How to Apply

Students planning to enter dental school can begin their pre-dental studies at any time during their undergraduate education. 

Dental School Prep CourseThe application cycle for the class entering in Fall 2019 will open June 5, 2018.  

Application Materials

A complete application to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry requires all of the following items. The deadline for submission of all application materials is December 1, 2018, however, DAT retake scores may be submitted through January 1, 2019.

  • The School of Dentistry uses the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) Application, including answers to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Supplemental Questions.

  • University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Application Processing Fee. The University of Minnesota requires a non-refundable application processing fee of $85. Your application will not be considered for admission without payment of this fee via credit card at In order to facilitate the timely processing of your application, please submit this fee at the same time as your ADEA AADSAS application. A limited number of application processing fee waivers are available. If you would like to be considered for an application processing fee waiver, please forward your ADEA AADSAS fee waiver information to

  • DAT scores must be received no later than December 1, 2018. If you are retaking the DAT, new scores must be received no later than January 1, 2019.

  • 3 letters of recommendation are required, 2 from science or math professors and one from an employer or supervisor from a volunteer position. Letters of evaluation should be sent via ADEA AADSAS. You may submit additional letters beyond the 3 required letters through ADEA AADSAS or directly to the U of M School of Dentistry ( by the letter writer. 

Class of 2020 Projected Cost of Attendance

Review the admissions criteria for D.D.S. applications, including the Dental Admission Test (DAT), GPAs, prerequisite courses, letters of recommendation, and more.

Learn how to transfer from another U.S. institution, as well as how to start/continue your studies if you're from a foreign country or university.

Information Sessions

It is highly recommended that interested students attend a D.D.S. Information Session to learn more about becoming a qualified candidate. These sessions are held regularly at the School of Dentistry. Space is limited for each session, so be sure to sign-up early!

DDS Information Sessions

Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions and Diversity at 612-625-7477 or

Dental School Preparation Course

The Dental School Preparation Course is a 20-hour intensive program designed to prepare students for the field of dentistry. The program consists of a series of hands-on preclinical exercises and laboratory procedures as well as lectures given by university faculty members, experts in their fields of teaching, research and practice.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work with DentSim, the multi-million dollar advanced simulation technology and most advanced pre-clinical training tool to date.

This intensive weekend course is valuable for students seeking a better understanding of dental school and the profession.