Students are selected on the basis of demonstrated scholastic ability in both required and elective courses. Quality and quantity of courses taken per quarter are also considered. Performance on the DAT is compared with the science GPA. Letters of recommendation are screened for personal qualities and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the profession of dentistry. Selected applicants will be invited to visit the campus and interview with members of the admissions committee, as well as have the opportunity to meet with current students. Applicants are evaluated using established criteria without regard to national origin, color, race, religion, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation or gender.

Residency: The School of Dentistry recognizes that its primary obligation is to provide an opportunity in dental education for residents of Oregon. Selection, as far as residency is concerned, is based on the following order of priorities:

  • Oregon residency
  • Residency in the western states participating in the program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) : Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming
  • Residency in the remaining states
  • Canadians, and current F-1 visa holders from all other countries


Your purpose for establishing residency in Oregon should not be primarily for educational reasons.  Generally, you should reside and be employed in the state of Oregon at least one year prior to matriculation.  If you are enrolled in classes in the state of Oregon, you should not be enrolled in more than eight (8) semester or quarter hours.  The comprehensive document Residence Classification Policy and Proceduresis available on the University Registrar's Office website.  Any applicant in the process of establishing Oregon residency during the application cycle will not be considered an Oregon resident for the purpose of admission and/or tuition assessment until we have been able to confirm that Oregon residency requirements, according to OHSU's Residency Policy, have been satisfied.