When scheduling courses, keep timelines in mind. For instance, the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is currently offered year-round at Prometric Test Centers. Dental schools begin accepting applications in June for admission the following academic year.  Thus, you should complete the majority of the pre-requisites by the end of your junior year in order to do well on the DAT and apply to dental schools.

Suggested course timeline, regardless of major:

Freshmen Year

Take introductory Biology courses (BIO 141 and 142) and introductory Chemistry courses (CHEM 121 and 122). Job shadow.

Sophomore Year

Take organic chemistry (CHEM 225, CHEM 326 and CHEM 327) and cellular/molecular biology (BIO 205)). Determine your major(s). Complete summer internship or research placement

Junior Year

Take physics (PHY 101, 102 and 114 OR PHY 111, 112, and 114) and upper-level chemistry and biology courses. Complete a ummer internship or research placement. Take a DAT review course, and sit for the DAT. Begin the dental school application process.

Senior Year

Apply to dental school during the summer prior to your senior year. Finish up your major requirements. Complete dental school secondary applications and a mock interview.


Stop by the Dimensions Resource Center in 102 West Science and ask about preparation for a career in dentistry at Cornell. The Resource Center has DAT review materials and information comparing dental schools across the United States.