Applicant information

The application will ask you for information in the following categories:

Biographic information

You will be asked to provide your preferred and permanent address, gender, ethnicity and race, citizenship and visa information, military status and any alternate names. Citizenship questions include date and location of birth, country of citizenship, DACA status* and length of residency in the U.S. and the state. Non-U.S. citizens should include visa information.

*DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an American immigration policy that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation.

Parent and family information

You will be asked to provide information on up to two parents and to indicate your number of siblings. For each parent/guardian, list that person’s relationship to you and their name, occupation, address and education. 

Background information

You will be asked to provide details pertaining to your manual dexterity, any relatives you may have in the dental profession, any previous applications to dental school or other health professions programs, education interruptions, academic dismissals or suspensions, felony and misdemeanor convictions and language proficiencies.

  • Manual dexterity is important for dentists, so you will be asked to describe activities requiring hand–eye coordination at which you are proficient.
  • If you have relatives who are dentists, are in dental school or have studied in the dental profession, you will be asked to identify the person, their relationship to you and their degree or certificate.
  • If you have previously applied to dental school, you will be asked to describe the changes in your application.
  • If you have felony or misdemeanor convictions or academic infractions, you will be asked to provide an explanation, including a brief description of the incident, specific charges made, related dates and a reflection on the incident.

Disadvantaged status

You will be asked to provide information related to your background, including your childhood residence, any Pell Grant awards and other education funding sources. You will also be asked to reflect on areas of your background that might be defined as socially, economically or educationally disadvantaged. ADEA AADSAS does not determine an applicant’s status as disadvantaged, but dental schools use this information during holistic reviews to obtain a complete picture of an applicant’s background.

The Education Occupation (EO) indicator is a tool that is intended to provide additional information on an applicant’s socioeconomic status which can aid a dental school’s review of applicants as part of a holistic review process. It is intended to help schools more accurately identify individuals who may be from a socioeconomically disadvantaged background. Dental schools can use these data along with other important factors to identify which applicants best help them to achieve their institutional goals and support their core missions.

The EO indicator is derived from your parents’ education and occupation information. Four education levels and two aggregate groups of occupations provide the schema that is used to determine the EO indicator for each parent.

One of the following EO indicators will be displayed for each parent listed on your application: EO-1, EO-2, EO-3, EO-4 or NC (not calculated). The lowest socioeconomic group is EO-1 and the highest is EO-4. As shown on the chart below, the occupational categories are aggregated into service, clerical and skilled and unskilled labor, and executive, managerial and professional. These categories are based on the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification scheme. The educational categories are aggregated into less than a bachelor’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate/professional degree.

  Parental occupation  
    Service, clerical, skilled and unskilled labor Executive, managerial, professional position   
Parental education level Doctorate/professional degree EO-3 EO-4   
Master’s degree EO-3 EO-4   
Bachelor’s degree EO-2 EO-3   
Less than bachelor’s degree EO-1 EO-2   

An indicator of NC (not calculated) will display when the parental occupation is listed as retired, military, homemaker, other, unknown or not applicable. Additionally, when the parent is deceased and/or the education/occupation information data are not available, NC will be the EO indicator listed.

Do I have to report an arrest, a charge that did not result in a conviction, traffic violations, convictions that have been expunged, records that are sealed or campus policy violations?
You should use your judgment in including criminal and campus arrests and convictions on the application. Remember, dental schools conduct criminal background checks on applicants who have been accepted, so if it will appear on your record, it is best to disclose it early to avoid appearing to hide the information.

I have a felony or misdemeanor on my record. Can I still apply to dental school?
Many dental schools look to state licensing board policies to determine if they can accept an applicant with a felony or misdemeanor on record. If the state will not allow a person in that situation to become licensed, it is unlikely you will be considered. Check with the state licensing board and individual dental schools for more information on each one’s policy.

What will the EO indicator be used for?
It will be used by the dental schools as part of a holistic review and is intended to provide the school more information about your background.