Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree Program

The University of Utah offers advanced education in dentistry science and practice. Our combination of technology, world-class instruction, and picturesque beauty are unsurpassed.

The DDS degree is part of University of Utah Health, the School of Medicine, the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health, and the Eccles Health Sciences Library.

As part of U of U Health, the School of Dentistry is a member of the Mountain West’s only academic medical center. University of Utah Health serves people in six states—Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and portions of Nevada and Colorado—nearly 10 percent of the continental United States.

3 + 1 Curriculum

All of the requirements of a traditional dentistry program are fulfilled in the first three years. The fourth year maximizes clinical experience at advanced levels of training and patient care.

This first-of-its-kind curriculum prepares students for the rigors of residency programs and a more productive start to private practice.


Our dental graduates are expected to:

  • Be competent in assessing the research process,
  • conduct critical thinking and problem solving,
  • develop and assess ‘best practices’ in the dental care they render,
  • and be prepared to provide relevant dental health services well into the twenty-first century.

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:

  • Undergraduate research experience,
  • quality of pre-professional education,
  • community and volunteer service,
  • and leadership activities and other background information.

Applications are considered holistically. 


The Utah chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is actively engaged in events throughout the year. Utah ASDA events include:

  • Pre-dental simulation days
  • Women in dentistry days
  • Clubs and committees
  • Global outreach
  • Semiannual socials

Click here to learn more about the Utah ASDA.

Contact Us

Gary W. Lowder, DDS
Director of Student Admissions
Phone: 801-585-0718

Shelly Reese
Professional Schools Program Manager
Financial Aid Office
Phone: 801-585-6461
Fax: 801-585-6350