Pre-Dental Advising

If you are considering dental school, UWM will provide you with a solid foundation to help you reach your goal. There are 64 dental schools in the United States, only one of which is in Wisconsin – at Marquette University. The application process is competitive so it is important that pre-dental students begin careful planning of their academic career during the freshman year. Requirements vary among dental schools, making early planning in consultation with a pre-dental advisor vital.

Dental schools require a minimum of 90 completed college credits. It is possible, though highly rare, to enter dental school without earning a bachelor's degree. The vast majority of students complete their bachelor's degree before proceeding to dental school.

It is recommended that students obtain some hand-on exposure to the dental profession prior to dental school, either through volunteer or internship opportunities, or paid work at a dental practice or community dental clinic.

Please review the Pre-Dental Fact Sheet (PDF) for information about suggested undergraduate courses to prepare for dental school, options for your major, and the career outlook for dentists.

A suggested timeline is also available to help you plan preparatory activities throughout your four years in college.


Jennifer HackHolton

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