Dental Exploring Program

OHSU’s Dental Exploring Program is in its twenty-seventh year of providing participants with a general perception of what a career in dentistry is all about. Participating high school students have been very enthusiastic about their experience, and many of them have successfully matriculated to dental school.

Monthly two-hour meetings are held at the dental school with an emphasis on "hands-on" activities. The first hour is composed of a lecture from dental school faculty from a variety of disciplines, while the second hour is a laboratory experience. Current dental students organize the monthly meetings and act as mentors.

Space is limited to sixty participants and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Applications can be dropped off in the School of Dentistry Admissions & Student Affairs Office or submitted through the mail. A complete application, both consent forms and the $50 fee must be on file to reserve a space. A waiting list will be maintained for students with complete applications received after the first sixty spaces have been reserved. Students will be notified as space becomes available. Fees will be refundable until Friday, November 3, 2017, after which no refunds will be processed.


Registration for the 2017-2018 Dental Exploring Program is now closed.

Application Materials/Schedule (Adobe Reader required):

OHSU School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
Mail Code: SD-SA
2730 SW Moody Ave
Portland, OR 97201-5042