Residency Requirements

Basic prerequisites

If you want to increase your possibilities of entrance to some dental school, you should first consider extra requirements through an investigation in order to find out those schools that are most likely with your state residence.

In the United States, and almost whole the world, there are three different categories of dental schools.

STATE SUPPORTED SCHOOLS These schools generally give priority to their residents; however, they also accept very few out-of-state applicants, there is much competition for these few spaces, though.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS The state residency is not a primary factor in acceptance to these schools; however, the amount of money and fees are much more expensive than any other kind of schools.
CONTRACT PROGRAMS As many similar programs, a state contracts with an out-of-state school provide space for its residents. However, there are many states that not participate in any such program.


But do not be afraid, there are tons of individual schools where you can be highly accepted. A complete organized and greatly simplified list is findable in the publications of both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS).

ADA publishes annually a list of accredited dental schools in the United States and Canada as well as their addresses. While, the AADS publishes the Admission Requirements of United States and Canada Dental Schools.

Both different publications provide the future applicants information about residency requirements, number of applicants, curriculum, application requirements, tuition and fee listings, and the address of each dental school in the United States and Canada.