Method of Application
The LSUHSC School Dentistry participates in the ADEA administered Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). All applications for admission to the first year class for LSUHSC School of Dentistry must be submitted through this service. The application is in two parts. Part I is the AADSAS application process. Part II is for applicants who have completed Part I and qualify to receive the supplemental application directly from the LSUHSC School of Dentistry.
- AADSAS https://portal.aadsasweb.org
- DAT scores released to LSUHSC School Dentistry
- $50.00 nonrefundable application fee mailed directly to LSUHSC School of Dentistry (check only-payable to LSUHSC)
- Send letters of evaluation directly to AADSAS: two (2) basic science professors or one (1) pre- professional school committee
To be completed only when contacted by the LSUHSC School of Dentistry Admissions Office.
The following information must be sent directly to the Admission’s Office:
- Supplemental Application
- A recent passport size photo (2 ½ x 2 ½) attached to the application
- Proof of residency
- A copy of you current Draft Card status (males only). Printed copies can be found at www.sss.gov
- A copy of the applicant’ drivers license
Following review of all application materials, competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. The interview is important to both the applicant and the Admissions Committee. It allows the applicant to see the school and talk with both students and faculty. It allows the committee to evaluate the applicant on interest, enthusiasm, and social awareness—qualities that are important for a dentist but that cannot be measured by standardized tests. Also, on the day of the interview, each applicant takes a chalk carving test as a second measure of manual dexterity.
Dental Admission Test
All applicants are required to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), sponsored by the American Dental Association (www.ada.org) It is strongly suggested that applicants complete this test prior to the year they wish to enter school. The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
Other Admission Information
Evaluation of College Records-Grade point averages are calculated from all college hours attempted. In calculating the quality point average, grades recorded in institutions at which D is the lowest passing grade are interpreted as follows: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0. Correspondence courses and courses in military science, physical education, and other such subjects are not considered in determining the quality point average or the total number of semester hours required for admission. Other courses for which admission credit is not given are those that relate specifically to a professional curriculum such as law, medicine, dental hygiene, dental laboratory technology, education, pharmacy, agriculture, etc.
Other Recommended Courses - Courses that will assist in the development of manual skills, such as drawing, ceramics and sculpture are strongly recommended.
Advanced courses in biological sciences, such as cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, comparative anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and histology are strongly recommended.
Courses in advanced mathematics, psychology, social studies, economics, speech, and philosophy (logic) are also desirable. Selection of Courses - It is strongly recommended that those who wish to prepare themselves for the study of dentistry should enroll in a degree curriculum in college. While most applicants follow a program in biology or chemistry, it is quite possible for those from other major disciplines to receive favorable consideration for admission to dental school. Care should be exercised in planning the course of study to be certain that the required subjects in chemistry, biology, physics, and English can be completed satisfactorily before the date for registration.
If the student does not enroll in a degree curriculum, it is considered important to follow a program that will allow time to take several of the strongly recommended subjects and to complete more than the specified minimal number of required courses and credit hours. Elective courses should be chosen in relation to the student’s special interests and aptitude. An understanding of social and community problems will be very helpful in meeting the responsibilities of the profession of dentistry. In addition to a good technical education, it is desirable for the student to have a broad cultural background.
Committee on Admissions
Responsibility for selection of entering students has been delegated to the Committee on Admissions by the faculty. When all necessary data, credits, and other required information for each application have been received and evaluated, the applicant is considered by the Committee.