Category Archives: Getting Ready to Apply

Top Tips for Completing the ADEA AADSAS Application

The American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®) is now open on a redesigned platform.

Here are five tips to help you successfully complete the application to dental school.

  1. Don’t wait on transcripts, DAT or letters of evaluation to submit. While transcripts are a required part of the application, they are not necessary in order to submit the application. Applicants can submit and continue to monitor the receipt of all post-secondary transcripts.
  2. Complete the program materials section. The program materials section is new this year. Many schools ask applicants to respond to questions specific to their institutions and to indicate which of their courses fulfill the school’s prerequisites. This section is required and must be completed before the application is submitted.
  3. Check messages in the application. ADEA AADSAS posts messages in the application. If there is an error with the application or the applicant status has changed, the applicant will receive a note. Applicants should check in regularly to ensure they haven’t missed any critical information.
  4. Use an updated resume to complete the experiences and achievements sections. While applicants typically work on the experiences and achievements sections last, there’s no need to wait. Updated resumes are a great roadmap to complete these sections.
  5. Have the personal statement edited by an advisor or peer. The personal statement will be sent to each dental school where an applicant applies. In order to ensure it is a good reflection of character and that there are no grammatical errors, applicants should have the personal statement reviewed by an advisor or other trusted individual who will be able to provide helpful feedback.

Note: Applicants who submit by August 1, 2017 will be invited to “Interviews With Five U.S. Dental Schools,” an exclusive, live webinar to gain first-hand interview tips from dental school admissions staff.

If you have questions or concerns about the application, contact ADEA AADSAS customer service at aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.org or 617-612-2045.

 

OptomCAS Application Cycle 2017-2018 is NOW OPEN!

NOW OPEN:  OptomCAS has just launched for application cycle 2017-2018!  As of today, applicants can begin to complete their application.  The application is available at www.optomcas.org  and also directly at http://optomcas.liaisoncas.com.

MORE INFORMATION:  General information about the OptomCAS process along with more specific information about LORs and prerequisites, etc. can be found on the OptomCAS website.  The Applicants and Advisors page is a useful resource for applicants.

 

2018 ADEA AADSAS Application is Open!

The 2018 ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®) cycle is open! Applicants can now begin applying online.

VMCAS and AAVMC Webinars

Greetings from AAVMC! With the VMCAS 2018 application opening tomorrow  the annual webinar listings have been updated to include the VMCAS 2018 Application Workshop! Here is a list of our offerings:

The Road To Veterinary School

Audience: Pre-Veterinary Students; Pre-Vet & Pre-Health Advisors

Summary: learn how to prepare for the VMCAS application and find out what you should be doing during your early undergraduate career leading up to applying for veterinary school

Schedule: Monthly (May, June and July)

 

VMCAS 2018 Workshops

Audience: VMCAS 2018 Applicants; Pre-Vet & Pre-Health Advisors

Summary: Join VMCAS staff and ask questions about your application, troubleshoot and generally learn about the application and the entire process of applying.

Schedule: Monthly (June, July, August & September)

 

For more information and to register for any of these webinars, please go to: http://www.aavmc.org/webinars.aspx

Four Tips for Completing Your AMCAS Application

The 2018 AMCAS application cycle is now open. While the information entered in the application is straightforward, it can be easy to make simple mistakes that may delay processing time. We asked the AMCAS Verification Team, who reviews and processes thousands of applications each year, to provide some essential tips to help you successfully complete your application and avoid potential delays.

Read the article.

CASPA 2017-2018 Application Launch – TOMORROW!

It’s the Final Countdown! The 16th CASPA application opens tomorrow, April 27, for the launch of the 2017-2018 application cycle. PAEA welcomes 219 participating programs, including 5 developing program members this year.

Every year, Liaison International enhances the application so it’s in tip-top shape for applicants and programs alike come launch day. This year, while we’ve added some new options to the application, not a whole lot of changes have been made that will result in a major impact for applicants, advisors, or our participating programs.

Over the past five years, we’ve seen a steady increase in applicant numbers at approximately a 6% increase year over year (or cycle over cycle) and we predict we’ll see the same this cycle. Brace yourselves for a busy cycle!

Applicants should contact CASPA’s customer service team at caspainfo@caspaonline.org or 617.612.2080 for assistance throughout this cycle. Best wishes for a great admissions cycle!

Applicant Help Center: 

http://help.liaisonedu.com/CASPA_Applicant_Help_Center

Five Tips for Your Applicants on Opening Day

  1. Be Prepared: if you thoroughly understand the process and have all your materials read, you’ll be in good shape to sail through your application. In fact, you will have a better experience if you spend an extra day or two preparing your materials rather than rushing to create an application.
  2. Read Up: if it’s been awhile (even if it hasn’t been) since you’ve checked out the FAQ, you should review how to prepare pre-launch and learn about application deadlines in our Applicant Help Center (linked above).
  3. Don’t Obsess About Applying on Opening Day: it’s not Black Friday or a concert, so relax…a little. We know you’ve worked hard to get to this point and we want to help you on the way to this important goal. Remember, the application will be available at night, the next day and weekend, and for months after that. You’ve got enough stress in your life and you can avoid additional tension by simply waiting a day or two to create your account and get started on your application.
  4. Anticipate Delays: with so many folks trying to apply on opening day, all elements of our operation may move a bit more slowly than normal. Our teams are certainly trained, ready, and eager to serve you during the next cycle, but wait times may be a bit higher for the first few days of the application season – this is normal. See #3 and we thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
  5. Skip Opening Day: don’t take the day off from work or school to complete the application on April 27. Save your time for hiking, shopping, or a vacation instead and come back after the weekend to start your application.

We realize you’re excited, eager, and probably a bit nervous about this process. Be assured our teams understand the importance and the stress that comes with the application process. We hope you will take our advice, be well prepared, enjoy a few extra days of spring, and then undertake a successful application cycle!

CASPA Application Portal: https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Upcoming webinar on the AADSAS

Webinar: Apply yourself – mastering the AADSAS

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7:00-8:30pm CDT

Free for ASDA members, $10 for non-members

 Description 

With each dental school receiving thousands of applications each year, what will you do to stand out? Join dental students as they tell their acceptance story and walk you step-by-step through the application to dental school. In addition, learn from a dental school assistant dean for admissions on how to distinguish yourself from the competition.

 Panelists 

Riki Gottlieb, DMD, MS, assistant dean for admissions, VCU School of Dentistry
Sable Muntean, LECOM `18, 2016-17 chapter president
Craig McKenzie, Pennsylvania `21, 2016-17 predental consultant

 

Future Dentist? Register for the ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs!

Is applying to dental school on your horizon?  

Want to learn more about dentistry—the #1 Job in the U.S.*?

Don’t miss the 2017 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs, ADEA’s two-day online event where you can visit multiple virtual dental school booths—without travel or registration fees.

ADEA AADSAS® Prep Day Live
Log in on Sunday, May 21 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time to:

  • Watch presentations about the Dental Admission Test (DAT), the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) and the dental school application process.
  • Chat live with a loan repayment strategist and representatives from ADEA AADSAS customer service and Fee Assistance Program (FAP).
  • Download videos, brochures and other dental school information.

Dental School Chat Day Live
Log in on Thursday, June 15 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time when you can:

  • Hear directly from the source! Speak directly with admissions representatives from over 45 U.S. dental schools.
  • Expand your knowledge and prepare. Watch presentations on a variety of topics, including financing a dental education, dental school interviews and much more.
  • Gain new perspectives! Network with current dental students and other prospective dental school applicants in a live chat forum.

Register today on ADEA GoDental. You only need to register once to access both event days.

We encourage you to share this interactive, informative event with friends, classmates, colleagues and other individuals interested in dentistry.

“See” you in May!

-The ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs Team

Spread the word with #GDVF17!

*Source: http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs