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Starting Your Application

 Get acquainted with the different sections of the application and take a closer look at how to enter your coursework, or review any other questions you may have about starting your dental school application.  The best thing you can do is be prepared and be thorough!


Getting Started

What's first? 

Read the TMDSAS Application Handbook! The Application Handbook is your comprehensive step-by-step guide through the entire application. All of the instructions, essay prompts, procedures, policies, etc are included in the handbook. Following the handbook will ensure that you are completing the application correctly and submitting your best application. 


Read the Fine Print 

Understand the policies and procedures outlined by TMDSAS.


Use the Resources Available to You 

Check out the TMDSAS Resources page for all the insight and tips that we provide. TMDSAS has created a multitude of resources to help applicants complete and submit their best applications to the schools of their choice. It is your responsibility as an applicant to read, understand, and utilize the resources available to you while completing your application. 


Tips to Help You Complete the Coursework Section:


1. Use Your Official Transcripts When You Input Your Coursework

TMDSAS does not enter courses for you. TMDSAS will contact you and return your application for corrections or explanations if it identifies a significant number of course discrepancies or omissions. Failure to properly enter all course information (including future/planned coursework) and to make corrections as requested may result in processing delays and may jeopardize your chances for admission.

The exception to this is in coding your courses; TMDSAS will correct the course coding during the review and processing of your application. (Review Coursework Definitions and Policies) We advise you to use the course listings on the TMDSAS website when available, otherwise, use your best judgment in entering your coursework.  Just make sure all courses are in the correct term as reflected on your transcript. (Review Applicant Responsibilities)


2. Wait for your Spring 2020 grades  

Spring 2020 grades (or Winter 2020 grades if on a quarter system) must be reported on your application before you can submit your application. If you did not take Spring 2020 coursework, you can submit as early as May 1st.


3. Course Entry Requirements for Processing 

Planned coursework must be entered if an applicant plans to enroll in courses in terms post-submission of their application. 

Spring grades of the current year along with all grades from previous coursework must be entered before an application will be processed. 


4. Account for All of Your Time 

Your Chronology of Activities MUST account for all time between high school graduation and August 2021. Your Chronology of Activities will be automatically built from the information you enter in all other sections of the application. All gaps greater than 3 months must have a record. 


A Complete Application File Consists of

  • Online Application – must be submitted by 5:00PM CST, Oct. 1, no exceptions or extensions 
  • Application Fee – non-refundable, flat fee of $185. Fee required to begin processing. 
  • Copy of Visa or Permanent Resident Card (if applicable)  
  • Letters of Evaluation
  • Official Score Report: DAT 
  • Spring 2020 Grades (or Winter 2020, if on quarter system) 
  • Secondary Applications (if applicable) 


You're Now Ready for a section-by-section Overview of the Application


What To Do If You Are A Reapplicant



Will TMDSAS wait until my application file is complete before processing my application? 

No. The following items must be submitted to TMDSAS before your application will be processed: 

  • Online application 
  • Application Fee 
  • Copy of Visa or Permanent Resident Card (if applicable) 
  • Spring 2020 Grades (or Winter 2020 grades, if on quarter system)