Dental School Interview

Student interview

Congratulations, you’ve submitted your ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental School Application Service) application and received an interview offer!

Applicants can find updated dental school information on the COVID-19 Updates for ADEA AADSAS Applicants webpage.

Why Is Interviewing Important?

Student interview

“Interviewing is a bit of an art form. It’s a mashup of critical research you [should] have done beforehand on a program, and its people, professional etiquette, likeability, which is then all blended with your gut intuition. Does it feel like home? A place you could thrive? Did you experience peace and ease? Because place and space matter. And you, my dear applicant, are not desperate. Don’t just hope you get accepted to any dental program; get in to the right one to begin your legacy.”

Rachael Kowbel
Director, Dental Student Admissions
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics

It is important to prepare for your interview so you can share your talents, passions and strengths with dental schools.
Here’s what you can expect when you step foot on campus.

Interviewing for Dental School

ADEA surveyed ADEA AADSAS participating dental schools about their interview processes. In some ways, interviewing is similar at dental schools.

  • Number of Interviews
    Most dental schools will only require applicants to attend one interview on campus.

  • Length of Interview
    Most dental schools expect applicants to be on campus for an average of 5 hours for the interview session. The duration time of interviews breaks down as follows, according to ADEA AADSAS participating schools:
    • < 2 hours: 1 school
    • 2 – 4 hours: 4 schools
    • 4 – 6 hours: 38 schools
    • 6+ hours: 18 schools

  • Timing of Interview
    Most dental schools start interviewing in September and continue throughout the fall. About half of schools also interview the following spring.

Additional Interviewing Resources

VIDEO: 3 Quick Tips for Spring Dental School

For additional interview tips directly from students from each dental school, visit the FutureDDS YouTube channel and explore the Dental School Experience series.