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California State University, Fullerton

Dentistry: AADSAS

Before you Begin

  • The AADSAS application will be available for viewing on May 15, 2012.
  • The 2013 ADEA AADSAS application will launch on June 4, 2012. Do not submit materials before June 4, 2012 because they will not be received.
  • Deadlines vary, so please consult individual schools to obtain specific deadlines.
  • Take a look at the AADSAS website and find out exactly what is needed to apply using their centralized application. There is also valuable information pertaining to the application and step-by-step instructions on how to apply. All of this information can be found on the ADEA General Instructions page.
  • The first step in submitting an application is to create a User Name and Password by registering for a DENTPIN.

Fee Assistance Program (FAP)

The FAP was created for dental school applicants who demonstrate an extreme need for financial assistance. Eligibility for FAP is determined by reviewing the financial resources of the applicant, spouse, and parent/guardian of the applicant.

It is important that you read all FAP policies and instructions carefully before completing an FAP application.

Please refer to the ADAE website to learn more about the FAP program and apply.

Please note, do not submit your ADEA AADSAS application before receiving word as to your status, as you will automatically be denied for the program.

Transcripts and Coursework

List all undergraduate, graduate and professional institutions you have attended, or plan to attend, through the completion of Summer 2012. Enter all colleges and universities you attended EVEN IF THE COURSES are not required for admission to dental school, or if they transferred to another institution. Include non-degree programs.

ADEA AADSAS requires a separate official transcript from each U.S. and Canadian institution attended, including branch campuses if they issue transcripts separately from the parent university. All transcripts must arrive at the ADEA AADSAS Transcript Processing Department by the application deadline dates of your designated schools.

Report ALL coursework completed at U.S., U.S. overseas, and Canadian institutions exactly as it appears on your transcript(s). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Courses that have been repeated. Original and repeated grades from repeated courses are used in calculating the ADEA AADSAS GPA, even if this is not the policy of your college/university.
  • Courses that you failed, regardless of whether they have been repeated.
  • Courses you took in high school for college credit that appear on a college transcript. Do not send high school transcripts to ADEA AADSAS.
  • Courses taken for credit at American colleges overseas (i.e. Study Abroad)

You will not be able to revise this section after e-submitting your ADEA AADSAS application, so be careful when submitting transcripts and coursework. However, you will be able to add newly completed courses during the Academic Update period.

Letters of Evaluation

For those who were granted a committee letter, the Health Professions Advising office compiles the committee packet, which includes your committee letter and one additional letter of recommendation.

For those who have received a committee letter, you'll have the opportunity to list one additional letter writer (most schools prefer to see a letter from a Dentist, although some schools do not allow an additional letter; please check with each individual school). You will list this individual separately and ask the letter writer (listed) to upload/mail the letter directly to AADSAS.

For those whom will receive a committee letter: If the additional evaluator prefers to submit a paper LOE, the applicant must print an LOE Matching Form (leaving the email address field blank).

The Health Professions Advising office will submit your packet in an electronic format. Please provide Dr. Christina Goode's email address: cgoode@fullerton.edu.

For those who didn't receive a committee letter, you are able to submit up to four letters of recommendation in your packet that the office forwards to AADSAS. Please only indicate the name of the individual, Dr. Goode, who will be submitting the letter packet.

Essay/Personal Statement

According to the AADSAS website, the personal essay provides an opportunity for you to explain why you desire to pursue dental education. The Admissions Committee members who read your essay are looking for individuals who are motivated, academically prepared, articulate, socially conscious, and knowledgeable about the profession. Write about your experiences and any qualities that will make you stand out.

The essay should be 4500 characters in length (including spaces).

Submitting Application

After successfully filling out all of the required fields and attaching necessary documents, you will be able to submit your application online. Allow 4-6 weeks for application processing. Your application will be considered complete and eligible for processing once the following are received:

  • Complete ADEA AADSAS application, submitted online
  • One official transcript from every college and university attended, mailed directly to ADEA AADSAS from the institution's registrar's office.
  • Application fee payment, credit card via online application, check, or money order.

Monitoring the Status of Your Application

You can check the status of many items in your application, including the date(s) that transcript(s) and letters of evaluation are received by ADEA AADSAS, when your transcripts have been verified and GPAs have been computed, and when your application information has been sent to dental schools both electronically and in printed form.

Information provided in this document was retrieved from the American Dental Education Association on March 21, 2012.

For More Information

Go to the AADSAS website.

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact Customer Service.

Phone: 617-612-2045
Email: aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.or

Their hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30pm (Eastern Time)