Only 50% of applicants are accepted into dental school each year. Predental ASDA membership will provide you with the best opportunity to stand apart from your competition and improve your chances of getting into dental school.
As a member, you’ll receive The Guide to Getting Into Dental School. This handbook contains tuition information, undergraduate requirements, application requirements and statistics for all 66 U.S. dental schools. It also provides helpful information on the predental timeline, the DAT, interviewing, choosing a school and more.
In addition, you will also begin receiving ASDA’s monthly e-newsletter, The Polished Predental.
Oklahoma ASDA Pre-Dental Member Benefits
- Automatic student membership to the ODA and ADA
- Access to members-only social events, like Casino Royale and various sponsored social hours throughout the school year
- Free entrance to the Loupes Fair, as well as the Fall and Spring Vendor Fair
- Eligibility for scholarships to national ASDA conferences
- Eligibility for ASDA Fever Award by earning points from event attendance
- Eligibility for social media campaigns and contests
- Member spotlights via social media
- Access to award-winning publications and writing opportunities: Sooner Smiles - Journal, Brush Up - Newsletter, and the website blog
National ASDA Pre-Dental Member Benefits
Before You Apply
There are several critical steps to take before applying. These include developing a strong academic record, taking required courses, shadowing a dentist, researching schools, knowing what being a dental student and dentist entails and preparing for your biggest test yet.
- Predental timeline
- U.S. dental schools
- A day in the life of a dental student
- Life of a dentist
- Predental shadowing guide
- Preparing for the DAT
- Paying for dental school
- Non-traditional student resources
Now that you have applied, it’s time to prepare for the most crucial step, the interview. Getting an invite to interview does not guarantee your acceptance. You will need to not only be prepared for the standard questions, you will need to showcase why deserve to be chosen over many others. Upon gaining acceptance you will then make a critical and nearly irreversible decision, choosing a school.
Predental Chapter and Club Resources
Joining a predental chapter or club is great opportunity to learn, share and engage with a group of like-minded peers. It also demonstrates your commitment to your future profession, something admissions staff will appreciate. If your school does not have a predental club or official ASDA predental chapter, consider starting your own!
Applying to Dental School
The application cycle for the class entering in Fall 2018 will open June 1, 2017. It can take 2-8 weeks to process and deliver your application, so be sure to apply early. Your application will include your personal statement, which will play a critical factor in your being accepted into dental school You will also need to include your DAT scores and letters of evaluation.
Education and Events
ASDA programming covers every step of the predental timeline. There is a wealth of opportunities to learn from advisors, faculty, dental student and fellow predentals. These programs are either in-person and virtual, so you can choose your preferred learning method. Regardless of your style, each program offers a unique opportunity to learn, engage and network with your fellow members.
ASDA offers predentals several outlets to contribute original content and interact with your fellow members. Post or respond to topics in dentistry on our predental Facebook page. Read and write for ASDA’s blog, Mouthing Off. Share your photographs and use official hashtags as part of our predental events and initiatives.