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East Carolina University: Doctor of Dental Medicine

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Program: 4 years, admits 53 students, and starts in August. ECU only admits in-state students. 

Application: Deadline is February 15th - program admits students on a rolling basis. An interview is a part of the process. 

In-State Tuition (total): $112,640. This does not include additional costs/fees, such as books/supplies at $24,320.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: 3.43
  • Average Science GPA: 3.32
  • The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required. Applicants should plan to take this test in the spring, but no later than fall, of the year prior to their desired dental school matriculation date.


Successful applicants must have completed - or be on track to complete - an undergraduate bachelor's degree prior to dental school matriculation. All prospective students are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited US or Canadian college or university. No specific undergraduate major is required, but regardless of the major interest area, applicants must complete - at a minimum - the following specifically required courses:

  • Biological Sciences (8 semester hours) - A minimum of one year of general biology or zoology is required. This includes lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year (courses designed for biology majors required). Botany will not satisfy this requirement.
  • General/Inorganic Chemistry (8 semester hours) - A minimum of one year of general/inorganic chemistry, including lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year, is required.
  • Organic Chemistry (8 semester hours) - A minimum of one year of organic chemistry, including lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year, is required.
  • General Physics (8 semester hours) - A minimum of one year of general physics, including lecture and laboratory courses for the entire year, is required.
  • English (6 semester hours) - A minimum of one year of English composition is required. English as a second language (ESL) courses are not accepted.
  • Mathematics (6 semester hours) - A minimum of one year of college level mathematics (College Algebra and above) is required.

Applicants are urged to complete pre-requisite courses at a four-year university. A letter grade is required for all pre-requisite courses, and courses in which the applicant earns below a C must be repeated. Moreover, applicants are expected to achieve superior grades, since these courses best predict performance in the biological sciences of the dental curriculum. All admission requirements must be completed no later than June 30th of the desired year of matriculation.

Pre-requisite science coursework should be taken at a 4 year institution.  Any course taken at a community college must be validated (i.e., accepted for transfer credit) by an accredited college or university.

Advanced Placement (AP) credits will be accepted, provided that they are accepted by the undergraduate degree granting institution. Students who have earned AP credit for pre-requisite courses should avail themselves of the opportunity to take additional, advanced level courses.

Applicants will not be admitted with unresolved failures or other unfavorable conditions. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to modify the prerequisites when additional courses are necessary to improve an applicant's preparation for dental school. Admission requirements are subject to change without prior notice.

Recommended additional coursework

While not required, courses in biochemistry, general microbiology, comparative anatomy, physiology, embryology/histology, vertebrate physiology, anatomy, genetics and cell biology, statistics, humanities, and psychology are recommended.

Letters of Recommendation

For applicants who are attending or have attended an institution that has a pre-health professions committee, the Admissions Committee requires a committee letter rather than individual letters of recommendation. Alternatively, for applicants whose institution does not offer such an option, two recommendation letters - one from a Biology professor and one from a Chemistry professor, both of who have taught the applicant and know the applicant well - may be substituted.

Each applicant should also provide one letter of recommendation from a (non-relative) dentist, currently practicing or retired from practice in North Carolina, describing how well the dentist knows the applicant, and describing the dentist's assessment of the applicant's character, ethical bearing, maturity and commitment to serving the community. This letter MUST be on official letterhead.

All of these recommendation letters should be submitted through AADSAS, and should not be sent directly to the School of Dental Medicine unless specifically requested.