Discover Dental School

Deadline to apply is Sunday, March 6, 11:59 CST

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry will be hosting the Discover Dental School program for predental students* Wednesday, June 1 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The program will run part-time, with some sessions occurring during the day (around lunch time, if possible) as well as evenings and/or weekends - to enable more prospective dental students to participate who may already have summer plans. This program is free for participants! The exact format of the program is still TBD, as the ongoing pandemic impacts our ability to host in-person events. Plan for a hybrid experience, with live Zoom sessions, asynchronous online learning and assignments via Canvas, and some live sessions at the dental school with social distancing and safety protocols in place (required mask wearing, enhanced sanitization, etc.). 

The application deadline is Sunday, March 6, 2022 @ 11:59pm CST - no late or incomplete applications will be accepted/considered. The application includes required essays and one letter of recommendation that must also be submitted by the deadline. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for the program by Friday, March 25, 2022. 

Students* selected to participate in this program will be provided with training, resources, and experiences to strengthen their skills and assist them in creating a competitive application to dental school. Experiences will include DAT prep, connecting with current dental students, and hands-on activities. This program is intended to assist students in preparing to apply in future cycles, not those who are applying to dental school in the 2022-2023 cycle. More detailed information will be provided to students selected for the program.

Who is eligible to apply?

*All students who have completed at least two full semesters of undergraduate education following their high school graduation are eligible to apply. PSEO/IB/CIS/AP coursework completed during high school does not apply. Not all who apply will be selected to participate. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors in college as well as students who are underrepresented in dentistry, from a rural area, first-generation college students, lower socioeconomic status, and/or transfer students from a community college.