Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Student dentist smilingThe DDS program will provide students with an excellent clinical education in the school's dental clinics and the University of Utah’s community clinics. The curriculum is based on a progressive presentation of oral health topics and subjects with increasing depth and complexity throughout the length of the program. Students will be active participants along with faculty in their education process. The majority of student education will take place in our new Oral Health Sciences Education Building that includes lecture and seminar rooms, technique and simulation labs and comprehensive and specialty care clinics. In addition to clinical experiences in the Oral Health Sciences Building, students will participate in community and mobile clinics reaching out to underserved populations in Utah.

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:

Chemistry, general/inorganic
Chemistry, organic
English composition/technical writing

3 semester hours
6 semester hours
8 semester hours
6 semester hours
6 semester hours
6 semester hours
3 semester hours
3 semester hours


The majority of applicants enrolling in the School of Dentistry will have completed a bachelor’s degree program or higher or have the equivalent number of hours. Additional courses for degree requirements /electives to equal 120 semester hours might include the following:

Cell biology
Molecular biology/genetics
Additional biology, chemistry and/or physics courses
3-Dimensional art

Recommended hours of job shadowing: 40 hours

GPA: Applicants must have a minimum of 3.3 cumulative and 3.3 total science GPA for acceptance.

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. Test application information and procedures can be found at To be considered for admission, minimum academic average score, perceptual average score and total science score must be 17 each.  Latest DAT for consideration of application:  11/01/2013.

Letters of Recommendation: Each applicant must submit three recommendation letters via AADSAS, two from instructors in science and one from a non-science instructor, dental professional or other employer, supervisor or clergy. Additional letters attesting to an applicant’s character and apparent fitness for the profession of dentistry are welcome, but the total number of letters should not exceed four. If an applicant’s college has a recommending committee, its recommendation is accepted in place of the three individual recommendations.

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

You can also set up an appointment with the Predental Advising Office at your university.

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 Application forms must be filed between June 3 and Dec. 31 of the preceding academic year for fall entry. All required credentials necessary to complete the application must be received by Jan. 1; however, first round acceptances are offered beginning Dec. 1. Application forms submitted after Jan. 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
26 South 2000 East, Suite 5900
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5750

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

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

  1. Recommendation from teachers and members of the profession
  2. Evidence of good moral character, motivation and emotional/intellectual maturity
  3. Quality of pre-professional education program
  4. Participation in community and volunteer service
  5. Shadowing experiences
  6. Other personal background information the applicant chooses to submit

This list is not exhaustive, and none of these factors will be considered in isolation. No factor will result in the admission of an academically unqualified applicant. If selected for admission, acceptance is contingent upon:

  1. Completion of course work and degrees as outlined in the application
  2. Receipt of official final transcripts from each college or university attended
  3. Successful completion of a criminal background check

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 October 2013.

Tuition and Fees for the 2013–2014 School Year

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

In-state tuition: $30,458.78 per year
Out-of-state tuition: $57,664.40 per year
Total general fees: $943.80 per year
Total dental program fees: $6,866.00 per year

*Approximately 5% increase expected for 2013–2014

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.

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 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 he/she was accepted.

Second Deposit. A second $500 deposit is required of each prospective student within 15 days of receiving a final acceptance letter that will be sent to the accepted student after final transcripts are received. This deposit is also credited to 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.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Applications

The University of Utah School of Dentistry does not accept transfer students or participate in an advanced standing program.