Admission Requirements - Freshman
The admission committee carefully considers each applicant’s scholastic record, standardized test scores, essay and letters of recommendation. Other personal attributes and qualities, as well as demonstration of his or her understanding about a career in the dental profession are also reviewed.
Applicants whose credentials appear to meet requirements, as outlined below, and are determined to be strong candidates are invited to the school for an interview. Those selected for an interview will be notified shortly after the application deadline and given available dates for the interview. In addition, on that interview date, applicants participate in an orientation seminar and tour the school.
The University of the Pacific and the Admissions Committee have established a firm policy of non-discrimination against any applicant because of age, race, gender, creed, handicaps or national origin. Established review procedures insure applicants an equal opportunity to be considered for admission.
Am I ready to apply to Pacific? A review of the admission requirements listed below will answer this question and inform you of any requirements that you may be missing.
A one to two page essay is required.
One academic recommendation on official letterhead is required. It should be from a science instructor, counselor or advisor. Additional letters of evaluation from health care professionals who know you well are recommended
Send official transcripts from high schools, colleges, universities and professional schools you have attended. (Transfers with more than 30 transferable semester units do not need to have high school transcripts sent, unless requested.)
All freshmen applicants (and transfers with fewer than 30 transferable units) are required to submit scores from either the SAT-1 or the ACT.