Is dentistry for me?

Are you a current high school student who is considering a career in dentistry? If you'd like to learn more about the field of dentistry you can visit the American Dental Association’s Web site at

Honors Programs

Once you’ve decided to pursue a dental career, you can read about the honors programs we offer to qualified students, in conjunction with our main University campus in Stockton. There are three accelerated programs to choose from: a five-year program, a six-year program and a seven-year program. All programs involve undergraduate education on the Stockton campus followed by a three-year dental program on the San Francisco campus.

2 + 3 Program

This five-year program leading to a doctor of dental surgery degree (DDS) was created in 1984 to provide predental education in two academic years for qualified high school graduates. Students admitted to the program take a prescribed list of general education and science courses as undergraduates in the College of the Pacific on the Stockton campus. After two years of study, students in the 2+3 program are eligible to apply for admission to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. All students registered in the program are monitored closely and are counseled by predental faculty on the Stockton campus as well as by dental faculty from the San Francisco campus.

3 + 3 Program

Our six-year honor program provides qualified high school graduates with the opportunity to enroll in a selective baccalaureate program on the Stockton campus and later a DDS program. Students accepted into this accelerated program major in chemistry or biological sciences and obtain a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific after completing three academic years on the Stockton campus and one year at the dental school in San Francisco. This special opportunity, combined with the 36-month, year-round educational program in dentistry, makes it possible for select students to complete all requirements for both a bachelor’s degree and DDS degree within a total of six years.

4 + 3 Program

This seven-year program provides students with the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in any discipline on the Stockton campus in four years of study and then complete the doctor of dental surgery degree at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco in three additional years. Students admitted to this honors program can major in any subject provided they complete an appropriate series of science courses as prescribed by a College of the Pacific predental advisor.

For more information on how to apply to the Advantage Dental Program, click here. Questions? Please call 209.946.2211.