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Pre-Dental Advising

Milwaukee and Marquette University in particular are wonderful places to pursue dentistry. Our undergraduate students have ample opportunities to explore the field of dentistry while at Marquette, and they are able to actively explore dentistry by volunteering at clinics, hospitals, dental offices and more.

Three of the most important aspects of a successful applicant to dental school are strong academics, quality experiences as an undergraduate and letters of recommendation. At Marquette, we help our students grow and develop in all these areas.

Dental school is four years long. There is no residency required after graduation for general dentistry in most states, but specialty areas such as orthodontics, endodontics and oral and maxillofacial pathology require a residency.

Marquette University students can enter dental school either through regular admission or our Pre-Dental Scholars program. Students in the Pre-Dental Scholars program apply from high school, and if accepted to the program and upon fulfillment of the program requirements, can enter dental school after their junior year at Marquette University. There is an opportunity for qualified freshmen at Marquette to apply to transfer into the program if space is available.

For more information on the Pre-Dental Scholars program, visit the Pre-Dental Scholars page. Students who apply to multiple dental schools, including Marquette University School of Dentistry, through regular admission may do so at the end of their junior year, and are typically notified of admission decisions by December of their senior year. For more information on dental schools, visit