Xavier University Students Are Eligible for Early Assurance Program for Admission to Dental School

Historically Black Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans has entered into a partnership with the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sophomores at Xavier University who are accepted into the program will be offered conditional early acceptance into the UAB School of Dentistry.

Xavier students accepted through the Early Assurance Program (EAP) are required to take the Dental Admission Test and successfully complete a degree program at Xavier University. Nominated students will interview for the EAP while participating in the 2022 Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the UAB School of Dentistry. SHPEP is a free, six-week summer enrichment residential program for first- and second-year college students. The goal of the SHPEP is to increase diversity in health professions by recruiting and preparing underrepresented students for successful educational experiences and careers in health care.

Students who successfully complete the interview process are granted conditional acceptance into the School of Dentistry. Those who are accepted through this program are eligible for scholarships provided by UAB.

“We are excited to partner with Xavier University of Louisiana to establish this new early assurance program,” said Carly Timmons McKenzie, assistant dean of admissions and associate professor in the UAB School of Dentistry. “This program enhances our efforts to recruit and develop promising students with backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in dentistry and prepare them for a career in this industry.”


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