Frequently Asked Questions
What should I major in to be a dentist?
We do not require you to choose a specific major for the pre-dental track, but most students choose to major in the natural sciences like biology, micro-biology, and chemistry because the required courses for most dental programs will be included in these majors. Should you choose a major outside of these traditional paths, we will work with you to be sure you complete the pre-requisite courses.
What are the Pre-Requisite courses for dental school?
This will vary by school and program and you will want to research what the specific dental schools you’d like to attend require, but for the pre-dentistry track we recommend completing the following courses by the end of junior year:
- Biology 130 Principles of Biology (with lab)
- Biology 231 Cell Biology (with lab)
- Biology 240 Genetics (with lab)
- Biology 314 Vertebrate Physiology (with lab)
- Upper level science courses including (but not limited to): Biochemistry, Gross Anatomy, Histology, Microbiology, Immunology
- Chemistry 103 General College Chemistry I (with lab)
- Chemistry 104 General College Chemistry II (with lab)
- Chemistry 205 Organic Chemistry I (with lab)
- Chemistry 206 Organic Chemistry II (with lab)
- BMB 301 Biochemistry I (with lab)
- Math 117 Calculus I
- Physics 201 General College Physics I (with lab)
- Physics 202 General College Physics II (with lab)
What exams do I need to take to get into dental school?
Most students will be required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) in order to apply and be admitted to dental school.
Is there a minimum GPA I need to maintain to get into dental school?
This will vary by program; however, these schools are extremely competitive and look for students who are highly motivated, and committed to academic excellence, especially in the pre-requisite course work.
When do I apply to dental school?
The deadlines and application process will vary from school to school, but preparation for application will start January of Junior year, with application submission occurring between junior and senior year for admission to dental school.
What are the requirements to get into dental school?
Each dental school has its own specific entrance requirements including: prerequisite course work and GPA standards, pre-admission exams (DAT), experiences and familiarity with the career (via shadowing, volunteering, and employment), involvement and leadership in extracurricular activities, evidence of a commitment to community service, independent research, letters of evaluation, and formal application procedures with interviews. Students interested in pursuing dentistry should investigate the websites maintained by the professional organizations for current admission requirements.