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Upper Division Pre-Placement Program (UPP) Admission Requirements

The Upper Division Pre-Placement Program pre-admits up to 10 high-achieving students. Students selected for the program will be required to maintain a specific GPA in the lower division and will agree to begin upper division courses for a specific semester.  UPP students who have complied with the program requirements will NOT have to apply for competitive admission to the upper division– their admission is guaranteed!

Five spaces are reserved for high school seniors who will be first-time freshmen at the University of Louisville in the fall semester.  In the spring, five spaces are reserved for freshmen students who have successfully completed the first semester of full-time course work and meet the GPA requirement.



Application deadline for both types of UPP admission forms is Jan. 15.

Criteria for Upper Division
Pre-Placement Program (UPP)

An applicant (high school seniors) must:

  • Have been admitted to the UofL lower division Dental Hygiene program
  • Have an ACT composite score of 25 or higher
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Submit 2 letter of recommendations (one must be science)
  • Accept a start date to begin upper division courses for a specific semester
  • Submit the online UPP application at:
        • Upload an essay of 500 words or less describing your interest in a career in dental hygiene
        • Include documentation of 12 hours of observation of dental/dental hygiene practice


  • Because command of the English language is essential for successful professional school study, applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate their English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Preference is given to candidates with a minimum score of 100 and with listening and speaking section scores at 26 or above. The instituiton code for submitting TOEFL scores to the U of L School of Dentistry is 5933. For more information about TOEFL testing, go to:
    • Students who have graduated from a high school in which English is the primary language and/or has completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in a fully accredited U. S. college or university qualify for a waiver of the TOEFL requirement
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and science GPA of 3.0 or higher each semester of enrollment in the lower division.






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