Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

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    Loma Linda, CA
    *Note: Cost calculation does not include living expenses, student loan interest, or loan origination fees. 
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    Loma Linda University School of Dentistry is a private coeducational health sciences institution. LLU is part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system and is located in Loma Linda, California.

    The school opened in 1953 and has expanded to include a dental hygiene program along with several dental specialty programs including: dental anesthesia, endodontics, implant dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatrics, periodontics, and prosthodontics. LLU also offers a DDS program for international dentists.

    Tuition and Fees

    • Tuition: 
      • First Year: $67,845
      • Second Year: $81,305
      • Third Year: $81,305
      • Fourth Year: $81,305
    • Annual Increase: 4-7%
    • Program Specific Fees:
      • First Year: $13,799
      • Second Year: $8,443
      • Third Year: $1,816
      • Fourth Year: $1,565
    • Flexible Financial Aid Costs:
      • First Year: $5,082
      • Second Year: $2,588
      • Third Year: $1,222
      • Fourth Year: $1,068

    Total Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $358,854


    Loma Linda DDS Curriculum


    Interviews take place on the fifth floor. Interviewees are asked to write a one-page on a subject that details how they overcame adversity or asking them to describe their lives. Next, candidates may watch videos about some of Loma Linda’s mission trips. Pamphlets about the various programs at school are also handed out.

    Applicants are then given a brief one-on-one interview by a member of faculty in a small room. The following questions may be expected:

    • “Why Loma Linda University?”
    • “How does faith tie into your daily life?”
    • “How have you prepared for dental school?”
    • “What is your experience with dentistry?”
    • “Why do you want to be a dentist?”

    After the interview, candidates are then offered a tour with a senior student who can show them around the school and clinic.


    LLUSD seeks to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ wherein:

    • Students learn to provide high quality oral health care, based on sound biologic principles.
    • Patients receive competent care, which is preventive in purpose and comprehensive in scope, provided with compassion and respect.
    • Faculty, students and staff value the patient relationship, respect diversity and share responsibility by working together toward academic, professional, spiritual and personal growth.
    • Scholarly activity and research provide a foundation for evidence-based learning and enhance whole person care.
    • The workplace environment attracts and retains a superior and diverse faculty and staff who motivate, educate and serve.
    • Our communities–local, global and professional–benefit from our service, stewardship, and commitment to lifelong learning.