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Gauging Growth in EY 2021 Applicant Pool - Dental Applicants 

Take a look at how applications to member dental institutions in TMDSAS grew in EY2021.


It's no secret that entry year 2021 produced a record number of applicants to dental school. Here's how it compares to other application cycles:

graph of dental applicants by entry year

Dental applicants in entry year 2021 grew by 10%, or 94 applicants. This increase represents the largest jump in applicants to dental school in the past 5 years. In previous application cycles, we saw:
Entry Year 2020
      • a 38% decrease in applications or 38 fewer applications over the previous cycle for a total 963 applications
Entry Year 2019
      • a 1% increase in applications or 11 applications over the previous cycle for a total of 1001 applications
Entry Year 2018
      • a 2% increase in applications or 16 applications over the previous cycle for a total of 990 applications
Entry Year 2017
      • a total of 550 applications
It is worth noting that the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center El Paso - Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine joined TMDSAS in spring 2020. 

What do these trends mean?

Applying to dental school has always been competitive as observed with the rising GPA in both the applicant and matriculant pools.

EY2021 applicants to dental schools had an average GPA of 3.50, which has remained steady for three cycles. Similarly DAT performance in Academic Average and Perceptual Ability has remained steady with EY2021 applicants earning an average 19.9 and 20.0, respectively.
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Want to be more competitive?

Learn about the TMDSAS member dental schools on their episodes of the Courage Sessions.

About the author:The Texas Health Education Service amplifies TMDSAS and JAMP’s missions to serve students, collegiate advisors, and professional schools in Texas by providing students with accurate educational resources to enhance their preparation for a career in the health professions, and supporting efforts by advisors and professional schools to reach students and enrich the applicant pool.

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