The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a rigorous curriculum and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you well for a career in dentistry. Pre-dentistry is not a major at UW-Eau Claire, but rather a declaration of your intention to continue your education and enroll in dental school.
Entry into dental school is based on your academic record, the results of the DAT (Dental Admissions Test) and other criteria set by particular programs. A specific major is not required to get into dental school, but many UWEC pre-dentistry students choose to major in biology or chemistry.
Certain skills and experiences are also usually favored when applying for dental school. For example, many dental schools emphasize science aptitude and expect strong communication skills. Schools may also look for significant health-related and service experiences, such as internships. Our exceptional faculty and career advisors are aware of dental school requirements and ensure you gain the knowledge and experiences necessary for acceptance.
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds, including those interested in pre-dentistry. For example, the Jeffrey and Karen Jones Pre-Dentistry Scholarship awards $500 to a pre-dentistry student who shows potential for acceptance into dental school.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on your academics.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Relevant student organizations. On-campus student organizations — like the Pre-Professional Health Club — connect students like you who are also interested in becoming a dentist. These extracurriculars are an excellent way to learn from guest speakers, engage in volunteer work and tour graduate programs in the region.
Innovative facilities. UW-Eau Claire is one of only a few schools of its size with a career center dedicated to supporting pre-dentistry students. The William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center offers one-on-one pre-dentistry advising, opportunities to meet with professional school admissions representatives and workshops designed to build effective tools for career development and competitive applications.
Valuable partnerships. UW-Eau Claire has formed strong partnerships with clinics in the community. These connections will provide you with the opportunity to take part in clinical experiences and observations.
Excellent placement. UW-Eau Claire graduates fare very well in seeking admission into dental school. Previous students have gone on to pursue their education at Marquette University, University of Minnesota and Midwestern University.
- General Chemistry I and II
- Foundations of Biology I
- Algebra for Calculus
- Introduction to Psychology
- University Physics I and II
- Organic Chemistry I and II with Laboratory
Completion of the university writing requirement is also recommended.
Learn more about pre-dentistry in the UWEC course catalog.
A few majors that would best support a career path in dentistry include: