Student Life at the College of Dentistry

Students choose UIC College of Dentistry not just because we offer a world-class oral health education continuously improved by innovation and led by expert faculty and staff – in the heart of the great city of Chicago  – but also because our student experience is so enriching.

One of the biggest reasons I chose UIC for dental school is because it’s so welcoming and supportive – it’s like a family.


group of diverse students smiling to camera

UIC is proud to be recognized as having one of the most ethnically and culturally rich college campuses in America.

Our welcoming environment and diverse student body engenders deeper learning and provides you with new perspectives on life. Diversity is fundamental to everything we do at the College of Dentistry. In declaring that diversity is a core value, we dedicate ourselves to building a culture of excellence that is grounded in principles of equity and social justice. The College, by policies, practices and spirit, is committed to maintaining a welcoming, inclusive and culturally vibrant learning environment.

My favorite about being a student here is the diversity. I get to learn from people with so many different backgrounds, cultures and ways of life. It’s a very welcoming student experience.

Dante Brown  |  DMD Candidate

Research Experiences

woman looking in microscope

The College of Dentistry offers students many opportunities to pursue an area of research study to enhance their education experience. The Student Research Group is a student-led initiative provide an opportunity for students to engage in a patient-based study at the level of scientific inquiry. The Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Program offers Summer and Predental Programs for Undergraduates.

As a student researcher, I have the advantage of impacting patient lives in and beyond the clinic.

Community Engagement

dentist talking to patient

There are many ways our students get involved and enhance their training through Community Health programs. Students can:

  • Run a dental clinic, and transform the lives of Chicago area homeless people at Goldie’s Place.
  • Educate children on the importance of prevention in Chicago area community schools and health centers.
  • Become involved and enhance your training through service learning opportunities


For more information on the College of Dentistry’s Student Services & Resources:

Dr. Darryl D. Pendleton
Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104B

Dr. Rhonna Cohen, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor, Director and Advisor of Pre-Dental Undergraduate Program
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104B

Dr. Sheela Raja
Director of Resilience Center
801 S. Paulina Street, Room 104

Ms. Carolyn Feller
Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104D

Ms. Braulia Espinosa
Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104C

Ms. Meah Rogers, MPH
Assistant Director of Student and Diversity Affairs
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104

Ms. Millie Mendez
Student Advocate
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104

Ms. Hannah Bonecutter
Program Coordinator
801 South Paulina Street, Room 104

Ms. Laura Macias
Extra Help

What will the next 4 years of dental school look like?

Curriculum at a Glance

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Academic Resources

DMD Courses

DMD AS Courses

DMD DMDAS Curriculum Progression 

Course Descriptions (UIC Catalog)

Office of Academic Affairs: Official Letter Request


DMD and AS Schedules

DMD Academic Calendar 2020-2025

D3/A3 D4/A4 Clinic Schedule 2020 Updated Covid-19 Schedule

DMD DMD AS Didactic Schedule Summer & Fall 2020 Updated Covid-19 Schedule

DMD DMD AS Spring 2021 UPDATED Dates  Covid-19 Addendum