He references an interview with Richard Valachovic, DMD, MPH, president and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) regarding the holistic admission process that 43 of the 65 dental schools are committed to at this time.
“If you just looked at grades, you could get a great class just based on that, but that’s not what we are looking for,” he told DrBicuspid.com. “Schools want to enroll a more diverse student body. All students will benefit from an environment and curriculum that include diverse perspectives and backgrounds.”
In working with 38 of these schools, the association noted that all but one have shown dramatic changes in the diversity of the class and have had a wider variety of applicants admitted.