The School of Dental Medicine seeks to enroll students with the academic background, personality, and motivation to enjoy and profit from our educational program and to become the best possible dental practitioners. Since the University is committed to selecting a student body representative of society at large, students represent a diversity of backgrounds and interests and come from a variety of undergraduate colleges. Many have had significant full-time work experience prior to applying to dental school.
As the only public dental school in New England, the School of Dental Medicine participates in the New England Regional Program and gives preference and reduced tuition rate to residents of Connecticut and the rest of New England. However, non-New England residents are admitted each year and are encouraged to apply. All applications are given a thorough and holistic review as expeditiously as possible.
In general, each applicant is expected to have completed the equivalent of four years of college and have a baccalaureate degree by the time he or she enters the School. In unusual cases, an exception may be made for an applicant with a minimum of three years of college. Specific requirements for admission include one year (two semesters) each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics, as well as facility in English. Courses in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and genetics are strongly recommended.