If you’ve stumbled upon this blog without knowing me or what I do, there’s a pretty safe bet that you’re a pre-dental looking into how to apply to dental school and/or researching dental schools themselves. All of the above apply. Today’s (actual) post details the ADEA AADSAS (which I’ll be calling the AADSAS from here on out) application, the centralized application system used by all* American dental schools (*except for Texas, they think they’re their own country and I can say that since I’m from Houston). I’ll be making a separate post to tackle the TMDSAS, aka the Texas AADSAS.
If you’re currently a junior in college and wanting to matriculate the fall after you graduate, you need to apply RIGHT NOW. If you’re a junior in college and want to take a gap year, matriculating the fall following your graduation, you will complete the AADSAS next year, during the 2018-2019 cycle. For a better understanding of this, see the graphic below:
The American Dental Education Association’s Associated American Dental School Application System is the application in which you, the pre-dental, will consolidate all of your transcripts, DAT score, personal statement, letter of recommendations, and experience/shadowing/etc. It is one application that is sent to all schools that you select, therefore, you shouldn’t tailor your personal statement or application to just one school. The AADSAS application for the 2017-2018 cycle opens on June 1st, 2017 (nifty countdown timer here) and I can imagine that some of you are already itching to submit. The application fee is $245 for the first school, with each addition school being $98. As you might imagine, this adds up fast, not even accounting for the money you will inevitably spend on secondary applications and traveling for interviews. There is a minimal fee assistance program available, but most everyone I’ve talked to has said it is more trouble than it is worth (you must submit the FAP application before e-submitting your application – this can delay your submission).
The AADSAS application is rolling. This means you should apply ASAP, as applicants submitting their materials earlier will be evaluated first. Listen up – you want to be first. The opening of the AADSAS application should be the end – have all your materials, letters of recommendation, transcripts with transcript matching forms, description of activities, etc. READY TO GO. The AADSAS application instructions can be found here, see below for the basic jist, and see directly below for a TL;DR if you cannot be bothered with reading.
TL;DR: Save your DENTPIN from your DAT registration or you’re gonna be in a world of hurt. Make an AADSAS account on June 1st and finish that sucker ASAP. eSubmit and sign away your retirement fund.
4 Steps to Apply (*5 as of 06/06/17):
The DENTPIN is used for DAT registration, the AADSAS registration, and NBDE Part I/II. In other words, if you’ve already taken the DAT, you should have this. Do not lose it! Make sure the email connected to your DENTPIN is an email you can access forever, so perhaps not your undergraduate college email or the middle school one with your favorite Neopet in it.
Register for a DENTPIN here
Make an account on the ADEA ADEA AADSAS portal as soon as you can (most often beginning June 1st). You will access your application from here.
Edit 06/01/17: New ADEA AADSAS landing page screenshot below – we have moved into the era of modern font and user-friendly interfaces!
3. Complete the AADSAS
Edit 06/01/17: New ADEA AADSAS homepage screenshot below.
7 parts: application information, education, professional experience, personal statement, letters of evaluation, release statement, dental school designations (stay tuned for updated blog links as posts go up).
Edit 06/06/17: There are now four parts to the AADSAS application, though all seven parts of the previous application are still contained in the new four. Supporting information will contain your letters of evaluation, professional experience (experiences, achievements, licenses), and personal statement.
The newest section is Program Materials; supplemental questions for individual school designations are now included in the primary AADSAS application. Clicking Program Materials will take you to a page in which you can view prerequisites and supplemental questions for each school.
Press submit and pay a sizeable sum of ca$$$$h money. Make sure to check each school’s individual deadline, though if you took my first piece of advice (apply EARLY) this wouldn’t even be relevant. You can always add extra schools after eSubmitting and pay the $98 fee.
This is bolded because it is an addendum to the post published earlier: It takes time, in fact, up to six weeks for the AADSAS to receive your transcripts or DAT scores. This further highlights the importance of being EARLY in submitting your AADSAS application. However, you do not need to wait until everything is processed before you can eSubmit. Once everything is sent in and submitted, AADSAS will process and file transcripts and DAT scores on their own time, submitting your comprehensive application to schools as soon as all components are available.
What does this mean? If your DAT scores are holding up your application, once you eSubmit, AADSAS will forward your application to your designed schools sans DAT scores and then send them when they are available later on.
5. Check Status (Updated 06/06/17)
Now that all of your hard work is done, kick back and wait for the interview requests to start rolling on. But if only it were that easy. You’re not quite done. You still need to monitor the status of your transcripts and evaluations, and you want a place to see the status of your submitted applications, right?
That’s where the Check Status tab at the top of the AADSAS application webpage comes in handy. I don’t recall if this was ever an interface offered to us back when we applied, but it sure does help in localizing all of the components separate from the primary AADSAS you just eSubmitted – I’m looking at transcripts and evaluations especially.
Here, you’ll also be able to check the status of your applications at different schools. This screenshot says “In Progress” because I have yet to submit my *fake* application. Once CU receives it, “In Progress” will change to “Under Review.” If I am invited for an interview, the status will change to “Interview Offer Extended,” and so forth. This is a great way to check up on your individual school designations and where you file stands with them.
*This post is sponsored by Colorado ASDA
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