Non-traditional Student Resources
A non-traditional dental student can be defined as a student who takes time in between undergrad and dental school. Some students do this by choice to pursue work experience, a post-baccalaureate program or even military training. Others may not get accepted to dental school on their first or even second try so they look for opportunities to enhance their application.
ASDA has developed a guide to help non-traditional students navigate the dental school application process. The information in this guide was provided by non-traditional students based on their experience. The guide gives advice on coursework, the DAT, recommendation letters, personal statement, committee letters, shadowing and extracurricular activities for non-traditional students.
Dental schools have access to transcripts and test scores, but it is through letters of recommendation that they are able to learn more about you as a person. Here are some tips to make the process easier:
Build relationships early on.
Choose your letter writer wisely.
Meet in person to request the recommendation.
Provide them information about you.
Follow up with a thank you.
|Hear from predentals and dental students as they journey into and through dental school. Find out about the challenges students face at each stage of dental school and what they wish they had known before each year. Each page contains a video and remarks from two ASDA members.
A Day in the Life of Dental Student: