Students planning to earn the doctor of dental surgery degree at the School of Dentistry on the Twin Cities campus must complete a minimum of 130 credits in a science-based liberal arts curriculum emphasizing biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics for admission to the professional program. The majority of students entering the program have completed four or more years of college and a bachelor's degree. The minimum GPA required for admission is 2.50, but acceptance is on a competitive basis.
Students seeking admission to the School of Dentistry must apply through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (applications for the AADSAS are available in Academic Advising). The application deadline is April 1. Scores from the Dental Admission Test (DAT) are required as part of the application. The DAT is prepared by the American Dental Association and is administered on specific test dates in the fall and spring quarters. It is recommended that candidates take the test by October of the preceding academic year for enrollment the following fall.
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