University of Minnesota Dentistry

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Contacts

Website: http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/
Phone: (612) 625-7477
Admissions e-mail: ddsapply@umn.edu

Program Information

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
    • 4 years in length
    • Class size: 98
  • DDS/PhD and DDS/MSc programs are also available
    • For more information, click here and here

Admission Requirements

Course and Degree Requirements

  • Degree: Minimum 3 years (87 credits) of undergraduate study in Canada or the US. Students are encouraged to take courses other than those of the biological and physical sciences.
  • Required Courses:
    • English (6 credits) – 2 composition courses or 1 composition course with another writing intensive course in literature or humanities.
    • General Biology or Zoology with lab (8 credits)
    • General Chemistry with lab (8 credits)
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (8 credits)
    • Physics with lab (8 credits)
    • Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • Mathematics (3 credits): college algebra or precalculus, computer science, or statistics
    • Applied Human Psychology (3 credits): general human psychology, child psychology, or business psychology
  • Science coursework must be taken within 5 years of applying
  • Recommended Courses
    • Art (3-D drawing or sculpture), cell biology, histology, human anatomy, microbiology, physiology, genetics, immunology and statistics.

For more information, click here "Required Courses and Minimum Credits" and here "Preferred elective coursework"

GPA

  • No minimum requirement.
  • Average GPA for class of 2011 (most recent data available):
    • Overall GPA: 3.61
    • Science GPA: 3.54
    • BCP GPA (biology, chemistry, physics): 3.52

For more information, click here "Grade Point Average"

DAT

  • Minimum scores:
    • Student should score at or above the national average of each section.
    • National average currently is between 17 and 18.
  • Average DAT scores 2011:
    • Academic Average: 19.66
    • Perceptual Ability: 20.27
    • Total Science: 19.73
    • Reading: 20.68

For more information, click here "Dental Admission Test"

Supporting Documents

  • AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools of Application Service) application
    • Personal statement describing the applicant’s achievements and interest in dentistry
    • 3 letters of recommendation (2 from the science faculty, 1 from an employer/supervisor)
  • School of Dentistry Supplemental Application
  • DAT scores
  • Orientation to Dentistry Statement: documents the applicant’s observation/participation of patient care in a general dentistry practice
    • Minimum 30 hours of observation in general dentistry required
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores if applicant’s primary language is not English.
    • Minimum score (internet based)
      • Overall score: 96-97
      • Writing: 25
  • Personal service to people on a one-to-one basis is also an asset: examples include involvement as a youth counselor, nurse aid, etc.

For more information, click here

Interview

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend mock interviews as practice
  • Competitive applicants will be invited for an interview with dental school faculty, admission personnel and/or students

For more information, click here "Personal Interview" and here

Timeline

  • June 4,2012: AADSAS and Supplemental applications are available
  • December 1: Deadline to submit the complete application (including DAT scores)

For more information, click here

Tuition 2012-2013

  • First year tuition (resident) - $ 30,540
  • First year tuition (non-resident and international) - $ 55,242

For more information on tuition, click here
For information on financial aid, click here

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