Applying to Dental School Summer 2018 Information

If you are applying to dental schools in summer 2018 for matriculation in fall 2019, then you need to begin to prepare this spring.  Students applying to Texas schools through TMDSAS should be aware of differences in timelines.  Here is a brief guide:



  • Talk to your recommenders early, at least six weeks before the application opens (May 15, 2018). To determine who should write your letters, look at the web pages for the schools you are applying to because it varies. Provide the materials your recommenders may need (resume, cover letter, draft of personal statement, outline, etc.) and let them know that they will need to email their letter typed on letterhead to Duke’s Office of Health Professions Advising at by June 5, 2018.  Questions about this process can be directed to the main HPA office.
  • If you are requesting a committee letter you will need to email your short response answers (see bottom of this page for questions) and a photograph to Dr. Keels at in early April. Please put “Request to set up an interview” as the subject to the email.
  • If you want a letter of recommendation from Dr. Keels instead of a committee letter please email her directly and provide a resume at  Please put “Request for individual letter of recommendation” as the subject to the email.


  • Begin your AADSAS application when it becomes available May 15.  TMDSAS opens on May 1
    • When completing your AADSAS/TMDSAS  committee letter information use the following:
      • Committee Member Names: Megan Tisdale (Primary Name)
      • Occupation: Advisor
      • Professional Title: Associate Director
      • Organization: Duke University Office of Health Professions Advising
      • Email:
      • Telephone: (919) 684-6221
    • If you have chosen not to receive a committee letter enter individual writers contact information
  • Have a transcript sent to AADSAS/TMDSAS with final spring grades
  • Send Dr. Keels your AADSAS/TMDSAS number(s) for the committee letter
  • Email the Office of Health Professions Advising at the list of letter of recommendation writers that will be submitting letters to to the HPA office.  Please include a completed FERPA form as well.  Please email if you do not have a copy.


  • Submit your AADSAS application as early as you can, so you will be considered in the first cycle.  AADSAS cycle opens for submission June 5, 2018.
  • To have the HPA Office release your committee letter:  After your spring grades have been released by Duke, your submitted application has been verified by the application service AND all your letter of recommendations have been emailed to HPA, email a PDF copy of your verified application(s) to  The HPA Office will then upload your committee letter to AADSAS and/or TMDSAS within 10 business days.


The predental short answers and useful links are below:

The Application to Dental School: ADEA AADSAS

Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service: TMDSAS