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Minimum Requirements for Admission Application Materials International Applicants
Application Filing, Notification, and Deposit Deadlines Prerequisites Financial Aid & Scholarships
Tuition & Fees Selection Process Acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Programs
Admissions Policies

Minimum Academic Requirements for Admission

The minimum requirements for consideration are as follows:

  • Grade point average of 80% or higher (high school applicants)
  • SAT or ACT test scores (high school applicants)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 from 12 credits of college study (transfer applicants)
  • Biology and chemistry courses successfully completed at the high school or college level with a grade of B or better, within a 10-year period before the student’s matriculation at the College of Dentistry.

Students most competitive for admission will exceed these minimums. It is strongly recommended that students continue science and English courses in their senior year of high school or enroll in prerequisite biology or chemistry courses at a 2-year or 4-year institution. If you have not completed the biology or chemistry prerequisite courses, you can complete them at the College of Dentistry. Click here to see the prerequisite course offerings for the upcoming semester. If you would like to take the courses before submitting an application for admission to the Dental Hygiene programs, you may use our online application to apply as a non-degree student.

If you wish to submit a application for full admission to the Dental Hygiene program knowing that you will need to complete the prerequisites, you may use the online application to apply as a pre-requisite student. Non-degree and pre-requisite students DO NOT qualify for financial aid.

Application Materials

Applications will only be considered for admission when all of the following documents are received by the Dental Hygiene Programs (the following items will be requested electronically):

  1. Application for Admission – must be completed online. Paper versions will not be accepted.

    Note: The Dental Hygiene Programs will not accept the Common Application.

    • Personal photo, not exceeding 100,000 bytes (about 100 KB). For best results, use an image of no more than 1,000 pixels in height or width. For help resizing your image, use an image-editing tool such as Picasa, iPhoto or Microsoft Paint. Be sure the photo file is saved with the .gif extension.

      Note: Do not submit pictures with individuals other than the applicant. Avoid party shots, group photos, having your face covered up or wearing clothing that exhibits anything other than the true character of the applicant.
    • Letters of Recommendation - Acceptable letters of recommendation are those from Guidance Counselors, College Faculty, High School Faculty and previous or current employers. Applicants have the option of requesting an electronic recommendation form be sent to the individual completing the letter; the recommender will then be permitted to upload their letter of recommendation and the required recommendation form directly to the applicant’s application. If the individual completing the letter of recommendation does not wish to use the electronic system, they may complete a printable version of the form by clicking here and mailing directly to the Dental Hygiene Programs with an additional letter of support. Documents must be received in a signed and sealed envelope.
    • 500-word full-length personal statement explaining on your interest in the profession of Dental Hygiene and your reason for selecting the New York University College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Programs.
    • A scan or copy of an unofficial version of academic records including:
      • High School Transcripts/General Equivalency Degree Documents
      • College Transcripts
      • Credential Evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators
      Note: Uploaded academic records serve solely as a placeholder until original documents arrive. An application will not be considered complete until the Dental Hygiene Programs has received official, sealed academic records directly from the institution.
  2. Nonrefundable $50.00 application fee through either electronic check or credit card. You will be prompted to pay the fee paid prior to submitting the online application to the Dental Hygiene Programs.
  3. In addition, the following materials must be mailed to the Dental Hygiene Programs:

  4. Official high school records for courses for which academic credit has been earned; a Graduate Equivalent Diploma (GED) is also accepted; however, the applicant must prove grades in the prerequisite areas within a 10-year period at B or better, at either a high school or college level. An official GED document must be included with proof of high-school level biology and chemistry courses.

    • If not in English, high school and/or college transcripts must be translated and evaluated course-by-course with a grade point average by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. ( and mailed directly to the Dental Hygiene office by the appropriate deadline. Once received, they are reviewed in place of accredited secondary school /undergraduate records. ECE can be contacted at the information below.

      By Phone: 414-289-3400
      By Fax: 414-289-3411
      Mailing Address:
      PO Box 514070
      Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

      Courier Service Address:
      101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 200
      Milwaukee, WI 53212

      Note: The Dental Hygiene Programs will only accept credential evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. Other third-party credential evaluations will not be accepted; and if the applicant did not complete their high school education in English, the application will be incomplete without the appropriate credential evaluation certifying that the degree awarded is equivalent to a high school diploma in the United States.

      Note: Students who have a Bachelor degree conferred from an accredited institution in the United States do not have to submit a high school transcript.

      Note: The Dental Hygiene Programs may require additional testing or enrollment in pre-requisite courses at the University for transfer students or for those with interrupted education.

  5. Transcripts outlining courses and grades taken at any 2-year or 4-year institution. For transfer students, if you earned credits that were transferred to another academic institution other than the one most recently enrolled, you must submit those transcripts as well.
  6. SAT or ACT standardized test scores are required for high school applicants entering directly from high school. All required testing should be completed and official results mailed to the Dental Hygiene Programs.
    Note: If you have taken the SAT or ACT more than once, or if you have SAT Subject Test or Advanced Placement (AP) Test scores that you wish to submit in support of your application, we recommend that you send us all of your scores. We will use the combination of scores that best presents your candidacy. If you are applying as a high school senior, we recommend that you complete your testing by the November test date, and you must finish by the December test date.

Transfer applicants who will have already completed, at the very least, one full-year of full-time college or university enrollment in liberal arts and science courses, are exempt from having to submit standardized testing to NYU.

Official test scores should be sent directly to the Dental Hygiene Programs from the testing agencies. The NYU code for the College Board (SAT Reasoning Test, SAT I, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II Examinations) is 2562; the ACT code for NYU is 2838.

Detailed information on the SATs and Advanced Placement examination may be obtained from the College Board, 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023-6917; telephone: 212-713-8000; Detailed information on the ACT may be obtained from ACT. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168; telephone: 319-337-1270;

All candidates for admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs should complete the listed items above and send the appropriate materials to:

Dental Hygiene Programs
New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, Room 3W,
New York, NY 10010

Please specify “Dental Hygiene Programs” when requesting and mailing your materials. Our office is not responsible for materials mailed to University addresses other than the one listed above or materials not received by the deadline.

All candidates, both domestic and international are urged to complete and file their applications by the stated deadline (see below for application filing deadlines). No admission decision will be made without complete information. The Dental Hygiene Programs reserve the right to substitute or waive particular admissions requirements at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

International Applicants

The Dental Hygiene Programs at the New York University College of Dentistry welcomes applications from individuals who are neither US citizens nor permanent residents of the United States. International students must also complete the Application for Admission to Undergraduate Study to the Dental Hygiene Programs. Please indicate on the application for admission your country of citizenship, and if currently residing in the United States, your current visa status.

Financial documentation is not required when filing an application. If the student is accepted, instructions for completing the Application for Certificate of Eligibility (AFCOE) online will be included in the acceptance packet. Admitted students are required to complete and submit the appropriate paperwork according to the deadlines posted by the Office for Global Services at New York University.

Appropriate evidence of financial ability must be submitted with the AFCOE to the Office for Global Services in order for the appropriate visa document to be issued. If the applicant’s studies are being financed by means of his or her own savings, parental support, outside private or government scholarships, or any combination of these, he or she must arrange to send official letters or similar certification as proof of such support. New students may wish to view the multimedia tutorial for new international students at

Matters pertaining to student visas and orientation are administered by the Office for Global Services, 561 La Guardia Place, and 1st Floor; telephone 212-998-4720. In addition, the staff of this office endeavors to aid international students in taking full advantage of various social, cultural, and recreational opportunities offered by the University and New York City.

Admission Application Filing, Notification and Deposit Deadlines

Applications for admission, including all required supporting credentials, must be received according to the timetables below:

  • SPRING 2014
    For Spring admission, applications are accepted for the pre-requisite; 3-year day/evening and Bachelor’s and degree completion tracks. Students looking to complete Liberal arts/elective courses may also begin tking coursework in the Spring.

    Note: The Spring application cycle is accelerated. Accepted students are expected to respond to their offer of admission and submit the tuition deposit by the posted deadline, or the offer of admission will be rescinded.

    Application Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013
    Decision Notification Date: Friday, November 29, 2013
    Tuition Deposit Deadline: Monday, December 9, 2013
    Tuition Payment Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2014 (tentative)

  • SUMMER 2014
    For Summer admission, applications are accepted for the pre-requisite; 3-year day/evening and Bachelor’s and degree completion tracks. Students looking to complete Liberal arts/elective courses may also begin taking coursework in the Summer.

    Note: The Summer application cycle is accelerated. Accepted students are expected to respond to their offer of admission and submit the tuition deposit by the posted deadline, or the offer of admission will be rescinded.

    Application Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014
    Decision Notification Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Tuition Deposit Deadline: Friday, April 18, 2014
    Tuition Payment Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2014

  • FALL 2014
    Applications for all tracks (Pre-requisite; 2-year day; 3-year day/evening A.A.S; B.S.; Degree Completion are accepted for Fall entry.

    If applicants receive an offer of admission, it is expected that the applicant will accept/decline their offer of admission and/or submit the tuition deposit by the deadline applicable to their submission date. Failure to respond to the offer of admission by the posted date will result in the offer being rescinded.

    Early Admission Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2014
    Early Admission Notification Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
    Early Admission Deposit Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014
    Priority Admission Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014
    Priority Admission Notification Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
    Priority Admission Tuition Deposit Deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014
    Regular Admission Deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014
    Regular Admission Notification Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
    Regular Admission Deposit Deadline: Friday, June 27, 2014
    Tuition Payment Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2014
    First Day of Fall 2014 Classes
    (Including mandatory new student orientation):
    Monday, August 25, 2014

Prerequisite Courses

Individuals looking to strengthen their application or students who are admitted “on condition” may complete the prerequisite courses of Biology or Chemistry at the NYU College of Dentistry. The Dental Hygiene Programs offers these courses from term-to-term and students may enroll for these courses as non-degree students when they are available.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial Aid
    Students apply for all need-based financial aid by filing the FAFSA. New freshmen must also file the CSS PROFILE Application. All need-based financial aid is awarded through the Office of Financial Aid.

    A financial aid package based on need can consist of grant or scholarship money, loans, or, or any combination.

    The formula to determine your financial need is cost of attendance (including tuition, room and board, fees, personal expenses and books) minus your expected family contribution (EFC), which is determined by the Federal Government.

  • Need-Based Scholarships
    The Dental Hygiene Programs offers a number of need-based scholarships; however, individual scholarship applications are not required. The amount of the award depends entirely on demonstrated financial need as displayed through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and is subject to available funds. Renewal of these funds is contingent on the student maintaining financial need, but annual renewal is not guaranteed.

  • Merit-Based Scholarships
    All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, so that no separate application forms or interviews are necessary. The Office of Admission notifies scholarship recipients at the time of admission to the university. Merit-based scholarships are subject to available funds. Renewal of these funds is contingent on the student maintaining academic progress but annual renewal is not guaranteed.

  • Total assistance received from all sources (including non-NYU funds and student and/or alternative loans) cannot exceed NYU’s current cost of attendance.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition is based upon the number of credits a student is registered. Students enrolled for less than 12 credits will be charged per credit, and students enrolled between 12-20 credits are charged a flat rate. Students enrolled for over 20 credits will be charged additional tuition and fees. Certain Dental Hygiene courses require additional fees for instruments, software and other peripherals.

Click here for an overview of the Tuition and Fees for the Dental Hygiene Programs.

A breakdown of tuition by program can be found here:

Selection Process

Information Sharing Sessions

An Information Sharing Session (ISS) is required for all candidates for admission. Applicants eligible for an information sharing session will be notified of available session dates and invited by the Dental Hygiene Programs for their in-person discussion shortly after their application is completed.

A typical Information Sharing Session is conducted by a Dental Hygiene Programs faculty member. During each session, the faculty member questions the applicant about their academic, personal, and professional aspirations and preparedness for admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs. The applicant will discuss the profession of dental hygiene, our program at the College of Dentistry, their qualifications for the program and answer any questions they may have including transfer credits.

After the Information Sharing Session, the interviewer reviews the full application file for the applicant and then formulates and submits a recommendation to the Director of Admissions for action.

Telephone sessions may be requested for applicants outside the metropolitan area or international applicants.

Acceptance to the Dental Hygiene Programs

The Dean, via the Director of Admissions, notifies applicants in writing of the admission action/decision. Applicants are extended acceptance to the program based on the aggregate data gathered from the application, information sharing session, and completion of all published admissions requirements.

  • Entrance Deficiencies
    Applicants who lack one or, at most, two entrance requirements sometimes are admitted “on condition.” Students with an entrance condition must register for the subject in which they are conditioned concurrently with their first-term registration. The terms of these conditions will be outlined in the acceptance letter. Failure to complete these conditions will result in the applicant’s offer of acceptance being revoked and the applicant will be unable to matriculate into the Dental Hygiene Programs.

  • Deferment of Acceptance
    Applicants who have been offered admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs may request to defer their enrollment for up to one year. Students who are approved to defer their enrollment and who satisfy the requirements listed below do not have to file a new application and are guaranteed re-admission for the subsequent fall semester. Deferred students pay a tuition deposit for the original term of entry, which will be credited to the new term of entry. They are expected to re-confirm their intention to enroll when requested by the Dental Hygiene Offices and are held to the same expectations as our other incoming students. In essence, students who are approved to defer their enrollment are committed to enrolling at NYU but are simply making that commitment a year in advance.

Admissions Policies

Writing Placement Exam

All admitted students must take a Writing Placement Exam through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of New York University prior to the first day of mandatory orientation. Pending the results of your mandatory writing placement exam, you may be required to take individual writing courses listed below before registering for Writing Workshop I.

  • Effective Reading and Writing for College (non-credit course)
  • Grammar Strategies (non-credit course)
  • Intensive Writing (optional non-credit or 2 credit course)

Exam scores are usually forwarded to the Dental Hygiene Office after two weeks of the exam date. You may contact our office at that time to receive your results. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisor to discuss registration for the individual writing courses in order to review their academic plan.

This exam may be waived, by review, for students entering the program intending to transfer two courses, with grade “B” or better, of College-level English Composition.

Transfer Credit Policy

The transferring of credits process is done after official college transcript(s) or translated course-by-course evaluated documents have been received. The courses are reviewed for similar content and level. Science courses are transferred at a grade of “B” or better. Liberal arts courses are transferred at a grade of “C” of better. All students who transfer courses must still meet the competency requirements found within the course in order for the transfer to be completed. No transfer credit is granted for workshops and continuing education classes.

Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be submitted and students must be registered for credits to post on academic records.

Once a student is matriculated and enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Programs, core science or writing courses will not be transferred. Only Psychology, Sociology, Oral Communications and extra liberal arts credits can be transferred from another accredited institution as a matriculated student. Only under limited circumstances may the Dean of Allied Health Programs grant permission to approve any other course(s).

Note: Credits are not transferred for courses taken more than ten (10) years ago.

Note: The prerequisite chemistry course does not transfer in place of the Chemistry for Allied Health core Dental Hygiene course.

STUDENTS WITH FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS: The Dental Hygiene Programs will only consider evaluations from ECE for transfer credits. Course transfers may be limited, subject to intense review of course content through the student providing course descriptions and may require the student to take a proficiency exam to consider core course(s) for transfer.

Transfer of Specific Courses

  • Writing Courses
    Students entering the program may be reviewed for satisfying the writing requirement by transferring two courses, at the time of admission, with grade “B” or better, of College level writing-intensive English composition courses from an accredited College or University if they have previously completed at least fifteen (15) college credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better. Students must also meet the following criteria:
    • Official transcript(s) must be submitted.
    • Students may be asked to submit graded coursework and or course descriptions relating to the desired courses to be transferred.
    • Two+ courses must be transferred. One course will not be transferred.
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II
    At NYUCD, the Dental Hygiene Programs teaches the standard course content of Anatomy & Physiology I under the course title Anatomy & Physiology II. Course content of Anatomy & Physiology II is taught under the course title Anatomy & Physiology I.

    For example, if a student took A&P I at another college and received a grade of B or better, that course would be considered for transfer in place of the NYUCD Dental Hygiene Programs’ A&P II course.

  • Microbiology
    If a single Microbiology course was taken at an outside institution, the credits will be transferred to meet the Microbiology I requirement at the NYUCD Dental Hygiene Programs, regardless of the number of credits earned.

  • Nutrition
    The NYUCD Dental Hygiene Programs will not accept credits for nutrition courses outside a dental hygiene curriculum.

  • Ethics
    The NYUCD Dental Hygiene Programs will not accept credits for ethics courses outside a dental hygiene curriculum.

Transfer of Other Dental Hygiene Courses

Students may receive credit dental hygiene courses taken at an accredited dental hygiene program or school. Such courses must have a grade of B or better and be comparable in content to courses required for the A.A.S or B.S. Dental Hygiene Programs NYUCD. Students must submit copies of their course’s syllabi to the Student Retention and Academic Advising Administrator upon admission to the College. The transferability of courses from external Dental Hygiene programs is not common, as it is preferred that students complete their Dental Hygiene curriculum at one institution.

Transfer Residence Requirement (Bachelor’s Degree Only)

The Dental Hygiene Programs’ residency requirement is 32 credits. To be eligible for a degree, a transfer student must complete a minimum of 32 credits with an average of 2.0 or higher in courses held in the Dental Hygiene Programs during two or more terms. All course requirements must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation. Continuous maintenance of matriculation is required. Students should check with the Office of the University Registrar regarding the policy governing excess credits earned toward the associate and baccalaureate degree. A student is not permitted to be matriculated for more than one degree at a time.

American Language Institute

Some students are accepted into the Dental Hygiene Programs contingent upon the results of testing through this institute or may be recommended to take intensive English courses through this department upon the results of the University’s mandatory Writing Placement Exam (once accepted into the program).

The American Language Institute of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies of New York University offers intensive courses in English for students with little or no proficiency in the language. It also offers the University Preparatory Workshop program in English for students with English proficiency insufficient to undertake a full academic program but sufficient for a part-time academic program in combination with part-time English study. This combination may constitute a full-time program of study.

Health and Technical Standards for Pre-Matriculation for Dental Hygiene Programs

All candidates for admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs must submit the Application for Admission to Undergraduate Study to the Dental Hygiene Programs. Admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs is highly competitive and applicants are accepted on the basis of their predicted success in the program. In addition, an individual must meet the Health and Technical Standards for Pre-Matriculation for Dental Hygiene Programs in order to be eligible for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Dental Hygiene Programs at the New York University College of dentistry (NYUCD). The Technical Standards are found at the link below.