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What is the Profile For Success Program?

The purpose of Profile for Success (PFS) is to assist junior and senior level college students and recent graduates through the admissions process for dental school. Program participants will also have an opportunity to increase their knowledge of career opportunities within dentistry.

PFS targets college juniors, seniors, recent graduates, or individuals making a career transition who are on track to enter dental school the academic year following their participation. Preparation for the DAT is the main focus of this program. Participants will spend the majority of their time in test preparatory classes or facilitated study groups. In addition to test preparation, students participate in admissions workshops, simulated clinical and lab experiences, panel discussions on health disparities and lectures about various careers in dentistry. Each participant is assigned a dental student mentor, and there are formal and informal opportunities for participants to interact with faculty and staff.


To participate in PFS, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • College junior, senior, recent graduate, or individual making a career transition
  • Self identify as educationally, socially, or economically disadvantaged OR demonstrated commitment to serve under served populations within the U.S. (see detailed criteria on application)
  • Cumulative and science GPA of 2.8 or better
  • Completed the following courses:
    • 1 year of General Chemistry with lab
    • 1 year of Organic Chemistry with lab
    • 1 year of Biology with lab
    • 1 semester of college level math
    • 1 semester of English composition
    • 1 semester of Physics (recommended but not required)

Travel to and from the University of Michigan, as well as on campus housing, is provided by the program for all participants.  Participants will also receive a stipend to cover living expenses.

Admission to PFS is selective and highly competitive.  Candidates selected to participate in PFS are expected to fully engage in, focus on, and commit to all activities for the duration of the program.