Frequently Asked Questions
can I apply for admission?
A. We accept on-line applications only.
of Saskatchewan Students
of Saskatchewan Students
Q. When is the application deadline?
A. January 15 is the deadline to apply. February
1 is the deadline to submit documents to support your application.
Q. Can I send my credentials (i.e.
transcripts and test scores) ahead of my application?
A. Yes. These items are kept on file and matched
with your application when it is received.
Q. Do you have rolling admissions?
Q. When are offers of admission made?
A. Offers of admission are around mid-June of
Q. How many applications does the
A. We receive over 300 applications each year.
Q. How many applicants are accepted
A. The normal admission quota is 28
Q. Do residents of Saskatchewan
A. Yes. 22 spaces are allotted to permanent
residents of Saskatchewan. This number includes three spaces for Aboriginal
access and one space for a foreign-trained dentist. You must identify
yourself as a Saskatchewan resident on the application.
Q. Does the college accept international
A. Yes, up to 6 spaces are set aside for other
applicants, regardless of residency.
Q. Is there a limit to the number
of times I can apply for admission?
A. No. You can apply as many times as you
Q. How do you determine whether or
not I am a resident of Saskatchewan?
A. To apply as a Saskatchewan resident, an applicant
must have resided in the province for at least 4 years immediately prior to September
1 of the year in which admission is being sought. The College of Dentistry
considers the information you provide in support of your application and compare
it against the definition of a resident. You will be required to provide evidence
of residency, such as your Saskatchewan driver’s license and your Saskatchewan
health card by February 1st.
Q. Are there any exceptions to the 4-year
A. There are no exceptions made to the four-year residency
ruling. All applicants applying as a Saskatchewan resident must have
resided in the province for no less than 4 years immediately prior to September
1 of the year in which admission is being sought.
Q. I am not a Canadian citizen or
a Landed immigrant, what are my chances for admission?
A. Space is available to consider up to 6 applicants,
regardless of residency.
Q. Do you have spaces available for
applicants of Aboriginal ancestry?
A. Yes, three first year spaces are reserved
for persons of Canadian Aboriginal ancestry. Applicants must meet the minimum
admission requirements – an overall academic average of 75% and an average
of no less than 70% in the required courses for admission. They must also achieve
an acceptable rating on the interview and complete the DAT. Applicants in this
category must identify themselves on the application.
Q. Do you offer a qualifying program
or advanced standing?
A. No, there is no provision for accepting advanced
standing students and the College of Dentistry does not offer a qualifying program.
Q. Can I apply to your program as
a foreign trained dentist?
A. Yes, effective 2009-10 admissions, there
is a separate category in which ONE first year space is reserved for a foreign
trained dentist. Applicants in this stream will compete in a separate pool
for this position. Applicants in this category must be a Saskatchewan resident.
Q. What is your definition of a foreign
A. A foreign trained dentist is an applicant
who has earned a dental degree from a recognized dental college other than in
Canada or the United States of America.
Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)
Q. Is the Canadian Dental Aptitude
Test (DAT) required?
Q. Would I be required to write the
DAT if I am currently enrolled in a dental degree program, or if I am a foreign
A. Students who have completed or are currently
enrolled in a Canadian or U.S. accredited dental program would be exempt. Foreign
trained dentists, however, are required to write the DAT.
Q. Do you accept the U.S. DAT?
A. We will use it only to determine eligibility
for admission consideration. If accepted, the candidate must write the CDA
DAT in the first term of attendance.
Q. When should I write the DAT?
A. You may write the CDA DAT any number of times
up to February of the year in which admission is being sought.
Q. For how long is the DAT score
A. DAT results older than THREE years are not
accepted for admission purposes.
Q. If I write the DAT more than once,
which results do you use?
A. If an applicant has taken more than one DAT
within the three-year period, the best overall DAT score is used for admission
Q. What components of the Canadian
DAT does the Admissions Committee consider?
A. The Admissions Committee considers scores
earned on Reading Comprehension, Academic Average, Perceptual Ability, and Carving.
Q. How much is the DAT weighted.
A. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is given an
overall weighting of 15%.
Q. Is there a minimum DAT score
A. The minimum score for the DAT Carving test is 3 (effective 2010-2011 admissions).
Q. I wrote the French DAT which does not
have a score for Reading Comprehension. Will you accept the French
DAT for admission purposes?
A. We will require a DAT Reading Comprehension score. Consequently,
you will have to write the English DAT to be eligible for admission to this
dental program. It may be possible to satisfy the DAT requirements
(both French and English) for all dental schools by writing the English DAT
alone. You should seek advice from the appropriate school that requests
a French DAT to ensure that the English DAT would be acceptable for their
Q. Which program of study should
I enroll in for pre-dentistry?
A. There isn’t a specific “program
of studies” for pre-dentistry, but you must be sure to register in, or
successfully complete, a minimum of TWO 30-credit unit years over 8 consecutive
months (September to April) in any degree program at a recognized university.
All prerequisite courses as outlined on the web site and published elsewhere
must be completed as well.
Q. Are there special considerations
given to applicants with a graduate degree?
A. No. We do not have special categories for
this group of applicants.
Q. Do you require a minimum academic
standing to apply?
A. Yes. The minimum academic standing is no
less than an overall average of 70% for required pre-dentistry courses and 75%
weighted average for the two best 30-credit unit years of study.
Q. I have IB/AP credits. How are
A. The minimum grade required for IB credit
in Biology or Chemistry is 5. The minimum required for AP credit in Chemistry
is 4. If you have received credit for an IB or AP course at another university,
you cannot assume you will receive credit for it at the University of Saskatchewan.
Q. I have GCE A-Levels. How are these handled?
A. To be considered for admission to the College of Dentistry, we will accept A-Level Physics, Chemistry, and Biology to satisfy the introductory university level pre-dentistry requirements. These subjects are considered equivalent to courses listed for pre-dentistry General Physics, General and Organic Chemistry, and Introductory Biology.
Q. I attended a CEGEP institution
in Quebec. Will I be granted credit for courses completed in the second year
of the science program?
A. Yes, provided a second year of 30 credit-hours
has been completed at the university degree level.
Q. How do you determine the credit unit
equivalencies for pre-dentistry courses if I’m in CEGEP?
applicants from Quebec generally finish high school after grade 11 and then
proceed to the CEGEP system, the first two CEGEP classes in any given subject
are considered to be equivalent to Saskatchewan grade 12 classes and any
additional work in the subject area may be evaluated for possible university
level equivalency. If there
is one additional class after the first two classes, you may be awarded a
maximum of 3 credit units of university level course equivalency. For
example, a student who completed 203-NYA-05, 203-NYB-05, and 203-NYC-05,
the first two classes would be considered equivalent to grade 12, and we
would consider 203-NYC-05 as possibly equivalent to 3 credit units at the
Q. Will I be required to complete
the English Proficiency requirement if I complete my CEGEP diploma entirely
in the French language?
Q. Why does the University of Saskatchewan
require Biochemistry as a requirement?
A. Biochemistry provides the background to master
many of the topics covered in the initial phases of the curriculum.
Q. Is it acceptable to attend university
on a part-time basis and still be considered for admission to dentistry?
A. No. You must attend full time (30 credit hours) in each of the two years. The College may consider students with special circumstances with regard to one or both 30 credit unit years, if one or both years were completed over twelve consecutive months as part of a program requirement.
Q. My school uses a very tough marking
scheme. Will I get credit for the difficulty of the program?
A. No. For the purpose of assessing eligibility
and selection for an interview, we do not attempt to adjust the cumulative weighted
average for degree of difficulty of the program.
Q. How are grades attained for my
graduate degree used in the average calculation?
A. The results of your graduate program will
not be included in the overall average, unless you were registered in no less
than 30-credit units (September to April).
Q. If I have a bad year, will it
be used in the average calculation?
A. No, the average of the two best 30-credit
hour years will be used.
Q. What are the criteria for the
selection of eligible candidates?
A. 65% weighting is given to the average of
the two best years of no less than 30 credit hours each, 15% weighting to the
results of the DAT, and 20% weighting to the interview.
Q. Do you have a quota for mature
A. No. We do not have a mature applicant category.
Q. If I completed a six-credit unit pre-dent
class (e.g. BIOL 110.6) and needed to improve my overall pre-dent average,
can I take a higher level three-credit unit class (e.g. BIOL 202.3) to "wipe
out" the grade that I received for the six-credit unit pre-dent class?
A1. For admission eligibility consideration
into the College of Dentistry, we will ignore the lower level (e.g. BIOL 110.6)
grade only if you complete the equivalent six credit units at the higher level
that has the applicable pre-dentistry course as a pre-requisite. (e.g. BIOL
203.6 or BIOL 202.3 and BIOL 211.3) also;
A2. If you needed to improve on your pre-dent average
for a six credit unit class (e.g. BIOL 110.6) and selected a three credit unit
higher level class (e.g. BIOL 202.3), the College of Dentistry will calculate
the average based on nine credit units. A three credit unit higher level class will
not "wipe out" the grade obtained in a six credit unit lower
level pre-dent class.
Q. If offered admission is there a
A. Applicants who are offered admission must
pay a non-refundable deposit of 15% of the tuition by the deadline date of the
acceptance of the offer, that is, candidates who withdraw their admission acceptance
after paying the fee will forfeit the 15% deposit.
Q. Will you consider my attendance in
a dental hygiene program as acceptable credit to be eligible for admission?
A. The year(s) in a Diploma of Dental Hygiene program
that are university-based and accredited by the Canadian Dental Association
and the American Dental Association may be used in the calculation of averages
in determining the two best 30 credit unit years.
Q. I have a 30 credit unit year that included
a “pass/fail” 12 credit unit Education practicum. Will
you consider this academic year as one of the required 30 credit unit years
of study for admission purposes?
A. The 12 credit unit pass grade for the Education
practicum may be included as part of the 30 credit unit year for admission
to dentistry, The year will be calculated using the remaining 18 credit
units that have percentage grades.
Q. Only letter grades are shown on my
institution’s official transcript. How do you determine the average
for admission purposes?
A. The College of Dentistry shall be guided by the
University of Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Grading Systems grade
conversion chart to convert letter grades to percentage grades. The
letter grade conversions are:
A+ = 93%
A = 88%
A- = 83%
B+ = 78%
B = 75%
B- = 73%
C+ = 68%
C = 65%
C- = 63%
D+ = 58%
D = 55%
D- = 53%
Q. The grades used in the program that
I’m in at my institution are not the same as other programs at the
institution. How do you consider the grades reported in this case?
A. In all cases, the official transcript is the main source
for evaluations, grades, and average calculations. Statements of grading
patterns contrary to what is indicated on the official transcript shall not
Q. The minimum passing grade at my institution
is 60%. How do you evaluate transcripts that show a minimum pass other
A. All grades, grade points, and minimum pass grade,
etc., must appear on the official transcript and shall be converted to University
of Saskatchewan grade equivalencies. That is, if the pass grade is
other than 50%, it shall be converted to a 50% pass scale. For example,
60% pass shall be converted to the equivalent University of Saskatchewan
50% pass mark.
Q. My institution’s official transcript
shows both letter grades and percentage grades. Do you use the University
of Saskatchewan’s grade conversion chart to convert the letter grades,
or do you use the percentage grades reported on my transcript?
A. For Canadian official transcripts that report letter
grades as well as percentage grades, the percentage grades reported on the
transcript shall take precedence over the letter grades. The University
of Saskatchewan’s Post-Secondary Grading Systems grade conversion
chart will not be used in such cases.
Q. My institution uses a 4-point GPA grading
system. How do you convert these grades?
A. For non-Canadian institutions that show a 4.0 GPA
grading system on the official transcript, the University of Saskatchewan Post-Secondary
Grading Systems grade conversion chart shall be used to convert the
GPA to a percentage grade.
Q. Is it possible to transfer into
the DMD program at the University of Saskatchewan?
A. There is no provision for accepting
transfer students into the D.M.D. program.
Q. What qualifies an applicant for
A. Candidates are selected on the basis of the average of the applicant’s two best years of 30 credit hours each. In 2012, the final cut-off average for interviews was approximately 85% for Saskatchewan Residents and 89% for out of province candidates.
Q. If I have an interview the first
time I apply and I am not successful, will I be invited to attend another
interview if I apply the following year?
A. Yes, provided you meet the cut-off academic
average for interviews that is set for the year in which you reapplied for admission.
Q. Is there a pass/fail to an interview
A. Candidates may be disqualified from the admission
competition for the year under consideration if their interview score is significantly
below the mean of the current pool of candidates.
Q. Can a candidate use more than one interview
A. No. Candidates must interview in person at the University of Saskatchewan. The
interview score will be the score used for the year in which admission is being
Q. How much do you weight the interview
A. The interview is given a weighting of 20%
for admission purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions from American Students
Q. Can I practice in the United
States if I graduate from the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan?
A. Yes, there is a reciprocal agreement
between the Canadian Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
Graduates of the University of Saskatchewan can be licensed in either
Canada or the United States.
Q. Do I need to take the Canadian
Dental Aptitude Test before I apply?
A. No. For application purposes we will accept
the American Dental Aptitude Test. We will consider the Reading Comprehension,
Perceptual Ability, Academic Average, and Quantitative Reasoning sections of
the ADA DAT. If you are admitted to the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan,
you will be required to take the Canadian DAT in the first term.
Q. Which DAT scores are competitive?
A. On average, successful applicants achieve
at least 20 out of 30 on each of the sections.
Q. What is a competitive academic
A. The mean academic average of students accepted into the program is around 89%.
Q. Can I receive a Stafford loan
if I study at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan?
A. Yes. Students studying at our university
can apply for Stafford loans, as well as some other loans from American institutions.
More information is available upon request.
Q. Can my spouse work in Saskatoon
during my studies?
A. Yes. Spouses of our students are able to
work anywhere on or off campus. You will simply need to apply for a work visa
when entering the country.
Q. Are your graduates successful
in their applications to graduate schools?
A. Yes. A considerable number of our graduates
choose to continue their education in graduate schools across Canada and the
United States. In recent years, our alumni have been accepted in graduate programs
at the University of California – Los Angeles, Iowa State, and the University
of Washington, for example, as well as at other Canadian dental faculties.
Q. Is the patient pool in Saskatchewan
large enough for the dental school?
A. Yes. The patient pool is adequate for the
size of the dental school. As such, students gain experience in all disciplines
of dentistry and treat patients from various ages and socio-economic groups.
Q. Is Saskatoon a good city for my
A. Yes. Saskatoon is a very friendly city
with a population of about 220,000. There is an excellent primary and secondary
school system that includes public, private, and French immersion schools.
There are many activities and events throughout the year for children, as well
as ample cultural and sporting events.
If you have any other questions, please contact the Admissions Office. Our
toll-free number is 1-877-363-7275. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.