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Admission Requirements


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.

Dental students require both cognitive and technical skills to negotiate the curriculum.  With this in mind, applicants must be able to meet the minimum technical standards for admission and matriculation with or without accommodation.

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 appropriate provides reasonable accommodations for disabled individuals upon request.

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

English Language Proficiency:

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 instituiton code for submitting TOEFL scores to the U of L School of Dentistry is 5933. For more information about TOEFL testing, go to:


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Undergraduate Work

Pre-Dental students are encouraged to complete a variety of undergraduate courses, particularly in the sciences.  Applicants must have completed at least 90 undergraduate semester hours before applying and 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.

No specific major is required of pre-dental students; however, 32 hours of science courses must be completed in a U.S. or Canadian school.  Students enter dental school with majors as wide-ranging as business, chemistry, English, engineering, foreign languages, and the social sciences.  Many pre-dental students major in biology because the recommended courses for dental school coincide well with a biology major.

Required courses (labs are required for all science courses where labs accompany the course):

  • General Chemistry (2 semesters/3 quarters)
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters/3 quarters) )
  • Physics (1 semester/2 quarters)
  • Biology (4 semesters/ 6 quarters at minimum). Beyond the introductory course we suggest that you choose from among the following courses:
    • biochemistry (strongly recommended)
    • comparative anatomy or upper level human anatomy (strongly recommended)
    • physiology
    • cellular biology
    • histology
    • microbiology
    • immunology
    • other upper level biology courses

Applicants must have earned grades of "C" or better  in required basic science courses and accompanying labs to fulfill the science prerequisite requirements.  Accepted applicants must complete all planned courses listed on their AADSAS application prior to matriculation.

Deviations from these requirements must be approved by the Admissions Committee.

It is expected that all applicants will have completed general education requirements and have received a broad exposure to the humanities and social sciences. Additional courses students have found helpful are biochemistry, fine arts, personal and business finance, psychology, and communications.

Dental students require both cognitive and technical skills to negotiate the curriculum. With this in mind, applicants must be able to meet the minimum technical standards for admission and matriculation with or without accommodation. These standards can be found on the program page.

  • All acceptances will be made with the contingency that candidates must consent to, submit to, and satisfactorily complete a criminal background check investigation as a condition of matriculation into ULSD (see ULSD Admissions Policies for details)

Students offered conditional admission must meet all conditions stipulated in their letter of acceptance including successful completion of all courses which were in-progress or planned at the time their application was submitted.

Admissions Tests

All applicants are required to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), which is administered through the American Dental Association (ADA).

These computer exams are given at testing centers across the U.S. Contact the ADA to make reservations to take the DAT.

You will not be allowed to retake the exam until the 90 day period between test dates has occurred. Testing centers become overbooked as the admissions cycle peaks in the fall/winter semesters. There is a 90 day “block out” period after the exam. If you chose to retake the test you will not be allowed to do so for 90 days.

Department of Testing Services
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue , Suite 1846
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(312) 440-2689 or (800)-621-8099
(ask for the DAT office)

Admit Year
Overall GPA
Science GPA
Acad Aver
Reading Tot Sci   
Class Size
2009 3.57 3.42 18 19 19 19 18 85
2010 3.52 3.41 18 19 18 19 18 120
2011 3.58 3.51 19 20 19 20 19 120
2012 3.56 3.44 19 20 19 21 19 120
2013 3.51 3.39 19 20
19 20 19 120


Contact Us


Contact the Admissions Office

School of Dentistry Student Affairs and Admissions Office

Phone:  502-852-5081 or 1-800-334-8635 (ext. 5081)

  • Call the School of Dentistry Office of Admissions and Student Affairs to schedule an appointment to meet with an Admissions Counselor if you need counseling regarding applying to dental school. You may also schedule a phone appointment if you are unable to come into the office.
  • You may also call this number to register to attend an Information Session (dates are listed on our website)
  • Email the School of Dentistry Office of Student Affairs if you have a question regarding the application process or you need to add information to your application.


Mail:  (Please do NOT mail application materials!  Those must be submitted directly to AADSAS)

University of Louisville 

School of Dentistry

Office of Student Affairs, Room 234

Attn:  DMD Admissions

501 S. Preston St.

Louisville, KY  40202

Fax 502 852.1210

800 334.8635 Ext. 5081


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