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Personal Statement Instructions (PreDental)

To be successful, this essay must be about you – Who are you?  Why did you decide to be a dentist? What have you done to learn about what being a dentist means?  What have you learned from these experiences?  What future goals do you hope to accomplish?

Be specific, not vague--don’t make general statements without support or illustration (e.g., “my volunteer experience was rewarding,” “I have strong communication skills.” – with no other detail)   It should not be merely a list of endeavors, but an interesting narrative which highlights your achievements and your positive qualities and why they will help you be a competent, successful dentist. 

Pay attention to composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation. During the drafting process you should have a couple of others (professor, dentist, dental student, parent, PPA advisor, Writing Center tutor, etc.) read your essay and offer feedback.


Download a presentation about your PreDental Personal Statement [PDF]

Contact PreProfessional Advising


PPA Advisor Office Locations:

Main PPA Office: Mayumi Kasai, Amy Urbanek and Cari Winger: Building 44, Room 206 [MAP]  

Marriott Library: Shelley Nicholson and Tam Mai: On the 2nd floor, in the South West corner of the Knowledge Commons

HPER North: Heather Crum, Room 234 


Fall 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The office will be closed for planned events on:

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 4
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 23
  • Christmas Day: Monday, December 25
  • University Closure Day: Monday, December 26
  •  University Closure Day: Friday, December 29

Appointments are required.

ONLY current University students and Alumni with a UNID can book their appointments ONLINE.
Appointment Manager

If you are a prospective student (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email to schedule an appointment. 


"10 minute rule"

Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time. Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.

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Last Updated: 10/3/17