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What is the average DAT score of applicants to dental school?

The average DAT score for applying students is about 17. The average DAT score for accepted students is slightly above 19. However, average DAT scores for individual schools range 16 to 24. A break down showing the statistics of how people scored on each section of the DAT, including DAT scores by percent, can be viewed here. (password ada)

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What are the average stats for accepted dental students?

The stats for dental schools vary greatly with average GPAs ranging from about 3.1 up to nearly 3.8 while the DAT scores range from 16 to 24. The average GPA and DAT statistics change year by year and have been steadily increasing over the last decade. While seven years ago the average dental school had entrance statistics of about a 3.2 or 3.3 and a 17 DAT score, the average has now climbed to a 3.5 GPA with a DAT Academic Average (AA) of slightly above 19. The below chart shows the average statistics for dental students who entered dental school in 2006.


Average Dental School Statistics (2006 admission statistics):

   Dental School

   Alabama
   Arizona
   Baylor
   Boston University
   Buffalo
   Case
   Colorado
   Columbia
   Creighton
   Detroit Mercy
   Georgia
   Harvard
   Houston
   Howard
   Indiana
   Iowa
   Kentucky
   Loma Linda
   Louisville
   LSU
   Marquette
   Maryland
   Meharry
   Michigan
   Minnesota
   Mississippi
   MUSC
   Nebraska
   Nova
   NYU
   Ohio State
   OHSU
   Oklahoma
   Penn
   Pittsburgh
   San Antonio
   SIU
   Stony Brook
   Temple
   Tennessee
   Tufts
   UCLA
   UConn
   UCSF
   University of Florida
   UIC
   UMDNJ
   UMKC
   UNC
   UNLV
   UOP
   USC
   UW
   VCU
   WVU

   Average Stats
  Average GPA

   3.58
   3.46
   3.51
   3.23
   3.57
   3.5
   3.71
   3.49
   3.53
   3.54
   3.5
   3.77
   3.59
   3.09
   3.52
   3.7
   3.52
   3.27
   3.57
   3.56
   3.5
   3.5
   3.1
   3.51
   3.63
   3.63
   3.59
   3.78
   3.6
   3.29
   3.52
   3.58
   3.63
   3.68
   3.54
   3.74
   3.64
   3.71
   3.33
   3.45
   3.41
   3.65
   3.57
   3.61
   3.6
   3.45
   3.47
   3.64
   3.6
   3.51
   3.37
   3.47
   3.45
   3.36
   3.54

   3.5
Average DAT (AA)

   19.2
   18.59
   19.5
   20
   19.35
   19.36
   19.6
   22.16
   18.92
   19
   19
   24.4
   19.19
   17
   18.72
   19
   18.44
   20
   18
   19.1
   18.44
   20
   16
   19.58
   19.4
   17.4
   19.3
   18.6
   19
   19.06
   18.98
   19.55
   19.51
   21
   19.83
   19
   19
   21
   18.8
   18
   19
   22
   20
   20.6
   19
   19.3
   19.28
   18.3
   19.7
   19.27
   20.5
   20
   21.22
   19
   18

   19.3

Source: ADEA's Official Guide to Dental Schools 2007.





How many people apply to dental school each year?

The number of applicants to dental school has been increasing over the last 6 or 7 years which is one reason for the improvement in the GPA and DAT statistics of entering students. In 2006, nearly 11,000 applications were received for dental schools. This is a huge increase from the slightly more than 6,000 applications received in 2001. The following page shows a graph of the number of applicants to dental school over the last decade.
Source: ADEA - www.adea.org.


For more detailed admission statistics on individual schools along with specific information on each dental school including application requirements and curriculum details, get a copy of the American Dental Education Association's Official Guide to Dental Schools.


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