Dentistry admission requirements in 1900

The following description of the Dentistry Program is taken from the School of Dentistry's "Announcement" of 1900-1901, pp. 8-9.  This document describes the procedures and the content of the examination for admission

Applicants for admission must be at least eighteen years of age and present to the Faculty satisfactory evidence of a good moral character; this should be in the form of a letter from a reputable dental or medical practitioner in the place from which the applicant comes.
Matriculates in the other scientific departments of the University, and graduates of recognized colleges, academies, or high schools, are admitted without further examination on presentation of proper diploma or certificate. Commercial and English diplomas will only be credited so far as they include the studies indicated in the scheme for examination as printed below. Candidates are requested to bring or send to the Secretary a letter from the superintendent of the school from which the diploma was obtained naming the subjects studied for the degree, with credit marked on each study, (use insert, next page).
All other applicants are examined as to their previous education and their fitness to enter on the technical study of dentistry. The subjects on which examination are held for the session beginning September, 1900, are as follows:
1. English. – An Essay of not less than one page (foolscap), correct in spelling, punctuation, capital letters, grammar, sentential structure and paragraphing.
2. History. – Meyer’s General History, or an equivalent, and Higginson’s or Johnson’s History of the United States.
3. Mathematics.Arithmetic. – Fundamental Rules, Fractions (common and decimal), Denominate Numbers, Percentage, Proportion, Involution and Evolution; and the Metric System of Weights and Measures. Algebra. – Fundamental Rules, Fractions, Equations of the First Degree, containing two or more unknown quantities. Geometry. – Plane Geometry.
4. Physics. – An amount represented by Avery’s Natural Philosophy, or Carhart and Chute’s Elements of Physics.
5. Latin. – Jones’s First Latin Book, or Harkness’s Latin Reader, or an equivalent amount in any other text-book.
6. Botany, Zoology, Physical Geography, and Physiology. – The applicant must offer two of these subjects. The requirements in each subject are as follows:
Botany. – The elements of Vegetable Morphology and Physiology as given in Spalding’s Introduction to Botany.
Zoology. – Packard’s Zoology, briefer course.
Physical Geography. – Tarr’s Elementary Physical Geography, especially chapters 9 to 21, inclusive, or an equivalent.
Physiology. – The Human Body – Martin’s.
Entrance examinations will be held in Ann Arbor, beginning at 9 A.M., September 24, 1900. To provide for cases in which it is impossible for the applicant to be present on this date, other examinations will be set for such times as may be determined by the Faculty.

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