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Pre-Dental Advantage Program

Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is considered one of the top dentistry schools in the nation. Graduate students have said time and time again that the education they receive here is unlike any other. Undergraduate students can also take advantage of this great opportunity.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and College of Pacific offer a unique program for incoming freshmen. There are three accelerated programs to choose from. The five-year program (2+3) allows undergraduate students to apply to the School of Dentistry after two years and earn their D.D.S. in three years. For those who are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree, there are six- and seven-year programs.

2+3

Requirements for Consideration – 3.70 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and either an ACT composite score of at least 31 or a combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1350 (with a minimum Critical Reading score of 630). Please note that the SAT Writing section score or ACT Writing score may be used as part of our comprehensive admission review process, but no minimum score has been set.

A five-year program leading to the DDS degree was initiated in 1984 to provide pre-dental education in two academic years for qualified students. Students admitted to the program take a prescribed list of general education and science courses as undergraduates in the College of the Pacific. After two years of study, they are eligible to apply for admission to the School of Dentistry. All students registered in the program are monitored closely and are counseled by pre-dental faculty on the Stockton campus as well as by dental faculty from the San Francisco campus.

Click here for a typical curriculum for the first two years.

3+3

Requirements for Consideration – Option 1: Students admitted using this option will be reviewed for the 2+3 program after their second semester at Pacific. The requirements are at least a 3.60 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and either an ACT composite score of at least 31 or a combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1350 (with a minimum Critical Reading score of 630). Option 2: Students admitted using this option do not have the option of moving into the 2+3 program. The requirements are at least a 3.60 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and either an ACT composite score of at least 29 or a combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1270 (with a minimum Critical Reading score of 600). Please note that the SAT Writing section score or ACT Writing score may be used as part of our comprehensive admission review process, but no minimum score has been set.

A six-year program provides qualified high school students with the opportunity to enroll in a selective baccalaureate and DDS degree program. Students accepted into the program major in chemistry or biological sciences and obtain a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Pacific after completing three academic years on the Stockton campus and one year at the School of Dentistry. This special opportunity, combined with the 36-month continuous education program in dentistry, makes possible the completion of all requirements for both the bachelors and doctor of dental surgery degrees within a total of six years.

4+3

Requirements for Consideration – 3.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and either an ACT composite score of at least 27 or a combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1210 (with a minimum Critical Reading score of 600). Please note that the SAT Writing section score or ACT Writing score may be used as part of our comprehensive admission review process, but no minimum score has been set.

A seven-year program provides students with the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in any discipline on the Stockton campus in four years of study and then complete the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the School of Dentistry in San Francisco in three additional years. Students admitted to this honors program can major in any subject provided they complete an appropriate series of science courses as prescribed by a College of the Pacific pre-dental advisor.

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