Our selections depend on the pool of applications each year, and the Department Selection Committee reserves the right to determine first round consideration levels per selection criterion.

The USD Department of Dental Hygiene accepts up to thirty-two students into the professional program each year; students are selected through a competitive application process. The deadline for application is February 1.

An admissions committee review applications and conducts interviews before offering student admission. Selection is based on evaluation of the following:

* GPA on scored prerequisite courses ^

*ACT composite score

*Interpersonal skills ^^

*Recommendation forms

*Academic preparation and experience

^ Midterm grades will be used for any scored prerequisite courses in progress at application deadline
^^ Not all applicants will be contacted for an interview. Applications will be ranked according to established criteria and candidates who rank highly will be interviewed. The number of applicants interviewed will be determined by ranking of total pool. Dental office experience and recommendation credit is incorporated into the interview score.