2023-2024 Undergraduate General Catalog


While some dental schools admit students after their junior year, many require that applicants obtain their Bachelor’s degree prior to admission. Most pre-dental students choose to major in Biology or Chemistry, but a student may choose to major in any discipline. While dental schools look favorably upon an undergraduate record rich in challenging science courses, they also look for a balance between science courses and courses in the humanities and social sciences. Dental schools expect that applicants have an understanding of and commitment to the profession. Students are encouraged to learn about dentistry and patient care through internships, volunteer activities and employment. Observation of dentists is required for consideration in some dental programs.

Although similar, the specific courses required for admission to individual dental schools vary. A student should identify the dental schools in which he or she is interested as early as possible. Pre-dental students should regularly consult with their advisors and the coordinator to discuss course selection and dental school application procedures.

Dental schools select students on the basis of 1) undergraduate academic performance; 2) DAT (Dental Admission Test) scores; 3) letters of evaluation from professors and other professional people; and 4) a personal interview. Admission to dental school is competitive.