Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)

The D.D.S. program presents students with the tools, technology and rich educational experience to achieve their goals and become well-rounded dental professionals.

With 110 students per class, the University of Minnesota has the largest enrollment of predoctoral dental students in the upper Midwest. The D.D.S. program emphasizes scientific, scholarly, interpersonal communication and practice management skills required of graduates in a continually changing profession. 

Teaching methods are tailored to course content and include traditional lectures, small group tutorials, cooperative learning teams, routine laboratories and advanced simulation, clinical practice in a comprehensive care facility and community-based clinical experiences.

Information about applying to the D.D.S. program

D.D.S. Supplemental Application Processing Fee

Student Life

D.D.S. students participate in a variety of organizations, clubs and committees that provide an introduction to professional life, help them shape the future of dentistry, and give back to the Twin Cities community. Our students are involved in organizations such as the American Student Dental Association, Hispanic Student Dental Association, Student Ambassador Program, and many more.

Summer Research Fellowship Program

During a 10-week period in the summer, students can undertake a structured research program. The Summer Research Fellowship Program enables students to take projects from start to finish in a dynamic program designed to further their careers in education and research. Some students continue doing research during the academic year.

Advanced Technology

Dental students spend time in the 3M Foundation Dental Simulation Clinic, a facility designed to create a realistic clinic environment. It helps the students learn the eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity skills, techniques and procedures they’ll use to treat patients by practicing restorative procedures on simulated patients. Each workstation is equipped with a lifelike mannequin, complete with a head, shoulders, and realistic oral cavity—flexible jaws, lips and cheeks, and a full complement of teeth.

Our Advanced Simulation Clinic features 20 workstations, each with its own patient simulator, enhanced with virtual reality-based technology. Enhancements include motion-tracking systems linked to an infrared camera and a computer. Software includes on-screen textbooks, patient histories and radiographs for more than 100 clinical procedures of varying difficulty, and the ability to track, evaluate and record student performance in real-time.

Contact us

If you have questions about the D.D.S. program, please contact our Office of Admissions and Diversity. 

Phone: 612-625-7477 
Fax: 612-624-0882


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday through Friday


School of Dentistry

Office of Admissions and Diversity

15-163 Moos Tower

515 Delaware Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program Features

  • Agreements for student exchange programs with schools in Denmark, Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands
  • Faculty that reflects a mix of tenure and tenure-track clinical specialists, along with well-respected adjunct faculty
  • 377 clinical operatories in more than 71,000 square feet of clinic space, treating about 1,000 new patients each month
  • Worldwide reputation for research contributions to the understanding of fluoride and decay prevention, microbiology and orofacial genetic anomalies, periodontal disease prevention, pain control, oral cancer, and effective care delivery

The University of Minnesota educates 73% of the state's practicing dentists.