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.
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.
American Dental Education Association
655 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: (800) 353-2237 or (202) 289-8123
In light of the changes being made on college campuses due to COVID-19, the School of Dental Medicine will be flexible in the graded requirement for pre-requisite coursework if an applicant attends a school that made system-wide grading changes. For example, we will consider pass/fail grades and online courses for Spring 2020.
Applicants are required to have completed three years of college before matriculation; however, it is highly desirable that applicants possess a baccalaureate degree.
A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater is preferred.
A DAT score of 17 or greater is preferred in all subsections.
Admissions requirements for the School of Dental Medicine require completion of specific courses prior to application as listed below:
- Biology: 2 semesters with labs (8 credits)
- General Chemistry: 2 semesters with labs (8 credits)
- Organic Chemistry: 2 semesters with labs (8 credits)*
- Physics: 2 semesters with labs (8 credits)
- English: 2 semesters writing intensive (6 credits)
- Biochemistry: 1 semester (3 credits)
- Calculus I and Calculus II or Calculus I and Statistics (6 credits)
*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.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
The American Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is mandatory. (Canadian DAT is not accepted at this time.) Only a current DAT score obtained after June 1, 2017 will be accepted for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. For additional information regarding the DAT contact:
Dental Admissions Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(800) 621-8099 or (312) 440-2500
Letters of Evaluation
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.
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.
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.
An applicant who is not a native or primary speaker of English must present a minimum 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 (AP Courses)
Applicants must score a four or above to receive AP credit (advanced placement credit) for prerequisite courses. When AP 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.
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.
$100.00 non-refundable application fee is required and should be submitted online after an AADSAS identification number is assigned. You must use your AADSAS ID# to submit payment. Applications will not be reviewed until your verified AADSAS application, all supporting documents and the supplemental application fee have been received.
The school will acknowledge receipt of all applications from AADSAS and advise candidates directly of any additional information required.
Interviews are an integral part of the admissions process, and all applicants under serious consideration will be notified if an interview is indicated.
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 via mail.
Admissions Time Table Earliest Date Latest Date School Fees
Application Submission 6/05 12/01 $100.00
Acceptance Notification 12/01 $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.
Advanced Standing Program
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine is not considering applications for an advanced standing program at this time. We invite you to revisit our website in the future for new programs that might meet your needs.
Undergraduate Scholars for Dental Medicine Program
For information on applying to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program please contact:
Office of Admissions