Penn Dental Medicine seeks DMD applicants with a broad and strong educational background, who will have completed a four-year degree program prior to matriculation. While a foundation in science is desirable preparation for dental school, well-prepared candidates also possess course work in humanities, social science, and the arts. Non-science majors are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to those who have completed upper division science courses beyond the minimum requirements.
Applicants may apply to our program prior to the completion of predental requirements or other course work. All prerequisite courses should be completed by the spring term, prior to matriculation to dental school. Although there is no expiration date for prerequisite courses, applicants should consider new additional course work to reinforce any knowledge gained previously.
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) course work can be credited towards predental requirements as long as the credit appears on your official college transcript.
COVID-19 Admissions Update
Penn Dental Medicine will accept Pass/Fail (P/F) grades for courses taken during the Spring and Summer 2020 terms, as long as they appear for full credit on your transcript. This includes any prerequisite courses taken to meet our admissions requirements during these terms. All P/F credit will be accepted as long as it appears on your official transcript for credit and it is included in your AADSAS application. Although you may have received P/F grades in other terms not specific to the Covid-19 outbreak, we will continue to evaluate them in the context of your entire academic record as we review each application on an individual basis.
Online courses will also be accepted during the Spring and Summer 2020 terms to meet our prerequisites as long as they appear for credit on your official transcript. Again, any online courses taken in academic terms not specific to the Covid-19 outbreak will be evaluated in the context of your entire academic record.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Admissions Committee may invite applicants to interview based upon academic preparation, pre-dental experience, extracurricular activities, work experience and/or research prior to the receipt of DAT scores.