Admissions Requirements

*Beginning with the 2019 admissions cycle, Anatomy and a Microbiology Lab have been added to the prerequisite coursework*


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:

Anatomy (Human or Comparative) 3 semester hours
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 (Microbiology Lab required) 3 semester hours

Recommended Courses

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

  • Business
  • Cell biology
  • Communications
  • Computer science
  • 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 Requirements

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.


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.

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