be considered for admission.
  • The prescribed course requirements are theminimumrequirements for admission to dental school.Applicants are best served to take additional upper-level course work so they are better prepared for the academic rigors of dental school.

Required courses for admission

Prospective D.D.S. students must have received a grade of "C" or better in the followingrequired courses:

SubjectCredit-hour requirements
Biological Sciences

14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of biological science

Includes all biological science courses applied toward baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as general biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, immunology, parasitology and anatomy & physiology.

General Chemistry

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of general chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).

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Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Inorganic courses include general chemistry, physical chemistry and quantitative analysis.

Organic Chemistry

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of organic chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).


3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of biochemistry

This requirement is in addition to the biological science requirement of 14 hours and may not be used to fulfill the biological science requirement. The course may be taught in the biology, biochemistry or chemistry department. Must have a grade of C or better.


8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of physics, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab)

Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.


6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English

Any course accredited by the English department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or English As a Second Language courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

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3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of statistics

The statistics course should be taught in a math or statistics department. Individual dental schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty.

Note:Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors, such as nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, will NOT satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable toward a traditional science degree.

Essential functions

All dental students atUT Health San AntonioSchool of Dentistry must perform certain essential functions in order to successfully complete the curriculum.

Cognitive functions: Dental students must be able to solve problems, using the ability to understand and retain knowledge derived from readings, lectures and demonstrations. Students must be able to use reasoning, to analyze and to integrate learned material and apply principles to new problems.

Sensory and motor skills: Students must be able to observe patients and simulations and gain patient information to be used in diagnosis. They must possess sufficient vision, hearing and physical abilities in order to obtain a patient history, perform a physical examination and provide patient care. Students must have adequate stamina to manipulate dental equipment appropriately and to perform in class, clinic and laboratory settings during long hours.

Communication skills: Students must be able to effectively communicate with patients, peers, staff and faculty. Students must be able to demonstrate respect and understanding of emotional, social and cultural issues.

Professional and behavioral skills: Students must demonstrate the capacity for sustained function under stress and to respond appropriately to unpredictable circumstances. Furthermore, students must demonstrate high ethical standards and professional behavior when interacting with patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and the public.

Admission by transfer

We are currently not accepting any transfer students.

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What GPA do you need to get into UT health San Antonio? ›

At the time of matriculation into the program, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant discipline and have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Exceptional applicants with GPA <3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What GPA is required for DDS in USA? ›

A: You must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 minimum Science GPA, as calculated by ADEA AADSAS, for admission consideration. Q: What GPA do I need to be considered competitive? A: Please see this page for DDS Admission Statistics. Q: How does AADSAS calculate my GPA?

Is dental school hard to get into? ›

Little do many people know, gaining entry into a dental school is fiercely competitive – more competitive than many medical schools I might add!

What GPA do dental schools look at? ›

A science GPA of 3.3 or higher is recommended. DAT scores of 20 or higher are recommended. A Baccalaureate degree is preferred.

What is the #1 medical school in Texas? ›

Baylor College of Medicine

Consistently considered the best medical school in Texas, Baylor is known both as a research powerhouse and as a top school for clinical education—in addition to its top-25 research ranking, it currently ranks #16 nationally for primary care.

Is Baylor medical school hard to get into? ›

The admissions website notes that in 2019, 100% of the medical school's students passed the United States Medical Licensing Step 1 Exam. It should come as no surprise then that the Baylor College of Medicine is highly selective with an acceptance rate of 4.3%.

How much does a dentist make a year? ›

Dentists made a median salary of $158,940 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent made $208,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $115,290.

Is dental school harder than medical school? ›

Both schools have the same levels of difficulty when it comes to courses and disciplines. The dental school offers practical courses much earlier into the schooling. Medical school offers only classroom learning during the first 2 years.

Is being a dentist worth it? ›

U.S. News & World Report ranks jobs yearly, and in 2021 dentistry came up as the No. 9 best job in the country and the No. 11 best paying career3. We have a high annual salary that keeps growing and an almost non-existent unemployment rate4.

Is a 21 A good DAT score? ›

The DAT score ranges from 1 to 30. According to the test prep experts at Kaplan, competitive DAT scores that rank in the top 25% DAT score percentile are 19 to 20 points. So, a top score would be 22 or higher. The average DAT score is 17.

Is 25 a good DAT score? ›

The average DAT score for any section is approximately 19/30; the average AA for admissions is usually 18-21 depending on the dental school; the AA for admissions to Harvard is around 23-24; the 100th percentile is usually 25 meaning that virtually 100% of the approximately 13 000 students who take the DAT every year ...

Is a 20 on the DAT good? ›

As you can see on the table below, a DAT score of 20 will place you right around the 75th percentile. This is great news as it will allow you to have options when deciding which dental school you would like to attend. Keep in mind that these percentiles can vary from year to year.

What is a low GPA for dental school? ›

Some dental schools directly reject the application of students who have a lower GPA. For example, some institutes consider the minimum GPA to be 2.75, while the vast majority take it to 3.0 as the bare minimum and will reject the application with a GPA lower than that.

How much does DDS cost in USA? ›

Over four years, a dental student can expect to pay anywhere from $151,508 (in-state, public school) to $268,348 (private school) and up.

How can I get admission in DDS in USA? ›

Steps to Obtain a US License to Practice Dentistry
  1. Step 1: ECE / WES evaluation. ...
  2. Step 2: Prepare for the National Board of Dental Examination (NBDE) ...
  3. Step 3: Take the NBDE board examinations. ...
  4. Step 4: Take the TOEFL exam. ...
  5. Step 5: Improve your competitiveness as an applicant. ...
  6. Step 6: Apply to a US dental school program.
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What is the easiest medical school to get into in Texas? ›

Based on the over-all acceptance rates and average MCAT and GPA scores of matriculants, the easiest allopathic Texas medical school to get into is the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM), while the easiest Texas osteopathic medical school to ...

What is the cheapest medical school in Texas? ›

Cheapest Medical Schools (MD) for In-State Students
University of Texas Health Science Center—San Antonio$16,921.43
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine$20,271
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine$19,639
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center$20,453
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What is the hardest medical school to get into? ›

Medical school acceptance rates range widely from about 20% at their highest to under 3% at the most selective institutions, according U.S. News data. The most selective medical school is once again Florida State University, with a 2.1% acceptance rate in fall 2020.

What medical schools have the highest acceptance rates? ›

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine have two of the highest medical school acceptance rates at 25 and 16 percent, respectively.

What's the highest MCAT score? ›

The total score ranges from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500.

What is the difference between Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine? ›

In 1969, by mutual agreement, the College separated from Baylor University to become an independent institution. This encouraged broader, nonsectarian support and provided access to federal research funding. The institution's name changed to Baylor College of Medicine.

At what age do most dentists retire? ›

According to data from the American Dental Association, in 2019, 16.1% of practicing dentists were 65 or older, while 21.9% were 55–64. Many of these dentists are at the end of their careers, with the average age of retirement being 69.4 as of 2018.

Who makes more a dentist or a doctor? ›

The median salary for dentists is $156,000 annually and $208,000 annually for doctors. These salaries are much higher than the average US salary of $957 weekly, or approximately $49,764.

What type of dentist makes the most money? ›

What they do, according to O*NET: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons earn the most money, but perform the most invasive procedures. They examine patients' wisdom teeth and remove any impacted, damaged, or non-restorable teeth. They also operate to prepare patients for larger dental appliances.

Why is becoming a dentist so hard? ›

Becoming a dentist is challenging in a number of ways, including the years of schooling required, the financial cost of education and setting up a dental practice, and the competitive dental school application process.

Is dental school harder than engineering? ›

First off dental school is tough, much more difficult than physics or engineering. The practical aspects are extraordinarily difficult to grasp for some.

Do you have free time in dental school? ›

As a first-year dental student, you'll attend class for eight hours a day in addition to time spent studying after school and practicing in the simulation clinic. Free time is rare and it's easy to feel fatigued by the end of the day. Often students start to feel burned out, and don't know how to overcome it.

How much debt do dental students have? ›

The average dental school debt among class of 2020 dental school graduates was $304,824, according to a survey by the American Dental Education Association. That average includes dentists with any type of student debt — including from undergraduate studies.

Can dentists use the title doctor? ›

The ASA and CAP understand that since 1995 the General Dental Council (GDC) had permitted its members to use the title “Dr”, provided it is clear that it is a courtesy title only and it is not otherwise implied that they are qualified to carry out medical procedures.

How stressful is being a dentist? ›

Dental professionals perceive dentistry to be more stressful than other occupations. This is consistent with their experiences of moderate to severe stress at work, where they endure an average of five to seven significant stress triggers each day.

How many times can you retake the DAT? ›

What are the rules and regulations? You can only take the test once every 90 days. You can only take the test three times, no more unless you get special permission from the ADA.

How hard is it to get a 20 on the DAT? ›

Generally speaking, you can only miss around 5-6 questions in each of the science and math sections to score a 20. Scores of over 23 are very rare (98th percentile and up). You can miss around 20 questions in the perceptual test to score a 20.

Can I get into dental school with 18 DAT? ›

Consider range, too—for instance, while the extremely competitive UCSF School of Dentistry has an average DAT score of 22.8, it actually accepted students with DAT scores ranging from 18 to 27.

How long should you study for DAT? ›

Give yourself at least three to four months to study for the DAT. Many sources recommend 200–250 hours. Plan on three hours per day, five days per week, for three months. Find a DAT study buddy who can help you stay motivated and on task.

What is the average DAT score 2021? ›

As per the 2021 DAT exam, 18 is regarded as the average DAT score on a national scale.

Which dental school is easiest to get into? ›

Top Ten of the Easiest Dental Schools to Get Into
  1. University of Mississippi. Acceptance rate: 44.3% ...
  2. University of Minnesota. Acceptance rate: 38.54% ...
  3. University of Puerto Rico. Acceptance rate: 36.70% ...
  4. University of Detroit Mercy. ...
  5. University of Utah. ...
  6. University of Washington. ...
  7. East Carolina University. ...
  8. Ohio State University.

Do you get DAT scores immediately? ›

It may take 3-4 weeks from the date that you take your DAT for your scores to be reported to and verified by the American Dental Association, and for your scores to be transmitted to ADEA AADSAS.

Can you get into dental school with a low DAT score? ›

Is good to know that some, not all, dental schools have a DAT score “cut off and for the GPA this is true as well. Most students who have successfully applied to and have gotten accepted in dental schools usually have a 3.5 or higher GPA and a DAT score of 19 Academic Average and 19 Total science.

What percentile is 26 on DAT? ›

The exam is scored on a scale from 1 – 30 with an average of 17. That means that with a score of 17, you are scoring greater than 50% of test-takers. Competitive scores of 19-20 put you in the top 25% of test-takers. Scores of 21 and above are in the top 10% of test-takers.

Is UT Health San Antonio hard to get into? ›

It is a small institution with an enrollment of 714 undergraduate students. The UT Health - San Antonio acceptance rate is 80%.

Is UT Health hard to get into? ›

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UT Health Houston, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Is it hard to get into Dell medical school? ›

Although Dell Medical is a young school, it is incredibly selective. In its inaugural year, Dell Medical accepted 50 students out of 5,000 total applicants, giving it a 1% acceptance rate.

Is the University of Texas a good medical school? ›

University of Texas Health Science Center--San Antonio 2023 Rankings. University of Texas Health Science Center--San Antonio is ranked No. 47 (tie) in Best Medical Schools: Research and No.

Is UT San Antonio a good medical school? ›

and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine was ranked 36th in medical schools training primary care physicians, 47th in research medical schools, and 25th best medical school for diversity by U.S. News & World Report's Best Grad Schools for 2022.

Is UT Health San Antonio a good school? ›

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is proud to be ranked within multiple U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools categories. Our five schools offer 65 professional, graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs, across campuses in San Antonio and Laredo.

What is the acceptance rate at UTSA? ›

Can I go to a nursing school with 3.0 GPA? ›

The clinical nursing phase starts at sophomore level and requires a separate application. Students must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in 8 prerequisites be eligible. If a student fails in any 2 prerequisites courses, they cannot be allowed to apply to the major.

How many students attend UT Health San Antonio? ›

Is Long School of Medicine good? ›

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is ranked in the top 50 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's list of best graduate schools for 2023. In the category of medical schools training primary care physicians, the Long School of Medicine was ranked 36th, up from 46th last year.

What is the easiest medical school to get into in Texas? ›

Based on the over-all acceptance rates and average MCAT and GPA scores of matriculants, the easiest allopathic Texas medical school to get into is the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM), while the easiest Texas osteopathic medical school to ...

Which state has most medical schools? ›

New York has the most medical schools at 15.

What is the #1 medical school in the US? ›

Harvard Medical School

What is the hardest medical school to get into? ›

Medical school acceptance rates range widely from about 20% at their highest to under 3% at the most selective institutions, according U.S. News data. The most selective medical school is once again Florida State University, with a 2.1% acceptance rate in fall 2020.

What is the average MCAT score for Texas medical schools? ›

It is important to keep in mind, however, that some applicants accepted to Texas medical schools using TMDSAS ultimately choose to attend AMCAS medical schools. Average MCAT for matriculants: 510.8. Average overall GPA for matriculants: 3.8. Average BCPM GPA matriculants: 3.73.


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