Interview Process

A personal interview is required for admission and is granted by invitation only. Interviews are considered an essential part of the admissions process and provide potential students the opportunity to flesh out their written applications and to fully articulate their background, experiences, knowledge, and interest in dentistry. All interviews take place in person at Harvard School of Dental Medicine; we do not conduct regional or telephone interviews. Students invited to interview at HSDM should plan on a full day at the School. A general timeline for the interview day is as follows:

  •  8:30 – 9:00      Arrive at HSDM
  •  9:00 - 10:00     Introduction to HSDM
  • 10:00 - Noon   Two one-on-one interviews with members of the Admissions Committee
  • Noon - 12:45    Lunch with HSDM students
  • 12:45 - 1:30     Tour of HSDM
  • 1:30 – 2:00       Financial Aid Discussion

Once you have completed your interview, your application and interview will be presented by both of your interviewers to the Admissions Committee. The committee will then vote on your application. Offers of admission will be based on the committee vote; offers will be made beginning December 1 and then on a rolling basis. Students who interview at HSDM may be offered admission, placed on a waitlist, or denied admission to HSDM.