The path to becoming a dentist.

If you are interested in specializing in oral health and becoming a dentist, UNI is the place to start. Demand for dentists are very high, and UNI graduates routinely have among the highest dental school placement rates in the Midwest, and even the nation.

It is important to keep in mind that the pre-dentistry track is not an academic major; rather, it’s a suggested program of study that prepares students to apply to professional school upon completing their undergraduate degree. Pre-dental students can choose a major in any area.

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In 2020, 90% of UNI students applying to dental school were admitted. All of these students were biology majors.

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In-Demand Career

Dentistry ranks ninth among the best 100 jobs in America in 2021 according to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

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UNI's biology department has fostered outstanding partnerships with regional medical schools such as University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Common Pre-Dentistry Majors

Biology Major

Biology is the most common undergraduate major for dentistry students. Students at UNI are supported through collaborative advising with popular dental schools and will receive regular guidance on coursework, GPA and timely information pertaining to dental programs. 

Biochemistry Major

A biochemistry major provides a solid background in biology combined with a strong understanding of chemistry focused on biological systems. The Bachelor of Arts track is excellent for students who are interested in becoming physicians, dentists or pharmacists.

Chemistry Major

As a chemistry major, students can take their knowledge and apply it in many different directions, including dentistry. About one-third of our chemistry majors go to graduate school and into areas of science or medicine, such as dental school.