Honors Combined B.S./D.M.D. Program
If you are still in high school: please review this material carefully for your future, but do not apply until your freshman year at a participating college.
The Honors Combined B.S./D.M.D. Program saves one year of school for outstanding college freshmen who know they are interested in becoming dentists. Students accepted in this program complete a B.S. degree and a D.M.D. degree in 7 years, instead of 8 years.
During the first three years of this program, students enroll in a carefully sequenced series of courses to meet both their undergraduate university’s baccalaureate degree requirements and the College of Dentistry’s admissions requirements. A limited number of majors are available at the University of Florida: you can choose either Microbiology or Nutrition.
During what would have been the senior year of college, Honors Combined B.S./D.M.D. Program in Dentistry students transfer to the freshman class at the College of Dentistry. Credits from the dental program are transferred back to the undergraduate college to complete the baccalaureate degree requirements. Approved students spend a minimum of 90 hours in the bachelor’s program and four years in the dental program.
The application deadline is June 1 annually.
College freshmen are eligible to apply to the Honors Combined B.S./D.M.D. Program in Dentistry if they have:
- At least two full time semesters (not including summer semesters) completed at the participating university. At least two college level science courses must be completed, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.75/4.0 and a science GPA of no less than 3.5/4.0. Acceptable science courses include general biology, inorganic chemistry, and general physics courses designed for science and pre-professional students. AP, IB and/or dual enrollment credits for all prerequisite courses are not accepted for this program.
- An overall unweighted high school GPA of no less than 3.8/4.0.
- A total SAT score of at least 1310, or an ACT score of at least 29.
- An unweighted high school science GPA of at least 3.5/4.0, with courses completed in Biology and Chemistry.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of and commitment to a career in dentistry as evidenced by prior exposure to the profession.
- A formal interview with members of the College of Dentistry admissions committee.
Students must be attending the University of Florida in order to participate in this program.
The following materials must be sent to complete the process of applying to the Honors Combined BS/DMD Program in Dentistry:
- A completed application form. We strongly encourage you to fill this out electronically. You can email us the application or send it via postal mail.
- Final transcripts of high school work completed including graduation date, class rank at time of graduation and type of diploma.
- Current college transcript
- Official copies of SAT or ACT scores
- Three Letters of Evaluation from college professors who know your work well
Interview in Gainesville
Competitive applicants will be invited to Gainesville for an interview with the admissions committee. The interview is required and cannot be waived. The interview day will also include a tour of the dental school, lunch with other applicants and admissions committee members, a discussion of costs and financial aid available, a discussion of the educational program at the college and the opportunity to ask questions.
Honors Combined B.S./D.M.D. students are guaranteed a place in the freshman dental class during their fourth year of college and do not have to reapply to dental school, providing that they meet program admissions standards while they are undergraduate students. Final acceptance into the College of Dentistry is contingent upon:
- Progress through the prescribed curriculum with no less than a 3.75/4.0 overall GPA and 3.5/4.0 science GPA at the undergraduate university.
- Completion of College of Dentistry application process.
- Completion of the Dental Admissions Test with an academic average score of 20 or higher and no individual score less than 16 on each DAT section by January 15 of the year of dental school enrollment.
- Demonstrated sustained understanding of issues related to the dental profession evidenced by continued contact with the profession through volunteer and/or work activities.
- Completion of a pre-enrollment interview with the Assistant Dean of Admissions.
- Program students must satisfy degree requirements of the undergraduate instituion and be in good standing at the undergraduate college.
- As a condition of acceptance and continued enrollment, entering students are required to complete a criminal background check and a Deans’ Certification Form verifying their past educational disciplinary records. For questions regarding these conditions, please contact the Office of Dental Admissions at 352-273-5955.
- Offers of admission are not considered final and enrollment is not permitted until completion of the Deans’ Certification Form and criminal background check, with results deemed favorable by UFCD.