In Response to COVID-19:
Admissions understands that there are aspects of the admissions process that are out of students’ control this cycle. Admissions remains committed to a holistic and careful review of every application during these uncertain times.
We have made the following updates for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Letters of Recommendation
Students who are unable to obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member due to the pandemic may contact Admissions to have the letter waived.
We understand that many schools are offering students the option to take spring, summer and fall 2020 courses for pass/fail credit, or have transitioned entirely to a pass/fail curriculum. HSDM will accept pass/fail credit for the spring, summer and fall 2020 semesters.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
We understand that some applicants’ plans to take the DAT have been impacted by test rescheduling to allow for social distancing or the temporary closure of DAT test centers due to COVID-19. In response to this, Admissions will consider DAT scores valid for three years from the start of the application cycle. For 2020-2021 applicants, HSDM will accept DAT scores taken after June 15, 2017. We encourage applicants whose test dates have been affected to reschedule their DAT as soon as possible and to email HSDM Admissions unofficial scores to expedite the review process. Please note that the Admissions Committee will require official DAT scores prior to releasing admissions decisions.
Please note that all DMD interviews for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle will be held virtually.
We will continue to provide any policy updates on this page.
HSDM’s Coronavirus Response with FAQ’s
Applications to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine are available through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) AADSAS application service. Visit http://www.adea.org for more information.
HSDM's deadline to apply for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle is December 15. Applications must be completed by January 4, 2021 to be considered for admission. A completed application consists of the AADSAS application, letters of recommendation, DAT, and HSDM application fee. Applications incomplete as of January 4, 2021 will be denied.
Official transcripts (submitted to AADSAS) - Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Letters of evaluation (submitted via AADSAS) HSDM requires three individual letters of evaluation or one letter from a Pre-Health Committee. Three individual letters should be from faculty members who can speak to an applicant's academic abilities and potential for success in the program and field. At least two of these letters must be from professors in the sciences. Students may choose to submit a fourth letter of evaluation. Please note: HSDM does not accept personal references.
Official DAT scores (submitted via AADSAS) - U.S. or Canadian
HSDM Application Fee* ($80 in U.S. funds; credit card accepted) A non-refundable application fee must be submitted no later than January 4 to be considered for admission. Once an application has been received, HSDM Admissions will email instructions for submitting an online payment. Please be sure to include the Applicant's Name and AADSAS ID on the payment. Cash is not accepted.
*Applicants who receive an ADEA AADSAS fee waiver or who are a member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for a waiver of the HSDM application fee. Email a copy of the ADEA AADSAS fee waiver or proof of service to the Admissions Office at email@example.com
Application processing begins in mid-June of each year. HSDM applicants will receive the following communications via email:
- Acknowledgement of the receipt of the application
- A one-time email detailing outstanding application materials
- Notification when the application is complete and has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee for screening.
HSDM has no minimum GPA or DAT requirement; rather, all completed applications are read in their entirety to assess all aspects of a candidate’s academic and personal experience.
Applications are screened on a rolling basis by date of completion beginning in July until all completed applications are read by the Committee.
The majority of applications are received in June, July and August. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Admissions will contact candidates selected for an interview by phone. Interviews are generally held on Thursdays and Fridays from September through March. Invited applicants may select the most convenient interview date based on the options we provide. Please note that all DMD interviews for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle will be held virtually.
Invited candidates will be asked to submit the following in advance of their interview day:
- HSDM Supplemental Questionnaire
- 2x2 passport photo
For additional information about the interview process, click here.
Offers of Admission
By agreement among ADEA AADSAS schools, offers of admission will begin December 15, 2020. After December 15, offers are made on a rolling basis. Places in the entering class remain available until all invited candidates complete the interview process. The class selection is ordinarily completed in March.
Candidates placed on the Waitlist remain under consideration for admission until the class matriculates. The Waitlist is not ranked; rather, candidates are comprehensively reviewed again before admission is offered. Notification of admission from the Waitlist may occur at any time between March and August.
Candidates who are denied admission based on the Committee review will be notified sometime after December 15. Candidates interviewed and denied after December will be notified on a rolling basis following the Committee review.