Pre-Dental @ IUPUI

Pre-Dental student in IU School of Dentistry“Having a dental school and medical school on campus really drew me to IUPUI. I didn’t know if I would be able to take advantage of them or not.  I’ve learned from personal experience and heard from other students that dental and medical school faculty appreciate School of Science students and provide really great mentorship.” ~Kathryn Delacruz

Of the 143 Indiana residents accepted into IU School of Dentistry Class of 2019, 36 came from IUPUI -- more than from any other campus in the state!

At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in dentistry are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer. Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research and leadership opportunities, graduates of the School of Science are well prepared for dental school and beyond!

In fact, the IU Dental School is the only dental school in Indiana - and it's right on IUPUI's campus. Pre-dentistry students in the School of Science at IUPUI have access to research and internships opportunities IU Dental School as well as the IU Medical School as they navigate throughout the program. 


The School of Science at IUPUI offers various programs for students to become involved with research, internship and other leadership opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience.

One of those programs is the Life Health Sciences Internship. This one-year program through IU Med School provides students the opportunity to participate in both clinical and scientific research opportunities throughout IUPUI's campus and the surrounding hospitals and labs. For more information on the Life Health Sciences Internship and other opportunities for students in the School of Science at IUPUI, please click here.

What is Pre-Dentistry?

Like most universities, IUPUI does not offer a pre-dentistry major. Few colleges in the United States offer this major because dental schools do not require students to complete specific majors. However, many majors in the School of Science at IUPUI provide students with excellent undergraduate preparation for dental school.

Around the country, dental schools are looking for well-rounded and well-educated students. Pre-dentistry students in the School of Science at IUPUI will be prepared for admissions into professional schools that lead to careers in the following fields:

  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Oral surgery
  • Private practice dentist
  • And more


Choosing an Undergraduate Major

Competition is high for admission to dental schools. While some dental programs do not require an undergraduate degree for admission, students are urged to elect a degree program rather than fulfilling the minimum requirements for entry into professional programs.

All dental schools have different requirements for admission. However, there are specific pre-requisites that should be completed in order to be admitted into a professional school and many benefits to selecting a science major as you pursue success in the field, including:

Why choose to major in science?

  • Pre-requisites for most professional programs often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. Learn more about prerequisites.
  • By studying science at IUPUI, students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in research in both IU Medical and IU Dental School right on campus. Access to both schools located on campus is a benefit that no other college in Indiana can offer students. 
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue professional schooling.

While fulfilling curriculum requirements for dental school admission, Science@IUPUI students can create their own undergraduate path to a successful career in dentistry.

Advising + Resources

Visit the Science PREPs Office for expert guidance on majors, professional school admissions, and research, internships and other co-curricular opportunities that will help guide you to the best professional schools.