Graduation

DDS Admission

Start Application

The application deadline is Oct. 15.

Apply online

Admissions Contact

Office of Admissions
Learner Success Center

513 Parnassus Ave., S619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
415.476.2737 (voice)
415.476.4226 (fax)
admissions@dentistry.ucsf.edu

Thank you for your interest in the DDS program a 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. Please look through our pages for information on prerequisites, the application process, and our technical standards.

We also recommend that you attend our information session and other pre-dental event sponsored by our student clubs. These can be found here.

Admissions Standards

To be considered for admission, you must meet the minimum requirements and present evidence that you have completed, or will complete within the specified time frame, the minimum transferable prerequisite coursework. Although all course requirements need not be completed at the time of application, they must be completed by the end of the spring session before your intended date of enrollment.

Due to the large number of applicants in our pool, we are not able to offer application counseling. We suggest you seek advice from a counselor or pre-health adviser at your undergraduate institution.

Evaluation of Applicants and Final Decision

Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Those who are selected will be invited for an interview.

The Admissions Committee is composed of faculty members and students. We take a holistic approach to our admissions process. The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of the application, including academic background and ability as shown on transcripts of record and DAT scores, motivation toward a dental career, and the potential for future success in dentistry indicated by past achievements and present commitments. Other major factors include a desire to practice in a medically underserved community and how well applicants present themselves in an interview. The school welcomes applications from all economic, social and cultural segments of society, and is committed to increasing the number of professionals from underrepresented minority groups.
 
 

Lab

Course Prerequisites

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.

Learn More
Aerial

How to Apply

In addition to the application, students should plan to send in transcripts, letters of recommendation, DAT scores and application fees.

Learn More
White Coat

International Coursework

Special procedures exist for international students, including additional transcript evaluation.

Learn More
Mould

Technical Standards

There are several essential abilities required for completion of the DDS degree.

Learn More
DDS students

Class Profile

Our cohorts are richly diverse, representing the both the nation and the world.

Learn More
young women talking

Policies and Resources

UCSF has a wide range of resources to help educate prospective students and protect the rights of current students.

Learn More

Join our Mailing List