DMD Program – Admissions FAQs

6/7/10 - Boston, Mass. - Stock photos of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine on Monday, June 7, 2010. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

About TUSDM & Applying to TUSDM

I am interested in applying to Tufts’ DMD program; can you send me an application?

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine utilizes the AADSAS application service. The application form can be found on the ADEA website by visiting: For additional information about Tufts, please refer to the dental school’s website, Our website is fully comprehensive and will give you detailed information about our program requirements and further information about the program itself. We do not mail these materials.

When should I apply?

It is recommended that applicants submit their materials to AADSAS as soon as possible. Over the last few years we have experienced extremely competitive application cycles. The sooner your application arrives in our office, the sooner it will be reviewed. The AADSAS application cycle begins in mid-June the year prior to when the student wishes to begin dental school. To be most competitive, we recommend that students submit their application to AADSAS during the summer months as it can take several weeks for the application to reach our office. Although our application deadline is January 2nd, it is typical that most interview slots will be given out by this date and the class will be nearly filled. Therefore, the earlier we receive your application, the more interview dates are available should you be selected for an interview.

Do I have to send DAT scores directly to Tufts?

DAT scores will be downloaded directly from the ADA and will be submitted with the AADSAS application. We will only accept official scores. Any unofficial score reports sent will not be processed. Please refrain from sending them to our office directly.

Can you describe a competitive applicant to the DMD program?

The Admissions Committee looks for applicants with a strong academic background and a solid commitment to the field of dentistry. Although the GPA and DAT scores are significant factors, all aspects of the application will be reviewed, including the personal statement and letters of evaluation. Tufts University is also committed to serving the community, therefore volunteering, especially within the dental community, is also highly valued.

Are my DAT scores and GPA competitive for the Tufts program?

Applying to Tufts Dental has become more competitive with every cycle. To be competitive within our applicant pool, candidates should strive for 19-20 on the DAT and between 3.4-3.5 for both cumulative and science GPAs. Although all aspects of the application are reviewed, the DAT and GPA play an important role. However, given the size of our applicant pool we are unable to offer acceptances to many students who meet and/or exceed these strong credentials. Therefore, a well-rounded applicant who is strong in both academics and non-cognitive areas is considered to be most competitive.

Does the Admissions Committee give preference to Massachusetts’ residents?

No. Tufts University is a private institution and therefore does not give preference to applicants based on residency, either within the US or outside the country.

Do you accept applicants with international residency?

Yes. For the 2016-2017 application cycle those applicants without US citizenship or permanent residency will be considered for the DMD program if they have completed a bachelor’s degree from a four year accredited college/university in the United States.

What is the status of my DMD application?

Once a DMD application arrives in our office, it will be placed under review and an email will be sent to you confirming receipt of your application. (Please be sure to include to your address book to avoid correspondence being filtered to a “Junk” email folder.) All official status updates will be available on the AADSAS web-portal and by mail. Interview invitations will be sent to candidates by email, as well as the AADSAS web-portal and mail. Please be sure to check these locations for your status, unfortunately due to the large volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to release status information by phone or email inquiries. It can be common for an applicant to not hear from our office after receiving the confirmation email for quite some time. Please be patient as the review process is lengthy.

How will I know if my file is complete, or if anything is missing?

The Admissions Office will contact candidates directly if any documents are missing from their application file. (Please be sure to include to your address book to avoid correspondence being filtered to a “Junk” email folder.) We kindly ask that candidates refrain from making these inquiries either by phone, fax, or email.

Do you give tours of the dental facilities?

We can only provide tours of the Dental School during the interview day. The majority of our building is comprised of dental clinics which contain sensitive and private patient information. We are not able to accommodate tours outside of the interview cycle.

Do dental and medical students take classes together?

No. Dental and medical students do not attend courses together. The dental school has an autonomous curriculum designed to specifically cater to the academic needs of the students. Dental students will utilize the medical school’s gross anatomy lab facility. However, dental students take this class with fellow dental school students; no medical school students are included in the class.

Is Tufts’ curriculum on DVD?

No, students utilize the Tufts University Science Knowledgebase (TUSK), a comprehensive online database containing lecture notes, past examinations, and other helpful study tools. For more information on TUSK, please click here: TUSK.

Where do most of the dental students live?

The majority of our students, over 70%, live in the city of Boston, with the greatest majority in the Downtown Boston and Chinatown districts. Boston offers many unique neighborhoods to suit a variety of price ranges and personalities. For more information on the Boston area, please visit our Student Services website Student Housing Information.

Application Requirements

Do I need to complete my Bachelor’s Degree before enrolling at Tufts?

Yes, all D.M.D. program matriculants are required to obtain the baccalaureate degree (from an accredited institution) as a condition of admission before classes begin. Accepted students are also contractually obligated to complete any degree program (MA, PhD, etc.) in which they are enrolled at the time of acceptance.

What should I major in during my undergraduate studies if I am interested in Tufts Dental?

The Admissions Committee does not have a requirement for undergraduate majors. Our office receives applications with a variety of backgrounds, however most students find that being a science major facilitates a timely completion of all pre-requisite courses. However, the Admissions Committee also encourages students to broaden their horizons and take additional courses, such as humanities, business, and art.

Does Tufts require a supplemental application?

No, Tufts does not have a supplemental application, however we do require a supplemental application fee.

When should I send my application fee?

The Admissions Office will contact applicants with payment instructions after their application has been received.

Can I pay the application fee online?

Yes, as of the 2016 application cycle, all application fees (and future enrollment deposits) must be paid online via credit card.  Discover, Master Card, and Visa are accepted.  A link to the payment website will be provided to applicants upon receipt of the application.  Please do not send checks to the Admissions Office.  Doing so will significantly delay the processing of your application.

Does Tufts accept the Canadian DAT exam?

Yes, the Admissions Committee will accept the Canadian DAT exam.

Should I send letters of recommendation to the Admissions Office?

Applicants should utilize the AADSAS application service to submit all letters of evaluation.

Can I still apply even though I have not completed all of the pre-requisite courses yet?

Applicants are encouraged to have completed the majority of pre-requisite courses at the time of applying. It is acceptable, however, for applicants to finish up one or two courses after the AADSAS application has been submitted. Please be sure to note the upcoming courses in the planned coursework section. Any offer of admission would be contingent upon successful completion of these courses.

I have several Advanced Placement credits which allowed me to place out of some of the Tufts pre-requisite courses. Will these credits fulfill your requirements?

The Admissions Committee will not recognize pre-requisites completed by earning Advanced Placement credits. Applicants who have received college credit and/or placed out of pre-requisite courses because of AP credits must either retake those courses at an accredited four-year institution or take an equal number of credits in upper level coursework in the same discipline at a four year institution.

I have completed some of the Tufts pre-requisite courses at a Community College. Will these credits fulfill your requirements?

Unfortunately, all pre-requisite coursework must be completed at an accredited 4 year college or university. Applicants who have received community college credits must either retake those courses at a four year institution or take an equal number of credits in upper level coursework in the same discipline at a four year institution.

How many shadowing hours are required? Who can I shadow?

There are a total of 75 dental shadowing hours required and at least 40 of those hours should be with a general dentist. The remaining hours can be filled with shadowing dental specialists, such as Endodontists or Prosthodontists.

Should my dental shadowing hours be completed with the same dentist?

Yes, the Admissions Committee would recommend that applicants shadow the same  dental office to complete the 40 hours required with a general dentist. We would also advise that applicants shadow a general dentist rather than a specialist. By spending the full 40 hours with one general dentist, you are able to gather a richer shadowing experience. Also, a general dentist will provide you with access to many varying dental cases.

Can I send supplemental materials?

The AADSAS application is now paperless. All necessary information should be included in the AADSAS application. Sending additional documents will delay the processing and review of your application

Will any of my application materials be returned? (i.e. transcripts or letters)

Unfortunately, no. Once application materials are sent to our office they cannot be returned to candidates.

How do I go about reapplying?

If you are interested in reapplying to the DMD program, please reapply via the AADSAS application service. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we are not able to retain application files from the previous admissions cycle.

Financial Aid

What type of financial aid is available?

For more information on Financial Aid, and all other student services, please visit our Financial Aid page. Financial Aid will also be discussed during the interview session.

Does Tufts offer any scholarships?

Every year the Admissions Committee awards a limited amount of $4,000-6,000 merit scholarships to accepted applicants for their first year of dental school. There is no additional application required for the merit scholarship, all accepted candidates are automatically considered. Notification of receipt of such scholarship would occur at the time of acceptance.