There are 3 dental schools in Texas:
Texas A&M College of Dentistry;
The University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston; and
The University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio.
The application service that all students use to apply is the
Texas Medical and Dental Application Service.
Texas A&M College of Dentistry is located in the Dallas metroplex. Although students have the freedom to major in any subject, Texas A&M prefers biology as a major for the undergraduate degree. Like medicine, dentistry has a list of minimum classes that all students must take (attached, with the corresponding numbers of what may be taken in the DCCCD).
Rarely, a student is admitted with 90 hours of classes, an outstanding G.P.A., a very high Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) score, excellent references, an ongoing record of community service, experience in shadowing a general dentist, and an exceptional interview.
View a snapshot of the most recent students accepted to the program at Texas A&M College of Dentistry.
The applicant should take the DAT test in the spring or summer prior to applying. The DAT is offered at Prometric Testing Centers with locations throughout the country. The DAT is administered on the computer almost every day of the week. An applicant with below average scores on the test may wish to retake the test in order to become more competitive. A 90 day waiting period is required before re-testing.
To learn more about preparing for the DAT test:
Many colleges of dentistry offer summer preparatory programs to strengthen a student’s science background as well as to make them more knowledgeable of dentistry, to help with study skills, and to make them more competitive applicants.