As applications are received, they are screened by the admissions committee based
on criteria set up by the committee. Applicants judged to be qualified based on grades,
DAT scores, letters of recommendation, and other non-cognitive factors such as community
involvement, leadership in extracurricular activities, experience in oral health care
or health care, awards and honors, and residency in a health professions shortage
area are invited to visit the campus for admission interviews. At its option, the
committee may decide to invite some additional applicants who it believes have good
potential for success in our program.
Because the admissions committee is interested in the personal qualities of the applicants
as well as their grades and DAT's, interviews play an important part in the admissions
process. While the shortcomings of interviews are well-understood, they do provide
the committee with useful, though subjective, information. The interviews also provide
the selected applicants with a chance to present themselves on a personal basis.