Frequently Asked Questions
I didn't major in a science; can I apply to dental school?
Yes! While the majority of our applicants and accepted students did major in a science, we have accepted applicants who majored in business, liberal arts, and even fine arts programs. For non-science majors, we strongly recommend that you take upper-level science courses in addition the pre-reqs or that you enroll in a pre-dental post-bac program before applying to our program.
My undergrad GPA isn’t that strong (or I’m a nontraditional applicant or in another line of work), but I really want to practice dentistry. Can I still apply?
Yes! But you might want to consider enrolling in a master’s program in the biomedical sciences to strengthen your qualifications as a first step. This is a good way to demonstrate that you are capable of succeeding in an intensive graduate program, and it also will give the Admissions Committee recent evidence of your academic skills and accomplishments they can use to assess your potential. Boston University Medical School Division of Graduate Medical Science offers an MS in Oral Health Sciences; learn more at bumc.bu.edu/gms/ohs.
What is the DMD class size?
We seat 115 students in the DMD entering class.
I’m still in school – do I have to finish all the pre-reqs before I apply to GSDM?
No, but you must complete all prerequisite courses and earn a bachelor’s degree before starting the DMD program. GSDM requires you to have successfully completed a set of science prerequisites.
What are GSDM’s dental-shadowing requirements?
We don’t require a specific number of hours, but we do expect competitive applicants to have some in-person shadowing experience with a general dentist.
Does GSDM have in-state/out-of-state quotas?
Boston University is a private institution, so state of residence does not have a bearing on your eligibility.
Does GSDM accept international students?
Yes, all students who have earned bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college/university are eligible to enroll.
Does GSDM offer scholarships?
Yes, GSDM Admission Scholarships are offered to select students. Decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and scholarship awards are communicated at the time of acceptance; there is no additional application necessary.
How do GSDM students find housing?
The BU Medical Campus Office of Housing Resources helps students find housing in the Boston area.
Do you give campus tours to prospective students?
As the dental school is a working clinical facility, we are not able to give tours to prospective students. We do arrange “visit days” for selected applicants during the admissions cycle. There are also various tour and “day in the life” videos available on our YouTube channel.
Any additional advice about applying?
Apply early! Applicants who submit and complete their applications in July and August have a greater chance for an interview invitation than later applicants.