The DDS Class of 2018 started on June 23 with orientation, a two-day event filled with a variety of activities designed to introduce the new class to the School of Dentistry and to one another. Orientation marks an important first; the start of a very exciting journey. This journey begins with a mixture of excitement, wonder, apprehension and anxiety and will end with many new friends, a host of memories and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
Of nearly 2,000 applications, 300 prospective students were invited to interview and 108 were admitted. An OHS/PhD student also joined the class to complete the DDS portion of his program bringing the class total to 109. Members of the entering class hold 95 Bachelors degrees, 10 Masters degrees and one PhD. In-state students make up 58% of the class with non residents coming from 19 other states as well as Canada, China and the Republic of Korea. The class is 50% female and 50% male and boasts an average GPA of 3.53 and average DAT scores of 20 for both Academic and Perceptual.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018. Welcome to the School of Dentistry.
White Coat Ceremony
"Today marks one of many milestones you will experience during dental school, the White Coat Ceremony. This ceremony symbolizes the beginning of your clinical experience; it underscores what it means to be a professional and provides a visual sign of your role and responsibility as a health care provider. I am pleased to tell you that you have a fantastic support system; a gifted and motivated group of classmates, some who will soon become close and dear friends, a stellar faculty whose objective is your success and a committed staff who are there to help you along the way. Every day will bring something new; new opportunities and yes, new challenges. Through it all I am confident you will thrive and by the end of your first year you will say, 'it was amazing.'" Dean Laurie McCauley
White Coat Veteran- A D4 Perspective: "White coat for me, as a D4, is a totally different experience. Now that I have donned the white coat for a full three years and starting my fourth year, I really can see what it means to receive one. As a first year it was so exciting to get a coat so I could finally feel like I belonged in the school like all the upperclassmen." Read more...
Bring On the Fire Hydrant- Class of 2018: "It’s hard to believe I started dental school at the University of Michigan five weeks ago. I have been told over and over again that time in dental school flies, and within these weeks, that phenomenon has been abundantly clear! I vividly recall the early morning phone call on December 2nd last year—there truly is no sweeter sound than the words 'you’ve been accepted to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.'" Read more...