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Letters of Recommendation for Dental School

Dental schools vary in their requirements for letters of recommendation.  The most common requirement is for three faculty recommendations, two of which must be from science professors.  Although it is not a common requirement, a few dental schools will request a recommendation from a dentist who is familiar with the applicant.  The IU School of Dentistry requires three faculty recommendation letters, two of which must be from science professors. Personal recommendations are not required by the IU School of Dentistry, but they can be helpful if they address specific ways in which you have prepared for dental school, such as through gaining exposure to dentistry, developing manual dexterity, or building interpersonal skills through community service. You should check the guidelines of other dental schools for the number and types of recommendation letters to submit by consulting the websites of the individual schools.

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