Information for Students Interested in Dental School

Marist College offers a rigorous curriculum that gives a strong scientific background for the Dental Admissions Test and dental school. We also offer internships with local dentists and specialized advising for pre-dental students. The American Dental Education Association has more information about going to dental school and the ADEA sponsored GoDental website also has a lot of great information for students. For information regarding pre-dental resources please contact Lisa Stephens. We have formal internship programs and an internship coordinator, Professor Amy Cahill.

Marist College has a strong record of placement of students into dental school. In the last 10 years, about 55% of all Marist applicants were accepted to at least one dental school. Over the years, alumni of the School of Science have gained admission to schools throughout the Northeast. Some of these institutions include Boston University, New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Tufts University, and the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). For a more complete list visit here.

Requirements for Applying to Dental School

When applying to dental school, the schools will be considering a variety factors including:

  • Experiences – Educational, Vocational, Research, and Dentistry Related
  • Attributes – Skills and Abilities, Personal and Professional Characteristics, and Demographic Factors
  • Metrics – Grades and DAT scores.

Marist College can help you with these areas in a variety of ways.

  • Experiences – Marist College offers a variety of opportunities in research as well as internships with area dentists.
  • Attributes – we offer options including study abroad attachments related to social service and medical care, local social service activities, mock interviews, the pre-health fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu, and a pre-dental club to name a few opportunities.
  • Metrics – Through the courses you take at Marist College, you will get the background knowledge for completing the DAT, and if you work hard will have acceptable grades on your transcript. Remember, only you can earn a grade, your professors cannot earn it for you.

For a detailed explanation of each of these factors visit the GoDental website.


Most dental schools have the same basic requirements. These include:

  • General Chemistry I and II plus labs (CHEM 111 & 112 plus 115 & 116)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II plus labs (CHEM 211 & 212 plus 215 & 216)
  • General Biology I and II plus labs (BIOL 130 & 131)
  • General or College Physics I and II plus labs (PHYS 201 & 202 or 211 & 212 plus 213 & 214)

Other courses often recommended and sometimes required by dental schools:

  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • English
  • Courses in the Social Sciences
  • Other 300-400 level biology courses
  • Biochemistry

Marist College holds an Early Assurance articulation agreement with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. For information on this program visit the Marist College - Tufts Early Assurance page.

Required Pre-health Paperwork

For students expecting support from the Advisor to the Health Professions or Pre-Health Professions Committee, there are several pieces of paperwork that need to be completed.  These can be found on the Forms Page.