University of Connecticut
Undergraduate Admissions

Special Program in Dental Medicine

UConn's Special Program in Dental Medicine links undergraduate preparation with four years of dental education, resulting in dual degrees from UConn: a BA/BS and a DMD. Students focused on a career in dental medicine have the opportunity to combine an undergraduate program in one of more than 110 majors with dental education. The program, designed as an eight-year curriculum, provides flexibility to accommodate individual choices should a student decide to accelerate undergraduate efforts, or take an extra year to graduate.

Students will be connected with the School of Dental Medicine during their undergraduate careers through special seminars, health-profession events, and mentoring opportunities to further enrich the undergraduate experience and strengthen preparation for the School of Dental Medicine.

All students accepted to the Special Program in Dental Medicine will be invited to join UConn's Honors Program.

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants must be entering as first-semester freshmen and demonstrate exceptional performance in academics, including advanced preparation in mathematics and laboratory sciences, and a strong commitment to the dental profession. There are no state residency requirements, although Connecticut residents will receive special consideration. UConn is committed to attracting members of underrepresented populations for its programs.

To be considered, applicants should have:

  • A secondary school class ranking in the top 10 percent;
  • An overall secondary school grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale);
  • SAT combined score of 1350 or an ACT composite score of 29. SAT II Subject Tests are not considered;
  • A completed application to the University, which includes all supporting documents, the responses to the program-specific essay questions, and an optional resume.  All documents must be received by December 1. A secondary school profile should also be submitted along with the secondary school transcript;
  • Two additional letters of recommendation, received by December 1.

In order to matriculate into the School of Dental Medicine, students must meet the following criteria during their undergraduate career:

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

How to Apply:

Students can apply to the Special Program in Dental Medicine directly through the Common Application. The Supplemental Application is also available for students who will not be using the Common Application to apply to the University as well as for those who have already submitted the Common Application. The University does not have a preference to which application is used.

Applicants must:

  • Indicate their interest in the program under the “Academics” tab in the University of Connecticut questions section.
  • Answer the program-specific questions and name their recommenders under the “Member Questions” tab in the “Writing Requirements” section.
  • Refer to the statement on recommendation letters below for additional information.

The optional resume can be uploaded as an attachment within the Common Application.

Applicants must:

  • Indicate their interest in the program on their application to the University if the application has not yet been submitted.
  • Answer the program-specific questions and name their recommenders on the Supplemental Application. Essays questions must be saved in a single Word or PDF document and uploaded to the supplemental application. Remember to include your name and date of birth in the document’s header. Please do not use your Social Security Number.
  • Refer to the statement on recommendation letters below for additional information.

The optional resume can be uploaded through the supplemental application.

Supplemental Application

Recommendation letters should address your current academic status, extracurricular achievements, personal qualities, and potential for future success in/contributions to the dental field and the community. Applicants will be asked to name their recommenders as a part of the application. Recommendation letters may be sent via:

  • Fax to (860) 486-1476. The fax coversheet should be sent attention to "Special Program in Dental Medicine."
  • Email to The subject line should read "Special Program in Dental Medicine Recommendation."