Selection Factors

HSDM receives approximately 1,000 completed applications annually for 35 seats in the incoming DMD class. Admission to the DMD program is competitive and is based on a detailed and comprehensive appraisal of the candidate’s potential for success. While factors such as academic achievement in college, performance on the Dental Admission Test, and letters of evaluation are important, equally important are the personal qualities of motivation, emotional agility, empathy, integrity, respect, and a passion for patient care—the main reason for entering a health care profession. The Admissions Committee also considers the student’s familiarity with the dental profession, extracurricular interests and activities, leadership potential, and career goals. The Committee reviews each completed application holistically to assess the candidate’s suitability for the dental profession as well as the demands of the curriculum and the School’s unique learning environment.

HSDM does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, financial resources, age, residence, or disability. Consistent with Harvard’s Affirmative Action Program, women and candidates underrepresented in the health professions are encouraged to apply.