Reviews about Loma Linda University School of Dentistry LLUSD is a great school which does an incredible job mixing academics and clinical experiences. The staff for the most part are very kind and caring and happy to help the students excel. Yes, I would recommend this program to a friend.
Academic Year 2021-2022
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 3|
|Books & Supplies||$1,164||$1,260|
An undergraduate degree (full 3 years of university study completed). A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (4.00 scale) at time of applying. You also need to complete some tests (see ‘How to apply’ below).
Shadowing , or observing the practice of dentistry , is a great way to learn about the practical aspects of being a dentist . Most dental schools (including UIC) require that applicants have shadowed a dentist or dental professional.
Loma Linda administrators don’t participate in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, which sends surveys to schools . Because the school only trains medical professionals and doesn’t accept underclassmen, “we don’t really qualify for a lot of surveys, so we just politely say ‘thanks but no thanks,’” Carter said.
Loma Linda University is part of the higher education system of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The University’s heritage and ethos reflect a dedication of loving service to people of all backgrounds and identities.
|Direct Costs**||Year 1||Year 2|
|**All costs are mandatory.|
School of Dentistry
|Student Services Fee||$1,128.00||$376.00|
|Community Centers Facility Fee||$198.00||$66.00|
|Graduate and Professional Student Association||$27.00||$9.00|
Off-campus Budget (Off Campus Housing)
|1st Year (9 mo)^||2nd Year (9 mo)|
|University Tuition & Fees*||$19,070||$19,070|
|Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition**||$28,554||$28,554|
|Room & Board||$20,691||$20,691|
A GPA standing of 3.6 will be good enough by dental school standards, because even though the minimum GPA prerequisite will differ between institutions, they typically still range between 3.0-3.5, which you would clear regardless.
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) reported in 2013 that the average DAT score was anywhere between 12 – 28, while the TS scores ranged from 12 – 30. Usually, a 17-18 score is a good marker for an average score, while a 19-20 is good , and 22- 23 is great .
Overall, the MCAT is usually considered more difficult than the DAT by most test-takers. The MCAT focuses more on responding to lengthy passages, so you’ll need to be able to synthesize, understand, and analyze written passages quickly to do well on the exam.
We recommend that you begin gaining exposure to clinical dentistry during your freshman year of college or as early as you decide that you want to be a dentist . The good news is that you only need to spend 4 hours per week shadowing , volunteering, or working in a dental setting.
Take plenty of math and science courses, including AP courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus. Enhance your communication skills through English composition, drama, and speech classes. Study a foreign language so that you ‘ll be able to speak with more patients. Volunteer at a dental clinic.
According to the ADA and a survey by the Health Policy Institute, “In 2017-18, the average resident first-year cost of public dental school programs was $37,877 while the cost of private dental school programs was $67,087 .”