Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry - DDS Admissions


The Class of 2019 will be selected during the 2014-15 application cycle.


  • The deadline for each application cycle is December 1, for entry the following September.

 Entrance interviews for the current application cycle will be held during the  weekend of April 18 and 19, 2015. Invitations, and declines, will be sent out in  March - approximately a month prior to the interview weekend.


DDS Admissions

Admissions Overview - First Year Dental
Admissions Statistics - Class of 2018
Admissions Requirements - National Applicants
        (1) Scholastic Records
               - Prerequisite Requirements
               - Course Load Requirements
        (2) Dental Aptitude Test Results
        (3) Interview
        (4) English Language Proficiency

Admissions Requirements - International Applicants - First Year
Admissions Requirements - Second Year Transfer Students
Application - Deadline & Process
Selection Process
Statement of Potential Health Risks
Admissions - Appeals Procedure
Admissions - Contacts


Admission to Dentistry is based on academic ability and personal qualities,
as evidenced by:

  1. Scholastic records
  2. Aptitude test results
  3. Presentation at Interview

Because facilities for pre-clinical and clinical instruction are limited, it is necessary to restrict enrolment to applicants who are best qualified to meet the mental and physical demands of the curriculum and most likely to successfully complete the full course of study. The presentation of the minimum admission requirements will not assure guaranteed acceptance.



  • In order to be considered competitive, candidates must have achieved at least 80% or higher in two undergraduate level years by the end of the academic year prior to application. Past class statistics have indicated that most successful applicants have a mid to high 80s average over their two most competitive years.  Although primary consideration will be given to the most competitive two academic years and the DAT scores, overall academic performance (consistency, trend) and graduate education can also be used as selection criteria.
  • For applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree and who are in the final year of (or who have recently completed) a subsequent undergraduate degree, grades earned during the previous degree(s) will not be considered. The most recent degree must be equivalent to a four-year degree. Courses taken during the application cycle are not considered towards GPA.
  • Applicants are ranked on a compiled score representing 60% academics, 15% DAT score, and 25% interview.  The quality of the applicant pool in which one is considered for entry could raise the minimum academic competitive level, and will determine the minimum DAT score.
  • A limited number of positions are available for international students who maintain their international status at graduation.
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who indicate on their application that they are from the Indigenous Community.  One position is set aside each year for competitive applicants with proven indigenous status or ancestral Indigenous origin.
  • See complete information about the DDS course curriculum and course listing and estimated costs for national and international students.

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For the 2014-2015  Application Cycle,  see the academic calendar  for the official presentation of admissions requirements:  http://www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2014/pg552.html

(1) Scholastic Records:

To be eligible for admission to Dentistry, applicants must

  • be in the final year of, or have successfully completed, an undergraduate degree program leading to a four-year undergraduate degree at a recognized university. Applicants in this category are advised that the following courses are mandatory: at least 0.5 laboratory course in organic chemistry and at least 0.5 course in biochemistry, and 1.0 course in human or mammalian physiology. It is to their advantage to have successfully completed 1.0 laboratory course in biology, chemistry and physics. For applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree and who are in the final year of (or who have recently completed) a subsequent undergraduate degree, grades earned during the previous degree(s) will not be considered. The most recent degree must be equivalent to a four-year degree. Courses taken during the application cycle are not considered towards GPA.


  • be in the final year of, or have successfully completed, a graduate degree program at a recognized university. Graduate degree candidates must complete all requirements for their graduate degree (including a successful thesis defense, if applicable) by June 20 of the year of entry. It will be the students' responsibility to assure confirmation by their Faculty of Graduate Studies no later than June 20 that all requirements for the degree have been met. No deferred admission will be granted. Applicants in this category are advised that the following courses are mandatory: at least 0.5 laboratory course in organic chemistry, at least 0.5 course in biochemistry, and 1.0 course in human or mammalian physiology. It is to their advantage to have successfully completed 1.0 laboratory course in biology, chemistry, and physics. 
  • Although having a science background is considered an asset, there is no specific pre-dental education that is requested. In their choice of options, students are urged not to anticipate dental school courses. Rather, they should seek a broad background of education in keeping with their own interests. In the past, students who have previously studied psychology, economics, engineering, nursing, physiotherapy, etc. have entered the program.
  • Schulich Dentistry utilizes the OMSAS (Ontario Medical School Application Service) scale to translate grades achieved at other Canadian universities to Western standards.
    The most current version of the scale can be found at the OMSAS website: www.ouac.on.ca/docs/omsas/c_omsas_b.pdf

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All candidates must complete approved physiology, biochemistry and organic chemistry courses. Introductory biology, chemistry and physics courses are also recommended.

  • Note: Only prerequisites taken within ten years of the application deadline are deemed acceptable.
  • A guideline of prerequisite courses at Western is available - Guideline
    (Please note this list is subject to change)
  • Current Western physiology prerequisite equivalents at other Canadian universities are available - Click here 
    (Please note this list is subject to change)
    There is also information about the Physiology Challenge exam at this site.
    (The Physiology Challenge Exam is offered to candidates invited to an interview who will not have been able to fulfill the physiology course requirement by the end of the application cycle)
    The outline of the course on which the challenge exam is based is available - Click here

Western University considers a full course load to be equivalent to five full courses taught between September and April. Applicants are advised that it is to their advantage to take a program which includes at least five full-course equivalents in each academic year. 

  • Non-Full Years: Grades of years with a course load equivalent to a minimum of four full courses will be utilized in the admissions process, but if the course load is less than five, a slight penalty is assessed against the grade, if used in the application process, to reflect the fact that it is based on a lighter course load. The average achieved in an academic year in which fewer than four full-course equivalents are taken will not be considered in entrance decisions.
  • Special Years:  Academic years involving no program requirements may be included in the average in the admissions process and deemed a Special Year if the applicant is not registered in any undergraduate degree program and meets the following parameters:
    • During the previous undergraduate degree education, the student must have achieved at least one A-level year (80% or higher)
    • The Special Year contains a full course load - at least five full courses or equivalent, four of which are equal in difficulty to those courses at Western which are coded 2000 or above.
    • The complement of courses in the Special Year must not appear to be a repeat of a year taken within the student's undergraduate degree.
    • A minimum of 80% is achieved in the Special Year.  The Admissions Committee will allow two Special Years on a candidate's transcript should the applicant not achieve 80% in the first Special Year attempt, however only the higher one will be considered as a competitive year. 
    • The averages of Special Years taken during the year of application are not considered in the current application cycle.
  • Spring/Summer Courses:  Courses taken during either of the Spring/Summer sessions will not normally be counted as part of the five courses.Therefore, courses taken during this time are not considered part of the course load of a regular school year, and the grades achieved in courses taken at this time are not included in the academic average of any regular school year. Should a prerequisite course be successfully completed during either the spring or summer term, the course requirement is considered fulfilled.
  • Non Standard Records:  In cases where the course load and academic grades awarded are significantly different from North American standards, assessment of transcripts will be made by Western University Registrar based upon known International Guidelines.

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(2) Dental Aptitude Test Results

  • The Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), administered by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), taken within two years prior to the December 1 application deadline is a requirement for admission. The DAT is conducted on two occasions each academic year: February and November. Scores must come directly from the CDA to Schulich Dentistry to be considered valid. Schulich Dentistry utilizes the results of the last test written in the eligible time period.
  • Please note: only Dental Aptitude Tests incorporating the reading comprehension section fulfill Schulich Dentistry admissions requirements. It is this sectional score that is used in the decision concerning invitations for interview. For the past several years, a score of 18/30 or higher has been required in combination with competitive academic grades in applicants’ two most competitive years. This minimum score on the DAT is subject to change depending on the quality of the applicant pool in the given cycle.
  • Schulich Dentistry uses the Academic Average in its final selection process. This score is based on the scores achieved in the Reading Comprehension, Biology and Chemistry sections of the test.
  • Specific information and registration materials concerning the Canadian DAT are available on-line on the Canadian Dental Association website or by contacting:

The Administrator
Dental Aptitude Test Program
Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1G 3Y6
Tel:  (613) 523-1770
Fax: (613) 523-7736
Email: dat@cda-adc.ca

  • For Canadian and international students residing outside Canada, the results of the ADA Dental Admissions Test (DAT) will be treated as equivalent to the results of the CDADAT. Information and application forms from the American Dental Association’s website: www.ada.org/dat.aspx
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm receipt of the results with the Dentistry Admissions Coordinator. (DAT transcripts are kept on file for the duration of their eligibility.)

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(3) Interview

  • Selected applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview in order to be considered for admission. One must meet competitive levels in the DAT Reading Comprehension sectional score in combination with achieving competitive university grades in order to be invited to an interview.
  • Interviews are usually held during a weekend in April each year. The interview is in the CDA structured format.
  • The interview panel consists of a dentist, a senior dental student and a layperson.

 (4) English Language Proficiency

  • All students must satisfy Western's requirements for proficiency in English. Students whose mother tongue (first language) is not English will be required to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Test of Written English (TWE), or equivalent. Additional information on this can be found on the International Admissions [IS1] page.

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Spaces sometimes become available in the second year due to attrition.  Admission beyond the second dental year is not permitted and admission to the second dental year will be considered only if a vacancy exists for that year.  In these circumstances, we accept transfer students who meet the following requirements:

  • Must currently be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate dental program.(Currently this would be limited to accredited schools in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland). Applicants who have been required to withdraw by a dental school for academic or other reasons will usually be ineligible for admission to 2nd year.
  • Must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • The Dental Aptitude Test administered by The Canadian Dental Association is not required
  • Must satisfy the general admission requirements of The University of Western Ontario and/or the transfer regulations adopted by Senate.
  • May be required to be present for an interview and/or submit letters of reference.

      Admission to the second year of the DDS Program by Transfer,
      for entry into the Class of 2018 (potential entry in
      September 2015 will b availbable in early 2015):

    • URL: Transfer Application (will go live in early 2015)
    • This is the only site where application access is available.
    • The deadline for receipt of the application for the Dentistry Class of 2018 will be July 1, 2015. 

The most competitive candidates:

  • come from a comparable curriculum. Please see course listings for the Schulich Dentistry first year program.
  • Have a good standing in the applicants’ current dental program. 

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Applications for first-year entry are due December 1 of each year.  Online applications are available beginning of October on this site.  A non-refundable processing fee of $250 applies.

All applicants must:

  • Submit to OUAC a completed on-line application form. The only link to the application form is posted in early October on the Schulich Dentistry admissions page. The competition is open until the end of the deadline day – December 1.
  • Arrange for the DAT official scores to be sent to Schulich Dentistry directly. (The Canadian Dental Association sends transcripts of applicants who have indicated they wish Schulich Dentistry to receive their scores at the time of the writing of the last eligible DAT for the current application cycle.)
  • Arrange for any required documents (e.g. transcripts not available electronically, TOEFL, etc.) to be sent to Schulich Dentistry. (Please see Admissions Contacts information below).

Academic Documentation

  • Official transcripts from EACH university, college or other post-secondary institution applicants have attended are required to reach Schulich Dentistry by December 1 of the year of application. In June of the year of entry, a final OFFICIAL transcript of active candidates’ records at the end of the current academic year, indicating degree conferred, must be sent directly to the Professional Admissions Office at Western (if not already ordered via the on-line process). It can arrive at Western no later than June 15 of the year of entry.
  • Graduate degree candidates must complete all requirements for their graduate degree (including a successful thesis defense, if applicable) by June 20. No extension of this deadline or deferral of admission will be granted.
  • Western students are not required to submit transcripts of their academic record at Western. In support of your application to Schulich Dentistry, however, you are required to submit OFFICIAL transcripts of all other post-secondary institutions.
  • If you previously attended, or are currently attending another institution, you must request a OFFICIAL transcript of your record before December 1.
  • If applying from an Ontario University, please ensure you request all transcripts through the *Transcript Request* section provided in the on-line application process.
  • Official transcripts (in translation if original is not in English) must be made available at the time of application. Course synopses originating from the institution (again in translation if original is not in English) are also required for prerequisite courses taken outside of Canada.
  • For those applicants who are not applying from an Ontario University, please request that all transcripts, in support of your application, be sent directly to Western University Professional Admissions – DENTISTRY. See address below.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that transcripts are forwarded by the applicable Registrar(s) in time to meet the deadline date.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify Western’s Professional Admissions Office of any subsequent mark revisions on the transcript. (This includes Western students)
  • Applications will not be considered if required documents are missing at the time the Admissions Committee meets in late April.
  • If reapplying, please note that documents are not retained from year to year. Consequently documents will need to be re-submitted.

Additional Documentation (if applicable)

  • Applicants submitting academic documentation from outside Canada must provide official transcripts AND official detailed course outlines for any prerequisites.
  • Photocopy of proof of permanent resident status – Immigration Form 1000 – showing date landed. (Canadian citizens do not need to submit proof of citizenship).
  • If name change documents are required, a formal request will be sent.
  • Proof of proficiency in English for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • First year applicants who have completed professional courses or who are enrolled in courses preparing them for professional vocations other than dentistry must submit with their application a letter giving the appropriate reasons for their desire to enter Dentistry.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the necessary transcripts or reports have been received by the Registrar's Office no later than the December 1 application deadline.

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  • The Admissions Committee will meet in late April to make entrance decisions. The decision is based on the combination of the 3 aspects of the admissions process: university academics, DAT (Academic Average) and interview scores. The calculation which creates the ranked offer list is weighted as follows: 60% academics, 15% DAT and 25% interview.
  • Results of the meeting will be made known by mid-May.
  • Only applicants whose files are complete will be notified of the decision of the Admissions Committee.
  • Wait list information is confidential.

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  • Applicants are advised that they may be required to care for patients infected with Hepatitis B, HIV or other infectious agents. Students and applicants to Dentistry are further advised that, if they should have HIV-related health problems, Hepatitis B or other infections, their ability to practice dentistry safely and competently may be affected.
  • Testing for Hepatitis B: Current information indicates that there is a potential risk of transmission of Hepatitis B from practitioner to patients in the clinical dental setting. Therefore, applicants will be required to be tested for Hepatitis B surface antigen by Student Health Services at The University of Western Ontario. Applicants who test positive for Hepatitis B surface antigen will be tested for Hepatitis B "e" antigen and Hepatitis B viral DNA to help determine infectivity risk. If Hepatitis B "e" antigen and/or Hepatitis B viral DNA is positive, the offer of acceptance will be withdrawn and registration to the DDS program will not be completed. Should a student's HBV serostatus change, his/her eligibility for admission could be reassessed.

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  • First year applicants may request a review of the decision of the Admissions Committee, provided that such a request is based upon significant new information relating to the academic record and not previously available to the applicant. This request must be filed with the Schulich Dentistry Director's Office, no later than two weeks after the issuance of the original decision.
  • No appeal mechanism exists for applicants to second year.

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Applicants with education at non-Ontario universities should send academic records to:

Western University
Professional Admissions – DENTISTRY
Western Student Services Building, Room 3140
London, ON N6A 3K7
ATTENTION – Kyoungsoo Hwang

(Applicants with education at Ontario universities should use the OUAC transcript ordering service associated with the on-line application form.)


Inquiries and all requests for information concerning the DDS program should be sent to:

Admissions Coordinator – Dentistry Admissions

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Western University

Health Sciences Addition H103

London, ON, N6A 5C1



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