“Since I’ve been here,
I’ve learned so much.”
When Angela graduates, she’ll be a third-generation
dentist; both her grandfather and father graduated
from Marquette’s School of Dentistry. Because she is
enrolled on an ROTC scholarship, Angela will also be an
Air Force captain and practice dentistry on a U.S. base.
“Everything I’ve done through the Air Force has been
awesome, she says. “I learned about strengths I didn’t
know I had. Like jumping out of an airplane as part of
her reserve training. Angela wanted to become a den-
tist after seeing the impact her father has on patients’
lives. She earned her undergraduate degree from the
University of Notre Dame. “When I started dental school
at Marquette, I felt like I was starting from square one,
she says. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve learned so much.
Dental School and Clinic 3
Dental Curriculum 4
Financial Aid 9
Multicultural Affairs 10
Contact Information 16
Marquette University is at
the forefront of dental education
E very step you take in our four-year program will be guided by faculty and practicing
professionals who uphold Marquette’s vision: to train highly skilled oral health
care practitioners to bring top quality dental care to urban and rural
communities across the country — and around the world.
Our beautiful 120,000-square-foot dental school and clinic — Wisconsin’s
only — offers the most advanced clinical resources and instructional
technology available, supporting a dramatically different, one-of-a kind
curriculum developed by our faculty to better prepare students for dental
practice and patient care.
What does all this mean to you? For starters, you’ll learn and practice in a
patient-centered environment that resembles the real world of dentistry, one
that will help you understand the link between oral and physical health.
You’ll attend fewer traditional lectures because more of your time will
be spent working with patients. You’ll participate in university outreach
programs at urban, rural and special-patient clinics, getting firsthand
experience in public health. You’ll begin refining hand skills your first year.
You’ll also be immersed in a rigorous learning model that combines training
in advanced dental practices with access to faculty experts committed to
advancing dental knowledge through their own innovative research. Marquette University School of Dentistry
Bottom line? You’ll be prepared to enter practice, immediately upon graduation.
Another reason to consider Marquette University is our Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Marquette’s School
of Dentistry is a professional school at the gateway of one of the country’s most reputable universities.
We’re an urban campus, right next door to downtown Milwaukee — one of America’s most livable cities.
Our Dental School and Clinic
ur building reflects the way we want to train you. It’s designed and built to support
our multidisciplinary curriculum, serving patients from the community we’re located in.
It’s also a support center for dental professionals throughout Wisconsin.
As a student, here’s what you’ll have access to:
• Eight 12-chair practice operatories designed to resemble and function like small, private dental offices
• A pre-clinical simulation laboratory where first- and second-year students practice their hand skills on
• Specialty-care clinics designed for pediatric dentistry, advanced care, surgical services and
graduate prosthodontic, orthodontic and endodontic programs
• Leading dental researchers whose questions and discoveries are revealing new treatment options
• Centralized clinics with adjoining teaching space for general dentistry rounds
• Large lecture hall and adjacent break-out space offering the latest in presentation technology
• Clinical-research and faculty-practice facilities
• A technology-testing center exhibiting next-generation dental equipment and products
• An information center used to develop the newest and best distance learning and teledentistry technology,
connecting dental professionals worldwide to Marquette for lifelong learning
Dental rounds room Orthodontic dentistry clinic
Pre-clinical simulation laboratory
Our Curriculum Vision
e’re a patient- and student-centered dental school, balanced between
Ever see a toothbrush
the basic, clinical and behavioral science facets of dental care. being made?
On the patient side, you’ll be immersed in a model of education that mimics dental practice. One of America’s few toothbrush
By the end of your second year of school, you will have covered the realm of dentistry. manufacturers is in Eau Claire,
Wis., and owned by a Marquette
• You’ll take fewer traditional courses
University School of Dentistry
• You’ll learn to become a competent clinician and diagnostician graduate. We take regular field
trips there, as well as a number of
• You’ll use your skills to identify and manage your patients’ oral health concerns
other places around the country.
• You’ll understand biological processes and how they relate to dental health
Beginning your freshman year, you’ll do rounds with faculty once a
week and participate in small group learning. Juniors and seniors
also do once-a-semester formal presentations.
We’ve also integrated practice management into our curriculum.
Professional dentists will teach you the business side of
dentistry and how to be a good businessperson.
Because our curriculum is centered in the Catholic, Jesuit belief
that the classroom is not the real world, you’ll bring your skills
to life as you work with actual patients. One-fourth of your
academic career will be dedicated to treating patients at urban
and rural clinical sites affiliated with Marquette University.
Now, for the student side of things. You will have the same
faculty group leader throughout your academic career. You won’t
Certificate and master’s available
be lost in a sea of 80 classmates.
Endodontics Respect is at the center of our relationships with students. We’re
Orthodontics proactive in helping you get through the program. And you’ll like
Prosthodontics the atmosphere. We’re a collegial dental school. Students help
each other. Faculty and students regularly interact socially.
We also believe in combining formal experience with scholarly
Advanced General Dentistry
(certificate) activity, so we support our students in going to work in places
Dental Biomaterials like Italy, Greece, Ireland and the National Institute of Health.
(certificate) Our flexible curriculum makes it easy for you to arrange your
classes to accommodate these unique experiences.
Training is offered at these sites in pediatric dentistry,
oral medicine and oral surgery:
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital
“I saw a lot of potential here.
It’s definitely an environment
to grow in.”
Dr. Christopher Okunseri
Assistant professor and program director of public health,
Dr. Okunseri is also a researcher whose interests include
oral epidemiology, health service and behavioral science
as they relate to racial and ethnic minority populations.
Since Okunseri joined Marquette, his focus has been
identifying the impact, severity and prevention of oral
disease in the Hmong population. Why Marquette?
“I saw a lot of potential here. It’s definitely an environment
to grow in, he says. In addition to his research, Okunseri
works at the faculty dental practice one day a week
treating patients. He also is a member of several dental
associations, is widely published and mentors post- and
pre-doctoral dental students. Whether it’s patients or
students, “I am constantly engaged in teaching, he says.
Candidates should apply for admis-
sion 12-15 months prior to the date of
expected enrollment. You may apply
after completing at least 60 semester Admissions Criteria
hours of the minimum 90 semester
hours required of pre-dental college ach year we take the time to carefully select those students we feel are
work. (Candidates with baccalaureate
degrees earned prior to dental school
the best fit for our program. While the admissions committee’s decision
enrollment may be most competitive.) is largely academic, other characteristics we consider in making an
You may apply using the American
Association of Dental Schools admissions decision include:
Application Service or by obtaining
Marquette’s in-house application. • Quality of college/university attended See inside back pocket
AADSAS applications can be found at • Course selection rigor for cost information and
www.ADEA.org.org/AADSAS Serious a profile of this year’s
• Trend of performance (GPA)
applicants should submit their
• DAT score (Canadian DAT accepted) freshman class.
credentials before September 1.
• Orientation to the profession
Dental Admissions Test
Candidates must complete and obtain • Motivation and values
acceptable scores on the DAT. The test • Extracurricular/leadership/service background
is offered almost every day of the year
• Personal interview
at Prometric Testing Centers across
the United States. It can be taken
more than once, but the admissions
committee will only consider the most
recent test results. The Canadian DAT is
College studies should be completed at a 4-year, accredited college or university.
The minimum entrance requirement is 90 semester credits of liberal arts study including:
Review and Selection of Students
English 6 semester credits
The admissions committee starts the
General Chemistry 8 semester credits
review process as soon as applications
Organic Chemistry 8 semester credits
begin to arrive in June. Interviews are
Biology or Zoology 8 semester credits
conducted primarily in October and
Physics 8 semester credits
November, and the first offers of
Electives 52 semester credits
admission are made in early December.
Once all primary spaces in the class Total 90 semester credits
are filled, an alternate pool is created.
All science courses must include laboratory instruction. Suggested pre-dental science
A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit is
required to reserve a space in the electives include anatomy, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and physiology.
class. This deposit is credited to each Math courses are suggested in preparation for physics and advanced chemistry.
student’s first-semester tuition.
We enroll only 80 freshmen each
year to ensure that every student
receives the personal attention they
require to succeed in this intense,
exciting learning environment.
Contact Dental Admissions
Phone: (800) 445-5385 or (414) 288-3532
Fax: (414) 288-6505
Depending on your desired enrollment status, the following credentials are required to complete
your file. Applications are processed from June 1 through March 1. Offers of admission begin
December 1. For optimal consideration, applicants should submit all application ADMISSIONS TIMELINE
materials by September 1.
FRESHMAN (ALL) Best time to
• Application form APPLY
• Application fee
• Official college transcripts
• Official DAT scores (Canadian DAT accepted)
• Three letters of recommendations (one pre-health committee letter will be
accepted in place of three individual letters)
Advanced Standing: Consideration for admission with advanced standing is given to students Read, review and
seeking a transfer from a U.S. dental school, as well as to foreign-trained dentists seeking screen applications
licensure to practice in the United States. Advanced standing candidates must complete INTERVIEWING
three years of study at Marquette. Space availability in the sophomore class must exist
in order for us to admit any candidates with advanced standing.
DECEMBER Offers made
FOREIGN ADVANCED STANDING TRANSFER
• Application form • Application form JANUARY Class fills
• Application fee • Application fee
• Course by course evaluation of • Official college and dental school transcripts FEBRUARY Alternate pool is
dental school transcripts • Official DAT scores
• National Boards Part I • National Board scores (if taken) MARCH
• Three letters of recommendation • Three letters of recommendation
• Dean’s letter from school of transfer APRIL
A NATIONAL DRAW
Marquette is a private institution that welcomes applicants and students from all
over the United States. Here's where our currently enrolled students come from:
WA MT ND
OR ID WI
WY � MI MA
CA NV NJ
DE Classes begin
TX LA States with students
enrolled at the
School of Dentistry,
States without students
currently enrolled in the
School of Dentistry
“I owe something to the community that raised me.”
Jesse McGuire was first exposed to the dental profession at a career fair at his high school. “It had all
the things I’d been wanting in a career,” he says. So after completing his undergraduate work in Los
Angeles, the Phoenix native headed to Marquette to participate in courses offered by the university’s
Health Careers Opportunity Program, applied to dental school, got accepted and hasn’t looked back.
Passionate about business too, McGuire also plans to get an M.B.A. after his dental degree then go
back home to practice. “There aren’t that many African American men in business, let alone the
medical and dental professions,” he says. “I owe something to the community that raised me.”
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Each year more than $11 million in financial assistance is awarded to dental students. More than
$600,000 of this is gift aid offered through generous donations to the School of Dentistry from
alumni and friends. The remainder is in the form of loan assistance offered through government
and private resources. All need-based financial assistance is administered through the Marquette
University Office of Student Financial Aid. Detailed information about aid sources is available
in the School of Dentistry Dental Bulletin and on the Marquette University Office of Student
Financial Aid Web site at www.marquette.edu/financialaid.
Steps for Obtaining Financial Assistance
Sufficient aid is available to cover moderate expenses. Be sure to complete all
steps in a timely fashion and in this order.
1. Be admitted to the School of Dentistry
2. Complete and return the supplementary Admission/Scholarship Application
3. Complete your federal income tax statement no later than February 15
4. Register for a PIN. Your Personal Identification Number or PIN will serve as
your electronic signature on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) application. Apply for your PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov
5. Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov after January 1
6. Check your credit record; good credit is essential for some private loan programs
7. Respond immediately to all correspondence from Marquette University
8. Keep your address current with Marquette University and the U.S. Postal
Contact Office of Student Financial Aid
Phone: (414) 288-7390
Phone: (800) 4-FEDAID
The School of Dentistry is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse student body. We work to improve
access to health care professions for multicultural and disadvantaged students through the federal Health
Careers Opportunity Program. Our Office of Multicultural Affairs administers a national recruitment program and
comprehensive support network that guides financially and educationally disadvantaged candidates through
application, admission and enrollment processes. Other programming includes motivational, academic and
financial aid counseling, as well as tutoring and community outreach.
Two HCOP-funded summer programs are available to help students develop the academics and hand skills necessary for
dental health professions. Admission to these programs is limited. Transportation and room and board are provided.
Pre-enrollment Support Program
This seven-week summer experience introduces selected students to the dental
curriculum and assists them in making a successful transition from pre-professional
to professional studies.
College Science Enrichment Program
Also a seven-week summer experience, CSEP is targeted at college sophomores, juniors
and seniors interested in learning and understanding more about dentistry. Participants are
exposed to a variety of skill sets necessary to succeed in the field. Interested candidates
must have completed at least one year of biology and chemistry, submit three letters of
recommendation, and provide an official college transcript showing a cumulative GPA
The School of Dentistry’s Office of Student Services is committed to helping students manage the demands of
this rigorous educational program. Student Services staff are available daily to answer student questions and
serve as liaison with several campus offices including the Registrar, Financial Aid, the Bursar and the Counseling
Center. In addition, Student Services manages these important programs:
Orientation — Our three-day orientation program introduces students to all that Marquette University and Milwaukee
have to offer. You’ll meet with the School of Dentistry dean and faculty, talk with continuing students about their academic
experiences, learn about insurance programs available to single and married dental students through the Wisconsin Dental
Association, pick up your dental instruments and more.
Mentorship — Designed through a unique collaboration with the Wisconsin Dental Association and Pierre Fauchard
Academy, the School of Dentistry’s mentorship program is the template for similar programs nationwide. Dentists throughout
Wisconsin serve as mentors and advisers to dental students, forming professional relationships and friendships that last a lifetime.
“We want to make the clinic
experience come alive for students.”
Dr. Sheila Stover, Dent ‘97
Dr. Sheila Stover, director of rural outreach programs at
Marquette University School of Dentistry, supervises third- and
fourth-year dental students and postgraduate residents doing
rotations at rural dental clinics throughout Wisconsin. And she
travels anywhere from 200 to 650 miles four days a week
to do it. An endodontist, Dr. Stover is also in private practice
and a clinical assistant professor at Marquette. One goal of the
program she heads is to introduce dental students to disadvan-
taged patient populations in need of dental care. “We want to
make the clinic experience come alive for students, she says.
“Working at rural outreach clinics helps them expand on what
they learn in the classroom by applying it.
Dental Outreach Clinic Affiliations
Health Education Center Dental Clinic, Chippewa Valley
Tri-County Community Clinic, Fox Valley Technical College
Marshfield Clinic Ladysmith Dental Center
Ministry Dental Clinic, St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point
Marquette University School of Dentistry Clinic
Isaac Coggs Community Health Center, serving a primarily
elderly African American population
Matthew Keenan Dental Clinic, serving a Hispanic population
“Because I’d had such a good experience,
I wanted to give that back”
Dr. Kate Gilson, Arts ’96, Dent ‘99
Dr. Gene Shoemaker, Arts ’83, Dent ‘89
Raised in Oshkosh, Wis., Dr. Gene Shoemaker began practicing general
dentistry immediately after graduating from Marquette. A few years later,
he bought a 2,500-patient practice in Waukesha, Wis. With the Wisconsin
Dental Association, Dr. Shoemaker helped develop the Marquette School
of Dentistry’s Mentorship Program, which matches dentists from around
the state with Marquette dental students. That’s how he met Kate Gilson,
also from Oshkosh, after becoming her mentor her freshman year.
A few years after Dr. Gilson finished her residency, she became a
partner in Shoemaker’s dental practice. “We’d known each other for
seven years and I knew she had received an outstanding education,
he says. “It was a natural fit. Today, Dr. Gilson herself is a mentor to
Marquette dental students. “Because I’d had such a good experience,
I wanted to give that back, she says.
There are many facets of Marquette University that make this the best place to pursue your dental education. You will be
studying at a Catholic, Jesuit institution where professional students like you find ways to combine time dedicated to studies
with time volunteered in service to others. You will be a part of a diverse campus community, brought alive by 11,000 students
— coming from throughout the United States and 80 countries — who learn just as much from each other as they do in the
classroom. You will learn from world-class professional and research faculty who take the time to share their experience and
expertise. And you will do your living and learning in a city that offers countless opportunities for internships, externships and
clinical experiences within minutes of campus. You will leave here equipped with the professional skills and experience to be a
leader in your profession as well as your community.
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hether you’re on a bike, scooter, skates or your own feet, the parks and beaches of Milwaukee’s
lakefront are the place to get away without having to go far. The lakefront is also the home to Summerfest,
which, for 10 days in summer, is the center of the music world with thousands of acts from country and metal to
hip-hop and pop.
Just 10 blocks from campus, lazily winding its way through the city, is the Milwaukee
River. Skirting its edges is the RiverWalk, where you’ll find brew pubs, parks and
Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, a warehouse district converted into some of the
city’s best new shops, restaurants and living spaces.
Whether you’re catching big acts at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, or
smaller ones at Shank Hall, a club on the city’s East Side inspired by the movie This is
Spinal Tap, you’ll never run out of places to hear great music in Milwaukee. If musicals
are your thing, head to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, a regular stop of
all touring Broadway shows.
Sit among hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Milwaukee Public Museum’s butterfly
exhibit. When you’re done there, head over to the museum’s giant IMAX theatre or
Discovery World — The James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics and Technology,
named by NBC’s Today Show as one of the nation’s top five interactive museums.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Empire State Building. Milwaukee has
the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.
Nicknamed "the Calatrava," this $100 million addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum on
Milwaukee’s lakefront looks like a giant bird unfurling its wings and has put Milwaukee The Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum
on the world’s architectural map.
Home to the Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park opened in 2001 and was the site of the 2002 All-Star Game. Just eight
blocks from Marquette is the Bradley Center, home of Marquette basketball, as well as the Milwaukee Bucks (NBA),
Admirals (AHL) and Wave (MISL).