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Decision for Dentistry

High School Experience

Sponsored by The RSDM Office of Student Affairs

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine is an integral component of the Rutgers Higher Education System

Decision for Dentistry is a three-phase program offered three times annually. A total of 45 students from high schools in New Jersey participate in this program designed to introduce high school students to career options in the dental profession.

Photo of Dental School StudentsThe Objectives of Decision for Dentistry Program:

Introduction to Dental School

  • Introduce high school students to the wide range of career options associated with the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree

  • Offer high school students an informative hands-on experience at RSDM to shed light on the dental school experience.

  • Assist high school students in understanding the requirements to enter dental school and what they must do presently to prepare to meet those requirements.

A Three-Phase Experience
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Day 1 - Welcome and orientation to the Dental School, Later, the group participates in a hands-on activity; taking dental impressions on manikins overseen by faculty follow by lunch with student mentors.

Day 2 - High school students return to the dental school for chair side clinical observation with their student mentor. During lunch, a panel of dental practitioners describes what attracted them to their various specialties.

Day 3 - Participating students and their parents and/or guidance counselors attend the RSDM admissions symposium, which provides a full spectrum of information about what is required to enter dental school, as well as an overview of the admissions process.

Please be advised that participation in the program does not imply or guarantee acceptance in the academic program of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.

Program Dates for Academic Year 2019-2020 
*We are now accepting applications for 2019-2020. If you are a senior in High School you may attend our Symposium on April 14, 2020, please send contact information to Ms. Christine Melendez or apply online once access  becomes available.

Program 1: Phase I: 10/08/19 Phase II: 02/04/20 Phase III: 04/14/20
Program 2: Phase I: 10/22/19 Phase II: 02/17/20 Phase III: 04/14/20
Program 3: Phase I: 11/12/19 Phase II: 02/31/20 Phase III: 04/14/20

(Dates are subject to change according to weather and/or university events)

Application deadline: September 25th, 2019


Maritza Camacho
Admissions Coordinator
110 Bergen St., B829
Tel: (973) 972-1645
Fax: (973) 972-0309


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