Admissions Diversity Statement
The School of Dentistry Diversity Policy for Admissions states that diversity enhances the educational experience of all students and better prepares graduates to practice dentistry in today's world. The DDS Admissions Committee ensures that all qualified applicants receive individualized consideration within the admissions process.
Many factors are utilized in evaluating an applicant's potential contribution to diversity at the School of Dentistry:
- geographic diversity
- first-generation college student
- financial need
- disadvantaged educational background
- racial and ethnic diversity
- evidence of outstanding leadership
- special talents
- unique work or service experience
- community involvement
- experience and/or interest in research or teaching
- interest in providing dental services to underserved areas
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program emphasizes scientific, scholarly, interpersonal communication and practice management skills required of graduates in a continually changing profession.
Through Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs in Dental Hygiene, the School of Dentistry blends a solid clinical education with the biological, behavioral and social sciences, as well as liberal arts.
Advance Your Education
Our clinical specialty training programs and graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) prepare dental professionals for careers in specialty practice, advanced general dentistry, research, education and administration.
Specialty and Advanced Education Programs
UMN PASS: For International Students
The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) is a 29-month program for graduates of dental schools outside of the U.S. and Canada, who seek to practice dentistry in the U.S.
Community outreach experience
Community outreach experiences are required as a condition of graduation for dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students. Students have several opportunities to fulfill this requirement with rotations in 15 outreach sites across the Midwest Region.