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Dental Hygiene Program - Admission

The program in dental hygiene starts in the fall of each year. Prospective students should complete the Transfer Student Online Application and indicate Dental Hygiene BS as the unit of study.

Applications and application materials are all processed through the University of Michigan, Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Prospective students should apply by February 1 of the year acceptance is desired in order to receive equal consideration with other applicants. For important directions on completing the transfer student application (Common Application) see Tips & Tricks.  General admission policies of the University of Michigan are observed. For tuition information, see the Office of the Registrar website.

Students enter the dental hygiene program as sophomores. All candidates must complete the equivalent of thirty semester hours of college level work in liberal arts. Prerequisite courses include:

  • English composition
  • Speech
  • Introductory psychology
  • Introductory sociology
  • Chemistry (preferably with laboratory)
  • Recommended Electives: Biology, Pathophysiology, writing intensive English Composition and other college level science-based courses.

High school graduates desiring to spend their first year of study for the dental hygiene program at the University of Michigan should apply to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

GPA: Average GPA of incoming students is 3.2. 

Admission to the dental hygiene program is based upon scholastic achievements. Consideration is given to applications from all qualified resident and non-resident candidates. Applicants are encouraged to arrange an interview. The purpose of the interview is to acquaint the prospective student with the areas of study in dental hygiene and with the university campus. E-mail for more information.

Required Tests

If you did not take the ACT or SAT as a high school student, these scores will not be required as part of your transfer application to the University of Michigan and you should not sit for the exams as a college student.

If you took the ACT or SAT as a high school student, we require that you send those scores to the University so they can be evaluated as part of your transfer application. If your ACT or SAT scores are not posted on your high school transcript, please have the scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the testing agency. If you have not yet had your scores reported to the University of Michigan, you may request to have them sent online using these links:

  • ACT (U-M code is 2062)
  • SAT (U-M code is 1839)

Rush paper scores are not accepted.

MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS test scores are required of all speakers of English as a second language. Please click here for minimum score requirements.

Application Materials

All transfer students are required to submit the following prior to the deadline date:

  • Completed application (The Common Application).  For important directions on completing the transfer student application, see Common Application Tips and Tricks
  • Final official secondary school record (high school), including 9th-12th grades, test data, and graduation date
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, technical institutes)
  • Essays (3)
  • Application fee
  • Test scores (ACT, SAT, MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS), if applicable

Insurance Requirements

University of Michigan School of Dentistry dental hygiene students (excluding on-line degree students) are required to complete the Health Insurance Submit Form in MiTools to demonstrate coverage for the current year at a minimum level of health insurance.

For more information, see Health Insurance Guidelines.

Infectious and Bloodborne Diseases: The University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program complies with institutional, local, state, and federal regulations on bloodborne pathogen diseases, ionizing radiation, and hazardous materials. Students in the Program follow CDC, OSHA, and other guidelines to protect themselves and their patients from occupational exposure to these hazards. In addition, the Program has policies and procedures related to individuals who have bloodborne infectious disease(s).

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, e-mail or call 734-763-3392.