Pre-dental advising is available to current ECU students and ECU Alumni through the Center for Pre-Professional Advising.

Current ECU students are assigned a primary advisory who will guide them through their major and course selections. These students will also be assigned a pre-professional advisor as a secondary resource. The pre-professional advisor will help the student determine a timeline for completing the pre-dental prerequisites and preparing for the dental school application process.

Students possessing an undergraduate degree (from ECU or elsewhere) wishing to enroll at ECU to complete the prerequisite courses must first apply to the ECU Graduate School ( as a Non-Degree Graduate Student. Admission to the university does not guarantee a spot in the prerequisite classes. The student may have to obtain special permission from the department to register for the classes he/she needs. The pre-professional advisor will assist the student in course selection and a timeline for preparation.

Dental School Application Process

Students planning to apply to dental school will begin completing the application 12-14 months before they plan to matriculate. If a student plans to attend dental school the fall after graduating from an undergraduate program in the spring, and does so in four years, he/she will apply during the summer between his/her junior and senior year, or very early in the fall of the senior year. The application for dental school opens June 1st each year for admission for the following year. Deadlines vary from school-to-school but fall between December 1st and February 1st (the deadline for applying to the ECU School of Dental Medicine is December 1st).

Students will apply through the ADEA (American Dental Education Association) AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Services):

Documents required for application:

  • Transcripts from each community college or university attended
  • Personal Statement
  • DAT (Dental Admissions Test) Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Health Professions Committee Letter (required for all ECU students applying to the ECU School of Dental Medicine)

Dental School Pre-requisites

Below is a list of standard pre-requisites for admission to US Dental Schools. It is recommended that you check with specific schools to see if they require any additional coursework to be eligible for admission.

General Biology with labs
 BIOL 1100, 1101/BIOL 1200, 1201

General Chemistry with labs
 CHEM 1150, 1151/CHEM 1160, 1161

Organic Chemistry with labs
 CHEM 2750, 2753/CHEM 2760, 2763

General Physics with labs
 PHYS 1250, 1251/ PHYS 1260, 1261 or PHYS 2350, 1251/PHYS 2360, 1261

College Algebra and a higher-level math
 Math 1065 and statistics, calculus, etc

Biochemistry (not currently required for ECU, but by many other schools) Chem 2770 or Biol 4880


ECU School of Dental Medicine Class 2019 Profile

Applications accepted: June 1 – December 1

Accepted students: 50

Average Overall GPA: 3.45

Average Science GPA: 3.31

Average GPA: 3.5 or higher

Average DAT: 19.4 (Academic Average), 18.9 (Total Science)

Volunteer-work and shadowing are very important to admission committees