The University of Illinois, a public system that was
founded in 1867, is an undergraduate and graduate educational institution. The 2 main campuses are located
in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign. The College of
Dentistry was originally established in 1898 as the
Columbian Dental College and later joined the University of Illinois in 1913. It is located on the
University of Illinois Chicago campus. In addition to
a DDS degree, it offers postgraduate programs in a
variety of specialties as well as MS-PhD degrees
through the Graduate College. Other health care institutions associated with the university are colleges of
Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Associated Health
Professions, and a School of Public Health.
4-year traditional. The basic sciences are the major
part of the first two years. Students are introduced to
clinical experience in the first year. From then on,
clinical emphasis increases, the fourth year comprising clinical practice almost exclusively. Mandatory
summer sessions for students take place during the
last three years of the program.
A letter grading system is used. Examinations include
objective essays, completion, and short-answer types.
Practical exams for clinical competence are also
A combined DDS-MS program, which can usually be
completed within the basic 4-year period, is offered.
A DDS-PhD program is offered, but requires an additional 2 or 3 years.
The basic predental science courses plus 1 year of
English are required. In addition to the minimal science
requirements, highest consideration is given to applicants who complete 3 of the following upper-level
science courses: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry,
microbiology, cell biology and/or histology. Students
interested in practicing in a rural community are
encouraged to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is necessary. Most students accepted have much higher GPAs.
Very high priority is given to residents. Transfer and
advanced standing: Under exceptional circumstances
students are accepted as transfers.
The college is located in the Health Sciences Center
of the University of Illinois at Chicago.