Dental School Admission Statistics

Approximtely 20 Penn undergraduates and undergraduate alumni apply for admission to dental school each year, and are very successful in this endeavor. Dental school admissions is very competitive, and applicants are evaluated holisticially. In addition to assessing an applicant's GPA and DAT scores, dental school admissions committees look for competencies necessary for a successful career as a dentist, such as manual dexterity, communication skills, service orientation, critical thinking, adapatibilty, empathy, and resilience. Potential applicants should be prepared to critically assess the overall strength of their application and are more than welcome to make an appointment with a pre-dental advisor for help with this process.

**Note: All data on this page refers to the cohort of Penn students who applied to begin dental school in Fall 2016.

Average GPA and DAT Scores for Admitted Students


Admit Rate
Science
GPA

Non-Science
GPA

DAT
AA

DAT
PAT

DAT
Total Science
Penn Students
& Alumni
95%3.46
3.81
23.5
22.4
23.3
Applicants
Nationally*
50%3.45
3.54
20.2
20.1
20.2




*Source: ADEA for the cohort of students who entered dental school in Fall 2015. ADEA only provides statistics for enrolled or matricualted students, not students who were accepted but chose not to matriculate.

A More Comprehensive Look



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