College major

Many students interested in going to dental school are under the impression that they have to major in biology or some branch of science to be accepted to dental school. This is an incorrect assumption. A specific undergraduate major is not required for acceptance to dental school; however, a good foundation in the sciences is required.

Applicants with a well-rounded education, a variety of interests and personal experiences are ideal candidates and are encouraged to choose a major where they can demonstrate strong academic performance while focusing on developing a strong background in the sciences. Many programs also encourage students to take courses in social sciences, as it just as important to be able to relate to patients and deal with many different personalities and perspectives as it is to have a good background in biology. Many dental schools have accepted students with majors in music, art history, engineering, math, humanities and sports administration, to name a few. The majority of dental students, however, still majored in biology and chemistry. Dental schools look for students who demonstrate a strong ability to handle a rigorous course load, which will hopefully translate to their success with the academic curriculum of dental school.