Science coursework must include both lecture and lab instruction. Exemptions and advanced courses with fewer credits will be recognized, but transcripts or other academic records must clearly identify them and individual evaluations will be made. Courses in biology, chemistry, and physics may be considered outdated if taken more than five years before the time of application.
Required courses must be completed by the end of the regular academic year (spring semester) for enrollment the following fall. No courses may be taken during the summer before enrollment.
Elective courses should be selected to achieve as broad and liberal an education as possible. However, competitive students will take some combination of the following courses: art, cell biology, histology, human anatomy, microbiology, and physiology. These electives are especially important for persons who have completed only the minimum credits required (87 semester/130 quarter) to enter dental school. Additional electives can be chosen from among the following subjects: accounting, analytical chemistry, anthropology, business (practical courses), classics, comparative anatomy, economics, etymology, genetics, history, humanities, immunology, higher mathematics, logic, microscopic anatomy, political science, sociology, and a foreign language.
An overall GPA of 2.70 is the minimum required for admission consideration. However, acceptance is on a competitive basis and an average well above this is usually necessary to be admitted.
In 2006, 855 applicants applied for the 96 positions in the first-year class. Of those admitted, 65 were Minnesota residents. For admitted students, the mean overall GPA was 3.63; mean academic average on the DAT, 19.5; and mean perceptual-motor ability score, 19.2.
A first-year class is admitted each fall. Fall semester begins in mid-August and spring semester in January. Semesters run for 16 weeks and the required summer sessions, which begin in May, run 12 weeks.
The D.D.S. curriculum includes:
The School of Dentistry also offers its students a variety of special programs, including a Summer Research Fellowship Program, an Exchange Student Program, a Guarantee of Quality Program and a Re-entry Program for dentists.