Special Program in Dental Medicine

This prestigious program offers gifted and talented high school students who are focused on a career in dental medicine the opportunity to combine a broad liberal arts-based program with dental education. This highly selective program is the only one of its kind offered by a public university in New England that links undergraduate preparation with four years of dental education, resulting in dual degrees: a BA/BS and a DMD.

The University of Connecticut and the School of Dental Medicine have created an exciting opportunity for talented students to explore diverse undergraduate interests, while preparing for the professional school experience. Admission to this select program is limited. It is expected that the student be will accepted into the School of Dental Medicine if academic standards are maintained and all contingencies are met. All applicants are considered for participation in the Honors Program, which comes with unique benefits.

With undergraduate flexibility, students can select powerful combinations that will further their graduate efforts, with curricular options in any of our 100+ majors. While working on a selected undergraduate program, the student will be linked with the School of Dental Medicine through special seminars and health-profession events, all aimed at supporting the achievement of career goals.  This unique program of mentoring will further enrich the undergraduate experience by providing educational opportunities which will strengthen the student’s preparation for professional school.

The University of Connecticut will confer the BA or BS upon completion of degree requirements.  The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine will confer the professional degree after all requirements are met.  This program, designed as an 8-year curriculum, provides flexibility to accommodate individual choices, should the student decide to either accelerate undergraduate efforts, or take an extra year to graduate.

General Requirements

To apply, the student must be entering UConn as a first-semester freshman.  Selected freshmen must have demonstrated exceptional performance in academics, including advanced preparation in mathematics and laboratory sciences, or other fields. Students must take either the SAT or ACT exam.  There are no state residency requirements, although Connecticut residents will receive special consideration.  The University is always committed to attracting members of underrepresented populations for its programs.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

(BA/BS and School of Dental Medicine)

To be considered for this prestigious program, applicants should have:

  • a high school class ranking in the top 10%.
  • an overall high school grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale).
  • SAT combined  score of 1300 (Math and Critical Reading) or an ACT composite score of 29.  SAT II Subject Tests are not considered.
  • a completed application to the University and all supporting documents must be received by December 1.  A high school profile should also be submitted along with the high school transcript.
  • address the questions specific to the Special Program in Dental Medicine by December 1.
  • two additional letters of recommendation, received by December 1.  Recommendation form can be found below.

As part of the review process applicants must also demonstrate maturity and a strong commitment to the dental profession.

In order to matriculate into the School of Dental Medicine, the student must meet additional criteria during their undergraduate years, including:

  • maintaining a college 3.5 cumulative science grade point average (4.0 scale).
  • receiving a minimum score of 20 on the Academic Average and Total Science sections of the DAT.
  • completing course work in general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and biochemistry.
  • participating in clinical, research, and community service activities.
  • obtaining a favorable interview result with the Dental School Admissions Committee at the beginning of the junior undergraduate year.

Program Application

Applicants wanting to apply to the Special Program in Dental Medicine must indicate their interest in the program on their application to the University as well as complete the program's online supplement and submit two recommendations.

Recommendation letters should address your current academic status, extra-curricular achievements, personal qualities, and potential for future success in and contributions to the dental field and community. 

Recommendation Form Program Application