The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of 66 dental programs in the United States of America. The UOP Dental School Requirements are categorized here in the priority of what an applicant must submit to be considered:
- Pre-requisite courses
- Minimum number of years of undergraduate study required
- Dentistry Admission Test (DAT)
- Dental Shadowing
- Letter of References
- Personal Essay
UOP Dental School Requirements: Prerequisite Courses
All students applying to the University of the Pacific Dental School must have completed at least a minimum of 3 years of study (90 semester hours / 135 quarter hours). Students must also complete the following prerequisite courses listed below:
|Prerequisite Course||Required||Lab Required||Credits (Semesters)|
|General Chemistry||✓||✓||2 Semesters|
|Organic Chemistry||✓||✓||2 Semesters|
Courses taken at a community college will be accepted if they are transferable as equivalent to predental courses at a four-year college. There is no maximum amount of units.
AP credits are accepted for elective courses, however, acceptance of AP credit for pre-requisites is assessed on an individual basis.
The Dugoni School will accept pass/no credit grades and online courses, including labs, to fulfill DDS admissions requirements. This is a special exception for courses taken in Spring and Summer 2020.
University of the Pacific Dental School Requirements: GPA Calculation and Requirements
|Minimum Overall GPA to Apply||Average Overall GPA of accepted applicants||Lowest Overall GPA Admitted||Average Science GPA of accepted applicants||Lowest Science GPA Admitted|
UOP Dental School Requirements: Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and Shadowing
DAT and Shadowing Overview:
Applicants must complete at least 40 hours minimum (minimum hours must be general dentistry) of dental shadowing.
UOP Dental School Requirements: DAT Admission Score Statistics:
|Mean Academic Average Score||Minimum AA Score Given Admission||Mean Perceptual Ability Test||Minimum PAT Score Given Admission||Mean Total Science||Minimum Total Science Score Given Admission|
Applicants are required to take the DAT. If an applicant has completed the DAT more than once the most recent score on the DAT will be assessed when calculations are made.
Students looking to test their knowledge in preparation for the DAT can click on this link to access our free practice tests for both the Canadian DAT and American DAT. Additionally, check out our 10 tips to Ace the DAT from a 25+ AA test taker!
University of the Pacific Dental School Requirements: Letters of Recomendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required by applicants. Two (2) letters from science professors and one (1) of your choice (e.g., dentist, research or work manager/supervisor) OR one (1) committee letter.
AADSAS Personal Essays
This University may take into account the AADSAS personal essay you submit to the ADEA. Your personal statement is a one-page essay (not to exceed 4,500 characters, including spaces, carriages, numbers, letters, etc.) that gives dental schools a clear picture of who you are and, most importantly, why you want to pursue a career in dentistry. For more information on the personal essay click on the link above.
UOP Dental School Requirements: Interview
|Mandatory||By Invitation||Number of Applicants Invited||Entering Class Size|
Shortlisted candidates will be required to partake in an interview with the admissions team. The interview process for this dental school is unknown. If you are looking for interview practice check out our posts on both MMI Practice Questions and Standard Interview Practice Questions.
Requirements for other Dental Schools in America:
If you would like an in-depth analysis of the dental school requirements for other dental schools in the United States of America click on this link. Those looking to compare the costs of dental schools can click here.