What is the Pre-Dental Committee (POC)?
The Pre-Dental committee at CLU is a committee of Career Services professionals and Science Faculty formed to assist CLU students and alumni to gain entrance into Dental School. The main purpose of the PDC is to submit all students Letters of Recommendations to various schools and build CLU’s reputation as a Pre-Dental university.
What are the benefits of using the Committee?
Many Dental schools prefer a formal committee turn in recommendations, ensuring their confidential delivery. The committee is also useful when asking faculty or off campus letter writers for letters that may need to be sent to 10-20 schools. The Pre-Dental Committee will handle mailing letters by deadlines to various schools. Writers need to send letters to Career Services by June 15th of each year. In addition, the committee drafts a cover letter and attaches to the separate letters. When your letters are mailed to schools, the committee will include a statement that the student applying has waived all rights to the contents of their Pre-Dental file, mostly referring to the Letters of Recommendation. Lastly, Dental Schools get accustom to committees submitting letters and start to recognize the quality of the students who go through the formal committee. Students are still responsible for applying online, taking the DAT or other exams, and forwarding transcripts.
What do I need to do to take advantage of this program?
Pick up a Pre-Dental packet at the Career Center. It will include:
- Student Information Form/Waiver of Rights to Pre-Dental File – This form starts your file. Complete and sign and begin to turn in transcripts, AADSAS or online application printout, resume, personal statement, and DAT or other scores. Then when secondary requests from schools come in, your file is ready and you just provide us via email with where you want us to send letters. Also includes waiver statement to be signed and dated which states you will not have access to your file and that it is confidential.
- Applicant Summary Sheet – Used as a guide for letter writers. You will submit the completed Applicant Summary Sheet to faculty or employers, which provides information about you
- Packet of handouts including courses to take, timeline, DAT information, Dental School interviews, etc.
What is the deadline to have letters sent by faculty to Committee?
Faculty will need to address letter to “Dear Dental School Admissions:” and send letter to Career Services/PDC, mail code 2400 by the June 15th deadline. We will make copies of all letters and send out to AADSAS or Dental Schools who request a secondary application. There is no limit for the number of schools that the PDC will send the Composite Letter and copies of your Recommendations to. However, you will need to print out a Letter of Recommendation form for each evaluator which you can obtain while filling out your AADSAS application.
When will the Committee send my letters to schools?
From July 15th to November 30th. The Committee will keep original copies of all letters.