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Fall 2021 Applications Available: September 1, 2020

Deadline: January 5, 2021,  6:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time / 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Application Information

Direct entry students are given reserved seating in a cohort-based learning community of 18 to 19 credits to take the necessary coursework and graduate in 4 years. Students may add coursework to their learning community, but may not omit courses.

Two-Step Application Process

Application requirements are found in the applications listed below.

Step 1 – Apply to UH Manoa Undergraduate Admissions

  • Required for all new applicants and returning, transferring, and unclassified UH Manoa students.
  • Fee: $70
  • For your major choose Dental Hygiene

Step 2 – Apply to the Dental Hygiene Program

  • Required for ALL applicants
  • Application (PDF)
    Download the application from the link above.
  • Fee: $0

Admission Requirements

Admission of students to the Direct Entry in Dental Hygiene (DEDH) program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) is based on specific written criteria, procedures and policies. Previous academic performance in high school, at UHM or other college or university, performance on standardized tests and other predictors are utilized in selecting students who have potential for successfully completing the program.

Minimum Exam Scores

For prospective freshmen students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, test scores (SAT or ACT) will be optional. Freshman applicants will have the option of submitting test scores as part of their admissions application.

SAT Scores: Evidence Based Reading and Writing – 560 and Math – 540 OR ACT Scores: Reading – 22 and Math – 22

Cumulative High School GPA

3.0 on a 4.0 scale, at the end of junior year of high school

English Language Proficiency

If an applicant’s native language is not English or has not obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an English speaking college, then the applicant must submit official Test of English a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 600.

Continuation Requirements

With successful completion of the freshman year including prerequisite course grades the student is automatically admitted to the BS in dental hygiene program. In order to retain status as a Direct Entry Dental Hygiene Program the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all freshman year college coursework and a minimum grade of C in all program course work.

Admission to the direct entry program will not be deferred.

Prospective Students Not Applying for Direct Entry

Students who are interested in the dental hygiene program but are not eligible for the direct entry program can enter UH Manoa as a pre-dental hygiene student and apply in fall of their freshman year for admission to dental hygiene. Interested students should contact the dental hygiene faculty advisors listed on the program page for more information.

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