The application process for dental schools is quite competitive, so you need to be thinking about the requirements of the particular program to which you will apply. You also want to consider the whole application that you will want to submit. This application will include grades and scores on the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) but you'll also need to develop the non-academic portions of your personality. This might include experience with the dental profession (through a job or through an internship), a general interest in community service, and the dedication and perseverance in the face of difficulty. Because dental schools can only accept a fraction of their applicants, they are always looking for ways to separate them. Your job is to make sure that you are able to stand out from the crowd. It won't be sufficient just to have good grades, you want to have positive traits in other areas as well. In fact, a weakness in one area of your academic history can be strengthened by improvements in other areas. This page is designed to help you guide yourself on the path to dental school.