DMD Application Process 2022-2023

Interview Format:
We expect to offer a hybrid interview format this year with a mix of in-person and virtual interview days. Interviewees who choose to interview virtually will have the option to visit campus once they are accepted.  We have designed in-person and virtual interviews with the intention of eliminating any advantage of one format over the other. We sincerely hope that candidates will choose the format with which they are most comfortable.


Pass/Fail Credit
We understand that many schools offered students the option to take courses for pass/fail credit, or may have transitioned entirely to a pass/fail curriculum during the pandemic. HSDM will accept pass/fail credit for the following semesters: spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, summer 2021.


Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
HSDM will continue to accept unofficial DAT scores this cycle. Admissions will also consider DAT scores valid for three years from the start of the application cycle. For 2022-2023 applicants, HSDM will accept DAT scores taken after June 1, 2019. Please email HSDM Admissions your unofficial scores to expedite the review process. Please note that the Admissions Committee will require official DAT scores prior to releasing admissions decisions.


We will continue to provide any application updates on this page. 


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Applications to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine are available through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) AADSAS application service. Visit for more information.


HSDM's deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle is December 15, 2022. Applications must be completed by January 1, 2023 to be considered for admission. A completed application consists of the AADSAS application, letters of recommendation, DAT, and HSDM application fee. Applications incomplete after  January 1, 2023 will be denied.

Application Components

AADSAS application

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. Most frequently, fourth letters of evaluation are from a dentist the applicant shadowed. 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 1st 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, are a member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, or a CSTEP student at the University of Buffalo, are eligible for a waiver of the HSDM application fee. Email a copy of the ADEA AADSAS fee waiver, proof of service, or program participation to Admissions.



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, although the preferred GPA and DAT is 3.6 and 20 (AA) or higher. Please note that GPA and DAT scores are just two pieces considered in a holistic review of an application; completed applications are read in their entirety to assess all aspects of a candidate’s academic and personal experiences. 

Applications are screened on a rolling basis by date of completion beginning in mid-June until all completed applications received by the deadline are reviewed 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 via email with a selection of interview dates.  Interviews are held mid-September through February.  Invited candidates will be asked to submit the following in advance of their interview day:

  • HSDM Supplemental Questionnaire

Please note: the Supplemental Application is not on our website. For additional information about the interview process, click here.

Offers of Admission

By agreement among ADEA AADSAS schools, offers of admission will begin on 12/15/2022.  After this date, 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 February.


Candidates placed on the waitlist remain under consideration for admission until the class matriculates in the first full week of August. The waitlist is not ranked; rather, candidates are comprehensively re-reviewed before an offer of admission is extended. 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 in February. Candidates interviewed and denied after December will be notified on a rolling basis following a Committee review.