Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

The ULSD Admissions Committee is charged by the school's faculty with selecting applicants who demonstrate the academic, cultural, social and personal abilities to become competent general dentists who will serve the community and fulfill our diverse urban and statewide missions.

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry gives equal opportunity without regard to race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicaps or disabilities, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or other factors, prohibited by law.  The university, when requested provides reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals who provide required documentation.

The committee uses an Admissions Index system. Selection criteria are divided into academic and non-academic components. Academic factors comprise 60 percent and include:

  • Overall G.P.A.
  • Biology/chemistry/physics G.P.A.
  • DAT scores

The remaining 40 percent are non-academic and include the letters of recommendation, the required "on-site" interview and an evaluation of personal qualities such as:

  • Perceived motivation to pursue a career in dentistry
  • Maturity
  • Communication skills
  • Strength of pre-dental curriculum
  • Employment
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Contributions to diversity
  • Resiliency

Academic Requirements

Pre-Dental students are encouraged to complete a variety of undergraduate courses, particularly in the sciences.  No specific major is required of pre-dental students. Students enter dental school with majors as wide-ranging as business, chemistry, English, engineering, foreign languages, and the social sciences. However, many pre-dental students major in biology because the recommended courses for dental school coincide well with a biology major.

All applicants should have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of college course work, including a minimum of 32 hours of science courses from an accredited U.S. or Canadian school.  Most will have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in dental school.  Admission to dental school is competitive and preference is given to individuals with bachelor's degrees.

International Applications

ULSD accepts applications from international students who meet eligibility guidelines of the School of Dentistry and the University of Louisville.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL iBT scores. Preference is given to candidates with a minimum score of 100 and with listening and speaking section scores at 26 or above.  The institution code for submitting TOEFL scores to the U of L School of Dentistry is 5933. For more information about TOEFL testing, go to:

Exception: The initial requirement for TOEFL scores may be waived if the applicant has   graduated from a U.S. high school or completed at least 90 credit hours at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education.  The committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores if deemed necessary for evaluating proficiency.

If a student is applying with credits from an international post-secondary institution, the student must submit an official transcript evaluation report in additional to the AADSAS application requirements. Those candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Applications should not be submitted until all minimum requirements have been satisfied or evidence has been provided that they will be satisfied before the date for which admission is requested. Acceptance to the School of Dentistry is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all requirements and conditions of admission. All planned courses listed on the AADSAS application must be completed or waived by Admissions Chair. Acceptance may be withdrawn for failure to maintain high scholastic or behavioral standards during the remainder of pre-medical training. The School of Dentistry may accept applications for transfer if there are spaces available.


Enrollment of new students is accomplished by the university's acceptance of the advance tuition deposit and approved admission by the School of Dentistry once all conditions of enrollment are successful met. The advance tuition deposit is non-refundable.

Criminal Background Check Policy

As in many other dental schools in the United States, ULSD offers of admission are contingent upon submission of an acceptable background check. Applicants are strongly advised to fully disclose all charges and outcomes, regardless of conviction status as they may appear on the comprehensive background check. Reporting a violation does not automatically disqualify an applicant from further consideration, but failure to disclose legal and academic violations may result in withdrawal of an offer.