Admissions and Programs

Top 10 Reasons to Choose the Dugoni School of Dentistry

  1. Three-Year Program: As the only dental school in the United States offering a year-round accelerated three-year DDS program, our graduates enter general practice or begin specialty education one year earlier than any other dental program.
  2. Clinical Excellence: Nearly all students indicate that the strong clinical orientation of the school is a major factor in their decision to attend Pacific.
  3. Curriculum: The school is also the originator of such curricular innovations as comprehensive patient care and competency-based education. Our students enjoy the integration of basic and clinical sciences that begins on the first day of class.
  4. Dugoni Family: Students become part of the Dugoni family on the first day of school. They enjoy the interaction with dental school alumni and being treated as a peer by all.
  5. Superb Facility: Our state-of-the-art facilities set us apart from the competition.
  6. Quality Faculty, Staff and Administrators: Applicants are impressed by faculty availability and the quality of instruction. Students and applicants alike praise our faculty and staff for being friendly, helpful and supportive.
  7. Leadership Opportunities: From its highly involved student government to its strong ties to organized dentistry, Pacific develops some of the highest profile leaders in the dental profession.
  8. Research and Innovation: The dental school maintains a strong presence as a clinical research center for businesses and foundations. Major breakthroughs include clinical research on Invisalign®, the invisible braces for adults created by Align Technology.
  9. Community Involvement: Our students have many opportunities to give back to the community — from participation in health fairs to outreach events at senior centers, elementary schools and non-profit agencies.
  10. Location: San Francisco is one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's location in Pacific Heights is considered to be a major advantage, particularly as a place to live while in dental school.