Dental schools require three or four years
of undergraduate work. The dental school usually lasts four years
and results in a DDS degree. Each class at the University of Colorado
School of Dentistry is limited to 34-36 students, with a preference
given to Colorado residents.
You must complete a minimum of 90 semester
hours (with at least 30 semester hours of upper division work) before
the time you enter the CU school of Dentistry. the following courses
are required by CU. You should plan on completing the biology and
chemistry courses by the end of your junior year so you will be
prepared to take the DAT (Dental Admission Test) at that time. For
the courses required by the other dental schools, consult the Admission
Requirements of the U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools published
each year by the American Association of Dental Schools.
College Physics Physics has a prerequisite
of Math 1120, Trigonometry.
Literature or Humanities. These
should be courses involving reading and discussion, oral and written,
of literature in English. these can include courses in English,
Philosophy, History, etc.
English Composition: One semester
of English Composition is required.
The chances of being accepted without four
years of undergraduate work, or a degree are low. Thus you should
plan your academic program so that you can earn a BA degree. Your
program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements:
(1) those set by the college, (2) those set by the department in
which you are majoring, and (3) those set by the dental schools.
This advising information deals with these latter requirements.
You must meet the requirements in effect when you ENTER dental school.
For the other requirements, consult the schedule of courses and
your major department. The class at CU which started the fall of
1996 had an average overall GPA of 3.37and a science GPA of 3.30.
The average DAT score was 17.5. The average ages was 25. For Colorado
residents the acceptance rate was 1 out of 4 applicants. For all
applicants it was 1 out of 26.
the University of Colorado and most other schools of dentistry participate
in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service
(AADSAS). AADSAS application packets are available in April or May.
The packets must be requested directly from AADSAS. You need to
email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (202) 667-1886. Indicate whether you want the application
on paper or on diskette. The application for CU must be filed by
January 1 of the year in which entry is desired. Other schools have
deadlines ranging from October 15 to April 1.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT): the DAT is administered in October and April and is required by
all of the schools of dentistry. A copy of the information bulletin
for this test may be obtained in NC 3012 or NC 3411. The DAT
is normally take in in the spring of the junior year.
Letters of Recommendation:
All schools require letters of recommendation from faculty members.
This means that you should make certain that the faculty members
get to know you. If they do not know you, they will not be able
to write a useful letter. Many, if not most schools prefer a committee
letter over individual letters. the UCD Health Careers Committee
will write a committee letter of recommendation/evaluation. For
this letter, you will need to obtain recommendations from 3 faculty
members you have had for classes at UCD. For details about the process,
obtain an information packet in NC3012 or NC3411.
should try to gain some experience in the field of dentistry. While
it is often difficult to gain hands on experience, you should spend
some time in the offices of two or three dentists to see what it
is that they actually do with their time. You may be able to earn
academic credit while gaining this experience. Check the Volunteer
and Internship section for more information.
Further Information: Further
information about the CU School of Dentistry may be obtained by
calling the Dental School Recruitment office at (303) 270-7259 or by visiting their website. They are willing to arrange a tour of the school.