Our selections depend on the pool of applications each year, and the Department Selection Committee reserves the right to determine first round consideration levels per selection criterion.

Selection Scoring

Item Percent of Score
College GPA on Scored Prerequisite Courses* 60
Personal Interview** 15
ACT Composite Score 15
Residency*** 10

* Midterm grades will be used for any scored prerequisite courses in progress at application deadline
** Not all applicants will be contacted for an interview. Applications will be ranked according to established criteria and candidates who rank highly will be interviewed. The number of applicants interviewed will be determined by ranking of total pool. Interviews will be face-to-face. The interview will include a short writing assignment. Contact to set up this interview will first be through e-mail. Dental office experience and recommendation credit is incorporated into the interview score.
*** State residents attending USD full-time for at least one semester = 100 points; Non-resident attending USD FT for at least one semester = 75 points; State resident not attending USD = 50 points; Non-resident not attending USD = 0 points