Want to become a Dentist (D.D.S. or D.M.D.)? Most students choose to major in biology or chemistry from UNC before going to dental school, but you can choose any undergraduate major.
Choosing a major outside of the sciences might extend the time it takes you to earn your degree as you'll also need to complete the graduation requirements for that major.
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Two semesters of each are usually required for most dental schools:
- General biology with lab
- Introductory chemistry with lab
- Organic chemistry with lab
- Physics with lab
Other recommended courses
Other schools may require additional courses, such as:
- Microbiology, lab not required
- General biochemistry, lab not required
- English composition
During your time here, you should do your best to stick to this timeline. It will help make sure you're ready for dental school.
How to apply to dental school
Start by completing the AADSAS application. This will then be sent to the dental schools of your choice.
Start by completing the American Association Dental School Application Service (AADSAS) application. This will then be sent to the dental schools of your choice.
We've outlined the general process below, but you can also learn more about the AADSAS admissions process.
- You will need to complete and submit your application and official transcripts. Each application includes a space for your personal essay, coursework history, list of activities, DAT score and the names of your recommenders.
- Once schools receive you application, you may receive secondary applications. These require more information and ask a series of short answer/essay questions. Once complete send to each school.
- After reviewing your application and letters of recommendation, dental schools may then invite you for interviews.
- From here, you will either be accepted, denied or placed on a waitlist for each school. The next choice is all yours!
General information about applicants
Students accepted to dental school typically have an overall GPA of 3.55, science GPA of 3.46 and an DAT score of 20.3.
Application cycles open mid-May and submissions open in early June.