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Upper Division Application

What is the Upper Division?

The Upper Division is considered the final third and fourth year track of study for students who have

a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 and have acquired at least 54 college credit hours (completing all prerequisites) prior to the August fall semester start date.

There are 72 credit hours in the Upper Division curriculum. Click here to view the courses required in the third and fourth year of Upper Division study.

Admission to the Upper Division is competitive with only 30 positions in each class. Students selected for the Upper Division continue their education by entering the dental hygiene professional phase.

Upper Division Admission Requirements

  • The application deadline is Feb. 1.
  • Students are admitted to the Upper Division in the Fall term only.


Admission to the upper division is competitive. Admission to the lower division does not guarantee admission to the upper division.

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  1. Complete (or be in the process of completing the following before fall admission to the upper division) the required pre-professional (prerequisite) courses:
    • Written Communications* (6 hrs)
    • Oral Communications (3 hrs)
    • Intro. Psychology 201
    • Intro. Sociology 201 or 203
    • Math (one from Gen Ed list)*
    • Intro. to Biology 102* (UofL Students)
    • Intro. to Biology Lab 104* (UofL Students)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I 260**
    • Anatomy & Physiology II 261**
    • Anatomy & Physiology Lab 262**
    • Chemistry 101 or 105**
    • Nutrition 303**
    • World History 101 or 102
    • Cultural Diversity (6hrs –3hrs must be CD1)
    • Arts & Humanities (one in each)
    • Soc. & Beh. Sciences (3hrs at the 200-300 level)


* Must have a grade of “C” or better in these courses.

** Students must make a “C” or above in these courses and must have completed them no more than 5 years before Upper Division admission. Transfer credit for science courses taken prior to the last five years will be evaluated on an individual basis.

***CD1 = African, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American ethnicities

TRANSFER STUDENTS can select to VIEW UofL Equivalent courses via the TRANSFER EQUIVALENCY SYSTEM.  You must select the your school to view equivalent courses.  If you are experiencing difficulty finding an equivalency, you may contact one of the transfer articulation specialist.


2.  Have earned a cumulative and pre-professional (prerequisite) program grade point average of 2.8 or higher.  The cumulative GPA for admission to upper level Dental Hygiene is calculated based on all course work completed at accredited post-secondary institutions.  The pre-professional program cumulative GPA is based on all required pre-professional curriculum course work.


Note that students in the Lower Division do NOT have to re-apply to the University or submit an IUT.



    • official ACT/SAT Scores
    • unofficial transcript copies from all schools/universities attended

    • documentation of 12 hours dental work experience/observation

    • a personal statement stating why you wish to become a member of the dental hygiene profession.
    • 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


DHU LOR:  Last Name, First Name

Example:  DHU LOR:  Smith, Jane

Mailed DH Professional Applications and Letters of Recommendation may be sent to the following address:

ATTN:  DH Admissions

Office of Dental Student Affairs, RM 231

School of Dentistry

University of Louisville Louisville, KY 40292


Upper division application deadline is February 1. Students are admitted to the upper division in the fall term only.

The Committee on Admissions of the Dental Hygiene Program selects applicants for the Dental Hygiene Program. All required forms and transcripts must be received by the Dental Hygiene Program by February 1. Students are admitted to the fall semester only each academic year.

Applicants will be informed of the decision of the Committee on Admissions and, if accepted, will be requested to send a $150 deposit and complete a background check (servicer information will be provided by School of Dentistry) to reserve a place in the class.  This amount will be applied as a credit toward the regular registration fee at the time of enrollment.  This sum will be forfeited in the event that the student should cancel the reservation in advance or fail to appear for enrollment.

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