Thank you for your interest in the DDS program at the UCSF School of Dentistry. Whether you are a high school student looking ahead, or a post-traditional student considering a career change, this website will be a helpful resource. You will find information on prerequisites, the application process, and our technical standards.
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COVID-19 Related Information for Applicants
Online Courses – Many undergraduate schools have gone to online courses during the pandemic. In response, we will accept online courses for classes that began during or after the start of the pandemic. Please keep in mind, these courses and units must be earned at an accredited U.S. or English-speaking Canadian institution.
Pass/Fail Grades – UCSF will accept pass/fail grades (if it's an option, we prefer graded course work), without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling perspective.
Evaluation of Applicants, Interviews and Final Decision
Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Those who are selected to move forward in the process, will be invited for an interview. Interviews generally take place between October and January.
The School of Dentistry takes a holistic approach to our admissions process. Our Admissions Committee considers all aspects of the application. This includes the following: academic background and ability; motivation for a dental career; the potential for future success in the program and dentistry indicated by past achievements / present commitments; and an applicant's performance in an interview. The school welcomes applicants from all economic, social and cultural segments of society, and is committed to increasing the number of professionals from underrepresented minority groups.
UCSF has a wide range of resources to help educate prospective students and protect the rights of current students.
Students must complete a range of prerequisite coursework in order to be eligible for the DDS program. Some of these requirements may be satisfied with AP or IB tests.
How to Apply
In addition to the application, students should plan to send in transcripts, recommendation letters, DAT scores and application fees.
Special procedures exist for international students, including additional transcript evaluation.
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There are several essential abilities required for completion of the DDS degree.