Dental schools seek well-rounded applicants who demonstrate leadership traits and a passion for learning and serving others. Activities outside the classroom provide holistic development opportunities. At Ohio State University College of Dentistry Ohio State University College of Dentistry, for example, observation hours and service involvement are application prerequisites.
While getting a bachelor's degree, consider the advantages of the Honors’ Program at Cleveland State University. The program is designed to be more rigorous, thus preparing a pre-dental student with the academic skills needed for dental school. Also, graduating with a bachelor's degree in the honors program provides a better edge in the competitive dental school application process. For more information go to the Honors Program website.
In addition to Cleveland State's Honors Program be sure to inquire about departmental honors programs sponsored by each academic major department. Most departmental honors programs have a research component that provides additional beneficial experiences and opportunities.
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
Pre-dental students will benefit from the activities and support of American Medical Students Association, AMSA, which meets twice a month. They organize service projects, visits from school admission representatives, volunteer opportunities, national conference activities, peer support and more.
Meaningful research opportunities are plentiful for Cleveland State pre-professional students. In lab and field student researchers thrive. Students conduct groundbreaking research alongside professors who hold prestigious awards. Cleveland State’s summer research program, Engaged Learning, encourages undergraduate students to investigate new ideas that serve as the foundation for future endeavors.
In order to make your dental school application stand out and be competitive, it is highly recommended to get as much experience with research as possible. There are several opportunities to obtain research experience. A great place to start is to approach your science faculty and explore available research opportunities with them. Enrolling in "REEL LAB" offered by the Chemistry department is a great way not only to have a poster presentation at the end of the semester, but to apply classroom knowledge in a lab setting. Visit the Chemistry Department for more information. Each science department offers independent studies under the guidance of outstanding faculty members who can further enhance your science knowledge .
For up-to-date Cleveland State research activities, visit the Research website.
WebGURU is a great resource on external research opportunities and tips for getting started in undergraduate research.
Service and Leadership Opportunities
Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program in Bioscience and Healthcare
Choose Ohio First Scholars engage in research, internships and entrepreneurial experiences in Northeast Ohio’s growing health science and biomedical community. In addition, the program will offers networking opportunities with peers, mentors and employers. Click on the link for more information.
Cleveland State Student Organizations
A wonderful way to enhance your undergraduate experience is to join a student organization. Through your involvement you can have fun, learn new things and develop the leadership skills that dental schools seek. Click on the link for more information.
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
This national Robert Wood Johnson (RWFJ) sponsored program is a free six-week summer dental school preparatory program (full tuition, housing and meals) offering eligible students intensive and personalized dental school preparation. The focus is on students in the first two years of their college education who are planning to attend dental school and are from specific minority or disadvantaged groups.
Cleveland State pre-professional students can immerse themselves in another culture, and even in an international health program, by studying, interning or volunteering abroad. The Center for International Services and Programs at Cleveland State facilitates many opportunities. A host of other not-for-profit organizations can match pre-professional students with career-related placements.