DAT Scores for US Dental Schools: Average DAT scores, GPA and percentile ranks in the US and Canada

DAT Scores by Dental Schools in the US and Canada

DAT Scores by Dental School

Table 1: Average DAT scores (AA) and GPA scores of Students Admitted to US Dental Schools in 2020 (enrollees; ref: 2021/2022 ADEA Official Guide to Dental School). The ADEA releases DAT scores data every 2 years so the next time will be in 2023.


Note that over the last few years, average DAT scores and GPA requirements have been relatively stable within the dental school admissions process. Click on any of the links below for more details or to contact the admissions committee for any clarification regarding your candidature. Note that an average DAT score for admissions, is not the same as a cutoff (lowest possible) DAT score which may vary according to the dental program.

Overall DAT Score
US Dental Schools Average DAT Scores (AA) Average GPA
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry 20.7 3.77
Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health 19.5 3.42
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine - Arizona 19.6 3.51
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California 20.3 3.49
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry 20 3.45
University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry 22.8 3.75
University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry 21.8 3.57
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry 21.9 3.55
Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine 19.6 3.25
The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine 19.6 3.6
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine 21.6 3.61
Howard University College of Dentistry 17.5 3.12
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine 19.2 3.38
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine 20.3 3.51
University of Florida College of Dentistry 20.8 3.67
Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine 19.8 3.57
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics 20.3 3.74
Midwestern University - Illinois College of Dental Medicine-Illinois 18.8 3.45
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine 19.6 3.58
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry 20.7 3.62
Indiana University School of Dentistry 19.6 3.54
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry 19.1 3.5
University of Louisville School of Dentistry 19.8 3.54
Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry 20.3 3.66
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 19.8 3.41
Harvard School of Dental Medicine 23.5 3.85
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 19.5 3.33
University of Maryland School of Dentistry 20.8 3.56
University of New England College of Dental Medicine 18.6 3.38
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry 20.2 3.61
University of Michigan School of Dentistry 20.9 3.65
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 20.4 3.58
Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health 19.4 3.49
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry 19.2 3.59
University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry 19.3 3.54
East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine 19.5 3.43
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry 20.9 3.56
Creighton University School of Dentistry 19.4 3.56
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry 20.2 3.67
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine 21.3 3.55
University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine 20.6 3.52
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 22.8 3.62
New York University College of Dentistry 21.1 3.49
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine 21.5 3.59
Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College 20 3.45
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine 20.5 3.61
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine 20.1 3.62
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry 20.3 3.62
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry 19.7 3.64
Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry 19.8 3.63
The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University 20.7 3.51
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 21.9 3.68
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine 21.3 3.64
University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine 17.4 3.46
Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine 19.6 3.6
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry 17.9 3.22
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry 20.5 3.65
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry 20.3 3.64
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School 20.4 3.6
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 20.4 3.73
Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine 19.6 3.32
University of Utah School of Dentistry 20.8 3.63
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry 20.1 3.53
University of Washington School of Dentistry 21.2 3.64
Marquette University School of Dentistry 20.2 3.64
West Virginia University School of Dentistry 18.6 3.58

*Note: In general, dental school admissions committees will only examine the DAT score if the GPA is high enough; they will only admit or conduct a dental school interview if the combination of GPA + DAT score is high enough. Some programs also use autobiographical materials and/or references in the admissions process. Different dental schools may emphasize different aspects of your DAT score, for example: PAT, BIO, TS, AA. The average DAT score for any section is approximately 19/30; the average AA for admissions is usually 18-21 depending on the dental school; the AA for admissions to Harvard is around 23-24; the 100th percentile is usually 25 meaning that virtually 100% of the approximately 13 000 students who take the DAT every year have an AA less than 25. Only a handful of students score 25/30. The two student contributors to the new Masters Series DAT books scored 27/30 (AA).

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