Admission Requirements

Educational Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree required prior to matriculation.
     
  • Only University of Pittsburgh applicants accepted as an undergraduate student who have successfully completed the requirements for early admission to the DMD program may matriculate without a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
     
  • A minimum total GPA of 3.2 (overall, science and prerequisite) and a DAT academic average of 19 with subsection scores of 17 or higher are required for consideration to the DMD program. If an applicant takes the DAT more than once, the Admissions Committee will consider the scores from the test with the highest academic average. DAT Scores reported may not be more than three years old at the application deadline of November 1st.
    • Appeal for exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis and is of the sole discretion of the Admissions Committee. Applicants wishing  to appeal the minimum requirements for admission should submit a written explanation of the circumstances which caused their GPA/DAT to fall below the minimum admissions requirements and how they are now prepared to complete the rigor of the DMD program successfully.
       
  • Prerequisite grades of B or higher taken onsite at a four year institution are strongly preferred.  A minimum grade of C or 2.0qpa for prerequisite courses are required for consideration to the DMD Program. All Science prerequisite coursework must be completed within the last five years.
    • Appeal for exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis and is of the sole discretion of the Admissions Committee. Please, provide the admissions staff with course descriptions and syllabi for any classes you would like considered to substitute for a prerequisite requirement. Detailed reasoning for the appeal of the five year time limit is required when petitioning to have a class older than five years satisfy a science prerequisite requirement.
       
  • It is preferred that no more than 1/3 of an applicants’ credits are earned from a community college or junior college. No more than 60 of the minimum required credits will be accepted from a community college or junior college. Classes taken in an onsite format are preferred.
     
  • AP/IB credits will be accepted for prerequisites if the degree-granting institution awarded college credit toward an applicant’s bachelor’s degree.

 

  • Admissions requirements are subject to change without prior notice.

 

  • $75 non-refundable supplemental application fee. Pay Now

 

Prerequisites Coursework

COURSE SUBJECT SEMESTER HOURS QUARTER HOURS
English*/Writing Intensive Course 6 10
Biology (with lab) 8 12
Physics 6 10
General (inorganic) Chemistry (with lab) 8 12
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 8 12
Biochemistry 3 6

*At least one of the two English courses should be an English/Literature course

*All Science prerequisite coursework must be completed within the last five years

*Anatomy (3 semester hours) is recommended, but not required.

*The Admissions Committee reserves the right to modify prerequisites when additional courses are neccessary to improve an applicant's preparation for Dental School.

Residency

There are no residency requirements either for application or admission to the University of Pittsburgh. Applicants should be aware that Federal Stafford loans are available only to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted through AADSAS, and must be either:

  • From a Pre-Health Advisory Committee (preferred)
  • 3 letters from separate individuals. 2 of who must be a professor/advisor/mentor.

 

DAT Scores

DAT scores must be submitted through AADSAS.

  • If an applicant takes the DAT more than once, the admissions committee will consider the scores from the test date with the highest academic average
  • DAT Scores may not be more than three years old at the application deadline of November 1st. 

 

Technology Requirement

Technology requirements can be found here.

 

Health Requirement

Health requirements can be found here.

 

Essential Program Standards

Essential Program Standards can be found here.

Serving as a patient details here.

 

Application Process

1. Review all of the information above

2. Apply to AADSAS by November 1st

3. Pay your Non-Refundable $75 supplemental application fee. PAY NOW

 

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions, email us at dentaladmissions@dental.pitt.edu.