Programs in Dentistry

UTRGV College of Sciences offers two Dental Early Acceptance Programs (DEAP). Students may apply to the programs after completion of their first fall semester of college, which follows graduation from high school.

The University of Texas School of Dentistry-Houston DEAP offers highly qualified students with an interest in dentistry, and who through personal experiences have demonstrated the ability to overcome adverse or disadvantaged circumstances, the opportunity to be considered for and to receive conditional early acceptance to UTSD-Houston. The program offers guidance and support mechanisms to those selected for participation.   

UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry 3+4 Dental Early Acceptance Program allows students to apply credits earned during Dental School to college requirements.  This permits a student to earn both a Bachelor degree and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  The program is intended for students with academic excellence and a demonstrated interest in Dentistry as a career. 

 San Antonio DEAP information and application forms are available at:  

To request information or application forms, please contact:

In Edinburg, contact Dr. Scott Gunn by email at or Maria T. Mendez, Program Manager, by email at or phone at 956-665-5216.  Students are also welcome to stop by the Special Programs Office, located in ESCNE 1.352. The deadline to submit Edinburg Campus DEAP application packets is February 15th.

In Brownsville, please contact Gustavo Stern, MD by email at or phone at 956-882-5059.  Students may also stop by the Health Careers Professions Office located in the BLHSB 2.824. The deadline for San Antonio and Houston program applications is the penultimate Friday of March and the penultimate Friday of June, respectively.