Dental Affiliate Program

In conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Villanova University offers students considering a career in Dentistry the possibility of completing both the Bachelors degree and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in a seven-year program.

Students spend their first three years on Villanova's campus where they will major in either Biology, Biochemistry or Comprehensive Science (BSC). After having completed all the Liberal Arts/Humanities and most (or all) of the Science requirements in their major, students will move to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  After successful completion of the first year curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, credits for courses completed there will be transferred to Villanova University to meet graduation requirements for the Bachelor's degree. Students will graduate from Villanova after having finished their first year of dental school.  They will then return to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to continue their studies and training for the remaining three years to complete the requirements for the DMD. degree. 

Based upon the structure this is NOT a condensed program.  While at Villanova students carry the same credit load each semester as do their peers within that major.  One difference is that students must be prepared to take the DAT placement exam at the end of their sophomore year at Villanova.  Interested students are encouraged to review projected curriculum maps prior to selection of a major upon application to the program. 

Criteria to be Considered in Selection

  • SAT I score of 1340 or better on the Critical Reading and Math components (taken no later than October of the applicant’s senior year).  A specific score on the Writing component will not be used at this time.
  • or ACT score of 30 or better; writing portion (taken no later than October of the applicant’s senior year) also taken into account.
  • Rank in the top 10% of high school class, where class rank is reported.
  • GPA of at least 3.7 (weighted) on a 4.0 scale (weighted GPA determined by school’s policies regarding honors and AP classes; for schools that do not offer honors and AP classes, unweighted GPA is reviewed)
  • Career exposure in dentistry. Candidates should have spent some time shadowing or volunteering with a dentist. Number of hours is less critical than the ability to articulate learning from the experience, and how it has informed the candidate’s career decision.

Students in the program must complete the Core requirements of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the majority of the requirements for the major, as well as the prerequisites for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. They will work closely with the Health Professions Advising Office to ensure all requirements are met. They are expected to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA during their time at Villanova. Students must also take the Dental Admission Test and achieve scores of 20 or higher on each section. Failure to meet these minimum requirements may result in release from the program.

Application and Admission Requirements

  • Submission of Common Application with the Member School Section for Villanova by November 1
  • Application fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • All SAT or ACT scores, sent directly from the College Board and/or ACT
  • Secondary School Report and Midyear Report Forms, as well as one teacher recommendation
  • Villanova essay
  • Common Application essay

Standardized Testing

  • Self-Reported Testing
  • Villanova offers you the option to self-report your SAT and/or ACT scores in the testing section of the Common Application. Should you choose, you may also have your official scores sent to Villanova, but this is not necessary for your application to be reviewed.
  •  If you are admitted and choose to enroll, we will require that the official scores be sent directly from the College Board and/or ACT.
  • Any misrepresentation of these scores will result in the denial or recession of admission.


Health Science Affiliation programs are available to first-time freshman applicants only.  To apply to the Health Affiliation programs, you must submit a completed application packet including the Common Application with the Member School Section for Villanova by November 1. Please note: When completing the Academics section of the member screen, the Health Affiliation Programs can be found under the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Please choose an alternate major that you would pursue as an undergraduate in the event you are not selected as a final candidate for the Health Affiliation Program.

Applicants who meet the above criteria will be asked to submit a supplementary application to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; this will be requested after receipt of the Villanova application. The UPENN Admissions Committee will review all applications and make a decision around March 20. No interview is required. Strong preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: community service, extracurricular activities, pre-dental experience and superior academic preparation.

Students who are not selected for the Dental program will be notified by Villanova approximately January 15 and will be evaluated for the major listed on their application through the regular admission process.

For details pertaining to University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, view their web site at   For more information about this unique opportunity at Villanova, please contact the Health Professions Advising Office at (610) 519-4833 or

Major Curriculums



* U Penn BSDMD.pdf
Projected curriculum maps for Biology, Comprehensive Science, and Biochemistry major options in the UPenn BSDMD program