Recent Hamilton students who have applied to dental school have had excellent success in the admissions process as well as successful careers in dental school. Hamilton College has sent students on to schools all over the US and Canada including Columbia, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, Tufts, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and others. There are 65 US and 10 Canadian dental schools. Academic preparation and course requirements are similar to that of applying to medical school but variations frequently arise. It is for this reason that students preparing for a career in dental medicine are encouraged to plan their courses early in their first year of college. Careful planning will allow students to major in any discipline they choose, study abroad, and complete the pre-requisite courses in time to apply the fall of their senior year.
Dental schools also require extensive volunteer and clinical work so students are encouraged to use their summer and January breaks to gain clinical experience.
The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is the standard test for admission to dental school.
Applying is done through the ADEA American Dental Schools application Service (AADSAS) application, which is available in June.
Extensive information on applying can be found on the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) "Go Dental" web site.