Dental School Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are one of the important criteria used
by admissions committees to assess the student's general motivation.
Medical and other professional schools are interested in students
who can demonstrate some level of achievement in any field of
interest, including non-academic and non-professional areas such as
athletics, music, drama, student government, etc. It is crucial
that students participate in some form of clinical and/or research
activity, such as volunteering in a hospital, working on a rescue
squad, or setting up a research project with a SHU faculty member or
a researcher at a Medical School. What is important is the extent of
your interest, involvement and achievement in the chosen activity.
It is, however, very important that such activities do not interfere
with your grade point average (GPA).
Alpha Epsilon Delta - Admissions committees make every
effort to identify applicants who have a mature, realistic
understanding of what medical, osteopathic medical, and dental
career entails. For this reason, it is in your best interest to have
some type of pre-professional activity to demonstrate your readiness
for the health field. Many opportunities for involvement are offered
to Seton Hall students through Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) the
international honors society for pre-medical and pre-dental
students. Interested students should apply for membership in AED
during their Sophomore year, if they have a science and cumulative
GPA of 3.0 or above. The New Jersey Alpha Chapter of AED at Seton
Hall is active in various health related areas. The society has a
bulletin board on the second floor of McNulty Hall next to the
Chemistry Office where all meetings and information are announced.
Additional information can be obtained through the pre-medical
advisors' secretary in Room 337 of McNulty Hall.
Summer opportunities - Summer offers a good opportunity
for the expansion of the individual in a variety of ways. You can
volunteer at the above-mentioned places, hold a research position or
a non-science job, or attend summer school. In addition to the
health-related volunteer or paying jobs, research work can be
advantageous to all students. For example, having an article
published in a scientific journal adds much weight to your
application, especially at prestigious medical and dental schools.
Students interested in science research should approach a
professor in whose class they did well and try to obtain a position
with or through him/her. For some students, it is not financially
feasible to obtain a job in a health-related field. If you must work
during the summer in a non-science job in order to earn money, you
should state this fact on the application form since admissions
committees do not frown upon the self-supporting student.
If you choose to take summer courses you should make sure that
any courses taken at other institutions are accepted for transfer by
Seton Hall. However, summer courses are usually looked upon less
favorably by admissions committees since it is difficult to judge
the quality and difficulty of the summer course curriculum.