Pre-dental Scholars Program

Marquette has a long history of preparing undergraduates for professional school. In order to better serve some of our students who are interested in dentistry, Marquette has developed the Pre-dental Scholars Program, an accelerated program for students to receive the benefits of a liberal arts education while enjoying conditional acceptance to Marquette's School of Dentistry. Pre-dental Scholars complete a bachelor's degree and a dental degree in seven years rather than the eight years normally required.

Marquette enrolls a maximum of 10 students each year in the Pre-dental Scholars Program. Pre-dental Scholars immediately receive conditional acceptance to the School of Dentistry, the only dental school in Wisconsin. By fulfilling the requirements to remain in the program, Pre-dental Scholars are guaranteed full acceptance to the School of Dentistry by the end of their junior year.


  • Jan. 15

Semifinalist Interview

  • All semifinalists will be notified in early-February.
  • Semifinalists are required to attend the Pre-Dental Scholars Interview Day on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Interviews will be conducted on campus. Additional details will be provided in mid-February.
  • Students selected to become part of the program will be notified in mid-March.

Selection guidelines

  • High school rank in the top 25 percent (when applicable)
  • Minimum SAT combined score of 1280 or minimum ACT composite score of 27 (with individual scores above 24)*
  • One year of biology and chemistry (physics recommended)
  • Three years of college-preparatory math, including trigonometry
  • Two or more years of a foreign language
  • Students must enroll as a biological sciences, biomedical sciences, or physiological sciences major.

*Applicants applying under the test-optional policy are eligible to apply and will be given equal consideration. The average cumulative unweighted high school GPA for semi-finalists was a 3.95.


The scholarships and scholars programs application will be available in mid-October.