Students are selected for admission to Rutgers School of Dental Medicine on the basis of scholastic achievement, fitness and aptitude for the study of dentistry, and other personal qualifications. Admission to RSDM is highly selective and competitive. Applicants are selected for an interview after a holistic file review, based on a number of criteria, including academic performance, DAT scores, leadership qualities, demonstrated compassion for others, and broad extracurricular activities. Since success in the dental program depends on a number of related factors in a student's development, of which scholastic accomplishments are only a part, the Admissions Committee also gives consideration to the use of language, special aptitudes, manual dexterity, and motivation. The Admissions Committee also considers the candidate's motivation and perseverance.
The Board of Trustees of the University has committed itself, the University, and its component units to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicaps or disabilities, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or other factors, prohibited by law. This is the governing principle in student admissions, student services and employment. Rutgers School of Dental Medicine recognizes the value of diversity.