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The Dental College of Georgia will participate in the Association of American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) for the entering 2020 admissions cycle.

The ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®) is the centralized application service for all US dental schools. ADEA AADSAS simplifies the application process by allowing applicants to complete a single, standardized application.

The DCG is a state-funded dental college. Up to 10 percent of students from outside the state of Georgia and eligible international students may be accepted for admission to the DCG's entering class.

Admissions Application Process

  • Valid DAT scores are required for admission.
  • For the 2020 entering class, valid DAT test dates/scores are from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019.
  • The DAT may be taken at a Prometric test center.
  • An applicant must wait 90 days before scheduling a DAT retake.
  • The DAT may only be taken a total of three times. Special permission is required to take the DAT for a fourth time. 
  • The cost for each exam is $475.

For more information about the DAT, click here to visit the American Dental Association's (ADA) website.

Click here to access the 2019 DAT Candidate Guide. The Program Guide includes information on the history of the testing program, test content, test construction procedures, and the scoring and evaluation of the test. 

The TOEFL exam is required if you were not born in the United States and/or your native language is not English. The cost ranges from $160-$250, depending on the region where the test is taken.

  • an internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL) is the only option available for current testers
  • a four-hour exam, which covers all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • required minimum total score of 100, with a required minimum score of 26 or greater in the speaking component
  • Test Deadline for 2020 entry - September 30, 2019
  • DCG (Augusta University) TOEFL Institution Code - 5425

Click here to get more information on the ETS TOEFL website.

All letters of recommendation to The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University must be submitted through the AADSAS service. The applicants for the entering class have two options for submitting letters of recommendations:

Option 1:
  1. packet or composite / committee letter
  2. a dentist (that you have shadowed)


Option 2:
  1. an academic professional (instructor, advisor, department chair, etcetera)
  2. a dentist (that you have shadowed)
  3. personal letter* 
  4. personal letter*

*academic advocate, another dentist, a supervisor or someone who knows the applicant well enough to speak positively on the applicant's behalf

Once an applicant has begun an AADSAS application and lists their recommenders and contact information, each recommender will receive a link via email with instructions on how to submit their letter on behalf of the applicant.

The recommender will receive the link as soon as the applicant adds and saves their name and contact information. The applicant's AADSAS application does not have to be finished or submitted before the recommendation links are sent.

Applicant Interviews

Interviews are required for invited applicants.  Typically, interviews are held from September to December. 

Candidates participate in two, one-on-one interviews with members of The DCG Admissions Committee. The interviewer will help assess the applicant's personality, motivation and ability for a career in dentistry.

For more information, click here.

Lawful Presence Verification

All interviewed applicants are required to submit documentation proving that they are lawfully residing in the United States of America. 

There are several forms of documentation that may be acceptable for international applicants to verify lawful presence.

For more information regarding DCG's lawful presence requirement, click here.

Click here for a complete list of acceptable lawful presence documentation.

Final admission decisions are made based on the grade point averages (overall and science), DAT scores, letters of recommendation, interviews, language test scores, as appropriate, and an assessment of the motivation and personal qualities of the applicant deemed most conducive to successfully completing the program and the practice of dentistry. The DCG accepts up to 10 percent of students from out-of-state and eligible international students into the entering class.

The DCG Admissions Committee takes into consideration all aspects of an applicant's background, which may be relevant to the successful practice of dentistry, including unusual educational experiences or background, life experiences, work experiences, demonstrations of leadership in activities, involvement in community and extracurricular activities, and experience in an oral health care setting. The Committee believes that students with diverse backgrounds are an asset to The Dental College of Georgia, the dental profession, the State of Georgia, and the United States.

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Technical Standards

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is a state-assisted institution with the primary goal of educating dental health care providers for the citizens of the state of Georgia. The ethical practice of dentistry requires intellectual ability, physical competence and personal responsibility. Therefore, all requirements for admissions to the DCG must be satisfactorily completed by each applicant. In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a career in a health care profession, qualification for admission and graduation requires satisfying the following general standards:

  1. Sufficient intellectual capacity to fulfill the curricular requirements of the various required basic science and clinical courses;
  2. Ability to communicate with patients, colleagues, faculty, staff and other members of the health care community;
  3. Ability to learn and safely perform the technical skills required to complete the dental curriculum; and
  4. Sufficient emotional stability and responsibility to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize the practice of dentistry.

Specific technical standards, based on clinical competencies and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, are available from the Office of Students, Admissions and Alumni.

Selection of a Career in Dentistry Should Be an Informed Decision

The selection of a career should be made after careful examination of the pros and cons of the field under consideration. Observing in the office of a general dentist is the best way to learn about dentistry. To be a competitive applicant, the Student Admissions and Recruitment Committee highly recommends that applicants make arrangements to observe in the offices of one or more general dentists. While observing in a dentist 's office is not a requirement for admission, it is seen by the admissions committee as one measure of an applicant 's interest in dentistry as a career.

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1430 John Wesley Gilbert Drive, GC 5000 
Augusta, GA 30904

1120 15th Street, GC 5000
Augusta, GA 30912

General Student Admission Inquiries:
(706) 721-3587
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