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    The Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine selects highly qualified students who are representative of a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and interests. Selection is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's suitability for a career in dentistry.

    Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, competence in the sciences and a general interest in the profession of dentistry. These factors, as well as performance on the DAT, letters of recommendation and the personal interview, are considered in the admissions process. Consistent with the school policy of selecting students with varied backgrounds, the school encourages applications from qualified individuals from those groups who have in the past been underrepresented in the dental profession. Due to the small class size, students attending the school are educated in a highly supportive environment. Academic tutoring, faculty counseling, and individually developed remedial programs are available to students under special circumstances, as determined by faculty.

    For information on applying to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program please contact:

    Ms. Patricia Berry
    Director of Admissions
    Office of Education


    Applicants are required to have completed three years of college before matriculation.
    It is highly desirable that applicants possess a baccalaureate degree.

    A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater is preferred.

    Information regarding Community College Work
    It is preferable that all prerequisites are completed at a four-year college for baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate students. However, a maximum of 60 credit hours taken at a community college prior to your third year of study toward a baccalaureate degree may be accepted.

    The undergraduate program of studies must include:

    • One semester of Biochemistry and

    One year of the following introductory courses:

    • English Writing Intensive Course
    • Mathematics (Must include: Calculus I and II or Calculus I and Statistics)
    • Inorganic (General) Chemistry (including laboratories)*
    • Organic Chemistry (including laboratories)*
    • General Physics (including laboratories)
    • General Biology (including laboratories)

    *Some universities and colleges have instituted a three-semester combined General and Organic Chemistry course sequence with laboratories (with intensive contact hours or for advanced students). Such three-semester course sequences will be considered. Questions regarding whether a three-semester course sequence meets SDM requirements should be posed with the Director of Admissions.

    Online Courses
    Non-prerequisite online courses, while not preferred, will be considered. Online courses must be taken at an accredited institution and, in addition, accepted at the institution where the degree is being conferred.

    TOEFL Examination

    An applicant who is not a native or primary speaker of English must present a minmum score for either the TOEFL or IELTS exams, as defined below.  Students whose scores on either of these exams are more than two years old must retake the exam. 
    Minimum TOEFL and IELTS Exam scores required for admission to Stony Brook University:

    • TOEFL: Paper-based exam: 550; Internet-based exam: 90
      In addition to the minimum score of 90 on the internet-based exam, each subsection score must be at least a 22. Students who have scored lower than 22 on a subsection cannot be admitted to Stony Brook University.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no subsection recommended to be below 6.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    Applicants must score a four or above to receive advanced placement credit for prerequisite courses. When advanced placement credit is substituted for a prerequisite course an additional course of  an equal level or better should be taken to demonstrate scholastic ability at the college level.

    The American Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is mandatory. (Canadian DAT is not accepted at this time.)
    Only a current DAT score obtained after June 2, 2012 will be accepted for the 2015-2016 admissions cycle.

    Suggested Additional Preparation
    Success in dental school is highly correlated with a student's competence in science. Applicants should gain familiarity with the fundamentals of the natural and social sciences that are relevant to the delivery of health care. Virtually all candidates accepted into dental school possess a baccalaureate degree in the arts and sciences. Although preference for admission is not based on a particular field of academic concentration, all candidates are required to demonstrate competence in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, mathematics and English composition. It is strongly suggested that applicants also take classes in the social sciences and upper level sciences such as biochemistry and physiology.


    The School of Dental Medicine participates in the centralized American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). All candidates must apply through AADSAS. The deadline for submission of applications to AADSAS is December 1st. Since acceptances are made on a rolling basis, applicants are urged to apply as early as possible. Applications are accepted beginning June 4th of the year prior to matriculation.

    A pre-professional advisory committee letter is required. However, if your college or university does not provide a committee letter, three recommendation letters from senior science faculty members will be accepted.

    American Dental Education Association
    1400 K St. NW, Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    Telephone: (800) 353-2237 or (202) 289-8123


    Application Fee
    A $100.00 non-refundable application fee is required and should be submitted online after an AADSAS identification number is assigned. Applications cannot be considered until the fee is received. Please use the link below to submit your $100.00 application fee.

    The school will acknowledge receipt of all applications from AADSAS and advise candidates directly of any additional information required.

    You must have an AADSAS ID# in order to submit payment. Please be advised that your application will not be reviewed until we receive your verified AADSAS application as well as all supporting documents.

    Click here to make the Supplementary Application Payment Fee of $100.00


    American Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

    For information regarding the DAT contact:
    Dental Admission Testing Program
    Suite 1846
    211 East Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611-2678
    (800) 621-8099 or (312) 440-2500 


    Interviews are an integral part of the admissions process, and all applicants under serious consideration will be notified if an interview is indicated.

    Decision Process

    An Admissions Committee is responsible for decisions regarding admission to the School of Dental Medicine. Students are accepted on a rolling basis starting on December 1st of the academic year prior to matriculation. All committee decisions are sent by mail.

    Admissions Time Table          Earliest Date       Latest Date        School Fees

    Application Submission              6/02                 12/1                  $100.00

    Acceptance Notification              12/1                                          $350.00

    Required Acceptance Response Time

    30 days if accepted between 12/1 and 1/31

    15 days if accepted between 2/1 and 5/15

    Applicants accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate response to an admissions offer.

    Please contact Patricia Berry in the Office of Education (631-632-8871) if you have any questions.

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