University of California-San Francisco School of Dentistry


The San Francisco campus of the University of California is dedicated to the health sciences and consists of schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and their teaching hospitals. No undergraduate degrees can be obtained there. The University of California in San Francisco was established in 1873; the School of Dentistry was founded in 1881. In addition to offering a DDS degree, the School of Dentistry has a graduate program leading to a PhD in oral biology and postgraduate programs in various specialties as well as classes in dental hygiene.


An entirely new predoctoral curriculum was implemented at the School of Dentistry in recent years. The concept of the new curriculum is to organize material into 5 thematic streams that emphasize and reinforce the integration of basic sciences and clinical sciences in dental education: biomedical science, dental science, patient-centered care, preventive and restorative dental sciences, and scientific methods. This will better enable graduates to provide the best patient care, to translate science into practice, and to follow a variety of career paths. Grading Policy All courses in the predoctoral curriculum are graded Pass (P), No Pass (NP). Courses in the third and fourth years have Honors designation for outstanding performance. Courses that extend over more than 1 quarter are graded Satisfactory Pass (SP) or Unsatisfactory Pass (UP) until the last quarter, when the P/NP grades are awarded for the entire course.

Unique Programs

The school offers academic assistance in the form of tutorials and National Board Review. It also conducts a wide variety of outreach activities (e.g., DAT prep, interview workshops, summer programs). A joint DDS-MD oral and maxillofacial program is sponsored by the schools of Dentistry and Medicine. Applicants must hold the DDS degree from an accredited school and must be accepted into the UCSF School of Dentistry’s oral and maxillofacial surgery program before seeking admission to the School of Medicine.


Completion of 139 quarter units or 93 semester units of college work at an accredited institution is a minimum requirement for admission to the UCSF School of Dentistry. A minimum of 30 quarter units or 20 semester units must be completed at an accredited 4year institution. California residents must have a minimum overall and science college grade point average of 2.4. Non-California residents must have a minimum overall and science college grade point average of 3.0


The school is part of the Health Science campus. The School of Dentistry facilities, including its newly renovated clinics on Parnassus Avenue and in the community, its research laboratories, campus facilities, and library make it a well-equipped setting in which to conduct education, patient care, and research.

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