Specific requirements are mandated by the Kornberg School of Dentistry.


Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours from an accredited college or university is required for admission. Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree are given preference in the admissions process. In addition, students who have been educated in universities outside the U.S. or Canada are required to complete at least one year of college and all the dental prerequisite courses in the U.S. or Canada.

A minimum of eight semester hours is required in each of the following subjects: biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics (all with laboratory experience). In addition, six  semester credit hours in English is required.  It is highly recommended that applicants have exposure to advanced science courses, particularly biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and histology. Also, two letters of recommendation are required from Science Professors or Pre-Health Committee members along with complete official transcripts from undergraduate coursework.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English as determined through the interview, essays and Reading Comprehension score on the Dental Admission Test.

Dental Admission Test (DAT)

Every applicant must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The test should be taken no later than the fall of the application year. DAT scores are an important component considered in the Admissions process. Applications will not be reviewed without reported DAT scores. DAT scores more than two years old at the time of application will not be accepted.

Academic Standards

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry meets or exceeds national GPA and DAT metrics, according to the most recently published American Dental Association survey regarding dental school admissions.


Class Characteristics

In 2017-18:

  • 140 incoming predoctoral students accepted out of 3,180 applications submitted
  • 43%  female
  • 57%  male
  • 67 are out-of-state
  • Total mean college GPA of the incoming predoctoral student: 3.53 (basic science GPA 3.41) and academic average DAT score: 20.6 

Technical Standards

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Technical Standards

Process For Assessing the Applicant's Ability to Meet the Technical Standards

  1. In reviewing an applicant who may not meet the technical standards, the Admissions Committee Chair will meet with the Academic Dean and Clinical Dean to discuss the issue. The applicant may be requested to meet with the deans and/or provide supporting documentation from an appropriate specialist. Persons involved will be asked to identify how the candidate will meet the technical standards with or without accommodations. If accommodations are considered, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs will communicate with Disability Services to determine the reasonableness of the accommodation.
  2. After assessing the applicant and relevant information, if the deans determine that the applicant cannot meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations, the application will be rejected.
  3. If the Deans determine that the applicant can meet the technical standards, the subsequent admissions review process will proceed.

Immunization Requirements

First-year students are required to submit a completed physical examination form and immunization record prior to orientation. Students must submit proof of adequate immunization against diphtheria-tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella; and viral titers for measles (rubeola), rubella and varicella (chickenpox). For under-immunized students, Student Health Services can provide immunizations at low cost. All students must also receive the Hepatitis B vaccine series, and follow up with an antibody titer at least one month after the third vaccination, or otherwise demonstrate immunity to Hepatitis B, prior to clinical contact.

Tuberculosis Testing

Annual PPD testing/TB screening is required for all dental student year groups. All incoming dental students will be required to have an initial two step PPD performed, followed by annual PPD testing and screening.

For additional information, including status of applications already sent, use the following email: kornbergadmissions@temple.edu, or call 1-800-441-4363.