FAQs

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How many students do you admit? 

We accept 52 students each year. We typically receive 500+ applications. Learn more about the admissions process.

What are your student demographics? 
Among the first-year students in 2020:
  • 62% are Nebraska residents, 53% are from rural areas
  • 57% female, 48% male
  • Average GPA: 3.67
  • Average DAT: 20
What are the prerequisites? 

For consideration for admission, students must complete 90 semester hours, and are strongly encouraged to complete a four-year degree program, prior to matriculation into dental school. Predental work may be completed at any accredited university, college or community college in the US or Canada.

Required courses:
  • English Composition, two semesters (6 hours)
  • Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
  • Biology with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
  • Physics with laboratory, two semesters (8-10 hours)

Suggested elective courses include: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, comparative anatomy, embryology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, physiology, psychology, scientific Greek or Latin, statistics.

Where do graduates go? 
Among the graduating class of 2020:
  • 65% went into private practice
  • 33% advanced education residencies
  • 2% public health service

Learn more about dentistry career options.

What do you learn in dental school? 

We offer students the education, clinical and research experiences, and emphasis on professional values that they need to begin professionally practicing dentistry upon graduation. The dental program curriculum provides an orderly progression of knowledge and skills, reflecting the interdependence of biological, behavioral and clinical sciences. At the same time, the curriculum is flexible, permitting variations in background, encouraging diverse interests and allowing for the development of each student’s potential.

The basic programs of the college focus on five interwoven areas: 1.) scientific development, 2.) diagnostic skills and treatment planning, 3.) clinical treatment and technical performance, 4.) practical administration, and 5.) personal, professional and community responsibility.

Learn more about the UNMC College of Dentistry learning experience.

How do students learn? What are your teaching approaches? 
  • Students have valuable hands-on learning experiences in our patient care clinics and through participating in numerous community outreach programs.
  • To prepare students for working with patients, they build their skills in our clinical and virtual simulation laboratory using the most advanced simulation technology.
  • In our collaborative, interactive classrooms, faculty use the latest learning technology to make dentistry come to life.
  • All students have the opportunity to participate in and lead cutting-edge research.

Learn more about the UNMC College of Dentistry learning experience.

How do students pay for dental school? 

Nearly 100 percent of the students at the college receive some form of financial assistance. A number of grants and scholarships are available to students through the College of Dentistry. Awards vary from $200 to full tuition. Federal loans and grants are available through the UNMC Office of Financial Aid.

Learn more about financial aid.