UNE Dental School Requirements

The University of New England College of Dental Medicine is one of 66 dental programs in the United States of America. The UNE Dental School Requirements are categorized here in the priority of what an applicant must submit to be considered:


  1. Pre-requisite courses
  2. Minimum number of years of undergraduate study required
  3. GPA


  1. Dentistry Admission Test (DAT)
  2. Dental Shadowing
  3. Letter of References
  4. Personal Essay
  5. Interview

UNE Dental School Requirements: Prerequisite Courses

All students applying to the University of New England Dental School must have completed at least a minimum of 3 years of study (90 semester hours / 135 quarter hours). Students must also complete the following prerequisite courses listed below:

Prerequisite CourseRequiredLab RequiredCredits (Semester/Quarter)
General Chemistry4/6
Organic Chemistry4/6
*A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, a three-semester credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions. For more information about how long a semester/quarter is click here.

AP and community college credits are accepted at this University. However, only community college coursework can count towards prerequisite courses.

Applicants who have the option of taking spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, summer 2021, and/or fall 2021 prerequisite course for a letter grade or Pass/Fail must choose the graded option to receive a letter grade for the course. If the applicant did not have the option to choose a letter grade for the prerequisite course due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will consider Pass/Fail grades on a case-by-case basis pending verification from the institution’s Registrar’s Office that a graded option was not available for the prerequisite course.

Applicants who have the option of taking a spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, summer 2021, and/or fall 2021 non-prerequisite course for a letter grade or Pass/Fail are encouraged to choose the graded option because the course will otherwise not factor into GPA calculations. While graded non-prerequisite courses are preferred, Pass/Fail non-prerequisite courses will also be acceptable for spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, summer 2021, and/or fall 2021.

University of New England Dental School Requirements: GPA Calculation and Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA to ApplyAverage Overall GPA of accepted applicantsLowest Overall GPA AdmittedAverage Science GPA of accepted applicantsLowest Science GPA Admitted

UNE Dental School Requirements: Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and Shadowing

DAT and Shadowing Overview:

Dental Shadowing HoursDAT RequiredCAD DAT AcceptedDAT Scores Considered
30Highest Score

UNE’s DMD program typically requires a minimum of 30 hours of in-person dental shadowing. However, an exception will be made to this requirement for the 2021-2022 application cycle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants who have not completed 30 hours of in-person dental shadowing must instead provide a statement responding to the question “How have you engaged with the dental profession during the pandemic?”, which will be included in the AADSAS application to UNE CDM. A statement demonstrating engagement with the dental profession will be accepted in lieu of the required 30 hours of dental shadowing for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

UNE Dental School Requirements: DAT Admission Score Statistics:

Mean Academic Average ScoreMinimum AA Score Given AdmissionMean Perceptual Ability TestMinimum PAT Score Given AdmissionMean Total ScienceMinimum Total Science Score Given Admission

Applicants are required to take the DAT. If an applicant has completed the DAT more than once the highest score of each section will be assessed when calculations are made.

Students looking to test their knowledge in preparation for the DAT can click on this link to access our free practice tests for both the Canadian DAT and American DAT. Additionally, check out our 10 tips to Ace the DAT from a 25+ AA test taker!

University of New England Dental School RequirementsLetters of Recomendation

Two (2) letters of evaluation are required and must be submitted via ADEA AADSAS. One letter must be from a science professor. It is recommended that the second letter come from a dentist. Committee letters are accepted in place of the two (2) required letters.

AADSAS Personal Essays

This University may take into account the AADSAS personal essay you submit to the ADEA. Your personal statement is a one-page essay (not to exceed 4,500 characters, including spaces, carriages, numbers, letters, etc.) that gives dental schools a clear picture of who you are and, most importantly, why you want to pursue a career in dentistry. For more information on the personal essay click on the link above.

UNE Dental School Requirements: Interview

MandatoryBy InvitationNumber of Applicants InvitedEntering Class Size

Shortlisted candidates will be required to partake in an interview with the admissions team. The interview process for this dental school is unknown. If you are looking for interview practice check out our posts on both MMI Practice Questions and Standard Interview Practice Questions.

Requirements for other Dental Schools in America:

If you would like an in-depth analysis of the dental school requirements for other dental schools in the United States of America click on this link. Those looking to compare the costs of dental schools can click here.

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