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Admission Requirements

All candidates for admission to the Dental Hygiene Programs at NYU College of Dentistry must submit the online 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 NYU Dentistry.  

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. If you have not completed the biology or chemistry prerequisite courses, you can complete them at the College of Dentistry. To see the prerequisite course offerings for the upcoming semester visit the Dental Hygiene Programs page. 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.

Admissions Policies

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 two weeks after 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 a grade of "B" or better, of College-level English Composition.

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.

Writing Courses

Students entering the program may be reviewed for satisfying the writing requirement by transferring two courses, at the time of admission, with a grade of "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 NYU Dentistry, 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 NYU Dentistry Dental Hygiene Programs’ A&P II course.


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

Students may receive credit for 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 AAS or BS Dental Hygiene Programs NYU Dentistry.

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.

The transfer of any NYU College of Dentistry credits is subject to review and approval by the institution to which the student is applying. Official transcripts must be requested and ordered through the NYU Registrar.

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.

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