Dental School Admissions Consulting
If Dental School is your goal, maximizing your dental admissions potential is your priority. Competition for all admissions, these days, is tough. Nearly every student will utilize some type of admissions assistance, even if just a couple books. So if you want to truly excel ahead of your competition, invest in the highest quality admission assistance with a private one-on-one dental school admissions consultant. TutorNerds admissions consultants are guaranteed to immediately improve your application and simplify the process of applying to dental school.
TutorNerds Admissions Experts
TutorNerds admissions faculty is composed of seasoned admissions consulting professionals. Our admissions consultants have a deep understanding of the application process and have helped hundreds of applicants get into their target programs. Most of our admissions consultants have worked on admissions committees or as advisers—many at top universities throughout the nation. They bring real life insight into the admissions process and an idea of what admissions committees and officers are looking for.
Let us give our definition of exceptional admissions consulting: Presenting you in the best possible light. Schools need to choose you from among thousands of applicants. But their understanding of your potential is limited to what appears on the application. So the goal of TutorNerds consulting is to bring out the best version of you on the application. Our approach is highly personalized and comprehensive. TutorNerds consultants have the practical working knowledge of the field of admissions to advise you appropriately. In order to assemble the best application, it is best to start early so that our consultants have the opportunity to understand your strengths, and so you can carefully address each stage in the application process according to those strengths.
TutorNerds consultants empirically address every aspect of the admissions process, even which dental schools would be the right fit for you. You are not left on your own with anything; consultants are experienced in all the areas you need to have a strong application. Whether you know exactly where you want to go and what kind of dental program you want to study, or if you are entirely uninformed about the available options, we are happy and motivated to partner with you in reaching your goals.
So what goes into a dental school application?
Admissions requirements vary from school to school, but you can count on a handful of factors to be consistent. We’ve made a point to emphasize what is unique to the dental school application process. Overall, the process is a bit simpler than that of other professional schools, but no less competitive. Here is a (relatively) concise summary of application components:
The Applications Themselves
Applications go through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), the dental school equivalent of the Common Application. Applications are processed and go from AADSAS directly to whichever dental schools you would like. It is advisable to submit all documents and scores as early as possible, as dental schools accept students on a rolling basis, even if they do not inform you of your acceptance until months later. This means that the later you apply, the fewer spots will remain. The application process formally begins in June and concludes in February of the following year, which means you need to begin preparing your application and scores months in advance. You need to budget your time according to your priorities, and students may need help navigating the application portal. TutorNerds dental school consultants can help you outline a plan for your applications, and they are fluent in all aspects of the process, so there is no unnecessary stress on you.
Your resume will outline your education and achievements over the course of your undergraduate education. You need to concisely and clearly list your academic and professional experience and explain how your experiences correlate to dental school success. You cannot get away with using any resume, however. Your resumes need to be tailored to each dental school according to your goals and even their length requirements, which can be agonizingly brief. TutorNerds consultants can help you boil your resume down to highlight your strengths appropriately for each school. Most of the following application components should be addressed on your resume.
While American dental schools do not require specific undergraduate majors, they do require a certain number of science and English classes. Ideally you should be a designated “Pre-dental” student. Ultimately, you want a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for dental school. Biology, anatomy, mathematics, and even art classes (see DAT section below) are important topics. Throughout, a consultant can help you pick ideal classes and motivate you to continue to succeed.
Dental programs may be extremely specific in their requirements. But you can be sure that all programs are seeking high-caliber students, foremost. Dental schools actually admit very low percentages of applicants. You need to do very well in whatever undergraduate major you choose, and you will need to order official transcripts from your college to apply to dental programs. During the application cycle, consultants will be able to estimate which schools would be appropriate for you based on your goals, experience, and resume. No matter what your situation though, a TutorNerds admissions consultant can help you present yourself in the strongest way possible. If undergraduate performance is a concern, consider our academic tutoring services.
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is an admission prerequisite for dental schools. It assesses skills and knowledge that are required for success in dental school. This includes science knowledge, critical thinking, and spatial reasoning (hence our art class recommendation). Your test performance is a major determinant of admissions competitiveness, and you may need to take multiple exams. Your consultant will be able to help you research data for any schools you are interested in, which will provide an indication of your desired performance and competitiveness. Most students invest in test preparation of some kind, so consider TutorNerds one-on-one DAT prep.
Personal Statement and Essays
Besides the fact that you are sending an application in the first place, the personal statement is your only opportunity to explain why you want to be a dentist. There is no formal prompt, but as we have mentioned, you need to explain to an admissions officer why you want to and deserve to be a member of a program. It is up to you to come up with a captivating story that serves this goal. It is always important to write for admissions committees specifically; you want to emphasize certain things and avoid others entirely. Our admissions consultants know that admissions officers ultimately want to hear your voice, so your consultant works with you to bring your ideas out in a sophisticated, academic way. And of course, you will revise many drafts so that you are left with an error free essay.
Letters of Recommendation
You will need to get at least a few recommendation letters from teachers, advisors, or managers who have worked with you. It is important to ask the right people in order to get high-quality letters. You may also need to provide them with a resume (different from those of applications) so that they may write you a comprehensive, personalized letter. Everything related to receiving exceptional letters of recommendation can be addressed by our admissions experts.
Internships and Undergraduate Programs
Internships and similar programs for undergraduate give students the opportunity to have practical experience which require skills like those of successful dental students. Ideally, you have the opportunity to work with an actual dentist. Applying to such programs requires special consideration–they are quite difficult to get into. Also, it is important to emphasize certain experiences from such programs during the dental school application process. Working with an expert will not only help you get into the best programs, but also make the best use of such programs in terms of your ultimate goal, getting into a great dental school. See the “pre-consulting” section below for more.
Interviews are practically required for admission, so it is important to prepare thoroughly. An interview is an excellent opportunity to bring some extra creative charm to your application. In addition, interviews allow you to learn more about the program. Remember, you need to find the program that is right for you. But make no mistake, an interview is no chat over coffee. Admissions officers will ask you thoughtful, yet critical questions, some of which you may have considered but not quite thoroughly (eg: “Why do you think you will be a successful dentist?”). With our consultants, you will be more than prepared for any interview question. You will go through common interview questions in a mock setting so that you have your ideas outlined ahead of time. Most importantly, we improve your presentation skills so that you can take on your interview with confidence.
Dental School “Pre-Consulting”
Are you on the right track to a successful dental school application? TutorNerds can help you find out at any point.
Many years of planning and preparation goes into a high-caliber dental school application. With our dental school consulting, we don’t limit our involvement to any particular time. We want to make you the strongest applicant possible, and that demands effort throughout your undergraduate education. Our pre-consulting services are integrated into our consulting programs so that you have help at every step of the way. Our consultants meet with you periodically, at your preference, to advise you on class selection, DAT preparation, extracurriculars, and any other necessary topics; and, equally important, they motivate you to continue to succeed. It takes a consultant who has the opportunity to get to know you as a student to give you the most accurate and applicable advice.
Struggle can come at any stage in the process. We happily help any applicant, any time. Even if you would like brief guidance along the way, or specialized help for a particularly challenging aspect, we have the expert services to make your application be unique and impactful.