Discover Dental School

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry will be hosting the Discover Dental School program for predental students* Monday, July 12 - Saturday, July 31, 2021. The program will run part-time, with some sessions occurring during the day as well as evenings and/or weekends - to enable more prospective dental students to participate who may already have summer plans. The exact format of the program is still TBD, as the ongoing pandemic impacts our ability to host in-person events. Plan for a hybrid experience, with live Zoom sessions, asynchronous online learning via Canvas, and potentially some live sessions at the dental school with social distancing and safety protocols in place (required mask wearing, enhanced sanitization, etc.). There is no cost to participate in the program!

The application deadline is Sunday, April 18, 2021 @ 11:59pm CST - no late applications will be accepted. The application below includes three required essays and one letter of recommendation that must also be submitted by the deadline. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for the program by Friday, April 30, 2021.

Students* selected to participate in this program will be provided with training, resources, and experiences to strengthen their skills and assist them in creating a competitive application to dental school. Experiences may include DAT prep, connecting with current dental students, and hands-on activities. More information will be provided to students selected for the program.

*All students who have completed at least two full semesters of undergraduate education following their high school graduation are eligible to apply. PSEO/IB/CIS/AP coursework completed during high school does not apply. Not all who apply will be selected to participate. Preference given to rising sophomores and juniors in college as well as students who are underrepresented in dentistry, from a rural area, first-generation college students, lower socioeconomic status, and/or transfer students from a community college.