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University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

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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. Grading Policy A letter grading system is used. Examinations include objective essays, completion, and short-answer types. Practical exams for clinical competence are also required.

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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.

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