Calvin's pre-dental program will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best dental schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in general dentistry or in a dental specialty, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.

Overview

As a pre-dental student at Calvin, you'll have the flexibility to pursue any major as you complete the courses required for dental school. These classes include a range of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. You will also meet regularly with the pre-dental faculty advisor to plan your path to dentistry school.

Careers in Pre-Dentistry

  • General dentistry
  • orthodontics
  • pediatric dentistry
  • oral surgery
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Pre-dental club; Laboratory assisting in Biology or Chemistry; Work on ecosystem restoration projects; International Health and Development Club

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By the numbers

9.0-10.0
The average MCAT score of Calvin students
3
Faculty who taught in medical schools
200
Pre-medical and pre-dental students at Calvin

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Ivan E. and Rebecca J. Boerman Pre-Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.2+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a program in dentistry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Calvin Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • financial need is not required, but may be considered; demonstrate involvement in research, extracurricular college activities, or in the dental community here or abroad
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • good academic record
  • financial need considered; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William J. and Glenda Masselink Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing pre-dentistry, pre-medicine or physics
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Drs. Richard James and Susan Beving Strikwerda Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need not required; preference to graduates of Holland Christian HS, David Glasgow Farragut HS, or Montgomery County Public HS
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Peter V. Tigchelaar Pre-Medical/Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.5+
  • financial need required; involvement in community or extracurricular college activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Lois Venema Pre-Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a career in a health care profession
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Carolyn Anderson

Carolyn Anderson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 335
cea3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6343

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 227
blan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6174

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Roger DeKock

Roger DeKock
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 301
dekock@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6344

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 229
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Loren Haarsma

Loren Haarsma
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 260
lhaarsma@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8517

Paul Harper

Paul Harper
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
SB 161
pharper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6408

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Chad Tatko

Chad Tatko
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 307
cdt2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7584

Peter Tigchelaar

Peter Tigchelaar
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 107
ptigch@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6346

John Ubels

John Ubels
Professor
Department of Biology
DeVries Hall 213
jubels@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6219

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Department of Biology
DeVries Hall 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616)526-6497

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DeVries Hall 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616)526-7620

Talk to us

Jeannette Henderson Jeannette Henderson
Department Co-Chair
Department of Biology
Bunker Center 108B
jmh46@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7601

Lori Keen Lori Keen
Department Co-Chair
Department of Biology
DH 203
keel@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6080

Phyllis Pennock Phyllis Pennock
Department Co-Chair
Department of Biology
SB 155
ph25@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6083

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