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: $3,000
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in dentistry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Calvin Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in dentistry; 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: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy program or other health-care professions; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Nicholas Jelles Honors Scholarship
  • award amount: varies
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; an Honors Scholarship recipient; high involvement in church, community and school activities outside of the classroom; preference is given to pre-dental students
  • automatic consideration
William J. and Glenda Masselink Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; physics major or pursuing a pre-dentistry or pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Drs. Richard James and Susan Beving Strikwerda Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in pre-med, pre-dentistry or pre-physical therapy; preference is given to graduates of Holland Chr HS (MI), David Glasgow Farragut HS (Spain), or Montgomery County Public HS (MD)
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry or pre-dentistry program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Peter V. Tigchelaar Pre-Medical/Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in pre-med or pre-dentistry; demonstrate involvement in community or extracurricular college activities; volunteering in the medical community here or abroad is also considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
William and Lois Venema Pre-Dental Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a pre-dental program; demonstrate Christian character, promise of growth, and participation and leadership in activities outside the classroom such as church, community, and extra-curricular school activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,700
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in one of the health care professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, etc; demonstrate an interest in an understanding of Christian ethics and health care
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Carolyn Anderson

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

Eric Arnoys

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

David Benson

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

Ronald Blankespoor

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

Randall DeJong

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

Roger DeKock

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

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 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
Pre-professional health advisor: Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry
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
DH 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Chad Tatko

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

John Ubels

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

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Ecosystem Preserve Director
Department of Biology
DH 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616)526-6497

Douglas Vander Griend

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

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Associate Director, The Calvin Honors Program
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Talk to us

Rich Nyhof Rich Nyhof
Program Director
Pre-professional health advisor: Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry
Department of Pre-Professional Health
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

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