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Pre-Health Advising
Pre-Health Advising

Pre-Dentistry

Statistics indicate that in western societies, approximately 10% of the population is afraid of the dentist. With statistics like these, to successfully enter the dental profession would require academic ability, manual dexterity, and highly developed people skills. To that end, preparation for entering dental school should focus on academic success along with development of professional skills.

Academics

The prerequisite courses for entering dental school are somewhat substantial and it can become difficult pairing these necessary courses with every major on campus. Admission requirements vary by school, so consult the ADEA guide to dental schools to ensure you are properly prepared for the application. Typically, students who enter dental school major in a traditional science and often minor in a related non-science field such as business or music (yes, music!). However, you must be committed to academic excellence. A strong GPA (3.7 or higher) coupled with an outstanding DAT score (19 or greater average) is an important beginning to your dental school application. And building a strong academic record begins early in your undergraduate career with sustained performance in ALL classes, engaging and participating fully both inside and outside of the classroom. For every one hour in the class, you should be spending two hours outside the class learning on your own through reading and homework.