Selection Criteria

Students are selected based on objective and subjective evaluations. Objective criteria include cumulative GPA, DAT scores and science grades. Other factors considered include, but are not limited to:

  1. Undergraduate research experience
  2. Quality of pre-professional education
  3. Community and volunteer service
  4. Leadership activities and other background information

Applications are considered holisitically. 

Admissions Requirements

Education: All applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited United States college or university.

Prerequisite coursework: To meet prerequisite requirements for admission and to gain necessary background for the study of dentistry, the following minimum education requirements must be completed before matriculation in the dental program at the U of U School of Dentistry:

Biochemistry 3 semester hours
Biology 6 semester hours
Chemistry, general/inorganic 8 semester hours
Chemistry, organic 6 semester hours
English composition/technical writing 6 semester hours
Physics 6 semester hours
Physiology 3 semester hours
Microbiology 3 semester hours

Recommended courses:
The recommended courses are counted towards elective credits and include the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Business
  • Cell biology
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Ethics
  • Histology
  • Molecular biology/genetics
  • Additional biology, chemistry and/or physics courses
  • 3-Dimensional art

Job shadowing: 40 hours required; we recommend shadowing a minimum of four different dentists.

GPA: There is no minimum GPA requirement for acceptance. The average GPA of current students accepted into the program is 3.741 (cumulative) and 3.66 (science).

Dental Admission Test (DAT): All applicants are required to take the DAT and submit scores via AADSAS, preferably by October of the last pre-dental year. To be considered for admission, no minimum DAT score is required. However, the average of current students is 21 for academic average and perceptual average, and 20 for total science. Test application information and procedures can be found on the ADA website. Submitted DAT scores must represent results achieved within the last 3 years.

Physical Ability Requirements: Applicants must be able to perform physical and manual functions, with reasonable accommodations, necessary to the performance of dentistry.

Letters of Recommendation: Must submit three letters via AADSAS.

  • Two letters from science instructors who taught you in a classroom setting and assigned a grade
  • One letter from a college/university committee, a non-science instructor, dental professional, employer, supervisor or clergy member
  • If desired, you may submit an optional fourth letter attesting to character and fitness for the profession of dentistry

Advanced Standing and Transfer Applications: The University of Utah School of Dentistry currently does not accept transfer students or participate in an advanced standing program.

Residency: We accept legal residents of Utah and surrounding states that do not have dental schools, with emphasis on Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Application Procedures

The U of U School of Dentistry participates in the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications can be downloaded at the AADSAS website. Application forms must be filed between June 1 (or opening of AADSAS) and October 1 of the preceding academic year for fall entry. All required credentials necessary to complete the application must be received by October 1, with first round acceptances being offered beginning December 1. Application forms submitted after October 1 will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Office will inform the applicant when his/her application has been received and processed.

Upon submission of the AADSAS application, qualified students will be sent a link to the supplemental application.

The following materials should be sent to the Admissions Office:

  • Supplemental application form
  • Official DAT Scores, if not submitted as part of the AADSAS application
  • A $75 non-refundable application service fee in the form of a check or money order payable to the University of Utah School of Dentistry

Address all correspondence to the University of Utah School of Dentistry Admissions Office:

Admissions Office
University of Utah School of Dentistry
530 South Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

If you have questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the School of Dentistry at:
dental.admissions@hsc.utah.edu

Upon submission, all credentials become property of the University of Utah and are not returnable.

Interviews

The Admissions Committee at the University of Utah School of Dentistry will review applications upon completion. Applicants are then selected for interviews based on information submitted through AADSAS and the supplemental application information. The Admissions Committee will notify selected applicants to arrange an interview in the Fall of 2016.

Tuition and Fees for the 2015–2016 School Year

Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration and are due no later than the second Friday of each semester. There is no additional tuition for summer semester. Tuition and fees are subject to change annually.*

Utah Resident

Tuition: $18,047.00 per semester, $36,094.00 annually
Fees: $536.53 per semester, $1,073.06 annually
Dental Program Fees: $3,433.00 per semester, $6,866.00 annually

Non-Resident

Tuition: $33,687.27 per semester, $67,674.54 annually
Fees: $536.53 per semester, $1,073.06 annually
Dental Program Fees: $3,433.00 per semester, $6,866.00 annually

*Approximately 5% increase expected for 2016–2017

Enrollment Reservation Deposits

First Deposit: A $500 deposit is required of each prospective student within 30 days of the initial acceptance letter. This deposit is credited to the first semester’s tuition. It will only be returned if the Admissions Committee cancels acceptance due to the applicant’s failure to meet conditions under which s/he was accepted.

Second Deposit: A second $500 deposit is required of each prospective student within 15 days of receiving a final acceptance letter, which will be sent to the accepted student after final transcripts are received. This deposit is also credited to the first semester’s tuition. If the accepted student fails to register, or withdraws after registration, the first and second deposits are forfeited to the university.

Financial Aid

Financial aid commitment cannot be made until a student is accepted for admission. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 of the entering year.

Financial Aid Contact
Shana Yem
Professional Program Manager
Financial Aid Office
Phone: (801) 581-6211
Fax: (801) 585-6350
Email: syem@sa.utah.edu

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
WICHE has approved the University of Utah School of Dentistry to participate in the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), effective beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year.

Available Scholarships

The University of Utah School of Dentistry is proud to foster dental education and recognize the academic achievements, community and University involvement, and outstanding potential of students by offering a number of scholarships to qualified candidates each year. The School of Dentistry currently has 6 scholarships, of varying amounts, available for incoming and current students for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  The generosity of community members, faculty, staff, parents, friends, corporations, and foundations allows the University of Utah School of Dentistry to provide meaningful financial support to our students.

NameAmountCriteria
John Erickson Memorial Annual Scholarship for 2016-17 One, $3,000 Available to School of Dentistry Students who have completed at least one year of studies at the School of Dentistry and who have demonstrated high academic standards, financial need, and the ability to overcome life challenges. 

Application deadline is May 31, 2016
Download application and checklist
Ed And Merrill Wall Annual Scholarships for 2016-17 Three, $2,000 each Open to School of Dentistry Students who have completed at least one year of studies at the School of Dentistry and who have demonstrated high academic standards, financial need. 

Application deadline is May 31, 2016
Download application and checklist
Dr. Reed P. Larson Legacy Scholarship One,
$1,000
A scholarship fund established in 2001 by Lennox A. Larson in honor of Dr. Reed P. Larson for students within the School of Medicine's joint program with Creighton University School of Dentistry, and as of 2012, the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Preference shall be given to outstanding entering or current students within the University of Utah School of Dentistry who have demonstrated outstanding merit.* 

Application deadline is May 31, 2016
Download application and checklist
Dan J. Swindle Memorial Scholarship One,
$2,000

A scholarship fund established in 1992 by friends and family of Dan J. and Viella C. Swindle to support students in dentistry. Priority shall be given to outstanding entering students within the School of Dentistry who have demonstrated high academic standards and financial need.*

Application deadline is May 31, 2016
Download application and checklist



*
Those students who have received assistance from these scholarship funds are encouraged when and if they are financially capable, preferably within ten years of graduation, to reimburse the scholarship fund in an amount at least equal to that which they have received, in order for future students to have the opportunity to receive assistance from the scholarship fund.

Frequently asked questions about scholarships

Below are some common questions students have about scholarships.  If you don't see the answer to your question, please email ceola.miller@hsc.utah.edu


Q: How should I submit my letter of recommendation?
A: Letters should be turned in with the rest of your application. Do not have your letter writer send the letter in directly to us.


Q: Can I submit my application via email?
A: No. We will only accept applications that have been brought into our office or mailed in time to arrive by the due date.


Q: Can my application be postmarked by the due date?
A: No. Applications must be in our office by May 31, 2016 at 4 pm. No late applications will be considered.


Q: If I’m applying for multiple scholarships, can I use the same letter of recommendation?
A: Yes, but you must have a separate copy of the letter for each scholarship application


Q: Does my letter of recommendation need to be sealed?
A: No, we do not require letters to be sealed?


Q: Can my application be double-sided?
A: No, all pages of your application need to be single-sided.


Q: What should my CV contain?
A: Using the template provided with your application, describe your education, work history, research experience, community involvement, leadership positions, honors, and awards.


Q: What scholarship opportunities exist outside of the School of Dentistry?
A: The University of Utah Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the ASDA Paying for Dental School websites offer additional scholarships, grants, and repayment options.